Kayak Fishing Facts You Need
experience depends first and foremost on your physical well being - You
want perfect comfort regardless of where you fish, and
for how long.
Fishing kayaks can compete with bigger boats in price, portability,
maintenance, ease of use, and in some cases mobility, but they fail
when it comes to comfort and other 'fishability' factors, with one
exception: our patented, well
tested Wavewalk kayaks.
Comfort is multi-dimensional - like yourself, and it starts with
stability and ergonomics. This article discusses fishing kayaks from a
standpoint - yours.
can you really expect
is it what
you really want?...
been using small, personal paddle craft for fishing
out of necessity, as means for survival but this is probably not your
case, so what is it that draws you to kayak fishing? Obviously, you
like fishing as an outdoor, fun, both relaxing and exciting
activity. That makes you a candidate for traditional fishing
shore or from a motorboat, so why consider fishing kayaks in the first
boats, fishing from a canoe or a kayak
offers the following advantages:
bigger and heavier boats, most canoes and kayaks can be car topped and
do not require a towing trailer.
of launching and beaching is considerably reduced.
and beach kayaks in more locations, and access
very shallow waters
. However, motorized boats have a bigger range of
purchase and cost of maintenance of kayaks are
get from paddling but not from motor boating.
Why is it that some
prefer kayaks to canoes, and why choose a kayak over other, traditional
fishing paddle crafts?
indeed, considering most people who
paddle crafts still prefer canoes and other traditional boats for
fishing since those are usually made bigger than kayaks… Nevertheless,
fishing kayaks offer some advantages that most canoe and other
traditional boats don't:
- Ease of use-
speaking, paddling and controlling your boat with a
double blade (‘kayak’) paddle is easier to learn than paddling and
controlling it with a single blade (‘canoe’) paddle, especially if
you're paddling solo.
- Less windage
- Most canoe models are quite big and have an open cockpit stretching
all the way from bow to stern, which tends to cause a windage problem:
The user finds it difficult to progress and steer his/her boat under
wind conditions. Kayaks are generally less problematic when
comes to wind, unless they are very long and/or wide: Being long
increases the wind's leverage on the boat, and being wide makes it hard
to propel it efficiently as well as track and maneuver.
Unfortunately, a reasonably good fishing kayak must be wider than
recreational and touring kayaks in order to offer more stability and
sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks are smaller and lighter than the
average fishing canoe models since canoes today are usually made for
more than one person.
How do you fit into
to ask yourself a number of basic questions, which
am I, and what
experience am I looking to have?
am I going to
fish, and what am I going to fish?
else would I like to do with my kayak besides fishing.
Who am I and what
I looking to have?
obvious, but after all this is about you wanting to enjoy
a lasting, good personal experience, and not about you conforming to an
image created by kayak vendors:
weight, height and age are important as well as
physical condition, experience in paddling and experience in fishing
from small watercraft. Needless to say, that the same boat
confer a totally different experience to different paddlers or
fishermen. Remember - most adults suffer from some issue with their
back, and these same factors (size and age) work against you when you
have to spend long hours in a kayak.
First of all, a few
about your personal safety:
height and weight
factors are often discussed but age and physical
condition not so- You need to be aware of the fact that in case of very
small watercraft ‘expecting the unexpected’ means that sooner or later
you may have to face some hazardous situations on the water.
strategy in planning for such cases is prevention
and not reaction, which means you should first think in terms of
minimizing the probability of accidents happening.
your second line of defense - the one you don't want to have to
reach. Reaction is a strategy designed to reduce the
damage in case an accident already happened.
is where it is
useful to understand the term Redundancy in
is all but
unnecessary - On the contrary, it is a critical
factor that must be integrated in any planning for unexpected problems,
which eventually never fail to materialize.
- Redundancy in
The best example for applying redundancy as part of the first strategy
is your fishing kayak's stability: You may be a seasoned
and used to paddling fast (i.e. narrow and unstable) kayaks, and you
may even be able to use such kayaks for fishing. However, you
likely to find that the unfortunate yet perfectly expected combination
of a moment of inattention when you are casting or landing a fish (and
therefore not holding your paddle) with either a wake coming from a
bigger boat passing nearby or a sudden lateral gust of wind or wave can
easily lead you to lose balance and capsize. Such event can
perfectly harmless, but in case you're not in good physical condition
it might be dangerous, especially in cold waters and/or weather that
can lead to hypothermia and even cardiac arrest. Other factors such as
underwater rocks that might injure you as well as marine predators,
jellyfish etc. need not be taken lightly. Planning for
stability is your best policy against having to need to use emergency
tactics and second lines of defense (i.e. reaction strategies) that may
or may not work. Interestingly, what is the prevalent
evaluating the seaworthiness of watercraft of all sizes and types is
contested by some in the kayaking world, whose reasoning is that you
should rely on the extreme and in most cases inapplicable recovery
(i.e. post accident) technique known as the Eskimo Roll…
- Redundancy in
The obvious example for applying redundancy in your second line of
defense is wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD): It
contribute a thing to your paddling performance or experience, but in
case you fall overboard and need to get back into the boat or stay in
the water for a long time this seemingly redundant object becomes
highly necessary, and sometime even vital.
