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Getting Started

I remember when I first tried out a fishing kayak, down at AS Watersports in Exeter. I was more than a little nervous, and had no idea of the adventure I was about to embark on. In this part of the site you’ll find hints and tips on how to get started, and each section will have links through to some of the products I’ve been lucky enough to have a play with.

I can’t understate the importance of getting some training under your belt it really will help make the journey so much easier. The Angling Trust offers a dedicated kayak angling courses, so check their website for details. The other body offering courses is the BCU, and you may even bump inot me on one of thier courses, as this year they are running a series of courses combining top sea kayak coauces with kayak anglers, so you get the best of both worlds. If you fancy trainig with me then check out the booking page on this site, or check out the BCU website for more details

You may also find your local shop runs free taster sessions, which was why I started my journey at AS Watersports, or failing that, find a BCU registered coach and tell them you are interested in kayak fishing and ask for some one on one coaching.

I’d also highly recommend a few trips out with someone who already fishes from a kayak and who can show you the ropes, fishing with someone else is a lot safer than fishing on your own and is a great way to get into the hobby.  The Anglers Afloat forum is a great way to meet other kayak anglers and the site organises regular meets which are a great way to get into the sport.

On the right of this page you’ll find various subject headings, from clothing, to safety kit, to choosing your first boat, fitting electronics, and some of the basic techniques you are going to need to learn to fish from a kayak. If you click on clothing, for example, it'll take you through to an introductory page and from there you can follow the links to read about wetsuits, drysuits and all the other gear you may end up buying, it will also link through to reviews of some of the kit I've been lucky enough to have a play with, usually as a result of being given a review sample for Sea Angler magazine.

Take it a step at a time, build up your experience gradually, and above all stay safe, and enjoy your fishing.