Love fishing AND kayaking? Here’s how to get a fishing kayak that is awesome for both.
Go where the boats can’t go! Kayak fishing gives you access to waterways where motors aren’t allowed, through tidal zones that are too shallow for boats, and into the little nooks and crannies where the fish are hanging out. And when the fish aren’t biting, how about a leisurely paddle to a secluded beach?
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
But before your rush out and get a kayak, it’s critical to understand that not all kayaks are suitable for fishing, and sadly, not all fishing kayaks are great for paddling.
Here are the most important features to look for when choosing a fishing kayak:
- Durable – Fishing isn’t all cotton wool … there are hooks, knives, spiky fish, pliers, and all sorts of sharp-edged items involved. So you need a kayak that is durable enough to withstand a few scratches and bumps.
- Comfortable – Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but it seems to me that fishing involves a whole lot of sitting around and relaxing. So why not do it in comfort? Look for a kayak with a soft seat and excellent back support.
- Stable – The last thing you want when you are reeling in a catch is to go overboard. It’s not only cold, you might lose your fish … and your rod! To get a stable kayak, look for a wide, flat hull
- Spacious – You need somewhere to secure your fishing gear. Look for a kayak that has space to put an esky and tackle box, somewhere to secure your paddle when not in use, rod holders and mounts for your gadgets (more rod holders, EPIRB, PLB, Go-Pro, fish finder etc).
- Versatile – If the fish aren’t biting, you might want to go kayaking. Look for a kayak that tracks straight and goes fast so you can enjoy a leisurely paddle.