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Don’t forget nearshore fishing

For a paddler, fishing outside the surf line is immensely challenging and rewarding. The closer you get to the Gulf Stream, the better your chances are of hooking into some really sizeable sea creatures. Realistically speaking, however, kayak angling from the shoreline out to 3 nautical miles in the ocean is probably about as far as most paddlers care to tackle without the aid of a mother ship or other support craft. Fishing beyond the breakers or even fishing open water inside big inlets should be considered advanced-level kayak fishing and not undertaken by those with little or no experience.

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August 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Reds are a paddler’s fish

For a kayak angler along the coast, there are probably better times to target redfish than July, but for anglers headed for a beach vacation, or for coastal anglers who regularly ply those waters, reds are always on the list of fish to catch. 

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July 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Kayaks + catfish = Great June fishing

Setting up your kayak to target catfish may seem like the simplest thing in the world. Although anglers have caught catfish by casting, the vast majority of catfish are caught basically the same way: using multiple rods baited with some type of cut, live or manufactured baits.

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June 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Crawl in bed with bream

May is a tough month if you’re just trying to catch one fish species. Both water and air temperatures are pleasantly warm, and most fish are still relatively shallow. It’s a great month to fish for just about everything freshwater or saltwater, but it’s the perfect month to fish for bream. In the Palmetto State, bream typically means bluegills, but it can also mean shellcrackers, warmouths and a variety of sun perch.

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May 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Why paddle for bass?

Ah, April. Turkeys are gobbling, flowers are blooming and bass are bedding. Continuing our series of how to rig for and target one species each month, the good news is there really isn’t any special rigging necessary to fish for black bass. Unlike crappie, stripers or catfish, bass fishing is a one-pole affair — or at least one at a time.

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April 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Setting up for slab time - Get your kayak rigged for crappie fishing

The number of anglers joining the ranks of the plastic armada grows daily. With each new recruit, prospective anglers want to know what they can do to target their favorite species from their new paddle craft. This month, Palmetto Paddling begins a series of species-specific information describing how to rig for and target a particular fish species each month.

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March 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Make practice a habit - Keep learning better ways to fish from a kayak

My high-school basketball coach, David Riggins, always avoided the old cliché that “Practice Makes Perfect.” Instead he would say, “Practice Makes Permanent,” and if pressed to say something regarding perfection he would say, “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.” In a relatively solitary sport like kayak fishing, it’s hard to think of practicing anything. You want to go fishing, go fishing, but Coach Riggins’ logic still applies. 

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February 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Turn to active winter fish

The sport of kayak fishing has generated a tremendous following whose numbers rank among the fastest growing of all outdoor sports. As a barometer, just pay attention on the highway to the plastic fishing craft adorning the roofs, beds and utility trailers of a large number of travelers in spring, summer and fall.

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January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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