Kayak fishing — a Long Island revolution

James Laino


June 26, 2008 | 05:31 AM
Along the shore, going down the river, gliding across the bay or plying the shallow marshes, a fishing revolution is taking place on the waters of Long Island. Here come the kayaks, and riding in or on top of them are fishermen of all stripes, from flyrodders to bait casters, from spin fishers to wily crabbers.Kayaks are rapidly becoming the craft of choice for those anglers who want the means to go where the fish are, unburdened by hauling boats, vessel upkeep, ramp and slip fees or the price of gasoline. Purchase a kayak, a paddle and a life jacket and you are set for a long stretch of fishing adventure.

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