@Allan Olesen said:
You are lucky that the anglers use fishing kayaks and not sea kayaks. When they get themselves killed, you can at least point to the kayak and say: “That was not a sea kayaker.”
Where I live, hunters buy sea kayaks and get themselves killed, usually because of cold water. I think hunters make up more than 50% of the casualties in sea kayaks. And when it hits the media, there are usually photos of their sea kayak, which has been found somewhere.
I wish those incidents would be considered hunting accidents, instead of kayaking accidents.
Really pisses me off to see a growing group of fishermen out there with fishing rods on long SUP boards. Telling ya, just casualties waiting to happen. When it does, I can’t wait to say, “Just another stupid surfer risking his life on a surf board.” LOL!
This is kind of to my point as well. When a fishing platform gets in trouble it should be a boating error, not a generic “kayak” error as reported in the papers, especially when you read what happened, Stupid errors in a craft that shouldn’t have been doing what the “paddler” was trying to do…and what most kayakers would not have done if they took the sport seriously. Still it’s sad to see anyone hurt or worse when out paddling OR pedaling their boat.
The American Canoe Association (ACA) isn’t bothered that some folks use kayaks for fishing. To the contrary, it’s developing skills courses for both river kayak fishing and coastal kayak fishing and certified instructors can earn a river kayak fishing endorsement.
The coastal kayak fishing endorsement for instructors is being developed.
They also offer 11 videos related to kayak fishing:
Kayakers have been fishing out of kayaks for thousands of years, There are kayakers who fish and there are fishermen who kayak, Most of the fishing “kayakers” have never paddled an actual kayak, yet the media and many websites throw the term around like they are all paddling kayakers, it’s misleading and for some of us who promote safety and skills for sea kayakers find the loose terminology counter productive in introducing and sharing safety. Paddle what you want, call it what you will, consider yourself whatever you want, just be safe and have fun.