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Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying a Kayak for Fishing

By Thomas P Fouts

There are many different kinds of kayaks on the market today. So many, that it can be a daunting task to find the “perfect” model for your specific needs. So here are 10 areas of thought when considering buying a kayak for fishing.

  1. Your physical being, your physical condition, and your attitude – First of all, you need to be able to fit comfortably in the kayak seating both in width and legroom. Then consider your weight. Because how you are built, and what physical shape you are in, can determine whether you buy a kayak with a motor, pedals, or just a paddle for propelling your kayak. How do you want to get from one fishing spot and back again?
  2. Sit-On-Top, (SOT) or Sit-In-Kayak, (SIK)? – This is a personal choice. The traditional kayak is a “sit in” kayak. This is where you sit inside the kayak. A sit on top kayak is where you sit on what is like a formed tube that lets water drain through holes called scuppers. The SOT is what, in my opinion, works best for kayak fishing. Look at both, and talk to experts, do the research; find out what is comfortable for you.
  3. Stability – There are two kinds of stability. One is the initial stability, which is how “wobbly” it is on the water. The second factor of stability (and this is the important one) is how far a kayak can lean or tip before it sends you overboard. It is all in the design of the hull.
  4. Maneuverability – You need a kayak that responds and handles well. The rocker (or camber) which is the “curve” from the front to the back of the hull will determine how easily it handles, along with the length and width of the boat. The shorter the kayak and the more rocker, the quicker it responds, but may also sacrifice stability. The longer and “less” rocker of the hull, the more speed and sea-worthiness of the boat.
  5. Weight – If the kayak is too heavy to lug around, and getting it off and on your vehicle, you probably won’t use it as much. Plus, if you have to portage around obstacles it can be a real energy drain.
  6. Maximum Weight Capacity – You also want to take into consideration your weight and the weight of your gear. The maker of the kayak will have maximum weight capacities listed. Stay well below them or you can become a barge.
  7. Speed of Kayak – This is a personal choice. A stable, shorter, wide kayak will be slower and a longer and narrower kayak will be faster. A wider kayak can take a lot more energy and time to get to a fishing spot, and when paddling against a strong wind can be difficult. Where a longer narrow kayak slices through the water and wind easier, it can be a real trick to fish comfortably from. So a balance between the two styles seems to be an all-around safe choice.
  8. Length – As mentioned above, the longer the kayak, the faster and more sea worthy it is. So you need to decide what types of water conditions you will be paddling in. Short kayaks (under 11′) are great for protected waters, or rivers, and longer kayaks, (13′-more than 14′) are probably better in lakes bays and oceans.
  9. Seating/Comfort – This is a biggie. If you are not comfortable you won’t stay out long. You will most likely be sitting for long lengths of time, so choose your seat wisely. Spend the extra bucks to get this right, as it can be the difference in a great time or not. Also consider how it supports your legs and whether or not it has drainage holes.
  10. Accessories – Not all kayaks are built to accessorize conveniently. Think about what you want to outfit your boat with and see if modifications can be made. One thing is storage for your fishing gear. Can you outfit storage areas that can be easily accessible from the seat? Do you need to haul a cart? Storage is a question you should try to answer when picking your kayak.

All kayaks need to be stored somewhere when you are not using them. So consider how big your storage area is as well as the length of your boat. You will also need a way to secure your kayak to the vehicle for transporting it to the water. Racks, trailer, or just throwing it in the back of a pickup, it still needs to be secured for safe travel.

So there you have my 10 things to consider when buying a kayak for fishing. Not everything is covered here, but it will give you a place to start. Talk to the experts. See what others are using with success and what the fishermen say could be improved.

Use good judgment on the water, be safe, and have a great time kayak fishing!

My two favorite sports combined! What could be better? I have been kayaking since 1978 when I bought a 13 year old Klepper kayak. I kayaked 43 different rivers, in 5 different states, and in Canada that first year!

Then when you combine fishing with kayaking, it is so peaceful and invigorating at the same time. I have had several different kayaks and have introduced dozens of people to the sport since that first year.

Thomas Fouts

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KAYAK FISHING – LEARNING THE ESSENTIALS
5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR BEFORE BUYING A FISHING KAYAK

Kayak Fishing – Learning the Essentials

By Antonio Guzzo

Kayak fishing is another take on fishing that has slowly been gaining popularity. As the name suggests, kayak fishing is all about fishing in your kayaks. The reason why this is becoming a hit among hobbyists is because it allows you to enjoy the sport of fishing at a fraction of a cost. A regular kayak is truly cheaper than purchasing a full run-about; also it helps save on fuel because all you really need for this type of fishing is your fishing gear, a kayak, and a paddle. For those who are interested in kayak fishing, below are some of the essentials gears or equipment that you need in order to make your kayak fishing experience a success!

The Kayak

For the most obvious reason that you will be fishing in your kayaks, what kayak to purchase is one of the most important things that you have to decide on. Kayak manufacturers have now come up with various sizes and designs for anglers to choose from. It is critical that you look for a kayak that you can be comfortable in in order to make fishing a breeze. Aside from that, you should also take into consideration the paddles that you will be using and the seating of the kayak. Kayak trolleys are also handy equipment that you can get in order to ease the transportation of your kayak. They can save your back from carrying not only the weight of the kayak but the fishes you will be catching as well.

Safety gear/equipment

Whenever you are out fishing, it is important that you ensure your safety. There are various essential safety equipment that you need to bring with you when out kayak fishing. First is the compass; a compass will help you know which direction to go to in case you get lost or in case of low visibility due to fogs. Second are your personal floating devices; it is important that you wear your floating devices in case your kayak gets tipped over. Keep in mind that kayaks are very light as compared to a boat, so even a slight increase in wind strength can easily tilt over your kayaks. On that note, it is also important that you have a tether line to keep you attached to your kayaks even when you get dumped off. Lastly the EPIRBs; radio beacons will help rescuers locate you during emergency situations and where communication is no longer possible.

Kayak accessories

Due to the limited space, there are various kayak accessories that can help you maximize the space on your kayaks. Rod holders are one of the essential accessories that can help you keep your rod safe even if you have a lot of things to attend to. They also keep your rods safe and out harm’s way when you moving about in your kayaks. There are also accessory bars available to keep your equipment stable and in place.

Fishing equipment

The key thing to remember when choosing which fishing equipment or gears to bring with you is to keep it light. There is barely enough space on a kayak, so only bring the essentials. You can bring with you one two light rods, basic rigs and lures and other gears such as landing nets, gaffs, line cutters and the like.

Kayak fishing is a fun activity that can bring you closer to nature and have a totally new fishing experience. With the right gear and equipment, it won’t take long until you make this one of your hobbies as well.

Moving around your kayaks can be a pain in the back, but with kayak trolleys this can be avoided. Kayak wheels will help ease the transportation of your kayak no matter how heavy they can be.

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