Kayak fishing has undergone complete revolution over the last few decades. Kayaking originated with the Eskimos in the arctic region who used kayaks for fishing and hunting.
British Commandos also used them during the Second World War to raid German forces on their ships. They specifically used the collapsible canoes that could easily be carried in bags.
The first known kayaks were hard-shell kayaks made of wood and animal hide. There have been many developments that have led to new developments in the kayaking industry where other materials such as glass, Kevlar, polyurethane and plastics are being used to make kayaks.
New technology has resulted in the development of inflatable and hard-shell kayaks with enhanced features and durability. This has popularised kayaking as an outdoor activity where individuals are using them for sport fishing, racing, touring and recreational purposes. Among these outdoor activities, sport fishing is the most popular as it helps individuals keep fit and enhance their mental health.
Fish as food is also rich in nutrients such as the omega fatty acids and proteins that are essential for the body.
Fishing kayaks come in a wide range of varieties. There are sit on top kayaks and sit in kayaks – hard shell and inflatable kayaks. Sit-on-top kayaks are widely used in warm waters while the sit-in kayaks are best for cold environments. This is because an individual is able to maintain their warmth in a sit in kayaks than on a sit-on-top kayak.
The introduction of inflatable kayaks is one development that hit the sport-fishing industry with a bang. These kayaks are made using collapsible materials that is easily inflated and deflated. They are a favourite to many people since they are light and hence easily portable. These kayaks are quite affordable and more suited for beginners. Kayaks designed for fishing come with enhanced features for attaching items and fishing gear.
Different types of fishing gear have been in use since the last millennia. However, new technology has resulted in the development of advanced gear such as bait casting reels for fishing. This has made the sport simpler and more fulfilling for both beginners and experienced anglers.
There is the basic impression that baitcasting reels are for the superior anglers. This is however not the case since baitcasting reels are available in an array of choices, elements and quality for use by both beginners and novice anglers.
Baitcasting reels are made from either graphite or aluminium. These two materials are designed for use in different environments. For instance, graphite reels are light and highly resistant to corrosion. They can be suitably used in salt water despite the salinity of these environments. Aluminium on the other hand is stronger and more robust than graphite. This makes aluminium reels the best for catching big fish such as the tuna and marlins owing to their resilience. Graphite is a good choice especially for those targeting smaller fish species.
Bait casting reels have overshadowed other fishing gear becoming the most popular among anglers. There are other types or reels used in fishing as well. They include fly reels, spincast reels trolling reels, centerpin reels and underspin reels.