Fishing with a kayak is an inexpensive way to cover vast area of water quickly and swiftly. Paddling a kayak also has its health benefit and is a great way to be outdoors. Kayaks are constructed out of plastic or fiberglass which make them light and durable. There are many types, models, sizes and makes of kayaks available for fishing. The sit on top kayaks are classified as recreational kayaks. These kayaks have wider hull for more stability and are shorter than most touring or ocean kayaks.
If you are new to the sport, choosing a fishing kayak can be a daunting task. First you must decide what types of fishing you will be doing a few examples are fly fishing, spear fishing or just spinning fishing with light tackle. Where will you be doing most of your fishing, on a calm lake or far offshore sea fishing ?. All of these factors will play an important role in the type of kayak that will suites your needs. My advice is to test different sit on top models from various manufactures at the local shops to find the most suitable kayak for you. Used sit on top kayaks are another option to consider as they are an economical way to start into the sport.
With the surge in popularity of kayak fishing, there are many after-market gear and accessories that you can add to your kayak to increase safety and comfort. Fish finder device is a good piece of kit to have on your kayak. You will spend less time paddling around searching for fish and focus more on the fishing. Some sit on top models have built in rod holders that are usually located behind the seat. Some anglers like to add two more rod holders near the front to diversify their fishing rods selections. A rudder system is another good thing to add to your kayak because there are times when it is difficult to paddle the kayak and play the fish at the same time. The rudder can be retracted for ease of transport and storage.
Kayak fishing is an excellent way to spend time outdoors but can also be very dangerous. Before you set out on your first trip, take at least a few basic kayaking lessons. Go out with other season kayakers and learn the ropes from them. If you are planning to go far from shore, familiar yourself with the tide charts and weather reports prior to your trip. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring proper signalling devices like flares, whistle, VHF radio and cell phone to call for assistance.