How to catch BIG fish on kayaks?!

How to catch BIG fish on kayaks?!

How to Catch Big Fish on a Kayak: Expert Tips and Techniques

Kayak fishing is a thrilling and rewarding way to catch big fish. With the right techniques, equipment, and a bit of patience, you can reel in impressive catches from the comfort of your kayak. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to catch big fish on a kayak, with a special focus on the best baits for fishing in Singapore.

1. Choose the Right Kayak

The first step to successful kayak fishing is selecting the right kayak. Stability is key when targeting big fish, as you need a steady platform to handle the fight. At Purehybridz, we only use the best Hobie kayaks, specifically the Hobie Compass Duo, which has a maximum weight capacity of 475 lbs (215 kg). This ensures a stable and comfortable fishing experience for you and your gear.

2. Equip Yourself with the Right Gear

Having the right fishing gear is crucial for targeting big fish. At Purehybridz, we only use top-quality Shimano equipment. Here’s what you need:

  • Fishing Rod and Reel: For targeting big fish, we recommend using a rod with a rating of minimally PE1-3 to PE 2-4. Pair this with a reel size of minimally 3000 to 4000. Use a braided line with a minimum strength of 30lb-40lb, and complement it with a 40-50lb shock leader or rigs.
  • Lures and Baits: Choose lures and baits that are known to attract big fish. In Singapore, some of the top baits include:
    • Live Prawn: We use only the best quality live prawns, which are excellent for catching fish around the Serangoon Harbour region, including Pasir Ris, Coney Island, and Pulau Ubin.
    • Kelong Sotong: Ideal for night fishing, kelong sotong (squid) is irresistible to many big fish species.
    • Fresh Tamban: Fresh tamban (sardines) are excellent bait, especially when targeting larger predatory fish.
    • Dead Prawn: While live bait is often more effective, dead prawn can still be used, particularly when fresh options are unavailable.
  • Jigs: Jigs are great for targeting pelagic species like queenfish and giant trevally. Their movement in the water can attract the attention of these large predators.
  • Fish Finder: At Purehybridz, our guides use top-quality fish finders to help locate schools of big fish and identify underwater structures. We utilize the Garmin Striker 4cv, and some guides also use Lowrance Elite fishfinders. Watch how Dom skill fully reels in a humungous grouper below:
  • @purehybridz June holidays are finally here! 🎉🥳Wonder what u can catch on our tours? Watch till the end to see what our guide Dom caught! 😱 #thingstodoinsingapore #outdoorsg #kayakfishing ♬ original sound - Purehybridz Kayak Fishing


3. Learn the Best Fishing Techniques

Mastering the right techniques can significantly increase your chances of catching big fish. Here are some effective methods:

  • Trolling: Slowly paddling your kayak while dragging a lure or bait behind can cover more water and attract larger fish.
  • Jigging: Drop your lure to the bottom and use a jerking motion to imitate prey, which can entice big fish to strike.
  • Casting: Cast your lure near structures such as rocks, submerged trees, and ledges where big fish like to hide.

4. Understand the Fish Behavior

Knowing the habits and preferences of the fish species you’re targeting is essential. Consider the following:

  • Feeding Times: Fish are often more active during dawn and dusk. Plan your trips around these times for better success.
  • Seasonal Patterns: Different fish species have specific seasonal behaviors. Research the best seasons for your target fish.
  • Habitat: Understand the preferred habitats of big fish, such as deep waters, structures, and drop-offs.

5. Practice Patience and Persistence

Catching big fish takes time and persistence. Here are some tips to stay motivated:

  • Stay Patient: Big fish are often cautious and may take time to bite. Be patient and wait for the right moment.
  • Be Persistent: If you’re not having luck in one spot, don’t hesitate to move to a different location.
  • Stay Positive: Keep a positive mindset, and enjoy the process. Fishing is as much about the experience as it is about the catch.

6. Prioritize Safety

Safety should always be a top priority when kayak fishing. Here are some safety tips:

  • Wear a PFD: At PureHybridz, we only use high-quality ISO 70N Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) to ensure your safety on the water.
  • Check the Weather: Avoid fishing in rough weather conditions and be aware of the forecast.
  • Stay Hydrated: Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially on hot days.
  • Know Your Limits: Understand your physical limits and don’t push yourself too hard.


Catching big fish on a kayak is an exhilarating experience that combines skill, strategy, and a bit of luck. By choosing the right kayak, equipping yourself with the proper gear, learning effective techniques, understanding fish behavior, and practicing patience, you can increase your chances of reeling in impressive catches. Prioritize safety, enjoy the adventure, and happy fishing!

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