See and be seen:
A kayak is not just a very small boat for others to see, it is also
very low above the water and therefor even more difficult for others to
perceive. Your kayak can easily disappear behind the waves,
especially if light conditions are not optimal. As for radar,
shouldn't count on those devices to detect you since they can't always
Furthermore, sitting so low limits your own field of view and puts you
in double jeopardy...
In view of this you should consider fishing from a boat that's either
yellow, orange or bright red - the three most visible colors on the
You may also consider the advantages of fishing standing
or sitting in a higher type of kayak.
Sea kayakers have developed a strict and
paddling code of conduct, and one of the essential things you learn as
a sea kayaker is never to paddle alone. In fact, even
pairs is not considered very safe, and sea kayakers prefer to paddle in
packs. While fishing in groups may not seem like an appealing
idea to you, it's important to remember that the ocean is too
unpredictable and powerful for tiny, under powered vessels such as
kayaks, and in this aspect planning for enough redundancy is essential
for safety: Sooner
or later fishing
by yourself in the ocean is likely to get you in some trouble that
otherwise you would have had a much better chance to get out of.
safety come your well
you may want to ask yourself are:
- Do I feel secure and
confident in this kayak,
it good just for flat water?
- Am I going to be comfortable
more than an hour in it? Discomfort, fatigue, leg numbness and back
pain tend to amplify with time.
- In the likely case I don't
I can do to improve the way I feel, such as switching positions or
- Is this kayak fun to paddle
or wide and
fishing kayaks are wider than 30" (76 cm) and therefore don't paddle
- Do I want to go through the
rudder? No you don't, but with most kayaks you'll have to.
- If I feel numbness in my
legs can I change
positions? Some kayak fishermen feel so bad after sitting in or on
their traditional kayaks that they jump overboard and swim or walk if
the water is shallow enough.
- Do I feel any pressure
points when sitting?
about after an hour? Foam cushioned back rests don't prevent back pain,
they just delay it for a while.
- Is this kayak easy for me to
launch, or do I
struggle to enter it?
- Is it acceptable for me to
step in water each
launch and beach? Well, let's say you want to be able to decide if and
when you'll step in water, but regular fishing kayaks don't offer you
- What kind of gear am I going
to take with me,
are storage solution offered by ordinary kayaks acceptable for
me? You want to be able to take whatever gear you feel like,
access it anytime you want, but storage hatches won't let you do that.
- Where am I going to fish,
and what am I going
fish? Is that fishing kayak going to protect you in bad
wind? cold? surf? Is it stable and reliable enough to enable you to
deal with strong fish?
Where and what am I going to fish?
established what the answers to
first set of questions
are, you need to think about the type of fishing you'd like to
do. The conclusion may be that you don't need or want a kayak
all, and you may be better served by another type of paddle craft (e.g.
canoe, pirogue), or even a small motorboat.
In case you're thinking about kayak fishing at sea you need to make
sure you understand the risks involved, and realize that ‘stuff
happens’ – sooner or later, in a mild or severe form. Most
fishing kayaks don't handle the surf well, which means you're likely to
capsize either on your way in or out, and even if you don't capsize
be soaked from the first moment throughout your entire fishing
trip: Traditional kayak fishing experts would tell you that
sit-in kayak (SIK) is not practical since you'd have to use a spray
skirt that would limit your access to gear inside the cockpit. They
would recommend that you use a sit-on-top (SOT) kayak that has offers
practically no protection against the elements and lets water penetrate
the cockpit through its scupper holes… In sum, whether you fish from a
SIK or a SOT a ‘wet ride’ is a fact you have to accept, unless you wear
waders, which can be very dangerous if you go overboard in water that's
too deep for you to stand in.
