There are a few core attributes which every fishing kayak has, which are absolutely vital to your experience out on the water. While some kayaks are designed to be the jack of all trades, and perform well in a number of roles, the best fishing kayaks excel in areas that these other ones do not. So, what features set these apart? Lets have a look.
Proper Mounting and Storage
Firstly, if you’re a good angler you should know the important of proper storage and space. Even if you’ve never been out on the water, on land it can be obvious how lack of room, maneuverability, and a bucket to put your fish in can be a major problem. This has not be lost on kayak manufacturers, who have painstakingly applied these necessities into their models. Every angler vessel, as far as I know, has at least one large hatch to store your fish. Many more, have an additional hatch in the back for dry storage, and where you can keep supplies such as food, bait, and clothes. Another neat feature which a lot of the better fishing kayaks have, is a dash for holding immediately accessible items, such as bait, drinks, car keys, etc.
Mounts are another very important feature which should not be overlooked. It is not uncommon to see an angler kayak with three or more rod mounts, and the more expensive varieties have adjustable areas where you can add additional rods. These mounts are not only for rods though, there should be an area for a transponder, a fish finder, and maybe for a small motor.
Peddles or Paddle
Another feature which you may need to decide on, is whether you want your kayak to feature underwater propulsion through the use of a peddle system. While every model that I have ever seen has proper feet placement to allow for maneuverability, the more expensive(very expensive) models have gears which allow for you to peddle your way to where you want to go. This is important if you are particularly lazy, or if you have to fight ocean currents and a paddle is not enough.
Paddles are also a very important feature which you should not ignore, and while every kayak should come with one, proper areas to store your paddle should be available in every kayak you step into.
Sit on Top Versus Sit In
There are many different models that you will come in contact with, and many different styles. Choosing which one best fits your needs is important, but no single attribute means more than whether the kayak is a sit in, or a sit on top. Also known as SIK’s versus SOT’s, a sit in kayak you basically have a cockpit which puts you below the water level. These can be cumbersome to fish from, unless you have an adjustable model, but are much quicker and have speed bonuses. On the other hand, sit on top kayaks are considered a fishermans best friend, because they give you extra stability, leg room, and maneuverability. I personally prefer a sit on top kayak because I feel like I can comfortably fish from anywhere, and I don’t feel the need to race any time soon.
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