Kayak for Fishing: A fishing kayak, until recently, was my golden dream, which I thought about and fantasized day and night when I saw the Predator XL Angler for the first time in his work. After much deliberation, I smoothly switched from kayaks to rubber boats and motors, and then also smoothly onto boats, which encouraged me to buy the latter, having a free amount in my hands. This is a huge and big article on the selection, installation, and configuration of all electrics, appliances, and materials, launching and the first launch, which I will write. And now I want to help with the selection and to describe a little the popular, famous and brand kayaks of the current year.
Kayak for Fishing
In Russia, such a concept as kayaks and canoes for outdoor activities, and even more so for fishing, is not too rooted and popular, such as in the USA, Europe, and in many countries. I can not name the specific reason for this, most likely, this value is cumulative, where the key role is played by the trend and its distribution across regions, well, one of the important criteria, this is the endless love of compatriots for rubber boats, and the budget of an ordinary Russian, which is far away walking A kayak as a whole has a great many advantages, compared to a rubber boat, and of course no less than flaws, which I will not write here. Rubber boats as a whole influenced the choice in their own way, their huge plus is the ability to fish at the same time together or three, unlike a kayak, which does not give such advantages, and multi-seat fishing kayaks with luggage gear on board will very much interfere with the freedom of active fishing. In general, and there and there are many advantages and disadvantages, I personally, on the side of kayaks, it is very “cool”, convenient and comfortable, but on condition that the company is completely satisfied with itself, yes, I) — overview in general.
Kayaks for fishing the last couple of years have soared in order of popularity over the past decade, and major sports shops, retailers and suppliers of all kinds of gear have taken up this category of goods in full and began to offer many options for almost all purposes, rivers and open water. Currently, there are a huge variety of different brands and models of fishing kayaks, it is very difficult to know which one is best for your needs and price range, which will be more stable and more convenient in a given situation. From a motorized and fully autonomously working, to an inflatable paddling kayak that fits in a simple backpack, the water surface is ready for amateurs and fishing professionals, and I am ready to make another review and can break a couple of stereotypes existing in runes I conceived of the article
Varieties of fishing boats appear more and more in various stores and thematic retailers, but only in large cities, and in a small number of models. Often, these are several popularized variants of two or three brands, not always objectively chosen by suppliers for specific purposes, but more universal. I will try to help you more confidently approach the choice before buying a kayak that will best suit your needs, and the main thing is not to overpay more than necessary. And from you the most important thing is to understand and really look at the conditions for which this kayak is acquired and in which you will fish most of your time, what additional accessories and general tuning you want to install in the kayak, which types of spinning holders are necessary for you, active will be fishing on a predator or passive bait, listening to your favorite radio. In general, think carefully about how you plan to use your fishing kayak before you make a purchase, and I will tell you about the difference and present a couple of models.