You may also want to consider the fact that traditional, native kayak
fishing was done mainly in protected waters such lakes, rivers,
estuaries and bays, while native arctic fishermen were more likely to
use large-size and stable canoes called Umiaks for their Ocean fishing
and whale hunting expeditions.
The ocean is challenging not only in the surf zone, but practically
everywhere and at any time: While you're sitting peacefully
your kayak a motorboat passing nearby may fail to perceive you and
either run you over or what is more likely simply cause you to overturn
by the effect of its wake hitting your kayak. Such event may
out to be anything from funny to fatal.
Another factor that should not be taken lightly is marine
Every year there are divers, surfers, swimmers, wind surfers and
paddlers being attacked by sharks. Fishing in shark infested
waters from a small watercraft that offers no protection at all is
risky by definition, especially in view of the fact that sharks are
attracted by the shape of the kayak that similarly to the shape of a
surfboard resembles that of a fat seal, and by the scent of bait and
fish. Jellyfish, worms and bacteria are sometime abundant in warm
waters, and may present other risks.
Cold water can be extremely dangerous, as well as exposure to cold from
the combination of spray and wind - Water and weather can kill, and
Currents and wind can easily carry you where you don’t want to go,
without you being able to do anything about it.
you use an appropriate boat (primary -
prevention strategy) and are perfectly capable of dealing with
emergency situations (secondary - reaction strategy) you should abstain
from fishing at sea and in large-size bodies of water such as big
lakes, big rivers etc.
The common 'fishing kayak' is in most
cases a wide,
accessorized with 'special' features for kayak fishermen such as rod
holders and hatches. But while recreational kayaks are normally very
affordable, fishing kayaks are considerably more expensive.
wonder many kayak fishermen prefer to purchase recreational kayak
models and outfit them for fishing with off-the-shelf fishing
accessories and sometimes even home-made fishing accessories created
from inexpensive materials offered in hardware stores.
So, do you really need a 'fishing kayak' or could you be satisfied with
a self outfitted recreational kayak?
This is a question that only you could answer.
test a fishing kayak?
back pain etc. are problems
usually appear after some time. Don't think that because you
comfortable paddling a certain kayak for half an hour and casting from
it a number of times that you'll be comfortable after two or three
hours in or on that kayak.
Test kayaks in real life conditions i.e. wind, and if you're planning
to fish at sea you must check how you're doing with the kayak in the
surf and with some real waves... -The reason for this is that even if
you decide to fish only on beautiful and windless days the weather may
change by the time you go back home, which can mean difficulties in the
surf zone and even at sea. Remember - the wake of a motorboat
passing by can overturn your kayak, especially if you didn't notice it
because you were too busy fishing, which means you can't stabilize
using your paddle.
Check if the boat is stable enough to support you when you're
struggling with a strong fish -Do you feel safe and confident enough?
Ask yourself in all honesty:
-"Am I going to like this in a year from now?" (many don't)
-"How do I really feel about sitting there in wet clothes for hours?"
(few would admit it, but nobody does)
-"Do I miss casting standing?" (yes, of course, but don't try standing
in or on a regular kayak
, or you'll learn the hard way that pictures on
vendors' websites and forums are one thing, and your reality is another)
-"Do I really get along with paddling, carrying and car topping this wide, heavy,
-"Would I rather spend this time in a more comfortable boat?" (indeed
After all, fishing should be about you enjoying your free time safely
comfortably, and not about trying to accommodate yourself to an
inadequate and greatly over hyped craft.
else would I like to do with my kayak besides fishing?
touring, camping (and fishing)
take passengers on board, play in the surf, stand up paddling (it's
fun!) and more. There's no reason why such an expensive toy shouldn't
offer more than just fishing, but most fishing kayaks barely do that.
This the dimension we call Versatility. After all, when you own a
motorboat you don't just cast lines from it, but you're supposed to do
other things as well. Although kayaks are smaller and cheaper than
motorboats, they should be versatile enough. A kayak that's not
versatile is an under performing one, and nearly all fishing kayaks on
the market are such.
fishing kayak myth
kayak can get you where other boats
statement is not very accurate since those who claim so ignore a
of small water crafts including motorized and human powered pirogues,
canoes, dinghies, rafts and more. Both whitewater canoing and
down river canoing are still practiced by many, and so is fishing from
canoes, dinghies etc.
