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Tips on Learning How to Fish

Spring fishing season has arrived! If you are an inexperienced angler and would like to try fishing for the first time, follow these few tips for your preparation. Even if you are an experienced angler, these tips will refresh your memory for your fishing adventures.

Fishing License

A fishing license is one of the most important things that you will need in order to go fishing. Each state has their own rules and regulations, so it is important that you read up on them before heading out. All fishing rules and regulations will be under Fishing > Rules and Regulations in your Fishing and Wildlife Pocket Ranger® Guide. Licenses can be purchased online. Some states require you to be 18 years or older in order to obtain a fishing license.


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Choosing a place to fish can vary. Some people choose locations where they often see people fishing or local places where they may want to start. If you are a beginner and feel shy fishing in front of a heavy crowd, you may want to opt for a quiet fishing area.

You can go freshwater fishing in lakes, ponds, streams or rivers. Or you can choose saltwater fishing such as surf fishing, fishing by boat (party boat or charter boat) or bay fishing.

Time of Day During Spring Season

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  • Early Morning – Fish do not bite during this time because the water is cold and doesn’t heat up due to the sun being low which makes the rays bounce off the water.
  • Late Morning/Early Afternoon – Fish are biting on and off during this time because the sun’s rays start to penetrate the water. During this time, you should fish towards the downwind shoreline because the wind pushes the warmer surface water into that area.
  • Afternoon/Early Evening – There are a lot of fish eating during this time because their metabolism and digestion are high. The water is also warmer because the sun is directly above.

Fish Species

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Focusing on fishing for a particular fish for a beginner may be too difficult, but it’s a worth a try! Here is a list of popular fish to help you choose one to catch:

  • Bass – a southeastern sport fish
  • Striped Bass – you will most likely need a boat to catch these
  • Sunfish – best catch for a beginner angler
  • Walleye and Pike – northern, cold-water lake fish
  • Catfish – vary from small to large

For a complete list of freshwater and saltwater fish, download your state’s Pocket Ranger® Fish and Wildlife Guide.


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Fishing in a lake from shore – Sit and wait with a bobber and bait. For this type of method, you can use inexpensive equipment.

Surf fishing from a beach – This requires heavy tackle that costs a little bit more. Catches vary day to day with this method.

Pond Fishing – Fishing at a pond can be simple, especially for beginners. It allows you to manage your skills and you may even catch a pan fish for dinner.

Boat Fishing on an Ocean – There are many boating options that are available for fishing. You can pay to go on a party boat for a half day or full day and you can use equipment and bait that is provided to you. Depending on the type of boating you choose and how big the crowd is, you can have assistance such as hooking your bait, casting and landing a fish.

Suggested Gear: 

  • Fishing Rod/Fly Rod
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Check out more fishing gear at our Pocket Ranger Gear Store.

What to Bring Kayak Fishing

Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak

A few days back, I had the pleasure of taking a friend on his first kayak fishing adventure. The night before we left, he asked me a question that I’d never actually been asked before:

“What should I bring?”

I then realized that if you’ve never been kayak fishing, what to bring might not be obvious. So, for anyone new to the sport, I’ve compiled a quick list of things I deem necessary to have aboard for a half day of kayak fishing.

Kayak Fishing

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1. Paddle
Having a good kayak paddle is essential. It is, after all, the only form of propulsion you’re going to get. It’s important to have a paddle that fits you and your kayak. Taller people need longer paddles and how high/low your kayak sits in the water also determines how long the paddle needs to be. 

2. Life jacket
Pretty straightforward here. It’s the law to at least carry one life jacket on board.

3. Anchor
Though I personally don’t use one too often, an anchor is a very nice tool to have around. Whether you want to get out of the kayak and wade around, or you just need a break from paddling, a good anchor ensures that the kayak isn’t going anywhere.

4. Dry bag/Case
It doesn’t matter how calm the water is. If you’re kayak fishing, SOMETHING is going to get wet, be it inside the kayak or outside. It’s just a fact of life. With that said, it’s important to protect your valuables like cell phones, wallet, keys, etc. A dry bag or waterproof case is essential. I put my valuables inside one and store it inside one of my hatches. Even though it’s sealed up inside, there’s still a little bit of water that finds its way in and having my things dry is extremely important.

