fishing kayak choice

POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A FISHING KAYAK

Kayak fishing allows you to fish for a wider range of fish species and allows you to enjoy a whole different world of fishing. Personally, I love kayak fishing. When most people think of kayaks they think of rapids and adventure sports. For me, kayaks are for strategic and stealthy, and relaxed fishing. It’s a whole new world of fishing and really suits someone who likes to enjoy strategy. It’s so different to boat and land fishing. For me, it is the perfect way to enjoy a day or weekend.

I put together some basic points that are intended to help you select the best kayak for your purposes and to have a fantastic kayak fishing experience.

One should ask the right questions to before buying a kayak in order to choose the right kayak. This may include where you will be fishing, the types of fish you are targeting and the recreational space that can easily accommodate anglers with kayaks and kayak accessories.

SELECTING YOUR KAYAK

There are many types of kayaks available on the market, and you should consider these two points to choose the most suitable kayak: The length and width. For a small angler pursuing river fishing, a 10-foot kayak is a good choice to get easier manoeuverability in a river. In addition, the kayak should also be comfortable when carried and transported, and of course along with an affordable price tag.

USING THE KAYAK: WHERE AND HOW

At the same time, the manoeuverability and speed of a kayak would improve the success in reaching the desired fishing spot. How you are going to balance or stand whilst catching fish is also another important feature. Standing safely in the kayak will allow you a much wider view of the fishing area, targeted fish species, as well as water movements. This will significantly help improve your casting.

The kayaks are categorised in sit-in and sit-on-top models. Usually, the sit-on-top models are more popular due to their overall stability. However, it’s where you fish that can help you select the right kayak. Ease of manoeuvering and the weight of a kayak will depend upon the materials they are made of.

For example, a narrower and longer kayak is always going to move through the water with more speed. Of course, not everyone wishes to go faster or needs to, especially when fishing, but speed will always be a benefit when one is going for saltwater applications, tournaments or big reservoirs. For beginners, speed is not really an issue. Think about fishing at pace in lakes and estuaries.

OTHER POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A KAYAK

FISHING KAYAK SIZE

You should consider your physical size as well as the quantity and weight of the fishing tackle your will be carrying on the Kayak. A 10 standard, low-cost model is the best.

MANEUVERABILITY

This will usually depend upon the place you are fishing. The use of your kayak either in a river or offshore water will help in these considerations; e.g. Shorter kayaks are a good choice for anglers going river fishing as you will probably require greater manoeuverability within shorter distances – this is what you want.

STANDING OR SITTING

The width of a kayak is also a significant consideration. When you are in a standing position and seeking a higher sense of stability, a wider kayak will be a great feature. The type of water where you mainly fish would also define if it is safe to stand or sit in a kayak.

SPEED

If you are fishing in broad and extensive open water, a longer and skinnier kayak is more favourable. For example, for saltwater and large reservoirs.

FISHING KAYAK DEMO DRIVE

Never skip it unless you are buying online. It is the best opportunity to test a kayak which is best for you, along with its features. Choose the best that feels right.

Related: Quick Guide to Buying a Fishing Kayak Online

 


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Peter Hollingsworth
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Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.