Fishing from a kayak can be fun even for a casual angler. I was a fellow kayaker when a brown trout got caught by trolling on lake Haukivesi.
Trying to get the fish out of water is not the easiest part, especially if you have an average kayak, not one designed for fishing. The front hatch was used to transfer the fish to the shore because we were close to it.
When you are not angling but paddling, you should fasten your equipment well to your kayak. Under one strap on the deck is not enough while one is busy doing something else like trying to reach chanterelles from the shore without having to leave your boat.
Another angle to fishing is trying to catch fish with your camera. While I was close to the shore, I noticed this curious perch swimming under my kayak. I put my camera on a monopod and into the water and tried to catch him swimming. How elegant moves.
“The sport of fishing through a hole cut in the ice” is popular pastime in Finland. In Finland you sit by the hole on a stool, not in a heated cabin. Some people take ice fishing seriously and go to competitions, others like me enjoy the meditation side of ice fishing. For me the most important elements of ice fishing are sunshine, good picnic supplies “eväät”, fresh air and spacious views on a lake or sea.
What you need to go ice fishing?
Fishing equipment; fishing rod, ice auger, lures or jigs, some baits
Warm clothing and boots; some use “pilkkihaalari” warm overalls that protects your back from wind
Stool; preferably with back, sometimes combined to backpack
Good picnic supplies; warm drink in a thermos can (I prefer blackcurrant juice or hot chocolate), sandwiches, chocolate, biscuits
Sled or “pulkka” to carry all stuff to ice
No photos of fish? No catch this time either. After all, it is not the catch but other things that matter in the “sport” of ice fishing.