Hi folks. I am looking for a little help.
I will be staying on Anna Maria Island this summer (August) and am looking to hire a kayak for a couple of weeks. It will mainly be used by the kids for some gentle paddling.
My questions are......
Should I wish to go fishing in it do I need to hire one specifically set up for fishing or would a normal rental do?
Any recommendations for a reasonable and reliable rental place on the island?
Any basic do's and don'ts if trying to fish from a kayak?
How easy is it to fly fish from a kayak or should I bait fish?!!
Huge thanks in advance for your help.
I've fished from both fishing and non-fishing kayaks. I have the (latter) FORMER and it's a LOT easier. Since you don't have experience doing this, my experience says the #1 rule would be KISS. Do not take anything that's not absolutely necessary. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, one small tackle box, pliers, one rod. If all this stuff fits inside your PFD pockets, even better. Things can get chaotic very quickly when you hook a fish in a kayak.
Have a great time!
Thanks again for the advice.
(see my EDIT in post #2)
For your best chance at a fun sucessful trip its worth hiring a kayak fishing guide for a half or full day... full day gets you much more bang for your buck.
Couple names that come to mind...
I stayed at Anna Maria island for the first time, for a three day thing, a couple of weeks ago. I brought my own Yak, my friends rented theirs from Beach Bums, a local place. Two of them were fishing style, the other one wasn't, (because they were out) so call ahead for details. Prices were reasonable, I think - $99 for three days, and they delivered and picked them up at our rental house.
What got us was the wind - it **** for three days straight. Seriously if it died down to 10-15 we were happy, because it was blowing a steady 20+ most days. We fished Bimini Bay, and one day 25+ was the norm. We caught a few trout, not much else. Tried to fish outside off the beaches but it was not possible due to the west winds. If I went back, I would definately try a guide.
Good luck, it is a fun place to visit, nice people, lots of ice cream shops, restaurants, bars, but also with a fairly small-town feel.
Thanks again for the advice and will post reports as and when I can!