FEATURES OF THE CHOICE OF FISHING KAYAKS
The secret to finding the best kayak for fishing begins with a completely simple list, which is in fact of paramount importance. There are experienced and well-known companies whose leaders themselves, over the years regularly go fishing, on their kayaks, taking a direct part in their manufacture, planting comfort, sustainability, of course, there are those that are subject to the trend and ahead of the planet are trying to make quickly, beautifully, but not at all functional and uncomfortable, the rest are good marketers and customized articles to complete. Do not “peck” in the first place on the inscription – a fishing kayak! It is not always, or rather, almost always does not personify the true purpose of a particular model. And so, the design features and the important presence of accessories when choosing a fishing kayak:
- Model width
- The quality of the material (the actual presence of a particular material)
- Storage type
- Internal storage capacity gear
- Inner landing
- The convenience of the internal landing
- Type of hull and frame
- Stability on the water in a sitting position
- Stability on the water in a standing position
- Dedicated place and its convenience for fastening spinners
- Paddle holders
- Fasteners and belts
- Convenient footrest
- Open area under the bag with tackles
Cup holder for thermo mug or thermos (believe me, a very important thing)
All of the above lists are clear and simple, but fundamental component when choosing a kayak for fishing. All criteria are crucial for all the best fishing kayaks on the market; some of them affect the final cost; some are set by default and are more affordable in the price range. For example, in more expensive models you can often find mounting guides for trolling engines and low-powered boat motors, this is cool, I don’t argue, but you can save decent money if you don’t need such a thing. Another important feature is the parameters of the kayak during transportation, in width and length, consider the size of your car, your strength when transferring a kayak from a car to the water, some models reach a weight of 70 and 100 kg. Many make the wrong choice in favor of the big canoe,
The first stage in the design of any kayak is based on several components – the ease of the model itself, quick maneuvering taking into account a person who will actively participate in the movement, stability in two positions, sitting and standing, as well as stability when tilted in a sitting position. Of course, a larger and wider kayak for active fishing is preferable in terms of sustainability; it provides greater stability when performing active fishing tasks. Smaller models, narrower, shorter canoes, are not designed for long distances and active fishing, can often overturn, and the useful and free area inside will be much less! In this regard, you need to decide finally before choosing an option.
VARIETIES OF FISHING KAYAKS.
This is a simple guide to choosing (detailed and complete will be published soon), I do not want to complicate it, and I will only divide fishing kayaks into two main categories: inflatables and models with a frame and solid material. Kayaks with a solid frame have an advantage in resistance. As a result, maneuverability improves, they don’t care about your fishing hooks and tees from wobblers, occasional hooks on the bottom of a reed or rocky shoreline, for any gestures within reason. Of course, this type of fishing kayak is in many respects popular, but it has some obvious flaws, it is more difficult to transport them, it is rather difficult to repair, and such models are susceptible to large blows, damage, and cuts. Inflatable models, primarily popular lower price, ease of transportation, smaller size, easier repair and the ability to deal with strikes against major obstacles with less damage. Inflatable kayaks and their density are greatly influenced by sunlight, of course, sooner or later they will be accidentally punctured with a knife or a tee from fishing lures, and that is quite important, but not mentioned anywhere, inflatable models move slower along the watercourse and other things equal and more difficult in straight line lines. I would advise a beginner conqueror of water spaces an inexpensive inflatable kayak, with him you clearly and clearly define your love or dislike for a new category of fishing trips and understand yours or not, and the price almost always plays a dominant role; . In fairness, I want to note one important thing, the price of solid-state kayaks in the US is not always higher than inflatables,
WHAT do YOU need TO KNOW WHEN CHOOSING A KAYAK FOR FISHING?
Kayaks have several different aspects of design that play an important role in your decision to buy and continue to use the craft, these aspects differ depending on the type of water you will be in (I understand, fresh for most, but still), this is active will be fishing or passive, how much gear and equipment you will take with you, which echo sounders to connect, at what depths to catch, and the general comfort of pastime plays a role. I’ll start by listing the most important aspects of the design of fishing boats and how they affect usability:
The volume of a kayak is the total aggregate of the volume of its internal area, directly related to the amount of water that it displaces. Large-sized kayaks are more noticeably rounded in design and fairly typical of their fishing category, such models are often characterized by a large amount of internal storage, a greater degree of stability, a larger usable area. Almost all inflatable boats have a larger volume, compared with their frame counterparts. As for frame kayaks, the models usually fall into the category of a smaller volume, but they have enough storage space; in kayaks for fishing, often use internal recesses of its structure for storing gear, aquariums for live fish, any other things.
