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Pointers for Buying a Fishing Kayak for the First Time

The growing popularity of kayak fishing has increased your choices of fishing kayaks. But before you go out shopping, be clear on a few essential considerations.

Where You Intend to Kayak at

If you’re thinking protected water like rivers and lakes, you can keep length and storage issues simple since the current will often be calm and there will likely be boat ramp or waterside access near the spot you’re fishing.

Definitely, it will be different if you have your sights on bays, inlets and other types of open water. For starters, you will need something with specific features that work best for the open environment, such as a lower center of gravity seat position for greater stability or hulls designed to push forward into winds and swells more efficiently.

Length and Width

A longer and narrower kayak at will have greater water length and less drag, which translates to faster hull speeds and greater efficiency overall. A shorter and wider kayak hull, on the other hand, provides greater maneuverability and stability. In short, you can manipulate it easier when the situation gets tough, and you will be safe with bigger loads and higher seating.

Sit-on-Top (SOT) vs. Sit-in-Kayaks (SIT)

Sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks are more popular these days as they provide more custom ability to meet different needs. Furthermore, they are less limiting for fishing activities and easier to get on and off, plus they have self-draining scupper holes in case you take on water.

Sit-in-kayaks (SIT) come with more spacious cockpits, canoe fashion, which are great for fishing too. They are usually preferred for three main reasons - excellent stability (seat is below the water), limited exposure to the elements, and a good old-fashioned paddling/angling feel to fishing. Visit this website at more info about fishing.

Pedal or Paddle

A pedal fishing kayak lets you steer with one hand, and stand and sight cast without much effort, thanks to its wider and flatter cockpit. Moreover, the deck is particularly designed to let you add key accessories with ease.

On the other hand, paddle fishing kayaks cost less, and because they weight lighter, they are easier to transport. They are great for shallower water and especially open water. In addition, they have a lower center of gravity, more storage space and less working parts to maintain, and are quieter when necessary.

Color and Safety

Finally, while a brighter color will likely be seen in most conditions, it’s not always a guarantee of safety. When lighting is slow and/or a big swell comes up, kayaks are always hard to see. So always assume that the skipper of an oncoming vehicle couldn’t see you, and do everything you can to increase your visibility.

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