Jacksonville, the northern-most city in Florida, is home to one of the fastest growing outdoor sports around: kayak fishing. While kayak fishing has been in existence for some time, it is only in recent years that it has become so surprisingly popular, particularly in Jacksonville. Each year the city hosts the Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Show podcast, as well as tournaments such as the Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic, the largest of its kind in the entire world.
Perhaps you’re wondering why anyone would choose to kayak rather than boat Jacksonville. The low cost of the sport in comparison to other types of fishing is one factor. New equipment, including the kayak itself, can be purchased for as little as eight hundred dollars and often used kayaks can be found much cheaper. Even a fully equipped “deluxe” kayak will cost no more than about fifteen hundred dollars, in comparison with party boat trips that range upwards of six hundred dollars.
In addition to being inexpensive, the health benefits are another factor of consideration due to the intense cardiovascular workout you get from a kayak. And finally, with no motor or noise, ocean dwellers are not as afraid of your kayak as they are of a sport fisherman gunning his engine. To see nature close up, a kayak is the perfect, noninvasive tool.
Surprisingly, a wide variety of fish, including highly-prized gamefish like snook, red drum, seatrout, tarpon, halibut, cod, amberjacks, tuna, sailfish, wahoo, king mackerel, and even marlin are caught by kayak fishermen when they boat Jacksonville.
Modern kayaks are usually equipped with after-market fishing accessories such as anchor trolleys, rod holders, electronic fish-finders and live-bait containers. Recent discovery that fish can be caught at slower speeds than traditional trolling speeds, has helped to increase the popularity of kayak fishing.