You have a couple of buddies that convinced you to get it. But now it's January, it's cold, the waters cold, and your buddies are quitters (mostly) and waiting for Spring. What to do?!
|Anybody want to go fish'n in Jan?|
Kayak clubs and forums offer numerous pages of fishing reports, maps, gear reviews and other useful information that other anglers have provided. The best benefit is having the ability to interact with other anglers on the site. You can ask a specific question or easily search through years of data (data- yea right). OAF has individual sections for popular rivers, streams, and lakes. It's as easy as finding the name of the river/stream you plan to float and then reading!!
Bloggers offer detailed reports with pictures and usually network with other bloggers, providing a never ending web of information. All are invaluable resources for planning purposes. You could easily get a fishing report, launch locations, camping suggestions, and shuttle options from 1 blog centered around Arkansas...and linked to the Arkansas blog find another blog dealing with Redfishing in SE Louisiana or trout in Colorado. Most bloggers welcome interaction and if you frequent their blog, will be most happy to answer questions...NOT in the comments section for all the world to read, but through email (PM -private message).
Remember to respect the source. If you gain some valuable information don't post it on Facebook or other social media outlet. But going past that...respect the area...practice catch and release and understand the environmental impact you have. Example, last August I was heading the SELA to chase reds. After getting several reports from BCKFC I had a good idea that throwing a fly rod from the kayak was going to be very stressful (warm water) on the reds. Several reports I read expressed concern over reds not swimming off strongly and later finding a few floating in the same area. I decided to leave the fly rod at home b/c this was a CPR trip. Respect what other's share.
|Let'em go and let'em grow|
*fishntale would be a killer name for a blog, right! (I'm stuck with looknfishy)