A New Fishing Kayak From Cabela’s?

Is This The New Cabela’s Fishing Kayak?

Cabela's KayakKayak Angler magazine is claiming to have photos of a not yet released to the market fishing kayak that is due to hit the racks at Cabela’s  in June.

We received photos of Cabela’s new fishing kayak from an anonymous source. Looks like the new boat will be 12-feet long and 36-inches wide. The boat features a broad standing platform, electronics/gear pod and rod-tip protectors.

At 12′ it probably would just hold my big butt up, but would likely be a great fishing kayak for most lakes.

We will have to wait and see what price point it will come out at and whether or not I would sink it. LOL

Rigging For Kayak Salmon Fishing – Tackle

What Tackle Do You Need When Salmon Fishing From A Kayak?

Fishing for salmon from a kayakSummer run Chinook salmon season is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to salmon fishing from my kayak.

This is my first year really fishing a kayak and every trip is a new adventure, so it took some research to get the kayak ready for salmon fishing.  In this article I cover some of the ideas of what tackle you will want for salmon fishing from a kayak.

Rods For Kayak Salmon Fishing

The way to go in the rod department when salmon fishing from a kayak is a slow rod that is about 8′ long.  A slow rod is going to bend through the length of the rod, giving you lots of flex to fight a big salmon.  Your length should be long enough to get around the end of your kayak in case the salmon you have on decides to get crazy and you need to switch sides of the boat.  Your salmon rod doesn’t need to be fancy for kayak salmon fishing, it just needs to be flexible to take a run and strong enough to pull in a 30# fish.  You do want to make sure that your rod is rated for braided line, because if it isn’t your line could wind up getting cut on an eyelet. I’ve had it happen!

Reels For Kayak Salmon Fishing

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A bait casting reel that holds a decent amount of line is essential.  Quite honestly I would rather spend the big money on my reel than on my rod.  Especially fighting pissed off King Salmon, you need a reel with a great drag system that can hold up to getting salt water on it.  A good reel isn’t cheap, but will make or break your fishing trip.  The last thing you want is to lose a 35# Chinook because your drag got sticky and started locking up while your fish is running.  Something like the Shimano Tekota 300 should do a great job and hold up to the salt water.  I like line counter models, but some people don’t.  I will leave that up to you.

Line For Kayak Salmon Fishing

Kayak Salmon Fishing in Puget Sound pretty much means you will be mooching or trolling.  Either way, you will want a small diameter braided line.  If you go for a 20# test braided superline, you will have almost no drag and be able to get a bunch of line on your reel.  The regular complaint with braided line for salmon fishing is that it doesn’t absorb shock.  This isn’t a problem because you will use some mono on your terminal tackle, will be using a soft rod and fishing from a kayak that itself will absorb energy.

Now You Have The Tackle for Kayak Salmon Fishing

Next time we will talk about the terminal tackle for kayak salmon fishing, the common techniques and some thoughts on where to fish for salmon.   Do you have any comments on this article?  What are you  using to go kayak fishing?  Post your comments below, or you can email your comments to me.


The Fishing With Cliff Stealth Fighter

Fishing with Cliff has added a Trident Kayak to the arsenal!

Specially designed fishing kayak.
The only specially designed fishing kayak on the market.

For a while we have been looking at getting a smaller, more agile and stealthy fishing boat to the FWC retinue of boats.  After much research we have brought home a 13′ Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.3.

This is the most bad-ass of the sit on top kayaks on the market for fishing.

For the technical people, here are the stats on the Trident 4.3.

  • Comfort Zone™ seat back
  • Multifunctional reversible Ultra Center Hatch Cover
  • Live bait well or anchor storage compartment
  • Click Seal bow hatch
  • Transducer compatible scupper with more transducer size options
  • 5″ hatch in rear tank well
  • Over sized tank well designed to take the Ice Box Storage Pod
  • Molded-in cup and bottle holders
  • Four flush mounted rod holders
  • Replaceable wear strip on tail fin
  • Paddle keepers
  • Built-in carrying handles
  • LENGTH: 14′ 1″ | 4.3 m
  • WIDTH: 29.1″ | 74 cm
  • WEIGHT: 59 lbs | 27 kg
  • MAX CAPACITY: 425-475 lbs | 192.8-215.5 kg

Why did I pick the Trident Ultra 4.3?

Without any doubt, the Trident Ultra 4.3 and 4.7 are the best fishing kayaks on the market right now.  Plus, they have weight ratings high enough to hold my bulk and still have capacity left for a cooler, rods, gear and so on.  Reviews of its ability to cut through waves and move quickly through the water are all stellar.  So this summer we will be putting it through its paces.

Where will you see us fishing from the new kayak?

Early on this year, we will be using it to go after all those lovely planter trout that the local lakes are brimming with. Later this summer you can bet I will be trying my luck at fishing for Pink Salmon on Puget Sound.


Chompy the Shark and the Kayak Fisherman

When a shark wants a tuna, a shark gets a tuna

Kayak fishing is exciting no doubt, but when a shark wants the fish you are reeling in, it is even more interesting.  This is exactly what Isaac Brumaghim experience recently off the coast of Hawaii.  He was fishing for tuna when a shark decided that it wanted the fish he was reeling in.



Recalling the experience off the Waianae Coast, he said of the shark: “He exploded under my kayak, his dorsal hit my kayak. It was just like a rush. The shark scared me,” he said. “But I really needed that fish for my job.”

Isaac runs the site Aquahunters and typically has a camera mounted to his kayak to record his fishing trips.  This time out though, he got more than he expected. Needless to say, after the rush subsided his first thought was: “I hope I got that on camera.”

In the end he doesn’t get the fish, but he kept all his limbs and has some great video to show for it!


Kayak Fishing for Salmon in Oregon

Yes, people go salmon fishing from kayaks in the ocean!

It seemed crazy to me when I first heard about it, but people do go salmon fishing in the ocean along Washington and Oregon’s coasts in kayaks.  It is actually getting somewhat popular.

Here is a video of what it looks like to head out on the Oregon coast in a kayak and go salmon fishing.  There is a good chance we are going to give it a shot here in Puget Sound this year!

Do you kayak fish for salmon?

Are you a kayak fishing nut?  Chime and let everyone know what drew you to bobbing around on the water, fishing from an over-sized floating skateboard.