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Make Sure the Boaters Can See You --Kayak series Part IV

When I’m here in Door County I fish from one of my Jackson kayaks or my Yar-Craft fishing boat.  This week I have been out in one of my fishing kayaks or my boat a number of times.  I know first-hand how busy our beautiful Door County waters are with watercraft of all types, including plenty of kayakers.

With the kayaks having such a low profile, they are hard to see sometimes.  And, many times those pleasure boaters have a number of people in the boat talking, laughing and probably not always looking for or able to see small watercraft like kayaks.  For this reason, I’ve always liked having fishing and recreational kayaks that are brightly colored.  I like bright orange, lime green or chartreuse, white, red, etc.  Those darker greens, grays and browns tend to blend into the water and are much less visible.

A good thing is that many of the recreational kayak paddles come with yellow, orange or white blades that can be seen for quite a distance.  Another accessory I’ve used is the YakAttack VISIFlag that comes with a bright orange flag on a flexible shaft that flies a few feet above the kayak.  These only cost about $40 and come with an easy to attach track to secure the shaft to your kayak.  If you are out early or late with low-light, I might suggest their VisiCarbonPro with a light on top.

As always, when on the big waters of Green Bay or Lake Michigan be as safe as possible.  For you smallmouth bass anglers, fishing this season has been slow with the cold spring, but, with the warmer weather and rising water temps it has improved up and down the peninsula.  If you have any questions about kayak fishing or kayaking in general, please email me at

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