Some kayak fishing tips or do's and don'ts. Over the course of the years I have participated in this great sport, I've learned a thing or two. Some the easy way, and some the hard way. Below is a list to help you learn the "easy way". Kayak fishing tips can help reduce the learning curve.

DO: See your doctor before starting any exercise program or sport that may require physical exertion. If you have any known or suspected health problems, this is a MUST DO. While this is a relaxing sport, it can be strenuous.
DON'T: Neglect to see your doctor only to find out you have health issues after you're on the water, possibly a significant distance from shore.

DO: Take basic kayaking lessons when starting this sport.
DON'T: Risk personal discomfort or injury while paddling because of an improper paddling stroke or misadjusted and/or improper equipment.

DO: Follow the saying of "Try before you buy" when looking to purchase a kayak.
DON'T: Purchase a kayak you haven't paddled because you got a "Good Price" on it. The wrong kayak is the wrong kayak even if it seemed like a bargain. One size definitely does not fit all.

DO: Think about your intended use before you buy. Know how the different models/sizes/styles handle in the conditions you expect to encounter.
DON'T: Buy used or online without first doing your homework and "test driving" several models. While various models/brands may look the same, you will find that the similarity will end there.

DO: For best visibility and safely, purchase a kayak this is bright in color. Yellows, oranges, and bright greens stand out well from the surrounding water. Try to stay away from kayaks that are blue or gray in color. They easily blend in to the surrounding water. Even white, in choppy or spraying waters is very hard to spot.
DON'T: Select the color as a fashion statement.

DO: Wear a personal floatation device (PFD) while paddling.
DON'T: Secure your personal flotation device to your kayak to carry it. Your kayak already floats by itself, you don't.

DO: Buy the best paddle you can afford. These are usually lighter than their entry-level cousins.
DON'T: Ignore the fact that the lighter weight material of these higher end paddles will reduce fatigue while paddling.

DO: Use a paddle leash or other secure device to retain your paddle to your kayak.
DON'T: Lose your paddle while on the water.

DO: You or at least someone in your party should have a bilge pump and extra paddle for emergency use.
DON'T: Fail to have a bilge pump or other efficient means to evacuate water from the hull of a kayak, and a paddle in case someone loses theirs on the water.

DO: Take proper signaling devices (typically flares for ease of visually locating you) and radios that use the same band as the local emergency response agencies do - recommended is a waterproof VHF radios for voice communications.
DON'T: Require assistance from an emergency response agency, and have no way to contact them.

DO: Remember safety is paramount while kayak fishing.
DON'T: Put yourself and others in a potentially dangerous situation because of your lack of experience or knowledge.

DO: Paddle with others while going offshore.
DON'T: Go offshore by yourself without the proper experience and equipment.

DO: Take a First-Aid kit with you on the water.
DON'T: Leave the launch without one.

DO: Cover your skin or at least use sunscreen to help protect yourself for the suns rays while on the water.
DON'T: Fail to protect your skin. Sunburns can happen in less than an hour while paddling.

DO: Be acutely aware of your surroundings while on the water. Other watercraft, structures and other obstacles can be dangerous.
DON'T: Become so involved in fishing that you fail to see potential hazards approaching.

DO: Remember that you are going to be the smallest and lightest vessel on the water and therefore the easiest to overlook.
DON'T: Let your ego overshadow common sense and your personal safety. Remember the other boats on the water don't have brakes. By the time they see you it may be too late for them to react. So don't play "chicken" with them.

DO: Dress for immersion, as kayak fishing can be a very wet sport. Take some extra clothing if needed in a dry bag.
DON'T: Get water soaked and give hypothermia a chance of setting in.

DO: Get accurate weather, wind and tide forecasts before going offshore. Try to plan your return paddle WITH the tide.
DON'T: Be offshore and realize the weather is working against your return to your landing location. Severe winds and current can be potentially dangerous to paddle against.

DO: Paddle with others when possible, as it can be more enjoyable. Plan the trip so the least experienced or weakest paddler can safely stay with the group and finish the trip.
DON'T: Plan the trip around the strongest paddler, and expect the others to stay up with them.

DO: Practice overturning and re-entering your kayak in a simulated flip over in a controlled setting.
DON'T: Have to learn this by necessity, while out on the water by yourself, only to find out you can't do it