A Guide To Buying The Right Kayak


If you enjoy fishing, you can combine this activity with kayaking and indulge in some fun time. If your kayak gear is outdated, take a look at the gear guides listed on Nitehawk. If you thought kayaking was only about paddling, subscribe to alerts on fw.ky.gov/Fish/Pages/Canoe-and-Kayak-Access.aspx that lists everything you wanted to know about this recreational activity.

Before you buy a kayak, few things will help you get started. Read on to know more.

Saltwater or Freshwater
There are two categories of kayak fishing, namely freshwater and saltwater. When you hear someone mentions about freshwater fishing, they are referring to the rivers and lakes while the oceans cater to saltwater.

Still Water
If you plan to go kayak fishing in a small pond, look for kayaks that are lightweight. Since you will be paddling long distances, searching for the right fishing spot, the kayak should be long, slim, and offer good movement.

Moving Water
Unlike still water, kayaking in rough waters require experience and not to forget, the right kayak. Look for wide and short kayaks that provide you good balance. They should be strong enough to sustain the force of water and keep you safe from falling off.

Inshore Water
Kayaking along the coastline, with waters as deep as 70 feet can be quite an adventure. Inshore waters treat you to unexpected weather conditions such as a windy day or harsh water. The kind of kayak that you choose must offer you more speed and must be unsinkable.

Long kayaks are best suited for these kinds of weather conditions, and you can get back in case a monster fish attacks you.

Offshore Water
These have a depth of 71 feet and over, and anglers face the challenge of extreme weather conditions. Buy a long kayak that comes with an average rocker style.

Features In A Kayak
· Rod holder
Before you look at other factors, ensure that the kayak is equipped with a good rod holder. Unlike a motor-driven kayak, regular ones require the angler to use both hands in order to propel ahead. If you have cast the fishing line, it would be a good idea to have a place where you can place the rod and paddle.

· Anchorage
If you are out fishing on top of a kayak, it is important that you remain as still as possible. Even the slightest movement can drive away the school of fish. Further, if you want to avoid drifting away, use welded metals or weights to keep the kayak in one place.

· Paddle Leash
Finding yourself stranded in the middle of the river is the worst nightmare come true. A paddle leash attached to a kayak is a convenient way to keep the paddle safe. When you are about to catch the big fish, place the paddle on the leash and you are good to go.

· Sufficient Storage
If you plan to go fishing, you will probably carry a lot of items and tools. These days, most of the kayaks come with a storage box that can be placed inside. Store all your fishing gear inside so you do not lose out on the large trout.