My buddy Edward of Hook To Cook asked me about essential things you would need for kayak fishing. I will share items that i make sure I have with me whenever I'm on the kayak. Safety is number one, so make sure you have all your safety items.
I created a list of kayak fishing essentials. Here's a direct link to a few items on my influencers page www.amazon.com/shop/tomytekoutdoors?listId=2X85NLN2PXKRC
Electronics are pretty essential when it comes to fishing. A good fish finder is a great tool to help you make the best use of your time on the water. Humminbird has come out with MegaLive, which will compete with Garmin's Livescope. The new Helix GN4 will support MegaLive. Here 's a link to the smallest version, the HELIX 8 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N bit.ly/3gRog4y
Here is a part list for making a PVC prop sticking for kayak crabbing. This is made of 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe. I will have a video on my YouTube Channel, showing how to build this. I'll update this with a link to the video when it is finished.
There are couple of different stakeout pole or shallow water anchor options. I made a video showing how to make on yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY-3dra4Uvc
Here's a DIY stakeout pole kit you can buy that comes with everything you need to build it. The price is pretty decent, but you will have to pay for shipping.
The USGS has a map of reported snakeheads caught. This can help you locate spots for fish for them. There are couple around my area that I will trying. Here's a link to
Here's a link to place you can fish and crab in Anne Arundel County https://www.capitalgazette.com/guidebook/pc-ac-guide-fishing-crabbing-0719-20150821-story.html. I'll be checking out a few of them this year. I've already been to quite a few of them.
Here's the 2019 Hobie Outback Cart that Gary Stewart made. He used it to help load his Outback on the back of a flatbed type trailer. It allows you to move your kayak forward on to the flatbed. If you use the Outback loader, it will fall off and your kayak and rudder will hit the ground. This will be on my to-do list this winter. Stay tuned for the video.
Here's a list of kayak launches on google maps
Below is a list of Winter Shows for 2020. I'll keep adding to the list as I find more shows, so check back. PropTalk was a source of some the show information below.
Jan. 11: 11th Annual Frederick Saltwater Fishing Expo
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Frederick, MD, building #9. Tackle vendors; charter captains; boating, fishing, and crabbing supplies; rod and reel vendors/repairs; raw oysters and hot food; speakers; and more. Lenny Rudow, FishTalk Magazine will speak at 2 p.m. on cobia fishing.
Jan. 17-19: East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition
At the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. $15 per day. Pre-registration admission $25 for three days.
Jan. 17-19: Richmond Fishing Expo
At Meadow Event Park at the State Fairgrounds of Virginia in Doswell, VA. Over 60 vendors, retail, specialty tackle shops, and fishing boat dealers in attendance, seminars, a trout pond simulator for the kids, and more.
Jan. 18: Heroes on the Water Fishing Expo and Flea Market
At the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department in Odenton, MD. Freshwater, Chesapeake Bay, and offshore fishing equipment; new and used gear; guest speakers. Admission $4 donation at the door. Proceeds benefit and stay local with the Maryland chapter of Heroes on the Water.
Jan. 23-26: Progressive Baltimore Boat Show
At the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. More than 300 boats, virtual fishing contest, boating career days, a crab pickin' contest, a children's boatbuilding station, and more. Stay tuned for our full Baltimore Boat Show planner!
Jan. 24-26: Downtown Richmond Boat Show
All new boat show at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA. Adult tickets $8, kids 12 and under free. First 100 kids each day receive free cane poles.
an. 25-26: Kent Island Fishermen Fishing Tackle Flea Market
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Stevensville, MD. Everything from fishing rods to crabbing supplies will be up for sale and there will be food, drink, raffles, and free parking. $4 admission, 16 and under free.
Feb. 1: 24th Annual Indoor Bass Fishing Flea Market
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillendale Fire Department in Dale City, Virginia. The area's largest and oldest fishing flea market! See, buy, trade. Huge discounts. Presented by NHBA Youth Foundation.
Feb. 8: Tri-State Marine Fishing Show
Several vendors unveil the latest and greatest gadgets, gizmos and gimmicks to catch you more fish! 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Tri-State Marine, Deale, MD
Feb. 7-9: The Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat ShowAt the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Adults $10, children 12 and under free.
Feb. 14-16: The OC Seaside Boat Show
At the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Admission $10; weekend pass $15.
Feb. 15-16: Pasadena Sportfishing 28th Annual Fishing Expo
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall in Severna Park, MD. New and used fishing tackle and crabbing supplies, nautical arts and crafts, charter boat captains, over 190 tables full of discount items for sale, and food (pit beef and ham, oysters, cold beer). Admission $5 each day, kids 12 and under free.
Feb. 21-23: Philadelphia Fishing Show
At the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Fresh and saltwater fishing tackle, lodges, guides, apparel, travel destination, boats, kayaks, RVs, free seminars, fly casting pond, fighting chair challenge, and more! Admission $10 adults, kids 6-12 $5, kids 5 and under free.
Feb. 22-23: Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest
10 a.m. to 4 30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 30 p.m. Sunday at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights, MD. Three seminar rooms, fly shops, industry pros, salt and freshwater guides.
Feb. 26 - March 1: Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show
At the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.
Feb. 28-29: National Outdoor Show
At 3485 Golden Hill Road in Church Creek, MD. Friday evening show, Saturday matinee, and Saturday evening show (separate admission required for each show). Admission $8 adults, $4 children. Chainsaw carving, pageants, cooking demonstrations, police K-9 demo, duck and goose calling, muskrat skinning demos, and more.
Feb. 29: Annapolis Saltwater Fishing Expo
At the Annapolis Elks Lodge #622 in Edgewater, MD. Presented by the Annapolis Anglers Club. Latest gear offered at show prices from local tackle dealers, seminars on fishing, food and beverages, raffles, and more.
Feb. 29: Fishing, Hunting, Boating Flea Market
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cambridge Elks Lodge on Elks Lodge Road in Cambridge, MD. $3 admission; children 12 and under free. Presented by the Mid-Shore Fishing Club. For more information, call (410) 404-3426.