Information About Fishing Kayaks


For centuries man has fished from kayaks. Since the early nineteen-nineties the sport has really grown and the technological advances have made it easier for the angler, and more difficult for the game. Each year manufacturers are coming out with wider, more stable, specialized kayaks just for fishing.

Kayaks centuries ago were skinny crafts made out of a hollowed tree. Now they are molded out of polymers and synthetics that are much lighter, more stable, and faster allowing the angler to cover more and different kinds of water. Fishing kayaks now average thirty inches in width and some are as wide as thirty-eight inches, and average weight is around fifty-five pounds, light enough for an average man or woman to carry or drag alone. Some are as short as 9 ½’ or as long as 16’.

There are two types of kayaks a SOT (Sit on Top), and a SINK (Sit IN Kayak).

The SOT offers the angler the ability to be above the craft and if you are in rough water or where there is a possibility of water coming over the top the water will drain out thru scupper holes. It’s easier to get on and off of a SOT where you can basically just hop right off without the fear of falling or tipping over. There are also more options for rigging a SOT also like the addition of rod holders, crates for the tankwell for tackle storage, dry hatches to keep extra clothes or anything you want to keep dry. The SOT offers freedom of movement, where you can sit sideways and dangle your feet in the water if you want.

Scupper holes are multi-functional holes thru the hull of the kayak that add support and strength so the kayak doesn’t collapse with the weight of your body and gear. The holes are hollow allowing water that may come over the side of your craft to flow thru so your kayak doesn’t fill with water.

SINK’s or sit inside kayak offers the angler to be protected from the sun, rain, and cold. Most are generally a little faster due to their more efficient hull design, narrower, and being generally weighing less. They are not recommended for ocean travel without a spray skirt or rougher waters. They don’t offer as much customization as the previously mentioned SOT. In a sink I recommend a bailing pump, or sponge because the water splashed into the hull has no way of escaping. They are harder to get in and out of, generally less stable than a SOT.

Each year wider kayaks are being offered, pedal/foot propelled have come out recently allowing hands free operation to allow the angler more time fishing and less time paddling.

Kayaks are relatively inexpensive from a few hundred dollars up to four thousand dollars.

There are pros and cons for each type of kayak, and there is no perfect kayak.
So head to your nearest dealer and find out which one is best for you.

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