With a doubt, kayak fishing is fast becoming popular and so is the stand up fishing kayak. The use of kayaks brings about fishing experiences that no other vessel can give. For instance, the hull sizes of most kayaks are compact enough to allow anglers to maneuver to locations that few other watercrafts can allow. One can thus enjoy a more robust and comprehensive fishing experience while on a kayak.
Stand up kayak fishing is becoming the preferred kayak fishing position as it allows anglers to make longer and more accurate castings while providing a better view of his or her surroundings. With the advantages of standing up while fishing being important, it thus goes without saying that the best fishing experience while on a kayak is one where you are standing up.
In this regard, understanding stand up fishing kayaks is paramount, especially when on the market for one. Since kayaks can cost quite a bit, it is important to purchase the best fishing kayak for the money and your needs. Here is a look at some of the factors to consider while shopping for a fishing kayak.
The Speed, Maneuverability, And Stability Balance – The design and shape of a kayak’s hull determine these aspects of kayaks. With regards to speed, the longer the hull, the more streamlined it will and thus the faster it will be. A negative side effect of having longer hulls is having below par maneuverability. However, gliders have proved capable of improving maneuverability in longer hulls.
As for stability, the most stable kayaks are those that have a flat hull. They, however, tend to have the least speed. On the other end of the stability spectrum is the V-shaped hulls (which are designed for superior speed) being the least stable kayaks. In between is the rounded hulls that provide a mixture of stability and speed.
Kayak Features – The kayak market is quite robust, featuring a variety of kayak concepts. Some kayaks have numerous features such as anchor systems, rod holders, livewells, and tackle hatches while other kayaks are bare. Alternately, there are kayaks that are quite modular, allowing for users customization.
Number Of Users – Kayaks are designed for a variety of capacities. As such, you should consider the number of occupants your kayak will have to hold. If the kayak is meant for use in a family setting, purchasing a kayak with a capacity for a higher number of people is ideal.
Propulsion – Traditionally, kayaks have been propelled by paddles. However, this is not the only propulsion system available for users today. There are new types of stand up fishing kayaks that are pedal powered and others that are motor powered.
Safety – User safety is another importance aspect of kayaking that needs to be considered. The most common kayak type of kayak for stand up kayak fishing is the sit-on-top kayak (SOK). However, with the water environment where you will most likely be fishing in mind, you should consider whether to purchase a flat hull, a rounded hull, or a V-shaped hull.
Finally, after considering the above factors, one should consider how compact their prospective kayak is, and, therefore, determine how easy it is to transport the unit to the fishing destination.