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The Art of “Floating”

People that fish out of a kayak always have a preference on what type of water they would prefer to be on, what type of fish they love going after the best, what type of bait or lures works the best, brands of rods and reels… opinions on everything and anything. Around the area of Central New York, there are all sorts of different bodies of water, and species of fish to target. The primary for me would have to be river fishing for largemouth and small mouth bass.

Coming along with River Fishing is the planning that goes along with it. Planning a “Float” is almost as important as making sure you bring your rod and reel along. Living and working on the Seneca River, which connects Seneca Lake to Cayuga Lake (the two largest Finger Lakes in central New York) I have had a chance to float down that section of River many times, and have learned a lot of “do’s and do not’s” in the process.

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A good rule of thumb, as always when you are paddling, is to use the buddy system, having a put in and take out point is one thing, but not having transportation when you take out makes it pretty pointless. Having a vehicle at your take out point, with at the very least, a way to get back to your portage vehicle would easily allow you to do a lot more fishing, instead of having to paddle all the way back up river to your put in location. Another key thing to remember when parking is to make sure you have the right/permission to park where you are. Nothing worse than coming back from a day on the water to a ticket on your car, or worse…. No car.
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Which brings me to my next point, it seems silly, but knowing the details about the river you are setting up to fish can truly be the difference maker on the outcome of your day; current conditions, tides if applicable), hot spots, and even the best baits. Nothing is worse than putting in at your location, planning this great float, only to find out you are floating the other direction. Also, talking to locals in the area, you might find out that an area that looks great for the fish you are going after is actually a complete waste of time, and something that should just be skipped. So, do your homework and be prepared.
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The main thing you should always remember is to just have fun, fishing is all about unplugging and recharging your mental tanks, being out on the water is supposed to be a pleasant experience and proper planning is key to a relaxing day on the water. Follow these simple pointers, and get out and float!

Your Own… Finger Lakes

Kayaking has always been around the Finger Lakes region of New York. The eleven different lakes within the region all have something special and significant to offer all levels of paddlers. These lakes have also been host to many different fishing tournaments. However in the recent years a new sport has begun to spread through the area, a sport that combines both of these heavily populated past times, Kayak Fishing.

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The Finger Lakes Region of New York is a prime location for this growing sport. No matter what type of water you are looking to get into, the Finger Lakes have it. Seneca Lake, the largest of the eleven lakes is known as “The Lake Trout capital of the world”. At 35 miles long and over 600 feet deep in some points, there are hundreds of areas to get lost on a kayak for the day. If Seneca Lake and its plentiful supply of Lake Trout are to “flashy” for you, there are many other options for you. Just a twenty minute drive away is the much smaller, calmer, Keuka Lake. This “wishbone” shaped lake is 20 miles long and only a little more than 100 feet deep is home to some of the best small mouth bass in the state. Keuka Lake has many streams and inlets that the bass love to call home, and the low traffic on the lake make the fish more than abundant, and very hungry.

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These are only two examples of the eleven main lakes that make up our beautiful region, and this article doesn’t even start to count the dozens of smaller lakes and canals that connect them all together, making the Finger Lakes a true center for anyone looking to get into the sport of kayak fishing.

Another advantage of the area is the accessibility of the main lakes, with one of the largest cities in the Finger Lakes on the northern tip, Geneva; Seneca Lake is one of the most accessible lakes in the region.  This accessibility makes Seneca Lake home to the most tournaments throughout the years, many of which have even started Kayak divisions, and have gotten small specialized kayak shops to even come into these tournaments as sponsors.

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Just like in any sport, the correct equipment for your specific paddling style can make or break your experience on the water. That is why it is always important for growing areas such as the Finger Lakes to have and support these types of businesses. Bringing their education as well as high quality kayak companies; like the market leader, Jackson Kayaks, to the attention of the customer. These shops are a very important to any “up and coming” area.  Fuzzy Guppies, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, has that role filled. Specializing in all things kayak fishing, this organization can amplify your experience tenfold.

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Everyone in the area has their own favorite hole on their favorite lake. For me, it doesn’t get any better than putting my Jackson Coosa fishing kayak in on the north shore of Seneca Lake, paddling down the east coast, away from all the motor boats and jet skis, and throwing that perfectly quiet cast along that ridge bank where I know there will be an extra hungry large mouth waiting for a fight, a special area where only a kayak and a fish can get to. It’s kind of unfair for those “motor-heads” in there $60k bass boats if you ask me. However, if it is a busy weekend, and I can see it would be hard for me to get away from the noise and craziness I am trying to escape, I drive to my second favorite fishing spot on Keuka Lake. Drop my Coosa in the Outlet just south of the town of Penn Yan, NY and paddle up the east shore, where I would never see one boat, but a ton of Small mouths.

These are important resources or always keep in mind when you make a trip to New York’s Finger Lakes region, but it is only the beginning, each lake truly is unique, offering the paddler a completely new feel and experience. It is important for you to get out and start fishing these lakes, and get your own favorite. Besides, I am not going to give you all of my favorite secret locations right out of the gate….

The new Coosa HD from Jackson Kayak

Check out one of my favorite kayak lines, and the new version of one of there best fishing models. If you are looking to get into a new kayak this fishing season, check this one out at your nearest kayak shack… like Fuzzy Guppies, if you are in my neck of the woods.

More info to come!