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3 Tips for Stealth Kayak Fishing

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June 30, 2014
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A kayak is one of the stealthiest fishing platforms I've used. While boat design aids one's on-the-water stealthness, just how quiet things end up being is up to the individual. Here are three easy ways to keep kayak fishing covert.

1. Use Padding to Dampen Sound

A customization trick I've seen in a few kayaks is lining some of the cockpit's floor with foam padding. The premise is simple: The mat dampens sound in the event that something, such as a tool or water bottle, accidentally gets dropped. Non-skid mats are the handiest, as they prevent objects from sliding around, too. If you stand in your kayak to fish, sticking on some non-slip pads in the footwells will dampen noise, and also increase traction and boost comfort.

3. Stop Paddle Slap

Resting a paddle across a kayak is common when fishing, but this can work against you. Boat movement can cause the paddle to rock, hit the kayak, and spook fish. Instead, try these options: rest the paddle on your thighs, stow the paddle lengthwise, put padding on the sides to dampen sound, mount a paddle clip for storage, or float the paddle while keeping it within reach with a leash.

3. Stay Back

While it's fun to get close and sight-fish from a kayak, don't cramp your quarry's space. Active fish may not mind being crowded, but inactive ones are sure to spook. As with a powerboat, position the kayak a cast away from the area and volley accurate lure tosses to the hotspot. If you happen to inadvertently get over a prime area, stay as quiet as possible to avoid startling fish. If stealthy, odds are good that you'll be able to paddle back and catch fish after giving the area a little while to settle down.


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Tim Allard

Tim Allard hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He's a full-time outdoor journalist and author and photographer of the multi-award winning book, "Ice Fishing - The Ultimate Guide" (2010), which is also available in French under the title, "Pêche sur glace". Tim regularly contributs to numerous North American print and online publications. For more information visit

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