5 Important Considerations for Finding the Right Fishing Kayak

With many fishing kayaks for sale for under $1000, it can be really challenging to find the right one to meet your needs

An increasing number of anglers across the U.S. are moving to kayaks – even the really pricey ones are much cheaper than your average motor boat. Also, since a kayak doesn’t have a motor, costs for fuel and maintenance are considerably less if not totally nonexistent.

However, the sheer number of choices can make finding the right kayak a challenge.

To clarify, fishing kayaks are in fact any type of kayak (i.e. recreational, touring, etc.) that’s been outfitted to include rod holders, electronics and other accessories for fishing. Finding the right one for your needs will boil down to the following 5 considerations.

We invite you to continue reading to learn more about what you need to consider before investing in a fishing kayak. Finding the right kayak the first time will help you avoid headaches and additional costs down the road.

1. What’s your budget?

While you shouldn’t only look at price, it’s important you know what you’re willing to spend before falling in love with a particular model. There are a wide variety of durable fishing kayaks for sale under $1000. Cost will be driven by the material the kayak is made of (i.e. Kevlar for example will be considerably more expensive than polyethylene), the boat’s length and the amount of accessories it has. A boat with only a couple of rod holders will be considerably less expensive than one outfitted with all of the latest sonar depth finders, marine radios and so forth.

Consider how long you want the boat to last. A less-expensive polyethylene kayak, while a good choice, will eventually breakdown from all of the sun exposure.

2. Where do plan on fishing?

Kayaks’ construction and design are largely based on where they’ll be used. If you’ll be fishing in small ponds and lakes, a wider but shorter recreational kayak may be the better choice. These kayaks can be maneuvered into tight spots much easier and offer incredible stability, which is important if you go with a sit-on-top model that you may stand up in.

However, if you’ll be fishing out on the ocean or a large bay, you may need a kayak that can move faster and handle the waves better. While the initial stability isn’t as good as a

recreational kayak, a longer, narrower boat will have better “secondary” stability, meaning it will handle waves better.

While a shorter kayak is more easily maneuverable in tight spots, it doesn’t go as fast as a touring kayak. For saltwater or offshore anglers, a longer, narrower “touring” kayak will move much faster but will be harder to turn.

3. Do you plan on going solo or bringing a friend?

This is an important question since kayaks are available in single and tandem seating. If you think you may bring a friend one day, you may want to consider a two-seater.

However, many anglers intentionally want to go out alone, so a one-seater means you will have a little more space for your gear.

4. Sit-on-top or sit-in?

Besides your budget and the ideal length/width for your particular application, another point to consider is whether you want a sit-on-top or sit-in model. Many anglers prefer sit-on-top kayaks since it allows them to easily jump in the water if they decide to wade or go diving. Also, sit-on-tops are wider and therefore more stable, allowing you to stand-up to fight that fish. Sit-on-top kayaks are more popular in warmer climates.

Sit-ins on the other hand provide a bit more protection from the elements. They will handle better in rough waters, so if you plan on fishing around the coast, a sit-in may be your only option.

5. Storage, transport and location

Another major consideration of choosing the right fishing kayak is storage, transportation and location.

If you don’t have much space at home for storage, a long touring kayak will probably bring frustration to your life. Also, if you don’t have a way to easily transport a bigger kayak, it will end up sitting in your garage collecting dust.

Inflatable and folding kayaks are good choices for individuals who may be short of storage space, don’t have an easy way to transport the kayak, or for those who may want to bounce around to locations far from home.

While these types of kayaks don’t maneuver as well as a standard solid construction boat, they can be packed away in a duffel bag and assembled when they’re ready to use. If you’ll be traveling long distances to different spots, this will come in extremely handy.

This of course is just a broad overview of things to consider when looking at fishing kayaks. Visiting forums online, visiting a reputable retailer near you or finding other kayak fishermen in your area can help you see what others are using and what may work for you. The following video touches on many of the points we mention above, but shows different types of fishing kayaks so you can compare.

If at all possible, you should either rent or borrow different types of kayaks to see which one feels right to you. Eddy-Gear specializes in developing affordable fishing kayaks for sale under $1000. Compared to a motor boat, it’s a much less expensive and less stressful option for getting yourself out on the water. We invite you to continue browsing our site (http://www.eddy-gear.com/) to learn more, or feel free to contact us with any questions today!

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