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I just won a sea going canoe on flea bay for a whopping £10 ( who said there are no bargains on there :bleh: )

Anyway, I just wondered if anyone on here had tried fishing from a canoe / kayak that isnt a 'sit on top type'

I Feel mad enough to give it a go with a smallish spinning rod and FS reel and try for some mackeral when it warms up a bit :cold:

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I have a traditional sit inside kayak. Alot of people in the states use canoes for freshwater fishing for Largemouth Bass, Panfish, Trout, and even catfish. I would only recommend you use a kayak in quiet bays as they don't take rough water and tides too well. Canoes are tippy and i lost plenty of gear to those uh ohs:eek:hnoes:
I have fished in my kayak in freshwater with a short 4'6 ultralight spinning rod to catch sunfish and crappies. The kayak is 8'6 and a 1 lb bass can pull me in circles. was towed up river by bug catfish
 

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I fished in British Columbia from a traditional Indian canoe not a kayak,felt great after hooking and landing a Coho Salmon,grin was wiped off my face next drop down I hooked an extremely large and very angry Halibut!After it had towed the canoe about 800 yards and almost turned it over to my relief the 10lb line broke!As I was paddling back just to really put me off canoes,a friendly 20foot Killer Whale decided to jump clear out of Howe Sound just in front of my 10 foot canoe!It was the end of any thoughts I had of becoming a hardened canoe fisherman,I believe I may have kissed the Boatdock when I got back!
 

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I fished in British Columbia from a traditional Indian canoe not a kayak,felt great after hooking and landing a Coho Salmon,grin was wiped off my face next drop down I hooked an extremely large and very angry Halibut!After it had towed the canoe about 800 yards and almost turned it over to my relief the 10lb line broke!As I was paddling back just to really put me off canoes,a friendly 20foot Killer Whale decided to jump clear out of Howe Sound just in front of my 10 foot canoe!It was the end of any thoughts I had of becoming a hardened canoe fisherman,I believe I may have kissed the Boatdock when I got back!
Yep and trousers == PAT
 

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Sounds like fun to me seabreeze2, after all, there ain't many killer whales and massive turbot near the shore as far as I know in Sussex. I'm looking out for one, but the Thames Estuary is normally relatively calm compared to the channel. Still, 'chuck' it and see, eh? It's a fast-growing sport and I believe WSF have considered a specialist forum but have, perhaps justifiably, been concerned that it could be a tad dangerous. But I think as long as sound common sense and safety issues are front of mind, then it should be a great sport.

Let us know how you get on. PS There are, in the meantime, a few specialist sites based on kayak fishing, if you type in the obvious.:boat:
 

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£10 to become a possible statistic for the RNLI - a real bargain!!!!
If you go to sea in ANY boat no mater how small without proper saftey equipment, flares, VHS radio (with license), compass, correct life vest etc. then you are an idiot.
If you follow all the correct saftey advice and fully aclimatise yourself to your canoe before fishing then you may have fun otherwise it is an easy way to either become a top tosser or dead..... all for £10 great deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
 

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£10 to become a possible statistic for the RNLI - a real bargain!!!!
If you go to sea in ANY boat no mater how small without proper saftey equipment, flares, VHS radio (with license), compass, correct life vest etc. then you are an idiot.
If you follow all the correct saftey advice and fully aclimatise yourself to your canoe before fishing then you may have fun otherwise it is an easy way to either become a top tosser or dead..... all for £10 great deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
I have considered all the saftey aspects involved,and am going to do the 'roll over type course 1st, but I only intend going out on dead calm days and even then only a little further than is 'castable' from the shore. Also like has alredy been mentioned, we dont see too many Killer Whales down in Sussex... unless you know something I dont :unsure:
 

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Read up on safety gear and self rescue as much as possible. If using an open canoe on the sea there are a few things that need to be considered 1 Stability, 2 flotation (bags, innertubes, barrels), 3 self rescue, 4 windage, 5 propulsion (are you fit enough)

Have a look at these sites first before you decide to take the plunge, they are aimed at SOT kayaks rather than open canoes but the basics still apply.

http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/forums/

http://www.anglersafloat.co.uk/index.html
 

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A few words of advice from someone who has been using boats, canoes and SOT-kayaks for a number of years (but quite new to fishing).

What ever craft we choose to use - the key is training and sea awareness. For sit in kayaks the best bet is either a training course or join a canoe club. (Avoid the inland river running type of club as there is a bit of anti-fishing stuff going on due to rows over access). The British Canoe Union (BCU) website would be a good place to start. You need to master balance and support strokes. You can fish from a sit-in kayak but generally the SOT type are more stable.

For any use on the sea a VHF radio (again training needed) is a must. See RYA website. Ditto flares and a knowledge of how to use them.

This having been said this applies to larger craft as well! There a quite a few dangerous *****s in larger boats with outbord motors and b***er all sea sense, training or safety equipment.
 

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yes thats a reason to never have the fun of
using a sit on fishing kayak!
you sound like my nan mate!

im a rider of a vespa my self and frankly im disapointed!
 

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I have used an open canoe for few years now for both sea & freshwater fishing & I have found them to be good. if you keep your self central in the canoe then you will not have a problem.
 

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I would disregard the aggressive and quite rude post from KTM, I'm surprised the mods havn't removed it.

If your kayak is a sit-in, you will need to learn how to use it safely, via a club.
The proper sea going sit in kayaks are very seaworthy with an experienced paddler, capable of operating in open ocean conditions, and rough seas, but you have to know what you are doing. People do fish from them, do an internet search.
One chap has fitted a multiplier reel to the foredeck, negating the need for a rod. He reckons it works.
An 'open' or canadian type canoe/kayak is not suitable for anything but rivers or calm seas.
Sit-on-top kayaks are a mixture of reasonably seaworthy craft, but not as fast or seaworthy as a sit-in kayak.
All watersports have a risk, but you manage the risk, and if used sensibly, it's no more dangerous than driving to the beach.
I'm happy to take my 9 year old foster daughter out in our kayaks, on the sea, Iv'e bought her a shorter paddle, and she is very good indeed, and absolutely loves it.
Hope this helps.
 
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