PENN® Kayak Fishing

Angler in kayak reeling in a fish

PENN FLEET CAPTAIN JON JON TABON

Open water, warm Hawaiian winds, and a bounty of fish beneath the surface. For many, Hawaii is paradise. For Hawaiian kayak fishing guide and PENN Fleet Captain Jon-Jon Tabon, the waters off the Maui coast have made him a student and a steward of the sea. “Take care of the ocean and the ocean will take care of you,” says Capt. Tabon. Join us as we take a look into the life of Capt. Tabon and the lessons the sea has taught him.

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Catch More Sea Trout, Redfish and Flounder in the Kayak

When I spot a pack of tailing redfish, the kayak glides silently into range. A short cast, quick twitch of the lure, and the whole school attacks. Out of the pack, one redfish breaks from the squadron to pounce on my lure.

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Penn Batallion rod

Live Bait Tactics for Kayak Anglers

On the East Coast, anglers slow troll live menhaden for king mackerel. In Florida, it's goggle eye, blue runners and pulchards for sailfish and tuna. In the Gulf, they use cigar minnows, threadfin, and blue runners. And West Coast anglers drag Pacific mackerel and jack mackerel for California yellowtail and sea bass. Wherever saltwater anglers go, the best bait is live bait.

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Three Rod and Reel Combos for Kayak Anglers

On the ocean anything can happen at any time. Anglers fishing salty waters can expect to run into five pounders, thirty pounders and hundred-pound fish on the same day. In the space of a few hours, saltwater anglers could be called on to cast, jig, troll, and bottom bounce. But kayak anglers can't carry dozens of rod and reel combos to cover all the possibilities. How do you prepare for anything with a handful of fishing rods?

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Penn Prevail II Inshore Spinning

Penn Prevail® II Inshore Spinning

$79.95 - $89.95

Penn Battalion™ Inshore Spinning

Penn Battalion™ Inshore Spinning

$99.95 - $119.95

Penn Rampage Jig Conventional

Penn Rampage® Jig Conventional

$79.95

Penn Carnage™ II Jig Conventional

Penn Carnage™ II Jig Conventional

$179.95

Penn Carnage™ II Jig Conventional

Penn Carnage™ II Jig Spinning

$179.95

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Penn Spinfisher® VI Spinning

Penn Spinfisher® VI Spinning

$139.95 - $249.95

Penn Spinfisher™ VI Live Liner Spinning

Penn Spinfisher™ VI Live Liner Spinning

$159.95 - $249.95

Penn Fathom® Lever Drag

Penn Fathom® Lever Drag

$199.95 - $249.95

Penn Fathom® Lever Drag 2 Speed

$249.95 - $299.95

Penn Slammer® III Spinning

Penn Slammer® III Spinning

$249.95 - $349.95

Penn Fathom® II Star Drag Reel

Penn Fathom® II Star Drag Reel

$199.95 - $249.95

Penn Battle® II Spinning

Penn Battle® II Spinning

$99.95 - $129.95

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Penn Spinfisher® VI Combo

Penn Spinfisher® VI Combo

$179.99 - $259.99

Penn Spinfisher™ VI Live Liner Combo

Penn Spinfisher™ VI Live Liner Combo

$219.99 - $259.99

Penn Battle® II Combo

Penn Battle® II Combo

$124.99 - $154.99

Penn Squall® Star Drag Combo

Penn Squall® Star Drag Combo

$189.99

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Penn Parallel Pliers

Penn Parallel Pliers

$51.49

Penn Leader Crimp

Penn Leader Crimp

$35.99

Penn Neoprene Spinning Reel Covers

Penn Neoprene Spinning Reel Covers

$15.49 - $20.99

Penn Neoprene Conventional Reel Covers

Penn Neoprene Conventional Reel Covers

$15.49 - $20.99

Penn Reel Oil and Lube Angler Pack

Penn Reel Oil and Lube Angler Pack

$8.99

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Penn Hat

Penn Hat

$19.99

Penn Ally Sunglasses

Penn Ally Sunglasses

$25.49

Penn Vented Performance Shirts

Penn Vented Performance Shirts

$42.49 - $49.99

Penn Inshore Performance Long T-Shirt

Penn Inshore Performance Long T-Shirt

$33.99 - $39.99

Penn Inshore Casual Tee

Penn Inshore Casual Tee

$16.99 - $19.99