Grab yourself a good ocean kayak and take to the seas!
Why A Kayak?
The water is warming up and the fish are coming in now that spring is here. Our personal favorite areas to fish are Gulf Shores, AL and down the Florida panhandle. You can catch King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Redfish, Whiting, and more not too far from shore. Which is great because it makes it so much easier to just bring a kayak to the beach instead of hauling a boat.
You can choose to fish off the piers, but let’s get real, it is a pain some days. When the weather is nice the piers have lots of tourists, sometimes there’s the annoying fishermen that throw over your lines, and good grief with the people that see you catch a fish then crowd in around your spot and start casting out. It gets old pretty quick.
Kayaks make it a much more enjoyable experience. Perhaps you would rather not fish, and that’s okay, it’s still a lot of fun and actually really great exercise.
Many places that boats cannot access are easily accessible by kayak, which opens more opportunities for fishing and even just seeing some pretty cool places, like mangroves for example.
What I Recommend
As far as kayaks, I really don’t think you can get better than a Hobie Kayak. They have different styles, but I prefer the sit on top and having a pedal-drive is an AWESOME plus (the extra cost is worth it)! Keep casting and trolling along, or just give your arms and shoulders a break for a while and enjoy the scenery. Get it on Amazon here.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative I would suggest the Pelican pedal-drive. The price tag on this is much more appealing to someone that might only be interested in occasional recreational kayaking. In my experience a Pelican can be just as comfortable as well, but the Hobie would offer more stability with an overall better design. Buy it here on Amazon
Places You Should Go
If you don’t know what bioluminescence is you should find this pretty fascinating. Bioluminescence is the production of light by a living organism. You can visually see this, and it occurs commonly in marine organisms that can make the water appear to be glowing. You’ve most likely seen this bioluminescence in fireflies (or as we call them in the deep south ‘lightening bugs’). Not as many people get the opportunity to see this in the ocean.
So, where can you go to see this?
- Florida’s Indian River has an amazing bioluminescent kayaking tour. This is a bucket-list item for many people, but you can have the opportunity next time you visit Florida anywhere from May to November (recommended best time to do the bioluminescent kayak tours). They have clear kayaks which help you have a fuller view around you and just adds an extra bit of awesomeness to the experience. The water glows around you as you paddle through. I would be willing to say this is one of the coolest natural phenomenons you can see first-hand.
- Mangrove Kayaking in Sarasota, Florida is also a fun way to get out into nature. The water is so clear and fish swim very close to you as you pass through the canals. You can use standup paddle boards or a kayak to navigate through the mangroves. If you are a nature lover, this is perfect for you. Be on a peaceful quiet path and hear nothing but yourself and the surrounding nature.
Relax and Enjoy!
Thanks for reading, and please do be safe on all your travels. Please remember, whenever you are on nature excursions be respecful of the wildlife. Pick up after yourselves and leave things as they were when you got there. If you would like to help keep our oceans clean, or to learn more about ocean pollution, you can visit https://4ocean.com/pages/our-story
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