I am sure you have noticed by now, you made it here, that kayak fishing as a sport is on the rise. More people jump on board day after day, either for enjoying recreation and the outdoors, or the fight of that next big fish.
Either case, whichever applies to you, kayak fishing is growing at a phenomenal rate. Most are finding their way into kayak fishing because of the economy, these things are cheap. Being able to store one just about anywhere, and the silence out on the water are just a few reasons.
The economy at this point in time is doing nothing but helping kayak fishing out. You can check your classifieds, or online listings and find a cheap kayak, usually one may find the best fishing kayak under 1000 bucks or might go higher if you have enough money to spend on. However, for a newbie I would consider going with cheap kayaks.
Add in another $100 for paddle, vest, and safety gear, and you are ready to go. You can even go to the bigger outlets and get a new sit in kayak for $200 plus tax. You don't have the finance companies opening your wallet every month like you do with bigger boats. The expensive gas bills, $300 per day isn't uncommon.
If you still have that big boat sitting in the garage not getting used, do me a favor. Sell it, take the payment money from the first month to buy a decent kayak. The second month, take some to rig it, maybe buy yourself a new rod.
After that, go fishing as often as you like, and enjoy the $750 or so you are saving every month from not having that thing looking pretty in your garage! When you are done fishing, put all of your gear into the boat, and hoist it up to the ceiling. In your garage, or even in the hallway in an apartment.
Being stealthy on the water is another big plus, and one of the reasons that I enjoy kayak fishing. Bass guys in particular have been targeting the largest sunfish species for almost 60 years, at least when the first plastics came around. These fish, from one spawning to the next, develop their brains to not do what hurts them. It passes on through the generations, and they are becoming more intelligent.
Other saltwater species just require absolute silence and stalking to find them. All of these fish are very adept at detecting noise transmitted through the hull of your big boat. Foot steps, talking, closing lockers, etc, all create vibrations underwater. The fish detect it, and it turns them off.
In a big rig boat, full of lockers, people are generally talking, dropping things, walking around on the deck, or making vibrations one way or another. What they don't seem to understand is that these vibrations do travel through the water. The fish cant necessarily hear it, but they can feel the vibration. They feel everything that is going on, and it will kill their mood. Think of the last time you are anxious, because you don't know where something big enough to harm you is coming from.
I bet you don't eat right then, not until you figure it out, or it moves on. When kayak fishing, as long as you aren't banging stuff on the boat, you can paddle right over fish. I have had striped bass roll right next to my boat, close enough to grab them with my hands.