Paddles 'N Puddles


Al Siener slow-rolled an in-line spinnerbait to catch this slot red on a cold winter day. Redcicles
1841 Views - Posted: March 19 at 9:00 am

As we get deep into winter, many kayak anglers hang up their paddle, preferring to wait until the first signs of spring make thoughts of getting back on the water more appealing.

Using this off-time to clean and organize gear and add those accessories to your kayak is not a bad idea.

Standing up in a kayak can allow you to sight-fish reds and watch them when they actually eat. Stand up and fish
3236 Views - Posted: February 17 at 9:00 am

After three days of northwest winds, the winter cold front left the water in Fourchon only inches deep and muddier than the Mississippi. These conditions don’t build high expectations.

However, the plan was to do some stand-up kayak fishing to sight-fish reds in the dirty, low water. Stand-up fishing in a kayak might sound a little hairy, but with the right equipment you can almost hand-feed hungry reds.

Visibility is vital to staying safe in a kayak, so brightly colored models are recommended. David and Goliath
3582 Views - Posted: January 17 at 9:00 am

One of the lures of kayak fishing is the ability to launch in remote places and fish areas generally not accessible to powerboats.

Kayak fishing is a minimalist’s dream, but some luxuries can make the experience much more enjoyable. Kayak Christmas
4482 Views - Posted: December 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

If it were up to kayakers, Santa would definitely make his rounds in a ’yak. After all, a “Cajun sleigh ride” (being towed around by a large fish) is one of the most sought-after thrills by kayak fishermen.

Trout become accessible to kayak anglers again as water temperatures cool and the fish transition in from their summer haunts. Pontchartrain plastics
5946 Views - Posted: November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Lake Pontchartrain is legendary for its fall run of speckled trout. With miles and miles of bridge structures and some artificial reefs, there’s no shortage of locations to get on a hot bite.

LSU’s Kayak Fishing Club members Ryan Lauve, Shane Pantoja, Zachary Romaine and Thomas Sparks are part of a new initiative to draw college students into the sport of kayak fishing. College kayaking clubs
4575 Views - Posted: October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Many college students dream of playing hooky to get out on the water for a day of fishing. (I hear some actually do it.) So how great would it be if there was an organization that promoted college fishing clubs and set up a system to allow friendly competition with the chance to win some great prizes?

King mackerel can be caught just outside of the second sandbar off the beaches of the Gulf Coast, as Marty Mood proved. Have kayak, will travel
4510 Views - Posted: September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Some of the alluring aspects of kayak fishing are that it is relatively inexpensive and you have the ability to ply waters near one’s home area. Of course, we know that there really is no better place to fish than in Louisiana.

Limits of redfish can be caught in grass-choked ponds during the heat of the summer — and the fish are usually unmolested by anglers. Reds in the weeds
4077 Views - Posted: August 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

The heat of summer is in full swing, and many of the shallow marsh ponds are choked with submerged aquatic vegetation. The grass is so thick that it prevents powerboats from accessing these areas, and this is great news for kayak fishermen.

Bank fishing isn’t the only option for catching big Mississippi River cats. Jumping in a kayak allows anglers to reach unfished areas. Here kitty kitty
3621 Views - Posted: July 19, 2013 at 9:00 am
Gaze over the mighty Mississippi River in southern Louisiana and you’ll see a parade of tugs and barges, work boats, ocean-going cargo ships and the weekly cruise ships.

New Orleans’ Bayou St. John is great for urban kayak fishing and holds a wide variety of fish. Eric Muhoberac caught this redfish and bass in the same morning on a topwater frog. Urban ’yak fishing
3092 Views - Posted: June 17, 2013 at 9:00 am
For many folks, even kayakers, a fishing trip usually involves packing up and driving an hour or more to popular fishing areas far away from the big city. The hustle and bustle of city life is seldom equated with good fishing.

A kayak can get cluttered, but there are plenty of options to add a livewell to your ’yak. Make mine live
2766 Views - Posted: May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am
For most power boats, the use of live bait is such a given that livewells almost always come as standard equipment. Many don’t think that taking live bait along in a kayak is a viable option.

Wearing a comfortable PFD will help lessen the chances of disaster should you fall out of your kayak. Safe ’yaking is no accident
2638 Views - Posted: April 19, 2013 at 9:00 am
Kayak fishing is fun, exciting and safe. However, like any outdoor pursuit, especially one involving water, there are some situations that can present danger. Preparation and common sense can help turn a potentially life-threatening incident into nothing more than an inconvenience.

Even young children love to go kayak fishing. Jayson Poucher and 6-year-old son Braydon regularly kayak fish together. Kidyaking
4067 Views - Posted: March 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
We all know the importance of introducing kids to fishing. Getting them “hooked” early will teach them a wide range of skills and help create memories that will last a lifetime. Teaching them to fish in a kayak will add an increased level of excitement, responsibility and most of all, fun!

While many anglers turn their noses up to sheepshead, they are hard fighters and great table fare. Sheep herding
4927 Views - Posted: February 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
Mark Sagerholm is an avid kayak fisherman and a self proclaimed “sheep herder.” Sagerholm has developed a great respect for sheepshead — what many Louisiana fishermen consider trash fish. Mark jokingly calls them “striped snapper” because of the tenacious fights once hooked, but he also knows they make excellent table fare.

John Williams attaches a VisiPole light and flag to his Hobie kayak in preparation for the pre-dawn start of the BCKFC Minimalist Challenge tournament. Less is more
2949 Views - Posted: January 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
Kayaking is often referred to as a “minimalist” sport. However, you’d never know it by looking at some of the pimped-out yaks with depth finders, GPS units, live-bait wells and enough tackle to outfit a charter boat.

Cold weather can make for some hot kayak-fishing action along the Louisiana coast. The cooler months will have you seeing red
4712 Views - Posted: December 17, 2012 at 9:00 am
Kayak anglers can find much success pursuing redfish in the cooler months of fall and winter. Redfish are cold-water tolerant and predictable.

If you carefully select your locations and techniques, you can find some very hot cold-water redfish action.