Why do we do what we do? Why do you fish from a kayak? Why do you like being alone? Why are there a dozen of you in one corner of the lake? Why that many rods? Why take so many pictures? Why don’t you keep what you catch? Why get up so early for some stupid fish? Your boat has more stickers than a Nascar. Why not put a motor on that thing? Why not get a bigger boat? Why paddle when you can peddle? Why peddle when you can paddle? Have you heard any of these questions/comments and just laughed?
What drives you/us? Is it the rush you get when you feel that tug on the line? The pure pleasure of reconnecting with the outdoors?
For me, its all of the above and more. If I’m away from the wilderness for an extended period of time, I find that my mind goes crazy, and I feel like I’m losing myself. That smell in the air from the trees, that first cut of the paddle when you start out on your hunt for that special spot on the water. The sound’s…… or no sound’s. Winter can feel like an eternity when you’re in the middle of it. Your mind racing… What can I do? Try to occupy your time in other ways. Reading fishing articles, tying flies, re-spooling reels, re organizing your tackle boxes, the list goes on and on. But nothing replaces just getting out there. One of the most exciting experiences is that 1st time back out on the water… I’m like a kid at Christmas. I’ve got all my gear in the vehicle, Kayak on the roof. Clothes laid out… sleeping in some. You leave in the dark, knowing you’ll likely be the 1st one out on the water. Then when you get to the lake, it’s like glass. You get your gear all set up, and you’re ready to go. You sit in your boat, and soak it all in. Nothing better right?
Kayak fishing is a secret that we should want everyone to know about. A total stranger comes up to you and asks you something, you can talk for hours. They are likely looking to get away from you before you’re even remotely done talking. Keep it that way, share your passion. Some folks want to over complicate it (like me), some like it simple. There’s the debate over Sit-On-Top or Sit-Inside. Saltwater, freshwater. Spincasting, baitcasting, fly fishing. No one is right, and no one is wrong, just get out there and enjoy yourself.