Beginners guide on how to choose a kayak.
Today we’re going to cover how to choose the right kayak for your fishery kayak fishing offers an endless variety of species and a diverse array of places to catch them
Make sure you ask yourself the right questions make sure you correctly match the time your specific fishery.
With so many choices of fishing kayaks on the market today it’s important to narrow down your choices in terms of really two things
1) You’re going to look at the length of your kayak
2) And also the width
Well mostly fish rivers when It is your first, trying to figure out what kind of kayak you want, If you are a small angler, it’s good to go with small kayak because a 10 foot kayak you can easily maneuver in the river.
And the second thing which makes sense here is its weight because for me when I am it’s only about 55 pounds for the weight so for transporting carrying it by myself it’s a lot easier and also for my truck and easy to just put in any vehicle.
Basically the shorter kayaks are going to be much more maneuverable as you move towards the end there.
Let’s go by one another important feature that you want to consider, a really important question that you want to ask yourself is are you going to stand in the kayak? Because it allows you to elevate and stand which allows you to fish a greater area by sight fishing and seeing where you’re making your cast.
Now coming to narrow and long boats the advantage of these boats are that these longer skinnier narrower boats is that they’re faster now not everyone needs to go fast but in the oceans or in larger reservoirs speed is a real advantage.
There are four key questions you want to ask yourself when you’re choosing a kayak with the first being capacity.
Capacity refers to the angler size how much here you’re going to be taking with you and for me personally I’m a small person and my 10 foot boat in the sort of capacity. I don’t really carry that much stuff I’m pretty much a minimalist, I usually have a backpack with my gear and my rods and with these hatches you can usually store other stuff in it too.
Next question you want to ask yourself is how maneuverable do I need to be for Bay areas you need longer kayaks with less maneuverability, whereas on a river you really needs that maneuverability go for a shorter kayak you can find some good kayaks under 500$.
The third question would ask yourself is are you going to be standing and fishing now stability relates directly to the width of the kayak so the wider the kayak the easier it is going to be able to stand on it and there are kayaks made specifically for standing and fishing when it comes to standing and fishing that’s usually something that you’re going to be doing in shallow water so you want to take that into consideration also the type of water that you’re fishing.
Last question you can ask yourself how fast do I need to go now if you’re fishery is one of a lot of expansive open water like saltwater or a larger reservoir you’re going to want a longer skinnier kayaks