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How To Choose a Kayak For Fishing

Jul. 13, 2021

How To Choose a Kayak For Fishing

Fishing with kayaks provides new opportunities for catching fish in waters that are not easily accessible by larger or motorized boats. It combines the tranquility of paddling low on the water with the thrill of reeling in a big one. Compared with traditional fishing boats, it has a slimmer shape and better portability, and you can sneak up to the fishes when gliding on the water to your favorite fishing location without frightening them.

With so many options, you will have many decisions to make when buying a fishing kayak. Here are some key decision points that can help you narrow down your choices when shopping:

Decide whether you want a sit-on, inflatable, or traditional sit-in kayak. Sit-on-top kayaks are the easiest to get in and out of, while inflatable kayaks are suitable for those with limited storage space.

Decide whether you want to paddle or pedal. You may prefer the sporty and simplicity of rowing, or want the advantage of your pedals so that your hands can fish freely.

How much weight did you tow? You have to consider the load capacity of the boat. Consider your own weight and the number of gears you want to drag. Are you a minimalist or do you like to have a lot of things at your disposal?

Do you want to fish while standing? Stability is the key. A wider hull tends to be more stable, allowing you to cast farther and more confident when standing up; this trade-off may be a slower boat.

How are you going to transport the kayak? How easy is it to operate and lift the kayak? Can you take it alone to where you want to go fishing? Can you transport it on top of your car or in a truck bed? Or will you need a trailer?



Where do you plan to fish?

Where you plan to fish is another factor that determines the type of kayak you will need. Are you fishing in moving water or still water? Do you spend a lot of time sight fishing or trolling? Here are some things to consider:

Smaller lakes and ponds: If you are fishing in flat calm waters where speed is not a concern. A shorter, sit-on-top kayak with stability may be a good choice.

Open water: If you need to cover a lot of water (whether it is a large lake or offshore) to reach your favorite fishing location, you may want a longer and narrower sit-on-top kayak that tracks better and moves faster over distances.

Rivers and creeks: When fishing in a river or creek, consider a shorter kayak, which is easier to operate in narrow spaces and can make better turns.

Ocean: Considering wind, waves, ocean currents, and tides, a ship equipped with a rudder system can help you navigate better.

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