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FISHING KAYAK MYTHS FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS

As kayak fishing continues to boom in popularity, more anglers are faced with the prospect of buying the right kayak for fishing, and most need to do it on a tight budget. This can mean buying second hand or buying a regular kayak for conversion. Listening in on those with new kayaks and not satisfied we are picking up a lot of assumptions that are just not true. Let’s take a look at the most common kayak myths that really are not true.

A KAYAK SHOULD BE DRY AFTER A DAY OF FISHING

Sure a kayak should not be full to the brim after a day of fishing but it is normal to have some amount of water. Kayak fishos new to the sport often obsess about the fact that their kayak is taking on water while they are fishing. No kayak is going to be completely waterproof or not get water in it, especially over a full day’s fishing. Even the best boats take on some water and when you are so close to the water it should be expected. If your kayak is taking on a couple of litres of water, you do have a problem and it is time to track down a leak. Even new kayaks take on some amount of water.

A KAYAK SHOULD NOT FLEX

This is a tough one. Some amount of flex should be expected. That being said, too much flex is not a good thing. If the deck is sagging in the middle, the flat floor in front of the seat could need some extra support. If your weight is on the heavy side, you could be the cause. There are many reasons for deck flex but some amount of flex is a normal thing. If you want a kayak that does not flex at all you should buy a kayak that has a weight capacity double your own body weight.

MY KAYAK MUST BE FAST

This one is the funniest “want” of all. There is only so fast someone can paddle. If you want to go fast in a kayak, then you should be heading down some rapids and not kayak fishing. Kayaks were originally designed for fast water and not for powered water transport. Kayaks have been adapted to fishing because they make for a great mobile fishing platform. However, there is good hull design and there is great hull design. Most kayaks that are good for fishing are not those with a hull design for speed. Kayaks that are good for fishing are those that you can stand up in.

ANYONE CAN STAND IN A GREAT FISHING KAYAK

This one is bull off the bat. No matter how stable a kayak is, it is still hard to stand up in a kayak unless you have a considerable amount of practice. Just because every kayak fishing advertisement contains a photo of a guy catching a huge Bass while standing on his kayak, that does not mean you will be able to do it right away.

TOP OF THE RANGE FISHING KAYAKS HOLD THEIR VALUE

This is another load of bullcrap. Just like anything else new off the lot, the price drops immediately. Fishing kayaks are not real estate and they do not appreciate over time no matter how well they have been looked after. The more you spend on your kayak the more you are going to lose when you sell it because everyone has their own style and taste.

Kayaks, just like cars, depreciate once they are used. I see a lot of guys buy a big box store kayak, add a bunch of accessories to it and then expect to sell it for the price of a new one. Unless you added some major electronics to it, a used kayak is rarely going to sell for retail. Kayaks are not houses. You can’t buy one, do some upgrades and expect to flip it for a profit. It doesn’t work like that.

ONE KAYAK CAN DO IT ALL

If you think you can buy one kayak to handle freshwater, saltwater, mangroves, rivers, big lakes, fast moving water and out at sea, you are making a big mistake. Just like any other vehicle or water vessel, each kayak has features that allow it to perform better in particular situations. If you buy a kayak that can do a bit of everything, don’t expect it to perform awesomely all the time. Long, thin kayaks are great for cutting through waves are not going to perform as well in rivers where you want agility. Kayaks are like surfboards you sit on.

There is no such thing as the perfect kayak. But that does not mean you can’t get a great kayak to suit your needs and it be budget friendly at the same time. The point of kayak fishing is fishing and it is best to focus on catching fish and prioritise what you want out of your kayak.

 


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Bill Matthews
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Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.