Not too long ago kayaking the coastal bays, marshes and backwater estuaries was something a select few anglers had tapped into. That was then, this is now.
It isn’t that way anymore. Kayak fishing is the rage along the Texas Gulf Coast, and it's rapidly spreading to other states, as well.
Kayaking for reds and trout has really taken a firm grip on the middle and lower Texas coast. It's especially popular among fly fishermen.
The draw is this: With a kayak you don't have to hassle with a boat, motor and trailer. Simply drop it in the water and go. That's it. But the option of loading your kayak into a big rig and covering lots of water is another tactic that's definitely worth checking out.
There are endless areas of the coast that are kayak friendly. On most you can simply drive up, drop your kayak into the water and paddle away. That's about as simple as fishing gets.
Another great kayaking adventure can be found at Port O'Connor, on the middle Texas Coast. This is where you can load your kayak onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's ferry for a shuttle across the bay to Matagorda Island State Park, about 11 miles from the small fishing town.
This island offers well over 20 miles of vodka clear flats on the bay, and also on Pringle Lake. You also have access to Pass Cavallo and the surf. This is an area where you can catch anything from tailing reds to 100-pound plus tarpon.
By now you're probably getting a feel for the type of adventure you can paddle into with a Kayak.
Selecting a kayak for your adventures is easy. However, like vehicles and power boats, you will find that there are all sorts of Kayaks to choose from.
First of all, 99.9 percent of kayaking on the coast is done from sit-on-top models, as opposed to sit-inside yaks. These are wet boats, meaning the seat might take on an inch or so of water. The sit-inside models are dry. But the trade off is that sit-on-top kayaks offer easy on and off access.
You can visit the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas to see all the different models and all the accessories. It is amazing how fast the selection has grown.
The most surprising thing about kayak angling is the ease of paddling from one location to another. It's not only good exercise, but great stress relief.
There is nothing better than paddling to an isolated flat and wading into trout and reds.
I'm not a big fan of fishing while seated in a kayak. My idea of fun is paddling to an area and then wading. But at times the only option is to stay in the kayak, especially when you are fishing over soft mud and shell or deep water.