Second fishing kayak busted:
-“A kayak is faster than a
–This statement is based on an erroneous comparison between some faster
kayak models and the most common canoe models that are usually large
very stable, while in fact fishing kayaks are rather slow by nature and
some racing canoe models are very fast.
fishing kayak myth busted:
-“Kayaks are more stable than
statement is false, and canoes are still popular for fishing,
mainly because they are usually wider and offer more
stability. You can sometime see people casting standing in a
canoe if water and weather permit, but have you ever seen someone
fishing standing in a kayak? (in reality, not on a vendor's
website or brochure) -It is said that very small and
lightweight people can, but this is certainly out of the question for
overwhelming majority of people. Try it (in shallow, clean and warm
water...) and you'll see for yourself.
fishing kayak myth
-“The Sit-On-Top (SOT) is a new type of
The first commercial SOT models were introduced on the US
market in the beginning of the seventies. Native peoples all over the
world have used small sit-on-top paddle crafts for millennia, often
with double blade paddles.
Fifth fishing kayak myth busted:
-“Kayaks were the fishing boats of choice for native people of the
-In fact these people preferred large and stable canoes called Umiaks.
Kayaks were used more often in
protected waters, and mainly for hunting.
fishing kayak myth
-“Modern kayaks are both stabler and
false: Paddle sports are generally slow, and the slowest
kayaks are those designed for fishing. The reason for that
that the monohull design is constrained by the laws of hydrodynamics to
a trade off between speed and stability, and since fishing kayaks are
required to offer more stability than other kayaks they are
slower. Furthermore, Sit-On-Top (SOT) kayaks are even slower
than sit-in kayaks are since their scupper holes substantially increase
kayak fishing myth
-“A good kayak seat is very
–The fact of the matter is that the original native people's kayaks
never had seats, and the whole concept of kayak seat is rather
misleading since leg numbness is the result of bad circulation in the
legs coming from being seated in the “L” kayaking position, which most
of us stopped using since we were toddlers. As for lower back
pains, they result from the legs pushing your body against the seat's
backrest (AKA 'lumbar support') in an attempt to prevent your body from
sliding down. Expensive, cushioned seats advertised as being
'ergonomically designed' or adjustable-height canvas seats may delay these annoying and potentially
dangerous physiological symptoms, but eventually they will appear
simply because kayaks offer you just a single, unusual and
non ergonomic and therefore
problematic sitting position, without any option to switch to other
fishing positions. More reading about kayak back pain >
fishing kayak myth busted:
-“Kayak fishing is a water sport and therefore you have to get wet!"
-Not acceptable. First of all kayak fishing doesn't necessarily have to
be wet if you use a sit-in kayak on flat water. Second,
wet and staying wet for long hours is not an option in colder climates
and waters, that is in about half of the US territory. Third,
being wet for hours is unpleasant even in warm climates and waters, and
can cause rashes and infections. Conclusion:
You don’t have to listen to SOT manufacturers’ excuse for not having
found better solution to “wet ride” and “soggy bottom” problems that
are plaguing people who fish from SOTs, and are a main turnoff for
who want to fish from kayaks. And just for the
record, you don’t really want to wear waders while in your kayak, not
just because it's uncomfortable but because it's dangerous.
fishing kayak myth busted:
-“SOT kayaks are self bailing.”
False. The hulls of SOT kayaks are not self bailing, and there's no
means to drain water out of them unless you pump it out, or drain it
out through a hole, while the SOT is on dry land. The only part in a
SOT that's continuously drained is its deck, through water flowing down
its sides and down the scupper holes, which in many cases conduct water up onto the deck.... SOT kayaks'
neither self bailing nor offer proper means for seeing water
in through the hatches, deck rigging holes, and cracks, and this means
you could find yourself paddling a sinking kayak when it's already too
late to do anything about it.
More reading about SOT kayaks' safety, or lack thereof >
fishing kayak myth busted:
-“Kayak stability is important only for beginning fishermen.”
–Not when it comes to fishing kayaks, since the overwhelming majority
North Americans have neither the skills nor the physical attributes
that Inuit and other native kayak fishermen had, and SOT kayaks are
essentially less stable than comparable sit-in kayaks since their
center of gravity (CG) is higher. Therefore, modern, recreational kayak
fishermen are exposed to a much higher risk of capsizing than the
original, native kayak fishermen were. You may get used to
fishing from an unstable kayak until the inevitable moment comes when
you'll capsize in unsafe or unpleasant conditions. –Some people can
ride a mono cycle
quite easily but that doesn't mean you should try it...
