Kayak Fishing is all the rage on the Coast of Mississippi
Over the last few years, kayak fishing has gone from a small unrecognized sport to a full blown obsession. Driving along the beach in Mississippi you are sure to see at least a couple of kayakers fishing. Kayak fishing is a great sport for people from all walks of life. It requires very little money to begin participating and provides extreme challenges and excitement for well seasoned fisherman. It is real easy to take your kayak to the beach, drag it to the water and begin fishing within minutes of your arrival. It is important to always wear a life jacket when kayak fishing. It only takes a few seconds for you to be in the water. Another safety tip for kayak fisherman is to have a well defined float plan left with a family member or friend who can make sure you arrive safely back at shore.
There are many spots along the coast of Mississippi that attract large numbers of kayak fisherman. Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi & Ocean Springs all have great spots that are easily accessible from shore.
Here are a few tips for choosing a great kayak for fishing along the beach areas of Mississippi.
- Choose a water tight sit on top kayak
- Choose a kayak that has integrated rod holders
- Choose a kayak that has an easy option for an ice chest or cold storage
- For those with smaller vehicles, a kayak that breaks into several pieces may be a good choice
- Make sure to purchase both a drift anchor and a regular anchor for your kayak
- Personal opinion is that you should buy a bright colored kayak that can be easily seen by boaters and those attempting to find you
Here are a few essential items to have in your fishing kayak.
- A knife
- A mirror
- An extra life vest (not including the one you are wearing)
- At least 1 gallon of fresh water
- Emergency snacks
- A hand held marine radio
- A cell phone
- A GPS
- A compass
- A small spool of parachute cord
- A water tight personal bag
- A printed map of the area you intend to fish
- An emergency back up paddle
- A space blanket
- Bug spray
- Navigation lights
This list is not all inclusive, but will provide a great start to kayak fishing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast waters. Make sure you check the weather forecast before leaving shore. Kayak fishing is not a all weather sport. Make sure you pay attention to boaters and realize you are very close to the water at all times. If you hook an extremely large fish be careful because it can capsize your kayak. Many fisherman have a leash to their paddle and to their kayak.
You can use the deck of your boat to store fish in ice under a towel or you can put them in an ice chest. Depending on the number and aggressiveness of sharks in the area, you may be able to use a stringer. Just be aware that a stringer of fish can get in the way of landing your next catch. Also a stringer of larger fish can pull your kayak out of the optimal fishing position.
Remember to get the proper fishing license before hitting the water. You will need a salt water fishing license to fish any of the coastal waters south of I-10. Check local and state of Mississippi regulations to be current on any new or updated regulations.