Guide to Kayak Fishing and the Gear You Need to Get Started, Part 1 – Eddy-Gear.com

Guide to Kayak Fishing and the Gear You Need to Get Started, Part 1

The Kayak‘s we use for Fishing and some unique features:

If you’re a bank-bound angler frustrated by limited water access, it’s time to explore the world of waterborne kayak fishing.

Ok so here we go

Part 1:   Why you should try Kayak Fishing (or why you should continue).

  • How to choose the Best Kayak for Fishing (even if you own one already).
Part 1, Items Covered 
  1. Why fish from a kayak
  2. Top advantages of fishing from a kayak
  3. Tips for choosing the best kayak for fishing
  4. Sit-Inside vs. Sit-On-Top Kayak

PART 1: Why Fish from a Kayak?

No matter what species you’re targeting, finding success on the water often depends on your ability to cover lots of water to find fish. Kayaks,  have been used by fishermen for years , and have proven to be some of the best fishing vessels available —So long as the angler is willing to work for it.

 

That ‘yak won’t paddle itself...or will it?.......... More on kayak propulsion next month

 

 6 Top Advantages of fishing from a kayak

 

  1. Access — Launch where most boats can’t. Few waters are off limits in a kayak. Escape the pressure, find more fish.
  2. Low maintenance — Take that money you save on boat repairs and put it in your car’s gas tank for more fishing trips in the future.
  3. Stealth — Sneak your way into casting range with careful paddle strokes, see our article on basic paddle strokes . The fish won’t know you’re there until it’s too late.
  4. Versatility — With a single kayak, you’re able to fish a huge variety of water types from large lakes and reservoirs to tidal estuaries. Wherever the fish are biting, go for it.
  5. Customizable — whether you’re a bait downer, a lure-slinger or a fly caster, a fishing kayak can be outfitted to match your personal fishing style.
  6. Environmentally Friendly — A very good reason to use a kayak for fishing as opposed to a motorized boat is the fact that kayaks are eco-friendly.

Tips for Choosing the Best Kayak for Fishing

As with most things fishing-related, there’s a substantial barrier to entry when getting started kayak fishing. And one of the first questions you’ll have to face is “What kayak is best for fishing?”

Practically any kayak can be modified for fishing, though some are better suited than others. If you have a strong DIY spirit and a spare weekend, that old kayak you have laying in the backyard could easily be transformed into a worthy fishing vessel. However, if you’re planning on buying a new kayak to get into kayak fishing, the best move is to go with a fishing-specific kayak.

Let’s look at some qualities of a fishing kayak to help you figure out which is right for you.

Sit-Inside vs. Sit-On-Top Kayak. Modern fishing kayaks fall into two categories: sit inside and sit-on-top.

 

Kayaks: sit-on-top (SOT)-vs-sit-inside

Sit-on-top kayaks — are generally regarded as the best kayaks for fishing for several reasons. Fishing-specific sit-on-top kayaks—like the Eddy Gear Stingray series or Trevally’s —are designed to be very stable and easy to get in and out of. Some sit-on-top kayaks are so stable you can stand up to fish out of them. SIKs, as they’re known, also have lots of deck space for stowing your gear and mounting the essential kayak fishing accessories. Many sit-on-top fishing kayaks can even accommodate full-size coolers. Plus, sit-on-top kayaks are hollow, which means they’re practically unsinkable.

 

 

Sit-inside kayaks — while they aren't as widely used by anglers, are a good choice when fishing in certain conditions. If you fish in extremely cold, windy weather, sit-inside kayaks offer better protection from the elements than sit-on-top kayaks. Sitting low to the water, sit-inside kayaks are inherently very stable. Lack of deck space, however, is one of the biggest drawbacks of sit-inside kayaks for fishing, but if you pack light or only take short trips, this might not matter. If you’re looking for a fishing-specific sit-inside kayak, the Eddy Gear Stingray series is an excellent choice.

 

Bottom line: For the overwhelming majority of kayak anglers, sit-on-tops are the winning design.

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 Eddy Gear

When in Doubt Paddle Out!

 

 

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