The weather is getting nicer, plants are starting to bloom, and the sun is staying up a little longer. Some of us live in warmer climes, so kayak fishing and outdoor recreation can happen almost year-round. For most of us, however, now is the time to start planning to visit your favorite fishing holes. 

Start with thorough inspection of your kayak, all your equipment, and rods and reels. Check those bungees and ropes for wear.

3 tips to get you ready to enjoy this kayak fishing season:

  • KAYAKS – look for cracks, and anything that needs replacing. Do you have upgrades you want to make? Double check all your equipment: 

    • Rod Holders 
    • Milk crates 
    • Paddles ready 
    • Rudder check 
    • Seats 
    • PFD 
    • Towline 
  • RODS AND REELSmake time to ensure your combos are ready to go. The last thing you want is to hook that big one and have your line break, or worse.  

    • Replace line 
    • Check eyes 
    • Check reel mechanisms to ensure all are smoothly functioning 
  • OTHER ITEMS – there are many other items to consider making your kayak fishing enjoyable, and safe, including: 

    • Dry bags 
    • Floating compass 
    • Sponges 
    • GPS 
    • Waterproof cell phone box 
    • Emergency kit 

Consider taking a test run close to home to be sure you have everything you want and set up like you want it. Plus, it is easier to pull back and head home to fix any issues your visual inspection did not uncover. 

For those in HOW Nation who already enjoy kayak fishing, TIGHT LINES! If you have not considered this sport, we highly recommend it. Our recent study uncovered that kayak fishing reduces anxiety, improves confidence, and increases your ability to improve relationships. We know it works for our community of veterans, first responders and their families. 

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