Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities there is and there are almost as many ways to go fishing as there are baits to catch fish. You can fish in creeks, ponds, rivers, lakes, from the bank, a boat, off a bridge and countless other places but one of the most fun has to be from a kayak, sitting on top of the water nothing but you, your fishing equipment and the fish. For a fisherman it doesn't get much better than that. For someone who has never bought one picking the best fishing kayak can be very intimidating. If you have considered the purchase of a fishing kayak but just keep putting it off because you feel intimidated by all the option and are afraid of buying the wrong one here is some basic information that might help you out.
Different Types of Kayaks
When looking at kayaks online or in retail stores there are a few things that stick out to most people. Things like the different sizes, shapes and colors. Then after a few minutes after everything starts to set in they notice one other thing, the different designs. Kayaks come in two basic designs sit on top (SOT) and sit inside kayak (SIK). The SOT looks somewhat like a canoe without the sides. This design allows any water that enters the kayak to drain through holes eliminating the need to manually remove the water. The SIK on the other hand are the traditional style that you may have used at camp as a kid. This design is great for keeping you drier but if water makes it to the inside of the kayak it must be manually removed. Each design has its pros and cons but when it comes to fishing kayaks the SOT is king.
Once you have decided on the style you want you will need to take a personal inventory of yourself and your habits when it comes to fishing. Things like your height, weight and the amount of gear you would be taking are useful so you know what size and weight capacity you will need. Plus you will need to think about how you will store and haul your new kayak because if you can't store or haul a fifteen foot kayak then you're not going to be able to use it. One last thing you need to think about is if you will be covering a lot of ground in your new kayak? If you are then you want a medium to long kayak something at least thirteen feet. If your not going to be covering a lot of ground shorter is a better option for many reasons beside being easier to store, move, and haul they are easier to maneuver in the water. Now that we have covered some of the basic info lets look at some fishing kayaks that might be of interest to a fisherman.
Sit On Top Kayaks for Sale
The following are some of the best fishing kayaks available from Amazon.com. You might be asking why Amazon well they have wide variety of choices from different brands with a wide range of prices, plus they are a trusted online retailer with free shipping on purchases over $25.00. Feel free to look elsewhere if or when you decide to make your purchase.
One of the best fishing kayaks you can buy is the Ocean Kayak Trident 15' Angler Kayak-Sit-On-Top pictured above. It has a 15'7" x 29" hull made from light weight, durable and easy to maintain polyethylene for improved speed and stability. It weights 60 pounds and can handle a maximum load of 550 pounds which is more than enough for most people and tons of gear. The Trident also has plenty of storage and rigging option plus a large 17" seat and a tank well for live bait or other gear. There are some other options that are sold separately like scupper stoppers and a rudder kit. And all of this comes with a one year warranty.
If the Trident is a little out of your price range that's ok because there are many other great fishing kayaks available at much cheaper prices like the Malibu Kayaks Mini-X Recretional Model Sit on Top Kayak. It is what would be considered a small kayak at 9'3" but is very stable because of its 33.5" width. It has many features like side carry handles, paddle holders, cup holder, nylon hooks, bow and stern handles, a four point center hatch with bag and two rear rod holders. In all the Mini X is a great kayak for the beginner and comes at a very reasonable price.
These are but a few of the brands and models of fishing kayaks available. Other top brands to choose from would include Emotions Kayaks, Hobie and Hurricane Kayaks.
For those that already own a kayak or are just now deciding you are going to purchase one there is one item you might consider buying as well, a kayak trailer. These small trailers make transporting your kayak a breeze. No more man handling your yak into the water just back in and unload it's that easy and these trailers are small enough that they can even be hauled by a car. One good example is the Malone MicroSport Trailer Two Kayak Transport Package with two Malone AutoLoader XV Kayak Carriers also available from Amazon.com were shipping is free. The trailer is made galvanized steel with 60" aluminum cross rails, it will haul two kayaks with lengths up to 18" long and comes with a full size spare tire. It can be easily assembled in two to three hours but must be licensed before use. And for a few hundred dollars more you can upgrade to a four kayak transport package.
As you can see finding the best fishing kayak doesn't have to be a nightmare. With a little research and bit of patience you should be able to find the perfect fit for your boat fishing adventure needs. You may also consider buying a used kayak if you are still feeling nervous about the whole ordeal. Buying used usually means paying roughly have of the retail price just be sure to look them over carefully and ask lots of questions.