MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 4:47 pm
I love fishing and have always wanted to get a kayak.
However, I live in North Queensland, Australia and there are some ecological obstacles that make me reconsider, including the following:
– saltwater crocodiles
– Irukandji jellyfish
– an enormous tiger shark breeding ground
These things–combined with my own thassalaphobia–make me reluctant to consider kayaking anywhere but just off the beach near gutters and holes. There is no surf where I am so launching would be easy. I love working out and I love fishing, so exercising whilst catching fish sounds amazing.
However, I’m not affluent so I can’t drop a few grand on a kayak without some consideration. So I guess my questions are aimed at those who live near dangerous marine life, Aussie or otherwise: are my fears of wildlife justified in a kayak, or overblown? Feel free to share your experiences or that of others.
Would it be worth getting a kayak (in terms of better fish availability, exercise, etc.) if I use it in a diminished capacity, i.e. NOT going into the deep ocean?
TL;DR live in Murderville, Aus; scared of animals; kayak worth getting if I’m not getting 100% use out of it(?); wildlife experiences plz
DLS3141GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
This was all I could think of.
Thisiswrong11GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
They do make shark scaring prove like things for kayaks that emit like a static bubble around your kayaks that sharks hate.
Never used one myself but I know on the pacific coast there is a couple months out of the year it is recommended to use it. We have very very large great whites sometimes.
Might want to think about that device. Honestly though from my perspective and kayak fishing about a year twice a week. You respect nature, it respects you.
bigfatfloppyjolopyGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Go fishing with dynamite and make them be afraid of you.
theaverage_redditorGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Sharks can be managed with tech that repels them using electricity, crocs on the other hand I would be worried about. An adult male is usually between 400-1000 kg and over 3.5 meters long, they can jump out of the water, and they certainly have enough power and girth to flip the kayak. I would find a club or shop locally to give you more advice on salties. Never had to deal with them, so I don’t know if/how you would kayak fish around them.
ArinvarGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I’ve been thinking about this as well. How far north can I go before it becomes an issue?
It was about 3 years ago, I was up at the Daintree. Talking to locals about how they had to stop doing kayak/canoe tours because the croc population is way up. Can’t ocean kayak because they’re out there as well.
Tour groups will have a much lower risk tolerance but if the locals stop doing it… I’m not doing it. Like others have said, you’ll have to get on to some more local kayak or fishing groups up north. Townsville is my limit for where I’d kayak but even that might be to far north these days.
Rshackleford1234GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Get a hobie with some outriggers. Unless the shark chews through the kayak or an outrigger they aren’t knocking you into the water.
expat22GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Watch a few episodes of Key West Kayak Fishing on youtube. Lots of good information from him.
Anolis18GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Sounds like a good place for shark fishing. I am the danger when kayak fishing. If they want to tangle with a 13 foot kayak they have some balls.
Anyways, sounds like a fun time except for the jellyfish, waders solves that issue so long as you wash em off properly.
May want something to deter or slay the wildlife though.
Been kayaking in gator territory a few times and never really concerned since they are nocturnal.
-space-man-spiff-GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Is your town literally named Murderville? Because if so that is awesome.
Definitely seek local advice. Reddit leans heavy towards “scary animals are nope”.
FLORI_DUHGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I’ve kayaked among Gators and sharks for a decade here in Florida without incident, but I don’t think I would kayak around saltwater Crocs. Know a guy who was killed by one while kayaking the Congo. No thanks
Thisiswrong11GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Zildjian134GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I would be very worried about the crocs. I’d pay attention to what time the largest congregation of sharks take place. I’m fortunate enough to be in a place where I can carry a very large firearm on my hip that would deter the largest of reptiles. I’m unfamiliar with salties except they can be fucking massive. I’d take others advice about talking to locals or stay out of a yak for now.
RexedLaminaeGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I can’t not read any of these comments in a crocodile Dundee accent. My brain will not allow it.
donut2099GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
At least you would be safe from drop bears?
MeatHead1313GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Of those 3 listed, salties would be my biggest concern. Irukandji and box jellyfish would be pretty much avoidable if you got in the yak super shallow (or wore protective leggings just to get in). No idea how tiger sharks would react to kayaks but if I remember right surfers get bit off Hawaii so could still be a risk.
Salties would be the biggest threat by far though.
That said I grew up in SE Qld so didn’t have to worry about that, but the crocs would 100% be my biggest concern if I was up north. Catching a barra would be fun as from a yak tho!
I’d say definitely check into any kayak or kayak fishing clubs local to you, they may have some bias but if they’re anything like the clubs I’m in here in Louisiana they’ll have members/prospective members safety first and foremost.
DavoneousGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Buddy of mine lives in Tamworth, and was facing the same dilemma. His wife begged him not to kayak, so he was shore fishing on (I believe) the Fitzroy- (could have been another River). Looks down, tiger snake ON his foot. My point is, fishing down under is dangerous, no matter how you do it. Be smart, always go with a buddy, and that’s all you can do. Unless you just pick up another hobby, but fuck that!
TKOtokyoGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I’m from Florida and as far as sharks and gators go, it’s completely a non issue. I don’t worry about it at all. I know city people who are afraid but it’s not really justified. I know salt crocs are aggressive and I didn’t grow up in oz, so it’s hard to tell you what to do. I’d ask a veteran sportsman who has a lot of experience in your area what they should fear and how to be careful.
Storage_OttomanGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
after reading the wiki article on those mini box jellies, all I can say is, “NOPE”
As most people in this sub would attest to, if you get a kayak then be prepared to either flip it or fall off at some point. so regardless of where you are launching, just remember that.
if there are other bodies of water nearby that you could conceivably use for paddling, it may be worth it. But, considering your phobia and the the wildlife risks, I’d be concerned that you’d psych yourself out of getting maximum enjoyment in the areas where it would indeed lead to better fishing odds.
roqntrollGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
You might be better off finding yourself a cheap rowboat. Something bigger than a kayak.
NowWorkingItGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
Look online or ask in local kayak / fishing shops about area/ regional kayak fishing clubs. I live in the US on the east coast there are several clubs in my area. Though we don’t have the jelly’s or crocs we do have sharks and is is always in the back of my mind especially night fishing. I would suggest always go with at least 1 other person for safety reason ( and company / tips / secret spots). If you do run into trouble at least you will have someone to help or take pics :). If your yak turns are you comfortable with being able to flip it back over and getting in. That is something you may want to practice and become proficient in safer waters. While I do not always go out with others. Fishing is not worth you life, but fishing does leave a lifetime of memories.
QuantumstingerGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I’d be very worried about the crocs. There was a guy in Africa who was snatched out of his kayak by a croc and killed. Considering how high they can jump out of the water, it would be nothing to bite and pull you in.
I know someone here said they have experience with gators. But gators and crocs are not the same thing. Crocs are far more aggressive.
ChopchopstixxGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm
I guess I’d also add out riggers to my kayak if I was fishing Murder Bay…