Type of shell- under the type of hull, I consider the bottom of the watercraft, as the part most in contact with water, roughly speaking can be divided into 2 types: displacement hull and flat. The displacement hull is best suited for speed; then I think everything is clear, as if cutting the water, like knives, a kayak rushes along with you to new trophies and fishing places. Displacement hulls are usually narrower and, as a rule, designed with lower blades that go a certain distance under water. The flat body of the kayak is a flat design, such models are much wider than displacement and in general are best suited for maneuverability, sharp turns, and stability, but showed poorly themselves in the development of speed and general acceleration, although why the heck to fishing kayak is generally accelerated! Generally,
The cone of the bottom of the kayak is a conical shape of the bottom, divided into 2 types: round and sharp. A sharp cone is the presence of a sharper angle at the edges when viewed from the front, such a cone gives excellent maneuverability when turning and any active actions during it, but is very susceptible to active fishing during normal landing and can turn the kayak over. Rounded cone, probably the most popular and sold, such a design is present in most models of almost any manufacturer.
The general line of curvature of the entire length of the kayak is, roughly speaking, the roundness of the bottom forms when viewed from the side. If you look at a kayak from the side, the curve of its bottom from the stern to the nose is called this line, in the USA it is called a rocker, or our rocker, 2 types of such rockers are important to us. The flatline is a relatively flat construction of the bottom of the kayak; it is clearly visible and distinguishable, an important feature of this design is the stability on the water and is almost always found in models of fishing kayaks. The rounded line is a structure that is curved along the entire length of the craft, these types of structures are most often not found in fishing kayak models and are better suited for outdoor activities and rafting on mountain rivers, in general, we are not particularly fishermen.
Footrest- practically in any model of kayak there will be support for your legs, this is a very important criterion in the final choice before purchase, as it directly affects the comfort during fishing and movement around the reservoir. Be sure to consider your height and the ability to adjust the position of the chair, the ability to remove or close to the support for the legs. In more expensive models, there are comfortable pedals for turns, in this case, especially ask the seller about the possibility of adjusting for a different person’s height. For most modern fishing kayaks, partitions are used instead of foot pedals, which provide a stable fulcrum for the entire foot, unlike pedals. Be sure to do the correct emphasis on the feet in a kayak; this will maintain its stability in a more stable condition throughout the fishing,
Stability and stability- The most important selection criterion, the stability of a kayak for fishing, is a sacrifice in front of its speed. Most of the time spent in the craft, you spend on fishing, not on the race and your stability is the most important function, its width, body type, internal volume, curvature line – all kayak designs that help improve overall stability. The stability of a kayak is usually divided into two options: primary and secondary stability. Primary stability is an indicator in which the kayak is stable during normal water activities. Secondary stability is directly related to the tilting and overturning; it comes into play when you can’t or are already in the tipping stage. More rounded and larger kayaks
THE BEST MANUFACTURERS OF FISHING KAYAKS.
As I mentioned above, most of the best producers of fishing kayaks are primarily producers of all kinds and types of canoes and almost all of the best models for fishing are simply refined projects of these brands, specially converted and changed to the needs of fishing and its activity. The number of fishing types, types and models on the market today is quite large compared to previous years, the market is developing and our domestic consumer is becoming more and more interesting, and this as a result always leads to the promotion of the latter. About 5 years ago, on the rivers I almost did not see fishermen on a kayak, now it’s not a problem to find relevant groups, join them and organize joint fishing in my region or part of the river. In principle, the category
My opinion and I try to be objective – the best producers of fishing kayaks are only those that take into account everyone, without exception, the needs of this hobby, have their own experience and analysis of human behavior during fishing, as in the equipment used, movement, stability, correctness during parking, and in the actions, activity and method of fishing (casting, trolling, catching a predator, catching a spear, or passive fishing for bait). There are now a huge number of manufacturers in very many countries on the market, of course, the USA is ahead of the rest, which is not surprising, given their experience and the possibilities of modern materials in production, the kayak is very popular in this country. But it should be said about manufacturers in Russia, they exist, and personally I really want to believe in their success and prospects, I will definitely mention some models of domestic manufacturers, some are not even worth a line in the review, as in pursuit of a penny they produce under their own brand “left”, “universal” and low-quality Chinese clones of famous models. I will try to make a great review on them, and in this, I will only indicate well-known brands and models that are currently the best kayaks for fishing in the world.
