“Catching Big Bass from a Kick Boat” I’ve been fishing from a kick boat and float tube for years now, which has taught me many ways to improve my fishing. But, best of all, it’s taught me how to catch big fish. – Bryan Leppan
I’ve been fishing from a kick boat and float tube for years now, which has taught me many ways to improve my fishing. But, best of all, it’s taught me how to catch big fish. Who says you need a boat to be able to catch big fish? Yes, it does have its advantages; especially on a big body of water. However, it also has its disadvantages too. Being on a kickboat means you are probably limited to a smaller area and can’t cover as much water as you would on a larger boat, but it does allow you to fish a certain spot or stretch of water more thoroughly.
Here is a prime example. On a recent trip to a local dam, I got there bright and early as always. I have a certain spot that I normally like to fish, however it is a long kick to get there, even though I know I always catch fish there. Instead, I decided to rather try the areas that I never fish and spent some time working those areas thoroughly. I got to the first spot and after a few minutes I managed to land my first fish on a crankbait. It was a small male, and knowing that it is currently prespawn conditions, I thought there could be a decent sized female nearby. I made about twenty more casts in the same area and then hooked into what I thought was a barbell. It shot off and never broke the surface of the water, giving me a great fight. It slowly tired and as I reeled it in closer, my excitement set in, it was a beauty of a bass! I landed the fish and it weighed in at 4kg on the dot. A few casts later, a bit further up the bank, I was into another decent fish of 2.6kg.
As the day went on, the fishing conditions made things a bit more difficult, but I was still catching fish. Because I don’t use a fish finder, I looked for the same kind of structure on the bank. In this case it was a rocky bank with a bit of a drop off, the same kind of bank where I got the 4kg. I changed over to a Texas rigged Yamamoto Kreature bait. This allowed me to fish slower and keep the bait in the strike zone for a bit longer. My patience paid off as I hooked into another big fish, this one weighing in at 3.8kg.
The best way to catch big fish from your kick boat, in my opinion, is to be knowledgeable about the dam. Take note of the surroundings, where you have caught before and where the fish are most likely to be. Before heading out for the day, I often look at contour maps or old pictures of the dam and try read up on articles if I can. The best tip I can give to other fishermen is to fish an area properly, throw different baits and be patient; you never know when you’re going to get that big bite. Sometimes fishing new areas can pay off, even if you don’t think so at first. So be patient, relax and just enjoy yourself out there.
*Bryan Leppan is the Cast-for-Cash KZN organiser, a provincial angler and pro staff angler for Bass Warehouse.
The best way to catch big fish from your kick boat is to be knowledgeable about the dam Throw different baits and be patient