Beginning Kayak Fishing: User Error

Hey folks. First day back out on the water in 2016. I haven’t been fishing since before Christmas. So I have a new toy to play with today. This is called a casting rod and reel. I got this for Christmas thank you. First time I’ve ever used one of these . It’s different from what I’m used to.

I’ve heard that it has a little bit of a learning curve to it. So I’ve picked a spot here without much vegetation. So I am not going to get caught on anything. So it’s just going to be learning how to cast this. So, join me. OK, this is the first cast. So I have everything tuned here. I set this so that when I hit that it falls. I probably need to tune that a bit more. Try that again. There we go. And then I have the magnetic brake turned all the way up to max. So then lets see how this does. First cast with the casting rod. Finger on the thing. Alright, well it worked, no bird’s nest. Supposed to kind of swim this one. Let me adjust that a bit, there we go.

Oh, and there we go. That was because of a bad cast. I threw that too hard and at the wrong angle. So I’m not sure how to fix this. I should look that up, but I’m going to try to do it on my own. That’s probably the wrong thing right there. Reeling work? No. OK, so that is called a bird’s nest. I’m at 8 of max on my magnet. And this thing is all the way up almost.

But that was my fault, bad cast. Not sure what I’m going to do about that. Well I was doing alright there for a while casting it. But it’s in a bird’s nest situation here and I can’t clear it. So there’s a project for me this week to clear it. I spent about 15 minutes trying to clear it and I think that’s something I need to learn too. I enjoyed it while it was working and then I cast it wrong. Back to the backup. If you can see that.. on this side. Luckily, that’s whyI have two rods. See if I can catch anything on that one. Get on there fish. Aw, little tiny fish came off. Alright well. Well, before the sun goes down too much and you can still see me, I’ll talk about what happened today. I started off with the casting rod and that didn’t go well. But that’s how you learn how to do stuff. That’s why I’m I’m beginning both at the kayak and fishing. Finished up the rest of the day on Old Reliable here.

Reliable in the sense that I know it’s going to work. But not reliable in that it caught any fish. But good to be back on the water. 2016 started with a decent trip. It’s a little chilly but not so cold that I can’t be out here. So that’s good. Anyway, thanks for watching.