QUICK GUIDE TO CHOOSING A FISHING KAYAK
If you are getting interested in kayak fishing, you are like many other anglers around Australia who are taking advantage of the low cost fishing style. Here is a quick look at what to consider when you are choosing your first fishing kayak.
FRESHWATER OR SALTWATER
Essentially, there are two types of kayaks. There are saltwater fishing kayaks or freshwater fishing kayaks. Those two categories are divided into two more categories
FRESHWATER FISHING KAYAKS
Freshwater fishing kayaks are divided into still water and moving water kayaks.
SALTWATER FISHING KAYAKS
Saltwater fishing kayaks are classed as inshore fishing kayaks and offshore fishing kayaks.
TYPES OF KAYAKS
Sit-on-top kayaks don’t have an enclosed space where the kayaker sits as with recreational kayaks. Sit-on-top kayaks are generally 10’ to 16’ in length and are generally slightly wider giving them extra stability. Sit-on-top kayaks are best in calmer waters.
Sit-on-top kayaks are generally cheaper, tough, stable and are easy to enter and exit. While they are initially stable, they have reduced secondary stability and require more effort to paddle.
Recreational kayaks have a large enclosed cockpit and often have soft-chined hulls with an amount of rocker. Most recreational kayaks are made of polyethylene plastic. They are tough but still relatively heavy. They are normally made of a single-hull construction and lack bulkheads. They are designed for relatively calm still waters or protected inshore waters.
Properly outfitted recreational kayaks make for excellent low-cost fishing kayaks because they have a high degree of secondary stability as well as having large cockpits for easy entry and exit. They are also easier to manoeuvre than sit-on kayaks. Recreational kayaks generally make for a great entry-level fishing kayak.
Day-touring kayaks are the most expensive types of fishing kayaks. They are generally thinner than both sit-on-top and recreational kayaks. They are also longer, normally ranging from 14’ to 18’. The sleek design gives them more efficiency. They are an excellent choice for longer range fishing because they are designed to travel longer distances.
Most day-touring kayaks have a rudder to aid with tracking and manoeuverability. They also often have a number of bulkheads. They are the best for those who are serious about kayak fishing.
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