IAN PICK­ER­ING

OCEAN KAYAK FISH­ING TEAM

Sea Angler (UK) - - Boat Angler -

My kayak fish­ing ad­ven­ture started way back in 2005 when I was stood on a rock spin­ning; I wanted to find a way to get my­self just that lit­tle bit fur­ther out, and a kayak seemed the ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion.

I live just about as far away from the sea as you can get in the coun­try. The clos­est bit of coast­line is prob­a­bly Skeg­ness, but there’s not much on of­fer there and, time-wise, it’s a sim­i­lar jour­ney to the stun­ning coast that is Flam­bor­ough Head in York­shire. Apart from the awe­some scenery here, the fish­ing is fan­tas­tic, with ex­cel­lent cod, pol­lack, bass, wrasse and thorn­backs the tar­get species.

The ma­jor­ity of my kayak fish­ing used to be for the ta­ble, and for years I had my cod and pol­lack blink­ers on. The last cou­ple of years, how­ever, I’ve tar­geted other species for sport and had a great time prac­tis­ing catch and re­lease.

There are now a num­ber of sea com­pe­ti­tions in the UK each year. The north­ern ones are usu­ally big­gest fish, while the south­ern are nor­mally species hunts. I’ve en­tered most over the years and ab­so­lutely love them. I’ve learnt so much from other an­glers, and the so­cial side is leg­endary.

I cur­rently fish from an Ocean Kayak Ul­tra 4.3, which, for me, is the best com­pro­mise be­tween speed, sta­bil­ity and com­fort. It han­dles the strong tides and big swells of the North Sea beau­ti­fully and has plenty of stor­age. Whether I’m jig­ging a shad for a cod, or bait fish­ing with a size 6 hook with some rag­worms, I fish all year round off the kayak and love ev­ery mo­ment and ev­ery fish.

I’ve re­cently started fresh­wa­ter fish­ing for pike and perch, which, bear­ing in mind where I live, has cer­tainly in­creased the amount of launches I make each year.

Ian Pick­er­ing with a plaice

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