Get Lured In with the Best Kayak Fishing Rod

Get Lured In with the Best Kayak Fishing Rod

One thing you’ll need to truly enjoy the experience and bring home the best catch is a great kayak fishing rod.

By Brand Ambassador | November 9, 2021

One thing all anglers should experience sooner than later: kayak fishing in the waters surrounding Captiva Island. Casting off from right on top of the area’s clear blue water is a can't-miss adventure no matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer. One thing you’ll need to truly enjoy the experience and bring home the best catch is a great kayak fishing rod.

It takes the right kind of kayak fishing rod when you’re casting off from this kind of vessel. This means that size matters. The best kayak fishing rods are usually between 6- and 7.5-feet long and offer comfort for use both sitting and standing.

Does the idea of casting off from a kayak lure you in? Let’s get down to the details on what makes the best kayak fishing special and the best kayak fishing rods so you can make the most of your time on the water.

What Makes Kayak Fishing Different?

There are many ways to make a fresh catch when you're visiting Captiva Island. You can enjoy offshore fishing, inshore fishing, pier fishing, and even beach fishing. You can take a charter out to sea. However, kayak fishing provides a great opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and the clear blue water surrounding the island.

Imagine paddling up stealthily and silently on a school of snook in the summertime or snagging the perfect grouper in cooler winter waters. You can do this right from a kayak. Kayak fishing is much quieter than other vessels. Additionally, kayaks are much more maneuverable and allow you to find fish in places you might not get to otherwise.

All in all, kayak fishing is a unique and enjoyable way to make fishing part of your next Captiva Island vacation. All it takes is a kayak and the right kayak fishing rod to cast off and truly enjoy island angling.

Is Kayak Fishing Good?

Kayak fishing is a good way to enjoy the water and bring in a great catch. You’ll find that a kayak’s quiet operation and agility make it easy to sneak up on otherwise skittish fish you might miss otherwise. This makes kayak fishing good, especially on Captiva Island.

One more important thing to keep in mind: you’ll need a recreational fishing license before you hit the water around Captiva Island.

What Do I Need For Kayak Fishing?

You’ll need the right equipment to make the most of your time when fishing from a kayak. Many anglers prefer casting off from a sit-on-top kayak. This kind of vessel will keep you drier, as water from waves and your fresh catch will drain back out through the scupper holes in the bottom of the vessel.

You’ll also find that a sit-on-top kayak features an open design. This gives you the room you need to keep your tackle box accessible, mount a fish finder, and cast off comfortably.

You don’t have to own a kayak to enjoy kayak fishing. Renting a vessel is a great option, especially if you’re a newbie. It’s easy to rent a sit-on-top kayak for fishing on Captiva Island. Learn more about how to rent a kayak on vacation.

Another essential item you’ll need to cast off from a kayak: a great kayak fishing rod. Let’s explore a few options to see what you’ll need for a great day of fishing.

What Kind of Rod Do I Need For Kayak Fishing?

When it comes to kayak fishing rods, size definitely matters. The length of your rod is what sets you up for success on the water, according to the experts. Adult rods range in length from about 6-feet to up to 8-feet.

What’s the difference between an 8-foot fishing rod and a 6-foot fishing rod? You’ll find that the longer rod lets you cast off further and cover more distance. On the other hand, a shorter rod will offer more precision and better targeting.

The best kayak fishing rod length is usually between 6- and 7.5-feet. This is for two reasons:

  1. Precision
  2. Comfort

There’s not a lot of room to move around in a kayak, so the short rod requires a smaller range of motion to cast off. The reduced range of motion contributes to your comfort and stability in your kayak. Additionally, fishing from a kayak puts you right on top of the water and gives you easy access to the fish below, so precision might be more important than distance. This means a shorter rod is often the best choice for kayak fishing.

There’s a lot more that goes into choosing the right rod for kayak fishing, especially if you’re a seasoned angler. Experience anglers might want to consider details like:

  • Stiffness and sensitivity
  • Material (graphite vs fiberglass)
  • Handle composition (cork vs foam)
  • Handle length
  • Continuous vs split handle
  • Line and lure weight
  • And much more

Even though there are many factors that come into play when choosing a kayak fishing rod, you might find that size is what really sets each rod apart.

5 Best Kayak Fishing Rods

There are a lot of kayak fishing rods on the market today. This means you’ll find all kinds of options available to you. The best kayak fishing rod depends on your personal preferences.

Need a place to get started? This list of 5 best kayak fishing rods should give you a pretty good idea of what you might like when it’s time to cast off from a kayak. This list was made with beginners in mind.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite

This budget-friendly fish stick is a good option for those trying kayak fishing for the first time. It measures 7-feet in length, perfect for both comfort and precision. The Ugly Stik Elite is known for its strength and durability. One caveat, though, is that it comes in one piece and that can make transport difficult.

Falcon Coastal Spinning Rod

This 6-foot or 7-foot stick makes a great kayak fishing rod because it’s medium action makes it flexible for all kinds of applications. Reviews indicate this rod is perfect for pulling in the fish you’ll find in the waters around Captiva Island, like sea trout and redfish.

Daiwa Presso Ultralight

You’ll find that the Daiwa Presso Ultralight comes in lengths from just 4-feet to up to 8-feet. This means that it comes in a perfect length for you when casting off from a kayak. It is also an affordable option, starting at just $59, which means it won’t break the bank when you’re just starting out.

Fenwick Eagle

This kayak fishing rod is what meets anglers in the middle. It features moderately fast action with medium light power, which make it a good option for newbies and veterans alike. Reviews indicate anglers have caught everything from 35-lb salmon to small trouth with this rod, which means it is a good choice for reeling in the fish around Captiva Island.

Cadence Fishing CR5

This 7-foot fish stick makes a great kayak fishing rod because of its versatile length and strong reel seat. Many users say the Cadence Fishing CR5 is right in the sweet spot when it comes to line and lure options.

Now that you have a better grasp on some of the kayak fishing rods on the market today, let’s take a look at where you can get a kayak.

Can I Rent a Kayak on Captiva Island?

It is easy to rent a kayak on Captiva Island. Jensen’s Marina ™  offers one- and two-person kayaks for rental. You can rent kayaks in 2-hour intervals, which makes it easy for a short excursion or even a whole day of fishing from your kayak.

In addition to great kayak fishing, paddling the waters around Jensen’s Marina ™ and Captiva Island lets you see North Captiva and Pine Island in true detail. You’ll likely spot fish, dolphins frolicking, and maybe even a manatee all enjoying the region’s clear blue sea.

Make Jensen’s Marina ™  Your Next Fishing Destination

The right kayak fishing rod can make your next fishing getaway in Florida a wondrous experience. Reeling in the day’s catch will make you feel both accomplished and close to nature. Rent a kayak today and enjoy what makes casting off here great.

You’ll find that there’s much more to enjoy at Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages ™ than just great kayak fishing. Vacation cottages, boat rentals, fishing charters, and more make Jensen’s ™ a true destination for your next Florida escape. See what Southwest Florida has to offer today. Make a reservation at Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages ™ today and make North Captiva your next fishing destination.

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Captiva, FL 33924

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