Support American Whitewater! support unicef
Brave Browser

[please login to make this ad block disappear]

Independent Playak Review: Discover Kayak Fishing – Andy Benham

Independent Playak Review: Discover Kayak Fishing – Andy Benham


About the Author

The blurb of the book states that Andy Benham “…is a lifelong angler and journalist, currently kayak fishing correspondent for Sea Angler Magazine. He first tried kayak fishing in 2009 and was immediately hooked; you will be too.” Andy now lives overlooking the sea in South Devon where he spends as much time as possible fishing from his kayak.


Kayak fishing is a relatively new sport with limited literature available, in terms of books. Andy has set out to create a book that anyone wanting to branch into this sort of fishing, or even kayaking, and given a heap of information in a super format. The book covers everything from choosing a boat, the paddle and all the required safety gear, to fitting it out with fish finders and GPS’s, basic seamanship, VHF radios, anchoring, tides, weather and more. There is also a section on what species to go for and how to go about it - bearing in mind that this section would be aimed mainly at UK based paddlers. There is also a very short part on freshwater fishing.

I found the book very easy to read and informative. Being a long time whitewater and surf kayaker I really appreciated the angle at which Andy approached everything in terms of doing the activity safely. The author is clearly a safe paddler and throughout the book this theme is strongly supported.



There isn’t much to criticise, perhaps the only thing being that more could have been shown on how to paddle the boat. Yes, there are many books on this and Andy recommends attending courses for this but many of us do not live in countries where these sorts of courses are available. The text does mention forward paddling and a description on how to self rescue, which is always important.


Being an avid fisherman I’ve tried a little kayak fishing and after reading this book, I’m very motivated to keep at it and head out more often. The book is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about kayak fishing with clear and concise text and wonderfully illustrated diagrams and good photos. I certainly gained a lot from the book.



The Physical Book

The book itself comes in a soft cover format and is A5 in size, but a touch wider. There are over 130 pages. The print is a decent size and this makes for very easy reading. There are many very good quality photos, annotated pictures and diagrams to explain anything where needed.



Order your copy right now and go to:

For Playak,
Adrian Tregoning

See full product details in the Playak Buyers Guide



Login to post here

PaulClark added a video. 3 hours 9 minutes ago

Quarantine Hold Up

In this SUPPAUL EPISODE, we tour my temporary studio. During the coronavirus quarantine, I’m hold up at the Sunshine Mills Winery in the Dalles,...

kayaksurfcantabria added a video. 12 hours 42 minutes ago

Vuelo Xc en Parapente Castrejón a Mazcuerras

Un estupendo día de vuelo con térmicas fuertes que nos permitió a varios pilotos bajar desde Castrejón de la peña hasta Mazcuerras donde nos...

danejackson added a video. yesterday

"One of the best waves out there." | Corner Wave...

Corner Wave on the Ottawa river by all accounts doesn't seem like it should be some epic wave. But it really is one of our favorite small waves in...

EJ added a video. yesterday

Best Gloves for Kayak Fishing

What are the best gloves for kayak fishing? Eric Atkins gives a rundown of his favorite gloves and why in this quick tip. Learn more at...

PaulClark added a video. yesterday

Let’s revisit the SUPER Styk

This is a follow up to my first video about my signature whitewater paddle board paddle, the Sawyer SUPER Styk. You had follow up questions. This is...

paul.robertson added a video. yesterday

Palm Groms foamie challenge

This week Dagger Kayaks' designer Snowy sets a model making challenge – make yourself a model paddler. To enter, post a photo or video of your model...

paul.robertson added a video. yesterday

Making a foamie with Snowy Robertson from Dagger...

Step by step, making a model paddler. Here's Snowy Robertson making the foamie paddler you saw in the Palm Groms foamie challenge video. music –...

CHILKO added a video. yesterday

The Legend of Muksu - Behind The Scene 7

The Legend of Muksu Die Legende des Muksu The Muksu is...

See the AUP for our Acceptable Use Policy and a Privacy Statement. Verein Playak is responsible for all editorial content on this site (including all graphics). No part of this site may be duplicated in any way without explicit permission from Verein Playak. Verein Playak takes great care to only publish original content, but since part of the content is user generated, we cannot always guarantee this 100%. If you notice any copyright violations, please let the editors know through the contact form and they will take appropriate action immediately. As a news and information platform, we republish small text snippets and thumbnail images, but always link to original content on other sites, and thus aim to adhere to a 'Fair Use' policy. If you believe we violate this policy in any particular case, please contact us directly and we'll take appropriate action immediately.