Over the last few years, kayak fishing has gained popularity with more and more people discovering this fun sport! Fishing out of a kayak is inexpensive, easy to do and a fun way to get a little exercise. It gives you the versatility to fish places that others can’t get to and is an enjoyable sport, even on those days you don’t catch anything. You can fish out of any kayak, however having one that is specifically designed for fishing makes it a more enjoyable experience.
I got hooked on kayak fishing at a camp I used to work at. I fished out of a little, nine-foot recreational kayak for about an hour every day. I had great results fishing this way, but the kayak I own now is much more enjoyable to fish out of because it is designed and rigged for fishing.
Before getting involved in kayak fishing, consider a few questions:
Where will you likely fish? The body of water you fish on plays a big role in determining which kayak to purchase and how you want to rig your kayak.
What fish are you targeting? Fishing for different species will affect where you rig and mount items. Certain features of kayaks make it easier to fly fish, jig fish, stand cast or troll out of. Once you’ve answered these questions it will become easier to determine which kayak is the right one for you. This article will provide you with the basics and hopefully get you hooked on kayak fishing!
Popular Fishing Kayaks
Any kayak can be used to get you out on the water but one that is specifically designed for fishing will make your experience more enjoyable and hopefully result in more fish. In general, fishing kayaks are designed to be more stable, comfortable and are designed for you to mount accessories onto them. Here are a few popular fishing kayaks to get you started.
Length: 10’6” ft.
Width: 29.5” in.
Weight: 46 lbs
Maximum Capacity: 335 lbs
The Sound 10.5 is a great entry level sit-in fishing kayak. It comes equipped with a comfortable seat, thigh pads, two molded-in rod holders, area in the rear for storage, paddle holder and recessed areas on the dash for easily mounting rod holders in front of you. The hull design of the Sound is stable while still being able to track well. This is a great option for a beginner looking to get into the sport on a budget.
Length: 12’3” ft.
Width: 30” in.
Weight: 63 lbs
Maximum Capacity: 350 lbs
The Tarpon 120 is a comfortable and easy to paddle sit-on-top with great all-around performance. It comes equipped with the Phase 3 Airpro seat, two Orbix hatches for access to internal storage, large area in the rear for storage, gear storage pockets, Slidetrax accessory system, paddle holders on each side and self-bailing scupper holes. The Tarpon has an award-winning hull design that offers both speed and stability. With the Phase 3 Airpro seat, you are able to adjust your seat three different ways so you are always comfortable, even on those longer fishing trips. This kayak is a versatile fishing machine!
Length: 12’5” ft.
Width: 33.75” in.
Weight: 85 lbs
Maximum Capacity: 475 lbs
The Pescador Pilot is a sit-on-top fishing kayak equipped with pedal power. This allows you to use the foot pedals, just like a bicycle, for power which frees up your hands to fish more. With all of the features on this kayak, it is designed to accommodate everything you could possibly bring with you. With the lowest price on the market for a pedal powered kayak, the Pilot propels itself past the competition.
The small size of kayaks forces you to be creative with how to outfit them for fishing. Always test out your kayak before you mount anything permanently so you can make sure it will be in a functional location. This could be a very long list if you are the type of person who likes to bring everything they can, but here are a few things that will make your kayak fishing experience more enjoyable.