Getting back into your sit inside kayak when fishing in cold water is a matter of survival. Photo: Micah Simoneaux
Getting back into your sit inside kayak when fishing in cold water is a matter of survival.

Sit-inside kayaks make a great platform for year-round fishing—nothing beats the cozy confines of a decked kayak on a cold winter day. The only challenge is re-entering the kayak if you happen to fall out, especially in winter. Follow these steps to get back in the boat as quickly as possible.

Emergency Re-Entry

STEP 1 

I turn the kayak over by reaching across the boat and pulling the far gunnel towards me. Then, I stick one of the paddle blades in the stern rigging so the paddle sticks out perpendicular to the kayak with the back of the other blade over the water like an outrigger.

STEP 2 

With one hand on the edge of the cockpit, I start kicking while reaching across the cockpit and hoisting my weight over the centerline. This is where heavy, winter clothes, drysuit and PFD may make it difficult to fold back into the boat. If the water is colder than 60ºF, or combined air and water temperatures are below 120ºF, wear a drysuit.

STEP 3 

Once my belly is over the cockpit…

Get more kayak fishing paddling skills in Kayak Angler's winter issue now!

Get more kayak fishing paddling skills in Kayak Angler's winter issue now!

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