Kayak Fishing for Game Fish on the Durban South Coast
Kayak Fishing South Africa is your one stop shop for all your Kayak Fishing requirements. If your looking for a new kayak, a second hand kayak, paddling training, or to improve your fishing skills you have come to the right place.
Who We AreKayak Fishing South Africa is owned by Mick Clarke a mad Fisherman. I love to be out on the Ocean in my Kayak or on my Yamaha FX Jetski. I even do a bit of diving. My Guest House at Aliwal Shoal is the perfect base for us.
A Bit About UsKayak Fishing South Africa is your one stop shop for all your Kayak Fishing requirements. If your looking for a new kayak, a second hand kayak, paddling training, or to improve your fishing skills you have come to the right place. Mick Clarke, affectionately known as “Codfather” is a passionate Kayak Fishing angler who loves to be in the Ocean at every opportunity
What We DoUsually as little as possible unless its fishing! Our aim is to assist you in purchasing the right Fishing Kayak and associated equipment as well as to teach you to paddle and catch fish. We feel it is very important to get it right from the minute you start. The best way is the right way.
Our PhilosophyWe appreciate that everyone who comes to us has different aspirations. Some guys (and girls) just want to take it easy and learn at a slower pace. Some guys (and girls) want to learn quickly. Both are fine, however we will not compromise on safety. We have the time for you…Take it easy and enjoy.
- We run the courses all year round depending on the weather and sea conditions. We can run the courses in a group or one on one.
- Fair Deal
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Kayak fishing is fishing from a kayak. The kayak has long been a means of transportation and a stealth means of approaching easily spooked fish, such as cobia and flounder. Kayak fishing has gained popularity in recent times due to its broad appeal as an environmentally friendly and healthy method of transportation, as well as its relatively low cost of entry compared to motorized boats.
Kayaks were originally developed by indigenous people living in the Arctic regions, who used the boats to hunt on inland lakes, rivers and the coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic, Bering Sea and North Pacific oceans. These first kayaks were constructed from stitched animal skins such as seal stretched over a wooden frame made from collected driftwood, as many of the areas of their construction were treeless. Archaeologists have found evidence indicating that kayaks are at least 4000 years old. The oldest still existing kayaks are exhibited in the North America department of the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich.
While native people of the Arctic regions did not rely on kayaks for fishing, in recent years sport fishing from kayaks has become popular in both fresh and salt water, especially in warmer regions due to the ease of entry. Kayaks can be purchased inexpensively and have little maintenance cost. Kayaks can be stored in small spaces and launched quickly. Kayak wheels and trailers can be purchased to assist in the transportation of kayaks. Many kayak anglers have started customizing their kayaks for fishing.
These manufacturers offer special models for fishing that are designed and accessorized for this sport, including specially designed hatches, built-in coolers & rod holders, GPS receivers and equipment mounts. Other accessories include live wells, anchor trolleys and running lights. Specially designed fishing kayaks usually have designs similar to those of recreational sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks characterized by very wide beams (up to 36 inches) that increase lateral stability. The increases stability allows for the angler to stand up and fish on the kayak. These kayaks provide a considerable space for storage inside their hulls which allow the angler to stow rods, fishing gear, batteries for fish finders, extra paddles, anchors, and wheels to tow the kayak from vehicle to the water. The cut-outs moulded into the top of the kayaks are well-suited to hold milk crates with additional supplies. Some anglers equip their fishing kayaks with outriggers to further increase stability. In recent years people have begun using kayaks for fly fishing, most models suited for upright fly casting include upright braces that allow you to safely stand up.
The most popular kayaks for fishing are rotationally moulded from polyethylene due to their durability and lower cost. Hard shell kayaks are preferred over inflatable kayaks, since they are not susceptible to lure punctures. Generally, kayak fishermen look for stable, durable and comfortable designs. The new generation of twin hull (catamaran) kayaks that was recently introduced into the market is stable enough to enable both paddling and fishing in the standing position. This technological development also solves some ergonomic problems that are associated with sitting for long hours without being able to change positions, and frees kayakers from the need to sacrifice speed to stability, which is another problem that characterizes monohull kayaks.
There are also kayaks propelled by flippers or propellers and a foot mechanism. These kayaks offer hands free fishing and all the benefits associated.
Kayak Fishing has taken off dramatically in South Africa. Game fish are caught along the coastline North and South of Durban. Large fish such as Marlin and Sailfish can be caught. On the east coast of the United States, the kayak is quickly becoming a favourite method for accessing fishing spots in the Chesapeake Bay and the Intercostals Waterway.
Many of the techniques used in kayak fishing are essentially the same as those used on other fishing boats. The difference is in the set-up, how each piece of equipment is fitted to the kayak, and how each activity is carried out on such a small craft.
Contemporary kayaks can be equipped with after-market fishing accessories such as anchor trolleys, rod holders, electronic fish-finders and live-bait containers. Kayak anglers target highly prized game fish like snook, red drum, sea trout, tarpon, halibut and cod and also pelagic like amberjacks, tuna, sailfish, Wahoo, king mackerel, and even marlin.
While bottom fishing or jigging can be done from small boats, it was long thought that effective trolling required speeds of five to ten knots, a speed well out of the range of someone paddling. However, the discovery that fish could be taken at much lesser speeds has increased the popularity of kayak fishing.
Another popular method of fishing from kayaks which has emerged is that of soft baiting. This involves weighted jig heads and rubber or plastic soft lures in the shapes of baitfish. This method is the predominant method now used, particularly in the Southern hemisphere, as it reduces the need to take messy live baits on board the kayak.
Some anglers launch kayaks from larger boats well offshore so they can fish from the kayak. They find much excitement fighting a game fish as it pulls the kayak through the water
Recently kayak fishing has started to move inland to freshwater lakes and rivers, where anglers target game fish like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, muskellunge, and salmon.
Some of the biggest benefits of kayak fishing are in the ease of use and transportation, the affordability of the equipment compared to motorized boats, they’re an eco-friendly watercraft, and they provide fun and exercise.
With many species of fish able to be caught off the shores of New Zealand and the islands of the south pacific there is plenty to hold the avid fisherman’s interest.
Some of the species include Cod, Kawahai, Snapper, John Dory and Marlin to name just a few.
There are a number of world renowned fly-fishing spots around New Zealand and across the South Pacific and many of these sport excellent facilities both in terms of trout and in support services
A word on Fishing:
“Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.” – A.K. Best
“My Biggest worry is that when I’m dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.” – Koos Brandt
While many areas have excellent rivers and streams for fly fishing it is usual for the participant to bring along their own fishing rod and reel. It is best to buy one’s flies locally as the insect’s fish feed on differs from area to area.
Should you decide to go out and fish alone (not advisable) please ensure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.
Recreational fishing has conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught.
The International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) makes and oversees these obligations. Typically, these prohibit the use of nets and the catching of fish with hooks not in the mouth.
Fishing, it seems, is a very ancient practice that dates back at least to the Mesolithic period which began about 10,000 years ago.
The Egyptians invented various implements and methods for fishing and these are clearly illustrated in tomb scenes, drawings, and papyrus documents.