5. Food
Unless you’re planning to spend an entire day out on the water, I wouldn’t bring something like a meal. I recommend sticking to snack foods, like candy bars, trail mix, etc. As stated before, everything is going to get wet at some point or another, so try to pick food that isn’t going to get ruined by a little water.

6. Water
It doesn’t really matter what you carry it in, just as long as you have it with you. Camelbacks, canteens, water bottles, whatever. With it being summer right now, it’s vital that you stay well hydrated. Remember to continue drinking water throughout the day. 

7. Sun Protection
The summer sun, especially down here in Florida, is absolutely brutal. I’d suggest not working on your tan too much while in the kayak. Things like hats, sun screen, sun buffs, long sleeve shirts, all of these are important if you want to stay protected from the unrelenting sun. I’ve noticed that many first-time kayakers forget to apply plenty of sunscreen to their legs (especially the front of them). Since your legs just sit there, basking in the sun, they’re the first things that are going to get fried.

8. Fishing Tackle
Last but not least is fishing tackle! What rods and reels to bring is obviously a matter of personal choice and dependent upon what species you’re fishing for, but it’s important to remember not to over do it. Since space is limited in your kayak, don’t bring the whole kitchen sink with you! I’d suggest getting a hold of a small tacklebox (the soft sided ones are perfect), and take exactly what you need. This will cut down on how much space you’re taking up, and will make re-rigging/changing lures much quicker. Unless you’ve decided to carry a cooler on board, and you plan to keep fish, a stringer is perfect to carry inside the tackle box. Just remember that it’s EXTREMELY difficult to paddle while the stringer is in the water. It’s like dragging an anchor. If you have rod holders, take advantage of them and carry more than one rod. Rigged differently, a second rod can stay ready to cast to that surprise species that your main rod isn’t set up for yet. 

Tackle Box Cell Phone

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There are, of course, a billion other things that can be brought along on a kayak fishing trip. But for a simple morning out on the water, this list covers the basic necessities. When in doubt, carry that extra gear, even if you think you won’t need it. The more often you go out on the water, the more refined your gear list will become. Before long, the question “what should I bring” will be a thing of the past.

Kayak Fishing

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Be sure to check out the Pocket Ranger® Gear Store for these items and more!

Top 10 Boating Safety Tips

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Whether you’re boating on the lakes or ocean this summer, here are our top 10 boating safety tips that’ll keep you ship-shape:

1. Learn up!

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A boating safety course could help with that! [Image: gettommys.com]

Before your maiden voyage, get boat smart by taking a boating safety course. You’ll learn about important boating laws, navigation, first aid, and how to trailer, store and protect your boat. Some states require all powerboat operators take a boating course, but regardless, an educated captain is the best kind of captain.

2. Look to the skies!

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Read up on the day’s weather conditions before you take the boat for a spin. Thunderstorm in the forecast? Hail on the horizon? It may be a better day for pulling up an Adirondack chair and sipping something cool on the porch until the sun reappears.

3. Fuel up!

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Stranded? Look for someone to tow you in! [Image: www.osoyoostimes.com]

No one wants to run out of gas in the middle of the lake (or ocean!).  Top off your fuel tank before departure, and check your engine oil and coolant levels while you’re at it.

4. Life Jackets: Bring ‘em & Wear ‘em!

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Whatever you may call them (life jackets, PFDs, life vests), they’re you’re ultimate lifesaver in times of boating crisis. A well-fitting lifejacket saves wearers from drowning, and, in cold waters, can keep the onset of hypothermia at bay. Not a fan of wearing them? With so many colors and varieties, it’s easy to find one that suits your boating style. And don’t forget Fido’s PFD! Not all dogs are great swimmers, and even the best swimmers can get tired.

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Pick a bright colored PFD so you can easily spot your dog! [Image: cdn3.volusion.com]

5. Be Prepared!

Packing the right equipment on your boat is the key to a worry-free excursion. Keep all of the ship’s papers, such as fishing permits, boating license, charts, etc. on board with you. Be sure to store fire extinguisher, spare tools, rope, bilge pumps, flares, flashlight, spare batteries, and navigation lights aboard your boat.  A portable air horn can also come in handy if you need to call for help. Check out our Gear Store for these provisions and more!

