Kayak Fishing in Washington
Customer name: Richard Walter
City/State: Currently in Graham, WA but am an adopted San Antonian
Where do you fish/launch?: Western Washington / Oregon Coast
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Fresh water - bass, trout and migrating salmon. Salt water - Lingcod, various rockfish and the list is growing.
What kind of lures, jigs, or live bait do you use? Not a fan of live bait. In Washington waters, it's a pretty restricted thing. AM a BIG fan of Berkely Gulp in all it's iterations. Also, too many plastics and swim baits to even begin to list them. Sadly, I've almost given up my fly rods for the great gear race.
What kind of kayak do you have?: Currently OK T15. Not even close to rigged. Pretty much a bare bones yak right now.
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing?: Keep it as simple and as minimal as possible. I see way too many beginners, myself included in this, who try to carry the whole tackle store AND the kitchen sink. Take only what you need to get the job done. BUT ABSOLUTELY DO NOT skimp on safety gear.
Comments: Whatever you do, do not try to rush the learning curve. Get your kayaking skills wired down 1st before you go committing to an adventure you may not be ready for.
Customer name: Rudy Weibel
City/State: Kenmore, WA
Where do you fish/launch?: Lakes in the Seattle / Puget Sound area.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? Trout, Salmon and Bass.
What kind of lures, jigs, or live bait do you use? Mostly use Hard baits
What kind of kayak do you have?: Old Town Dirigo Tandem Plus
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing?: Just starting this process but my fish finder mount with a Liberator Mini and Scotty Piranha Base worked out pretty well.
Comments - Thank you so much for the quick service on the last order.
Customer name: Bryce "Zeelander" Molenkamp
Where do you fish or launch?: Puget Sound, Canada and Oregon.
Fish caught or targeted: Mostly Salmon, but also Lings, Cabezon, Halibut, Rockfish, Sturgeon, Bass, Muskie and Trout.
Lure, Jigs or Live Bait?: Hand rolled trolling flies for salmon, assorted jigs for bottom and rockfish, and too many cranks, plastics and spoons to mention for bass and trout.
Kayak Type: The trolling machine AKA Hobie Adventure.
Rigging Tips: Keep it simple and effective.
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Customer name: Sarah
Where do you fish/launch?: I fish in Lake Washington, Seattle, WA (which is Seattle's big lake) as well as other small lakes in the area.
What kind of fish do you catch or target? I catch Trout with a decent amount of success. I am trying to get into bass fishing but I just started.
What kind of lures, jigs, or live bait do you use? the Trout (and Kokanee as well) seem to like my simple silver 4" inline spinner. I also have been fishing with various crankbaits and plastic baits either texas-rigged or drop shot for bass.
What kind of kayak do you have?: I have a Necky Manitou 14. It is a traditional sea kayak design but shorter. It has a skeg which I find very useful when the wind is up.
Do you have any good tips for rigging a kayak for fishing?: I put adhesive-backed magnets on the outside of my tackle box lid which hold onto my hooks while I do other stuff. I also got a gardener's knee pad (the standard 8 x 14 inch green spongy thing) originally to pad my shoulder while carrying my boat out of the garage. I found that if I shove it under the deck rigging just underneath my johnny bar it makes a very simple flat space for messing with my tackle and I often embed my hooks in it while I tie knots, put on bait scent etc. It also works as an instant paddle holder - it traps my paddle against the lip of the cockpit. Pretty good for a $5 piece of foam!