Adventures in Texas – Try A Saltwater Kayak Fishing Trip

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8 Texas Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips

Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing is becoming more and more popular, fishing enthusiasts of all ages are catching onto the sport.  When trying to decide if you want to become a kayak fisherman, you will first need to initiate a search on the topic. This type of fishing is unlike any other, because it is challenging to remain upright when trying to cast a line several feet into the water, while in a kayak.

Below, are steps that will help you will discover Texas saltwater kayak-fishing tips and help get you started catching your share of flounder and redfish.

#1 Choosing A Kayak

When it comes to choosing a kayak that is suitable for saltwater fishing, there are two primary designs to choose from

  • sit-on-top kayak (SOK)
  • sit-inside kayak (SIK)

Both designs will work well for saltwater fishing, but most experts prefer sit-on-top kayaks, because when they rollover they do not fill up with water.

SOKs also offer more space for better maneuverability and stability. In fact, you can toss your leg over the side of the kayak to enhance the stability level, if it is not rigged with outriggers.

The SIK offers limited storage space for your saltwater shipping gear. With limited space, you will end up feeling cramped and potentially not have enough gear in the event you decide to extend your fishing expedition. South Texas Kayak offers all types of fishing kayak buying guides that may be useful for your search.

#2 Finding A Fishing Spot

People love saltwater fishing in Texas, because the inshore waters are filled with a diversity of fish species, including;

  • redfish
  • speckled trout
  • flounder
  • tarpon
  • snook
  • jack
  • pompano

When saltwater fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast, kayak fishermen can enjoy a wide array of inshore waters. Here, you will find hundreds of decent spots to cast your line and yield a good catch on days when the weather is favorable.

Fishing Lake

When trying to find a fishing spot, you will have to utilize aerial pictures of the Texas Gulf Coast. You should focus mainly on access points, parking considerations and the available spots. Two things you must consider is the season and the species of fish that you are interested in catching.

#3 Keep An Eye On Weather Reports

There is often a misconception that Texas experiences extremely hot weather throughout the year. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, the weather in Texas differs significantly depending on the specific region in question. Some regions see more rainfall than others.  Plus, you’ll need to be vigilant for tornadoes. The weather will impact you personally, as well as the specific type of fish that you’ll be able to catch.

The following factors can all have an impact on the specific varieties of fish that you’ll encounter on any given day.

  • Wind
  • Air
  • Rain
  • Temperature

More importantly, it is pertinent to make sure you remain safe. If meteorologists in the area are predicting severe weather, especially tornadoes, you better stay at home.  Cutting your trip short will be frustrating. Don’t head out into the water, unless you’re positive you’ll be able to enjoy the entire day.

#4 Using Tide Charts And Predictions

As mentioned above, the weather will play a vital role in determining your overall success and enjoyment for any given day. The only thing potentially more important than the weather is the tide.

The movement of the tide is incredibly important for fishing in general, but even more so for kayak fishing.

If the tides are too rough, you’ll have a difficult time trying to navigate the waters. Take a close look at the most recent tide charts to determine what is happening at any given time.

Don’t worry if the tides are too volatile. Texas is home to many amazing seaside vacation destinations. Head to Kemah or Galveston and enjoy a little saltwater fishing from the pier.

#5 Follow Basic Lure Tips

Regardless of your skill level, you’ll recognize that your lure options are plentiful. So, how do you know what will work best for you?

Fishing Lures

It all depends on the specific species of fish you’re trying to catch. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll want to use the tips below to ensure you choose the most effective lure for your species of choice.

  • Use a lure that closely reflects the size and shape of the fish’s natural food
  • Colored lures work best
  • The weight of the lure needs to work well with the water’s depth where you intend to fish
  • Make sure the lures are sharp enough to snag the fish
  • Lures should be appropriately sized for the species in question

Choosing the right lure can make a world of difference. Get this right and you’ll be far more “luckier” out on the water.

#6 Picking Your Fishing Line

Texas can be incredibly hot and muggy. Therefore, you will not want to get caught out on the water in an uncomfortable situation.  Some fishing line materials are easier to untangle than others. Monofilament is great for saltwater and freshwater fishing.  Plus, this specific type of material is inexpensive, tough and somewhat stretchable. Finally, monofilament tends to blend in with the waters in Texas fairly well. The three main options include the following.

  • Braided
  • Fluorocarbon
  • Monofilament

#7 Dressing For The Occasion

As mentioned above, Texas can be very hot and humid. Plus, you’re going to be kayaking, so you should prepare yourself to get wet.

Fishing Waders

To ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your trip, it is pertinent to wear the appropriate clothing and have safety equipment.  Make sure your clothing of choice perfectly aligns with the weather for the given day.  Dress comfortably and consider wearing a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes.  Sunblock and bug spray is also a good idea.

#8 Hiring A Guide

Texas is full of amazing saltwater fishing spots. This causes the state to attract a lot of tourists, who are interested in fishing the state’s beautiful, active water.

Kayak Fishing Guide

If you’re unfamiliar with Texas and its lakes, you should consider hiring a fishing guide. This might increase the price to some degree, but it’ll be well worth it in the long run.  Some of the benefits of hiring a guide are.

  • Less risk of getting lost
  • Quicker access to the most active fishing spots
  • Having company is always nice
  • Your guide can plan your trip according to your ability and aspiration

Those that want to get the most out of their trip to Texas will definitely want to consider hiring a fishing guide.


About The Author:  Jeff is a fishing and kayaking enthusiast, a proud father and an avid Houston Astros fan. Jeff created his kayak fishing blog early 2016 with a plan to provide useful information and resources for kayak fishing, canoeing and fishing in general to new anglers. A longtime passion turning into a new career with the help of his son Kevin. You can email Jeff at [email protected].









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