How to choose best fishing kayak- Kevin Miller’s Guide
The history of Kayaks goes a long way back.they were invented around 4000 years ago. Inuit, Yup’ik, and Aleut created them. They used to use this boat for sailing in the lakes and rivers. Coastal areas of arctic sea, North Pacific Ocean and Atlantic were also explored through the kayaks.
They were initially made out of wood and whalebone with a seal or other animals’ skins stitched to the frame. Kayak means “a man’s boat” or “hunter’s boat.” The tradition of making kayak used to be very personal as the boat was made by the man who used it and the animal skin was stitched by his wife. The process of making kayaks was handed down verbally through generations.
Contemporary world of kayak
Today most of the kayaks are made for commercial purposes rather than personal use. They are built mostly from fiberglass or polyethylene hulls. Modern kayaks are different from native kayaks in every aspect, starting from design to usage.
Modern kayaks are used for diverse purposes, ranging from easy touring on placid water to racing in fast-moving white-water, to fishing and long-distance ocean expeditions. They come in different sizes as 19 feet long, 6 feet long with a width of 42 inches or as narrow as the peddler’s hip.
Earlier kayaks were used for more hunting than fishing, while now kayak fishing is gaining popularity in the warmer regions, in rivers, lake and open seas. Traditional fishing kayaks have wider beams up to 42 inches for increased stability. Some people also customize their boats as per their needs, which is called rigging.
Kayaks are relatively inexpensive and easy to store. Most of the manufacturers are offering fishing kayaks in mainly two models i.e., sit in and sit on top models. The fishing kayaks beam is wider for lateral stability so the anglers can stand up to catch the fishes.
They are customized as per today’s world needs, as for example hatches, GPS, fishing rod holder and coolers. Those boats have a greater storage capacity to hold additional supplies and equipment.
How to choose the best fishing kayak
Over the years, people are choosing kayaks over powerboats for fishing for their economical pricing, low maintenance cost, fuel and ease of launching.
Therefore, there are a few rules one can remember when deciding on a fishing kayak-
There are two basic types of kayaks. Sit in and sit on top models. For fishing purpose, sit on top models are the best as any water from waves or fishes will drain out quickly from the holes of the bottom. The open design is easy for cargo and having other fishing accessories. Some models also have the option of two people sitting.
Anglers’ body type:
It is very important when buying a fishing kayak to be comfortable as one will have to spend a long time inside it. Therefore, it is advisable to visit kayak’s demo to understand the best fit. The seat should be elevated enough and the cargo size has to be suitable.
One of the most important points is the stability of a kayak. One needs to understand this as fishing kayaks have different requirements than a regular kayak. The V-shaped hull ones are the most tipping one, which is not desired in fishing experience.
Therefore, the hull should be a tunnel or flat-bottom hull. The width should not be too small or too wide. After deciding on the hull and width, one should buy the longest kayak one can have for smooth operations.
Adjustment of the peddles:
At the time of buying a kayak; one has to adjust the peddler regarding the width of the boat, paddle-style and body type.
Along with the other rules, when you are ready to fish, you must ensure the kayak is accessories friendly. It must be equipped for a rod holder, fish finder and camera holder.