Thanks,The trick is to set your drag so that when you get a fish on, you hear the drag buzzing. Set it so that it's still tight enough for a hook set, but not too tight that the fish cannot run the line. Then you grab your rod, tighten the drag and bring 'em in.
Another way (and quite popular) is to hold the line in your hand (from the reel to the first ferrule) as you are paddling. It gives it a nice twitch as you paddle, and when you get a hit, you feel it right away and can give a good jerk to set the hook.
You will eventually tweek your new yak to suit it for your kayak fishing needs. One way is to get yourself a Scotty rod holder (canadian tire usually has some or you can order online) and install them on your yak. You can also find a milk crate and attach pvc piping about a foot or two long in the corners with zip ties to hold your rods.
Tight lines, and welcome aboard.
You should sign up to the Hammond River Classic and NB Paddlers Fishing Derby. If you pre-sign, you'll get a swag bag with cool stuff, including a Canadian Kayak Anglers hat!