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.
Kayak fishing is one of the most popular fishing sports right now and it's for good reasons. We recently spent a month talking to the community of kayak anglers, kayak fishing trail and tournament sponsors, and accessories and gear manufactures trying to build an ultimate guide. And in doing so, I found the common and mutual most important points, to address kayak fishing challenges and get you started for this summer.
Ok so here we go
Understanding Kayak Length, Width & Hull Shape
Typically, the longer the kayak, the more stable it is and the faster it glides through the water. For example, sea kayaks designed for long-distance travel are very long and skinny for better speed and tracking. The main drawback of long kayaks, however, is their lack of maneuverability.
Short kayaks, on the other hand, are more nimble, able to turn on a dime and navigate through tight quarters. But as you reduce a kayak’s length, stability and speed suffer.
As fishing kayaks are concerned, anything over 13 feet would be considered a “long” kayak. Kayaks under 9 feet are generally deemed a little too short for kayak fishing. For the best balance between stability, speed, and maneuverability, look for a fishing kayak in the range of 10 to 13 feet long.
A kayak’s width also has a tremendous effect on its handling in the water, with wider kayaks being more stable. But as a kayak’s width increases, its top speed drops off significantly. As a result, kayaks designed for stand up fishing are some of the widest—and slowest—on the market.
Most fishing kayaks measure anywhere from 28 inches to 40 inches wide. To perform in the broadest range of water conditions you might encounter while fishing, 31 to 33 inches tends to be the sweet spot for stability and speed.
In addition to length and width, the shape of a kayak’s hull—i. e. the bottom and sides of the boat—has a dramatic effect on the kayak’s handling and performance. Need help figuring out whether to get a kayak with a rounded, V-shaped, or pontoon-shaped hull? This article on the Austin Kayak blog will help.Paddle, Pedal, or Motor-Driven Kayak for Fishing
No longer is kayaking strictly an upper body workout. While traditional paddle kayaks have long been the only option, several innovative companies now offer fishing kayaks with hands-free propulsion.
Paddle kayaks — One of the major pitfalls of using a paddle instead a pedal drive is the fact that you’ll need to juggle your paddle with your fishing gear in windy conditions or a current. However Getting into the water requires fewer steps and put simply, traditional kayaks are less expensive. Pedal kayaks start at about $2,000, while a traditional kayak with a paddle can cost you less than $800!
Using foot pedals to power fins or a propeller under the kayak, with a pedal-drive kayak, you can scoot around the water just like you’re riding a bike. With all the physical work delegated to your legs, your hands are available for casting, reeling, and landing fish
Combining the benefits of a motorboat with the convenience and stealth of a kayak, motor-driven kayaks use electric trolling motors for propulsion. Great for cruising at precise trolling speeds or when an extra push is needed to fight strong currents or tides, motor-driven kayaks are powerful fishing tools, though they come at a premium price and are very heavy compared to traditional paddle kayaks.
Although these cutting-edge new fishing kayak designs offer some impressive benefits, it’s hard to go wrong with the simplicity and reliability of a traditional paddle kayak.
Bottom line: For the overwhelming majority of kayak anglers, sit-on-tops are the winning design.
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