6. Don’t Drink!

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Save the alcohol for your landlubber moments. Boating and drinking don’t mix. Alcohol was the leading factor in all of 2013’s fatal boating accidents. In most states, consequences for boating under the influence (BUI) are as severe as driving under the influence (DUI).

7. Speak up!

Share your float plan with a family member, friend, or marina staff before you ship out. Be sure to let them know where you’ll be going and for how long you intend to be on the water. Sharing info such as your cell phone number, boat type and registration, and how many passengers will be aboard with you will be helpful in case of an emergency.

8. Use common sense!

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Chances are, you’re not the only one out on the water on a summer’s day. Make sure to operate at a safe speed, and stay alert of swimmers, smaller watercraft (rowboats, jet skis, small sailboats), and large watercraft that may have a hard time turning or stopping.

9. Give it a break! 

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Respect all no wake-zones. While it can be a buzz-kill to power down into idle, no-wake zones protect many things, such as swimmers, a fragile bank environment, waterfront property, docked boats, and endangered species, such as the common loon or manatees. It can be difficult to navigate a powerboat while at a speed of 5 mph. Slow your boat down well in advance of a no wake zone, and trim the drive or outboard to a vertical position to keep control of your craft.

10. Get insured!

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You never know what’s going to happen out there on the water. For around $20 a month, Allstate’s boating insurance policy offers protection from the many uninsured boaters out there. This kind of insurance protects all of your boating gear goodies, such as waterskis and fishing gear, and covers those friends and family aboard your vessel. Did you take that boating safety course we suggested? Then you may qualify for a reduced boating insurance rate!

Suggested Gear List:

  • Life jacket
  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Bilge Pump
  • Whistle

Wondering where to get our suggested gear?
Check out our Gear Store for these and more!

Kayaks vs. Canoes

Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak

I’ve recently had many people ask me what the real difference is between kayaks and canoes and why I prefer paddling around the kayak. There are many different things to take into account when comparing the these two watercraft, and which one a person prefers comes down to what they’re planning to do with it. There are pros and cons to each when considering which one to choose.

Kayaks vs Canoes

Kayak Pros:

–        Speed: Kayaks are fast. Plain and simple. (And even the tandem kayaks can outpace a canoe with the same amount of paddlers.) Though some kayaks are obviously built more for speed than others, they are still extremely quick. The double-bladed paddle helps add to the pace because there’s almost always a paddle in the water.

–        Easy to load: Kayaks don’t require much (or any) ballast to help stabilize them. Unlike a canoe, which needs to be weighted down for stability, a kayak is essentially ready to go the moment you unload it from the truck.

–        Low profile: Kayaks sit much lower in the water than canoes, meaning the paddler sits lower, as well. This becomes important when fishing or paddling in high winds. While fishing, an angler with who’s situated lower is going to spook less fish and get much closer to the fish than a person sitting higher in the water. When paddling in the wind, the less “boat” there is sticking out of the water, the better. Canoes can act almost like a sail in high winds and make paddling an absolute nightmare.

–        Capsizing: When, not if, you finally capsize your chosen watercraft, what happens? Depending on which you’re paddling, it could be no big deal, or it could be deadly. Kayaks, whether they’re sit on top or sit-in, recover from capsizing much more easily. Obviously you risk losing gear, but unless you don’t have the skirt on your sit-in, there’s no risk of swamping your kayak. Canoes, on the other hand, are done the moment they flip. They swamp and thanks to them having no top, all of your gear is gone.

Kayak Cons:

–        Gear space: Let’s face it: you’re extremely limited in how much gear you can carry in a kayak. Canoes actually need gear in order to be stable. So in instances such as camping, the canoe is always going to be the better bet.

–        Standing: There are plenty of kayaks that are stable enough to stand up in, but there are just as many that aren’t. Obviously you cannot be getting up and down in a sit-in, and some sit-ons (like mine) are too narrow to make standing safely an option. I’ve personally never paddled a canoe that I couldn’t stand up in.

