Kayak fishing offers an endless variety of fish species depending on the place you choose to explore To help you have a great kayak fishing experience, we will discuss some basic tips on selecting the best kayak for you.
It’s important to ask yourself the right questions when making the decision about which kayak to purchase. By taking the time to consider where you will fish, the type of fish you are targeting, and the room you need to comfortably fit you and your gear, you’ll be more likely to choose the right kayak for your needs and have endless fun landing your favourite fish!
Choosing the kayak
There are many choices of fishing kayaks today. To start, it’s always important that you choose the most suitable in terms of two things: The length and width of it.
For example, if you are a small angler who wants something suitable for river fishing, you’ll firstly need to decide on size of the kayak. In this instance, a 10-ft kayak might be a good choice so that it will be easier to maneuver in a river. Additionally, you should also consider price and check if it is easy to carry and transport.
Where and how to use a kayak
Similarly, the maneuverability and quickness of the boat is important to reach your desired fishing spots. Another important feature that an angler should consider is how you are going to stand in the kayak. Being able to safely stand in the kayak allows you to be elevated and view a broader fishing area. This can help you to see fish and water movement and improve casting.
When choosing a kayak there is the option of sit-in or sit-on-top models. Generally sit-on-top are more popular but it does depend on the type of fishing you want to pursue. What materials the kayak is made of will also affect the ease of maneuvering and its speed.
The single narrower and lengthier kayak will be the speediest. Not everyone wishes to go faster, or needs to, but speed can be an advantage if you are going for saltwater applications, tournaments or big reservoirs.
Now, here are some quick questions you should ask before buying a kayak.
1. What size kayak do I need?
This will depend on your size and how much fishing gear and accessories you want to carry on-board, as well as the type of fishing you intend to do.
2. How much maneuverability do I require?
The answer to this question will be influenced by where you would like to fish. Your needs will vary depending whether you will mainly use your kayak in a river or marine water. For example, for river fishing where greater maneuverability may be needed, it would be better to select a shorter kayak.
3. Will you be standing or sitting on it?
The width of the kayak is a key factor. If you are standing up and fishing, a wider kayak will give you a greater sense of stability. Your standing or sitting application is also defined considering which water type you will generally fish within.
4. How much speed do I need?
This is an important consideration. In the case of wider extensive open water (such as saltwater and large reservoirs), a longer, skinnier kayak would be most suitable.
5. Would you like a kayak demo?
Don’t skip the opportunity to try before you buy. This is the time when you can really judge the kayak and paddles and choose what feels best and suits your fishing needs.
Wishing you more fun riding on the water!