This rig is highly customizable and provides a simple starting point for those interested in Kayak Fishing for King Mackerel. We recommend tying several and placing them inside individual ziplock bags for quick access.
King Mackerel are slash feeders and will often bite the bait in half, by presenting a smaller bait you increase the chances of the hook finding the corner of their mouths.
There’s a ton of water out there and most anglers like to move, after all, you never know what you’re going to find!
The PDL is stable, quiet, and provides a dry ride throughout the year. Staying dry is very important during the winter months and we recommend you check out our blog/video “Waders For Kayak Fishing.“
The Old Town Predator PDL has the ability to go backwards and coming to a quiet, hands-free stop makes a huge difference when positioning or approaching feeding fish.
Gear / Tackle
When targeting Speckled Trout along the Emerald Coast the majority of anglers prefer to use spinning equipment.
A seven-foot medium action rod paired with a 2500 size-spinning reel is perfect for targeting Trout. A soft tip is important and plays a crucial roll in fighting the fish. The stiffer the rod, the more likely you are to lose mature Trout.
The reel should be spooled with 10-20 pound braid and a five-foot section of fifteen-pound fluorocarbon should be attached to the main line using an Albright or FG knot.
When attaching a lure to the fluorocarbon, I prefer to use a non-slip mono loop knot; the loop knot allows the lure to move as freely as possible.
If you are new to inshore fishing, lure selection can be overwhelming.
You can ease the pain by visiting your local tackle shop and ask a few questions or by checking out our blog “Simply Your Tackle Selection.”
When we target Speckled Trout, we prefer to carry three rods.
Anglers enjoy Offshore Kayak Fishing all over the world and for good reason, it’s exciting and you never know what you might hook.
(Let’s take a second and make one thing clear, wear your lifejacket!)
However, Offshore Kayak Fishing has its dangers and every year a new group of inexperienced anglers attempt to launch kayaks into the surf.
They lack experience and the lack of experience leads to costly mistakes.
(We will get to the good stuff but lets take a few minutes and make sure you know it’s not all fun and games.)
They fail to check the radar.
They fail to check the wind.
They fail to check the tides.
They fail to check the surf report.
They aren’t familiar with their kayaks.
They have never attempted a deep water re-entry.
They forget paddles and life jackets.
We spend the majority of our summer launching kayaks into the Gulf of Mexico and we see these mistakes every morning. (That list is short, we could continue) We delay Offshore Kayak Fishing Charters to help strangers launch and our clients look in amazement as people fail over and over again.
It’s important to realize that the wind and tides will manipulate what the surf is doing. In Navarre, a strong North wind will lay down the surf but it will blow you way off of the beach. A strong South wind will quickly turn the 1′ waves into 4′ of crashing white water.
Offshore Kayak Fishing opens the door to endless possibilities. While trolling you can run into everything from King Mackerel to Sailfish. When you’re bottom fishing you can catch a ton of different reef species, such as Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and even Gag Grouper.
If you’re unexperienced and looking to experience Offshore Kayak Fishing for the first time, visit Offshore Kayak Charters and Book Your Adventure!
Launching is easy but landing can go sideways very quickly. More often than not, the winds will increase throughout the day. As the SE wind increases the surf will become rather sloppy along the beaches from Destin – Pensacola. Ideally, you’re on the beach before conditions get out of hand. If you’re not, slow and steady if the best approach.
If conditions are really bad, we recommend getting out of the kayak and holding onto the rear. The waves will push you into the beach and prevent you from rolling in the surf.
Pick Your Days
Offshore Kayak Fishing is a blast and the majority of coastal kayak anglers look forward to it every year. However, if the weathers bad you should play it safe and stick to fishing the protective waterways. There will always be another day!