Kayak vs Canoes

Canoe Pros:

–        Gear: As stated before, the amount of room available for gear storage will always be greater than the room in a kayak. If camping is your main focus, the canoe is for you.

–        Motor option: If paddling just isn’t really your thing, a canoe will obviously be the better choice. Square sterned canoes make mounting a motor a breeze. And even if you have a pointed stern, a side mounted motor is possible. Now, some kayaks have the option of hooking up a trolling motor, but their power is extremely limited. There’s no worse feeling than paddling a kayak away from a storm like your life depends on it, only to have a motorized canoe fly past you to safety.

Canoe Cons:

–        One paddle: Traditionally, canoes are paddled with just a single-bladed paddle. This means that the person sitting in the back must constantly switch paddling sides in order to steer the boat. Depending on how low in the water the canoe sits, one can actually use a kayak paddle, but they must still make correction paddles to keep the boat on course.

–        Capsizing: I’ll say it again only because I feel like it’s a pretty big deal. Capsizing in a canoe is horrible. Though being safe/smart about paddling can keep you out of trouble, and canoes are extremely stable, it still happens. When it does, you’re forced to pull the canoe out of the water. There’s almost no chance of recovery while still in the water.

Canoe vs Kayak

These are all things that need to be considered when deciding on which watercraft is best for you. Primarily the decision focuses around what you’re going to be doing. Will you be fishing? Exploring? Camping? Maybe a little bit of everything? These are questions that one must ask themselves before purchasing the right watercraft. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect, all around choice. Each has its own pros and cons. It’s just up to you to decide which is the better choice, and with any luck, this short guide can help you on that decision.


Tips for Camping out of a Kayak

Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak

With the popularity of kayaking and kayak fishing steadily on the rise, more and more people are beginning to get away from the traditional canoe and switch to kayaks for their camping excursions. But there are several things that a person must take into consideration before attempting to camp this way. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning a camping trip via kayak.

Kayak Camping

1. Store it away

My number one rule for camping out of a kayak is that if you aren’t willing to lose it, keep it below deck. The question isn’t whether or not you’re going to flip one day; it’s when. Paddle enough, and it’s almost a guarantee that someday you’ll capsize in the kayak. Even well strapped down gear can break free during a spill and one runs the risk of losing precious gear for good if it’s not stowed away safely. Vital gear like emergency radio, water, food, and a tent should be kept within the kayak rather than on top. Losing gear like that can instantly end a camping trip and make things much more difficult on yourself.

2. Pack light

Think of camping from a kayak as almost like hiking. You want to carry everything you need, but you also want to be as light as possible. Unlike a canoe that can easily handle several hundred pounds of gear, a kayak is limited on space. In addition, a really heavy kayak in the water will tend to go through waves, rather than over them. This often leads to getting far wetter than you would normally. If you’re paddling long distances, a light kayak will help save your arms and shoulders from feeling like they’re going to fall off.

3. Anchors away

Camping Out Of A Kayak

An anchor is one piece of gear that every kayaker should have. They come in handy both while fishing and while just traveling. It’s a simple task to toss out the anchor and take a break while paddling, and doing so will prevent you from possibly losing ground to currents or winds. When it comes down to actually camping, I like to pull the kayak out of the water (if possible) and toss out the anchor on dry land. Fluctuation tides or inclement weather conditions could come float the kayak in the middle of the night. And the one piece of gear that you absolutely cannot afford to lose is the kayak itself. When camping on something like a platform or dock, I still use my anchor and wrap it around the wooden posts or columns.

4. Bag it up

Kayak Water

Whether you’re paddling a sit-in or a sit-on kayak, getting wet is inevitable. Not only will you get wet, but so will your gear. That’s why when I pack up to go camp from my kayak, I make sure to keep things that need to stay dry inside dry bags. These waterproof bags have rubber seals and clips that can ensure a watertight seal. Things such as dry clothes, cookware, and food all go inside a dry bag. By putting things in dry bags, a paddler opens up much more available space on the outside of the kayak. Bags can be strapped down with bungee cords or rope and doing so frees up room on the inside of the kayak.

