Kayak Fishing is the fasted growing sector in the sport of kayaking. It has been known for decades that the Kayak can be a very efficient way to travel. It wasn't until the more recent birth of the Recreational Kayak that kayak fishing launched to for front of the growing kayak industry.
Recreational Kayaks are stable, easy to paddle, inexpensive and accessible to about anyone. With characteristics like this it wasn't long before dedicated fisherman discovered the benefits of this type of travel. For example in the Gulf States, many of the coastal areas are two shallow for the typical motorized boat. However these waters are famous for exciting sport fishing, Red Fish, Sea Trout, and Tarpon are just a few of the species that have proven the kayak to be an exceptional and unique fishing craft. But don't be fooled but thinking this only a coastal thing. Kayak fishing has been growing in all regions from the Midwest to high lakes of the Rocky Mountains.
Fishing Kayaks come in two basic styles:
The Sit-On-Top, which refers to the hull design that features a molded deck that you sit on top of. This design has the advantage of being exceptionally stable and easy to maneuver.
The Sit-In or Enclosed Kayak: This is the more traditional style of kayak in which you sit in side of it. Many of these types allow for use of a spray skirt to keep water from splashing over the sidewall and into the cockpit area. The advantages of this design are hull speed and paddling performance, as well as the comfort of sitting inside a dry protected shell.
Regardless of the style both are capable of adding numerous kayak accessories including, rod holders, GPS mounts, anchor systems and numerous other accessories. The advantage of a sit on top kayak is that many models have flat deck areas specifically designed for attaching accessories. Some designs even have areas for live bait storage containers.
When choosing a kayak you must first decide where you are going to be fishing, the types of water, and how far you must paddle to get to where the fish are.
Longer boats typically are significantly faster, a bit less stable, and less maneuverable.
Short Boats are more stable, more maneuverable and slower. Most people settle somewhere in the middle with a boat in the 12 -14 foot range.
Here are some links to some kayak fishing info on our site:
Touring and Fishing Accessories