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How to Choose the Best Fishing Kayak

Choosing a fishing kayak

When it comes to choosing a fishing kayak are a few basic questions to consider and take into account when choosing. First and foremost, it is important that the kayak has enough legroom, and that you fit well in it. This should be tested at a test paddle. The kayak should also have sufficient weight capacity so that it is enough for you and the equipment that you will take with it.

You should also consider where you will be fishing, what you are going to fish for fish and what fishing methods that will be used. Will you take the kayak to distant waters, where you may need to carry or otherwise transport the kayak through the terrain? When you thought about these issues, there are then a number of factors that should be factored in when choosing a fishing kayak.

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Stability is important for a fishing kayak, usually much more important than that it is easy to paddle and fast. A fishing kayak should be stable for fishing should be experienced in comfort and safety. For beginners, the requirement of stability is obviously higher because it improves their balance and security while they get more experience. Fishing kayaks are often wide, flat, slightly rounded bottom which gives good stability. They want the ability to move the kayak to access equipment, straddle the kayak for fishing, and sit with both legs in the water on the same side and turn around to access the equipment. A narrow, deep-V hull feels more unstable than a circular, wide hull, although this also can be designed with a called end of stability or secondary stability. Simply put, that the secondary stability is obtained by kayak constructed narrow V-shaped during and in the water while it is wider above the waterline. This is supported by kayak still water in the wider part of the tilted sideways even though it may feel unstable. The kayak is, however, more easy to paddle and possibly faster with a narrower, V-shaped hull.

There is also a kayak with pontoons to precipitate when to fish. It is without a doubt the most stable fishing kayak. With recessed pontoons looks kayak like a regular kayak and is then relatively easy drive. The precipitated pontoons will kayak a very stable platform that can stand up and fish in. above, you can easily go back to where you want to throw, 360 degrees and the kayak is almost impossible to tip over. Ideal kayak for jerk bait and fly-fishing! One can certainly stand up in many of the more stable fishing kayaks, but they are not made for it and designed with the required gain in the cockpit. They will not withstand this for long. In addition, stability is far from a kayak with pontoons.

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The difference in “speed” is very small if you compare different kayaks. Generally, a long, narrow kayak is quicker and easier to paddle at higher speeds than a short and wide kayak. The maximum velocity is also higher in a longer kayak.


Kayak’s maneuverability is affected by the length, with a shorter kayak is easier to maneuver with than a long. Maneuverability deteriorates the kayak is formed with an upright position along the hull. A keel may however be an advantage since it makes the kayak more stable course, that is, the less affected the wind and waves from the side. Exchange rate stability is also improved in a longer kayak. Often, however, does not rate stability so important in fishing kayak paddles since often relatively short distances. Some kayaks can be equipped with a rudder, but in most cases, the rudder is not of much use. The rudder can be useful if you paddle long stretches of open water in crosswinds, but worsen the maneuverability, making it more difficult to turn the kayak with paddle and adjust its position when fishing.

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 There are also kayaks with pedals, which can be useful if, for example for medical reasons are difficult to paddle or if you prefer to pedal their way in a pedalo. The disadvantage of the pedals in addition to the kayak is more expensive and much heavier to handle the country is that they take up valuable space in the cockpit, where you need space and they are in the way when fishing. “Pedal Kayaks” can also be driven with a paddle, but when the kayaks are wide with high free-board, it is not very convenient because the paddle lightly touch the edges. Most kayak fishermen prefer a “regular” fishing kayak because it is effective, easier and faster to make the kayak so that our ancestors have always done, with a paddle. You learn quickly to handle the paddle while fishing. The paddle of the knee can be quickly and easily actuate kayak with only one hand and rotating kayak, even reversing kayak while trills fish with the other hand. It is considerably faster to operate kayak paddle than with pedals and a rudder to be turned by hand.

 Length of the kayak

Fish you most in small rivers and lakes are a short kayak about three feet long is optimal. You will receive a kayak with good maneuverability and it really does not matter that it is not as straight-line stability.

If you fish in the sea or in large open lakes kayak should definitely be over four feet long to accommodate pitching better, able to carry more equipment, landing larger fish in and have a good directional stability as they would often paddle long distances. These kayaks are also welcome to use the most fishing except in very small water where it becomes difficult to maneuver.

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Fish you a lot of different sizes in water and even paddle long distances between fishing spots is a good all around kayak between 3.5 to 4 feet long. They are usually relatively easy to handle even the country and also relatively easy to maneuver in small streams while achieving larger lakes and protected archipelago.

 Space and capacity of equipment

Different kayaks are different for the storage of equipment both in terms of capacity (how much weight the kayak can bear) and storage terms (design and placement of storage space).

A good fishing kayak should have plenty of room for equipment, easily accessible storage areas with large gaps so that you get the bait boxes, etc. They should also have adjustable feet since sitting position then becomes more comfortable. The kayaks with adjustable footrest can be manufactured with a flat floor, which in addition to more room in the cockpit also gives plenty of room for storage underneath. On the cheaper kayaks with embedded, fixed footrest, there is not much room left in the cockpit during storage and doors are usually very restrictive on what you can get into storage area. The advantage of the fast is just that they are cheaper and possibly less moving parts to break.

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Depending on what you fish for and where, so you need to have different amounts of equipment with them. Often you might want to bring their equipment for several types of fishing such as trolling, spinning and fly fishing. Multiple rod holders can be required; it is a great advantage if the kayak is also equipped with adjustable rod holders because it is very handy when trolling or vertical fishing.

Perhaps we will also need space for a bait tank if angling with live bait. If you want to install the sonar and GPS so you need to place and flat surfaces for this installation. If you want to take fish home needed space for it, and so on.

The possibility to transport kayak

Depending on where you fish you need to perhaps alone carry the kayak up onto the roof and carry it to the water at the boat launch. Should I wear a lot of kayak and longer distances to choose a small smooth kayak with low weight. The choice is also a trade-off because you might need a bigger kayak and you fish in large lakes and the sea. There are also carts that you can easily pull the kayak if the ground allows.


When fishing, it has so-called sit on top kayak many advantages over the traditional cockpit kayak. It is easier to get in and out, easier to climb into if someone falls overboard, the cockpit is self-booms, causing water coming in, drain out by itself. It also sits comfortably in a sit on top, are more likely to change their position and it will be easier for the equipment. In a sit on top needed during the cold season waders, flotation suit or raingear for sitting only. Waders as providing a great advantage when one even when it is cold in the water can sit astride the kayak for additional stability and to have the opportunity to influence and slow the kayak operation. If you want the ability to shallow water to get off and go fishing wading is sit on top kayak is also preferable because it is easier to get out than a cockpit kayak. The other hand stays completely dry and protected from the weather, at least with the lower body as a kayak cockpit is preferable because it can also cover the cockpit with a canopy.

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Traditionally, kayaks made of glass, but because the polyethylene resin is considerably cheaper to manufacture in mass production, and more durable then the now common in industrial materials kayaks.

Final choice

As detailed above, there is no kayak is best for all conditions. The choice is a compromise of the various factors and is ultimately a lot on personal taste. I hope that this description is helpful in choosing your fishing kayak.

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