5. Bring back-ups

This holds true for almost any camping excursion, be it hiking, canoeing, or kayaking, but be sure to bring back up items. An extra paddle is a must when camping from a kayak. Imagine, for a second, how terrible it would be to break or lose your only paddle when you’re on a multi-day trip. Other items include ways to fix broken gear like rudders or seats. Spare rope, extra clothes, and alternate ways to make fire are things that I’m sure to always bring along. Redundancy is essential when it comes to being well prepared on a trip.

Though it’s slightly less conventional than camping from a canoe, the kayak is definitely a good way to spend a few days in the wild. It’s just important to remember the kayak’s limitations and plan accordingly. If you follow these easy tips, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful kayak camping trip and realize just how fun it can be.

Do you have any tips for camping in a kayak?

Yakking for Bass: Pros and Cons for Kayak Bass Fishing

Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak

With kayak fishing’s popularity on the rise, many anglers find themselves leaving the power boat at home and hopping into a small plastic boat instead. Perhaps you’re thinking about giving kayak fishing a try, too. Or maybe the thought has yet to even cross your mind. Either way, as an avid kayak angler myself, I’ve thrown together a list of pros and cons for kayak fishing for largemouth bass. This list is intended to neither persuade nor dissuade someone from giving kayak fishing a try. Its sole purpose is to inform.


Stealth– Let’s face it—kayaks are the stealthiest watercrafts available. Their lack of motor and low profile makes them incredibly sneaky. Fish simply don’t know a kayak is nearby. I’ve had fish strike lures just mere inches away from the kayak solely because they didn’t know I was there. With no motor noise, the only sound that should be coming from the kayak is the swishing of the paddle and you, as the angler, are in control of exactly how loud you want to be. In addition, sitting down low in a kayak means that there’s a much smaller chance that a fish is going to see you skylined from below. These things combined means that an angler is going to have a MUCH better chance of catching those fish.

Kayaking for bass

Shallow Water– Kayaks are known for being able to handle skinny water with ease. Usually only drafting a couple of inches, they make those impossible-to-reach places for power boats a real possibility. Also, many of those shallow, weed-choked areas that lunkers like to hang out in suddenly become accessible. With no prop to get stuck, an angler can glide right into the vegetation with little to no trouble.

Fishing for bass

Cost- Aside from the initial cost, kayaks are extremely easy on the wallet. Now, I understand we’re all fisherman, and we love to have our gadgets, but as far as everything else goes, kayaks are cheap. Since you’re the primary means of propulsion, the only fuel needed is food for yourself. There will never be that cringe at the gas pump when you’re done filling up. In addition, maintenance is extremely low. Wash the kayak off if it gets muddy and…that’s about it. No flushing the engine. No fiddling with bow lights. They’re cheap to use. You’ve just got to get them to the water; the same as you would with any boat.





Range/speed– This one is a big one and has probably crossed your mind already. Your fishing areas are limited to exactly how much you want to paddle. I personally wouldn’t suggest trying to fish something beyond 4-5 miles away for a half day trip. Power boats have that awesome ability to crank the motor and go. Thirty to forty mph sounds a lot better than 3-4 mph doesn’t it?

Room- Probably the most limiting factor aside from range is the amount of room available in a kayak. An angler constantly finds himself struggling to make things fit. Now, if you fish bare bones like I often do, this isn’t much of an issue. A tackle box, seat, couple of rods, paddle, and water all fit in the kayak with room to spare. It’s when you start tossing in things like fish finders, live wells, coolers, etc, that space quickly becomes an issue. There’s simply more room to comfortably fit things on a boat. Plus there’s the luxury of being able to walk around without the threat of capsizing.

Inclement Weather- Though all boaters have to consider the possibility of foul weather, kayakers have to take special note. When you’re 1-2 hours away from the dock in the kayak and a huge storm brews up, it’s not as if you can suddenly put the motor in the water and run. You’re forced to paddle away at what always feels like a snail’s pace. Though foul weather doesn’t take as big of a toll in protected waters, it becomes a real issue in big open water. High winds and waves can turn a pleasant day of kayaking into a real chore. Even though today’s fishing kayaks are extremely stable, one still runs the risk of capsizing when faced with extremely rough water on big open lakes.




