Many consider kayak fishing environmentally responsible because there’s no gas, no fumes and no noise. Others like the sport because it’s relatively inexpensive once you get the craft and gear.
“As soon as the fishing kayaks come in, they are sold,” says Chase Simmons, who works in the boating department at Bass Pro in Hampton, Va., and kayak fishes himself.
At Appomattox River Company in Yorktown, Va., the increase in kayak fishing has prompted the store to sponsor how-to and safety clinics this fall.
“File a float plan with someone who can be trusted, wear a properly fitted PDF (personal floatation device) for the type of kayak, get a light for paddling at night and a sound-producing device like a whistle,” says Vic Sorensen, who works at the store.
For the McCormicks, kayak fishing was most affordable when gas hit $5 a gallon and they were getting 11/2 miles to the gallon.