Fishing tackle for kayak fishing Cholla Bay

Idyllwild

Active Member
I’m very likely to purchase a Hobie fishing kayak. I was test driving several in Dana Point harbor earlier this week. I grew up fresh water fishing and occasionally did deep sea fishing later, but it’s been decades since I’ve owned any fishing gear. I’d appreciate recommendations for a couple rods and reels and other tackle for Cholla Bay. Also there must be a half dozen must have items that I’m not even thinking off.
 

Mexico Joe

Cholla Bay 4 Life
I’m very likely to purchase a Hobie fishing kayak. I was test driving several in Dana Point harbor earlier this week. I grew up fresh water fishing and occasionally did deep sea fishing later, but it’s been decades since I’ve owned any fishing gear. I’d appreciate recommendations for a couple rods and reels and other tackle for Cholla Bay. Also there must be a half dozen must have items that I’m not even thinking off.
I can think of a few things off hand. I like to have an anchor. You can pick up a kayak specific 2-3lb grappler anchor off of Amazon for $25-30. That will help you stay in one spot if you don't want to drift. I always say spend the money on a good paddle but since you're going with Hobie and I assume pedal drive you may not even need a paddle. Guys I see on YouTube with pedal drive kayaks it's pry a 50/50 split if they even carry a paddle with them. I personally have a fish finder hooked up to my kayak. It's an old Humminbird grey scale unit but it gives you some useful info like what the bottom looks like, density of the bottom IE sand, rock and of course being able to find bait balls and fish. Water temp is also nice to have/know. A lot of these fish finders you can see the thermocline too which is helpful. For ease of use with the anchor I would suggest an anchor trolley. This allows you to clip the anchor to a D ring and then move the anchor to the front of the bow or stern depending on which way you want the boat to face the wind. Generally I only prefer putting the anchor towards the bow. Bow into the wind is a dream. Otherwise, wind to the side of the boat under anchor you can almost drown. I've learned the hard way. Also, anchor line should be 3/1 ratio of water depth. 25ft of water you need or should have 75ft of anchor line to properly scope out the line.

Anchor:

Anchor Trolley

Garmin GPS/Sonar (Same one I have on my Seadoo GTX)

In terms of bait, rigs and lures. Really depends on time of the year and what you're going for. I really don't think you can go wrong at any point in the year with a jig head and soft plastic swim shad.

Fancy SHMANCY jig heads

Poor Mans jig heads

Swim Shad

Keitech Swim Shad (Really popular in NO CAL)

Trolling Lures/Plugs


Deep Divers
 

Mexico Joe

Cholla Bay 4 Life
Reels/Rods

I like Shakespear medium action rods for down there. 4000 spin reel with 20lb braid. You can tie mono or floro leader straight onto the braid with an FG knot. If you're trolling the rocks for something decent in size I'd go with like 15-20lb leader. For trolling you can also tie the braid straight to a snap swivel too. Ocean they aren't as line shy. The monster Orange Mouth Corvina I caught last June was 20lb braid tied straight to the lure. And he walloped it.

My flounder rods/reels are 2000 in size on light medium rods Zebco Rhino Tough with 20lb braid but my leader for flatties is no more than 12lb test mono or floro. I use these for my bass/fresh water rod/reels too.

All of my rods are 6'6". I think it's a perfect size for kayaks.
 
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