So, if you’re considering giving kayak fishing for bass a try, be sure to really think about these pros and cons. These are, of course, just a few of the many things one must take into account when deciding if kayak fishing is something to get into. But if these pros outweigh the cons, seriously give kayak fishing a shot. Talk to local kayak dealers and test different paddle styles before deciding on what’s right for you. Also, try talking to fellow fisherman who already kayak fish. There’s a wealth of knowledge that’s ready to be shared by experienced paddlers, and they’re almost always more than willing to help another angler take his first steps into buying one of those plastic boats. Just be ready; kayak bass fishing can be a blast!

Hauling Kayaks With A Trailer

Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak

If you aren’t lucky enough to own a pick-up truck, like I am, hauling kayaks around can be rather difficult. Sure; there are roof racks that can be put on just about any type of car or SUV, but there is another method for getting the yak to the water: trailers.

I drive a Jeep Wrangler and yet I own a 16ft kayak. Not only is the kayak much longer than my vehicle, but a series of lights prevent me from strapping the kayak onto the roof. For a while I considered simply moving the lights so that I could put the kayak on top. Eventually, however, I decided it’d be easiest to get a trailer.

Hauling Kayaks on a trailer

I browsed craigslist for months. What I needed was an old jet ski trailer. I found that the trailers aren’t in any short supply. The only problem is that most of them have a jet ski that is being sold with them. Eventually I lucked out though, and found a galvanized jet ski trailer in good condition with working lights for $250. This may seem a bit steep, but just browse around for good roof racks and you’ll realize it’s a pretty good deal.

Once I got my hands on the trailer, I had to do a little work to it in order for it to actually carry any kayaks. Primarily, I had to remove the old bunks that held the jet ski and replace them with horizontal supports. Once the bunks were removed, it was a relatively easy task of measuring out two 2×4’s and attaching them to the old supports. I made sure to measure the width of my own kayak before making any cuts. My goal was to be able to haul two kayaks, so it was crucial that I left myself enough room to carry them.

I used a total of six, 1” eye bolts on the trailer: three per 2×4. Each end needed one and the middle needed one. These were placed so that I could run straps through them and around the kayak in order to secure it.

Kayak upside down on a trailer

The next thing I purchased was some foam rubber from a manufacturer in town. The foam is an inch thick and I got it because I didn’t want the kayak to sit on plain wood while it bounced down the highway. Using some all purpose and VERY strong glue, I secured two strips per support onto the wood and made sure to make them just a bit longer than my kayak is wide. These work great and actually have so much friction on the kayak that even without it strapped down, it’s difficult to slide the kayak across the rubber.

With the trailer ready to go, it was a simple task of putting it on the trailer hitch and taking off. Driving forward with the trailer is a breeze. Backing up, however, proves to be a bit more difficult. I’m personally used to hauling a much longer trailer with a much longer vehicle. The short wheelbase of the jeep, combined with the short jet ski trailer, means that it turns on a dime. Luckily, I’m not backing the trailer most places. It never has to get close to the water because I can simply carry the kayak to where I’m launching. I did find that it’s important to not strap the kayak TOO close to the vehicle. If the yak is too close to the vehicle, you run the risk of forcing the kayak into the rear while making sharp turns.


Overall I’ve found the trailering process to be very advantageous. It’s quick and easy to get the kayak onto and off of the trailer. It’s not straining in the least like it is when trying to raise a kayak onto the roof of a vehicle. Everything is about waist level and a breeze to handle by myself. Additionally, the trailer itself is so light that I can simply unhook it from the Jeep, and wheel it around wherever I need it to go when I’m done fishing for the day. No need to back it into a spot or anything.

With a trailer also comes the possibility of hauling more than just two kayaks. A simple support structure can easily be added to double the trailer’s hauling potential. One would just need a reason to haul four kayaks at once.

So if you drive a small vehicle like myself, or are tired of having to lift a kayak onto the roof every time you take it out, consider trailering. With a little bit of work, you can make life much simpler in the long run and save your body some wear and tear for where it really matters: the water.