I will list some models and brands that are the best in my opinion at the moment:
Hobie kayaks pro angler– manufacturer Hobie does a lot for water sports – from surfboards to windsurfing, models are considered among the highest quality in the world. The reputation of the brand as one of the leading manufacturers and innovators in the manufacture of kayaks, canoes and modern technologies for them, ensuring durability in operation and really “cool” designs. In addition to the overall workmanship, the fishing kayak from Hobie includes a system of semi-automatic movement around the reservoir, like a bike path. This revolutionary technology provides continuous movement in strong wind and reverse (reverse) travel. There is also a course for shallow water, rubber “fins”, which are used for movement, fit snugly to the hull and do not fight against the bottom relief. Hobie’s fishing canoes, like the Pro Angler model,
Native Watercraft, Ultimate FX Propel– Native Watercraft specializes in high-quality and high-tech kayaks, focused specifically on fishing. Native Watercraft’s standard canoe is a rounded model equipped with flat hulls and a highly technological integrated leg system, built into the waterproof battery compartment, and a special Plano steering system. The price tag of such boats is very high, but it is fair for the availability of accessories, technology, and quality; as a result, many fishermen choose a price range with fewer options. In general, the fishing models: Slayer, Ultimate, Ultimate Propel, Manta Ray and Versaboard are probably the best representatives on the market and, in my opinion, stand apart from their competitors, the models are multifunctional, quality and equipped with excellent and easy-to-use features and accessories. Most models come in several sizes from 305 cm (10 feet) to 425 cm (14 feet) in length and are the lightest motor kayaks on the market.
Ocean Kayak, Prowler Big Game II– I live on the sea, and just conscience does not allow not to mention a fishing kayak for the sea and ocean, especially on this model I stopped my choice – as I wrote above, I initially wanted to buy a kayak, then I changed my mind and began to choose rubber boats, as a result, I bought a small boat)). Ocean Fishing Kayaks is a really cool model, designed specifically for fairly large waves, conquering large spaces and has a very balanced combination of functions that provide speed, maneuverability and increased stability of landing and stability in almost any position. The model, I’m not afraid of this word, is a real vessel, no joke, not inferior instability on the wave to so many boats and boat ideal for those who want to take a lot of equipment, equipment in the form of a large chartplotter and tackle. Such serials, like Tetra, Malibu, and Caper, helped popularize the brand among saltwater anglers around the world! Kayak models are not much cheaper than their predecessors, but they are not equipped with a built-in engine and foot pedals for movement in the water.
Advanced Elements, Straight Edge Angler– The latest model in my review will be an inflatable kayak with an aluminum frame Straight Edge Angler. I mentioned above – an inflatable kayak is not always a guarantee of a low price, this model is just one of those. Very complex and durable material in several layers allows almost without risk to accidental rupture with a tee from a wobbler or a hook on the protruding tip of reeds to fish in any conditions. Frankly, I saw all of the above models personally, unfortunately not. But thanks to the number of positive reviews and reviews on the net, he added it to the list, the more so it is the most relevant and technologically advanced at the moment of the inflatable options on the market. Thanks to its sturdy aluminum frame construction, mounting rail and integrated pressure relief valve, the Straight Edge Angler stands out among inflatable fishing kayaks.
The article mentions only a small part of the models of fishing kayaks, in my opinion, which is, at the time of writing, the most “cool” and technological, of course, there are more, and with a large number of posts I will try to write about each interesting option. I do not pretend to be dogmatic in this article; my opinion as a whole or a specific item may easily not coincide with yours; this is only my vision and analysis. Refute it in the comments, I will gladly correct the errors, which will be indicated. I hope the article will help a little to determine the choice of model and will take only the pleasure of fishing and trophies caught. All good catches!