fishing kayak myth
busted: -“SOTs are more versatile than Sit-in
–Not if you would even consider fishing with a SOT in cold water and/or
cold weather, -conditions that are common in much of the US and
Canada, and present even in the South in winter. Also, SOTs
you little or no protection in the surf,
and are less maneuverable than sit-in kayaks, which elevates the risk
of injuries and accidents even in warm waters (e.g. shark bytes,
fishing kayak myth
-“You can roll a
-In fact, the overwhelming majority of people who paddle kayaks
nowadays can't even roll a sit-in kayak, although it's basically easier
than rolling a SOT, so it would
be a waste of time for you to try to roll a fishing SOT, considering
the fact that in order to do so you'll have to strap
yourself to your boat, which is unsafe, especially in the surf
where capsizing is more likely to happen.
fishing kayak myth
busted: -“You can fish standing in a
-Do you really believe this one? Few people do, and rightfully so.
In fact, most kayak fishermen don't even
that confident just sitting in or on top their kayak.
This myth keeps being
mentioned on Internet forums in discussions about stable fishing
kayaks, and some fishing kayak manufacturers go as far as claiming that
certain models they offer enable it, and even show pictures.
Technically speaking, children and small size adults can
sometime stand in a kayak, usually a wide sit-in since it has a lower
center of gravity than a SOT does, and always on perfectly still, flat
However, no full size adult
stand in any monohull fishing kayak confidently enough to cast in full
comfort and seriously fight strong fish. As hard as you may try
you won't be able to find any proof to substantiate such claims,
because they are not true.
The problem is simple, and has a lot to
'what if': Some people
standing in large-size canoes, some can fish standing from kayaks
outfitted with a pair of fairly big outriggers on both sides, and
practically anybody can cast confidently and comfortably standing in a
kayak, as our demo
and customer reviews prove.
So what? -Stuff happens (that's the rule
and sooner than later any stand up kayak fisherman is bound to find
himself destabilized by a fish, a wave (or boat's wake), wind or simply
a wrong move in a moment of distraction - and things like that happen
all the time, and to everybody.
Since neither SIKs nor SOTs offer any 'plan B' solution for such cases,
such stand up fisherman is bound to go overboard, and is likely to do
it while overturning his kayak. Such accident could be quite
unpleasant, cause loss of equipment, etc. Even those rare
daredevils who insist they can fish while standing on top of their wide
they 'go swimming' from time to time, or in other words: have frequent
accidents, which is not acceptable because sooner or later one of those
accidents is likely to turn ugly.
In sum, you'd better trust your basic intuition and common sense in
Things are very different in Wavewalk
just because they are
overwhelmingly more stable than other designs are, but also because in
case of destabilization while standing you're likely to simply drop
down on the 14" high saddle, and find yourself in the Riding position
with both your feet planted at the bottom of the hulls, several inches
below waterline - as stable as possible. More reading about stand up kayak fishing and paddling >
fishing kayak myth
busted: -“Rudders solve your tracking and maneuvering
–Although many would like to believe so, the reality is more complex
and not particularly encouraging one to use a rudder: Native
kayakers never used rudders but Kayak manufacturers introduced rudders
with the intent to improve kayaks’ directional stability (i.e.
tracking) and maneuverability.
Keeping any monohull including
kayaks going straight (i.e. tracking) is a problem, and zigzagging
makes the boat go a longer
distance. Constantly correcting the kayak's course requires energy and
time from you. Moreover, tracking becomes more
difficult as water and weather conditions deteriorate. But
looking only at (unpublished - one can only wonder why...) results of
hydrodynamics tests shows that
rudders increase total drag by up to 10%, and considering the constant
mental and physical effort that manipulating the rudder requires from
the paddler it is possible to say that rudders reduce effective speed
by about 25%. Naturally, the more experienced the paddler the
less effort is wasted, but the less the rudder is required the better.
As for maneuvering, a rudder can make a
difference especially if the kayak is very long (e.g. 16’-18’ long
sea kayaks) and the paddler inexperienced, but its effectiveness is
dubious in shorter (i.e. more maneuverable) kayaks.
W kayaks require no rudder, and you can get them to track perfectly even under strong wind >
fishing kayak myth
fishing kayaks are so stable you can hardly tip them over,
even if you
-This is an absurd falsehood: The only people who are not in
danger of tipping a modern fishing kayak are small children who sit and
behave nicely in their kayak. In fact, when you need to
with a big fish kayaks are impractical since they can offer little
support to your pulling effort. Only few kayak fishermen are
capable of catching big fish from their kayaks without any assistance. Red more about what makes a kayak stable >
fishing kayak myth
busted: -“Most kayak fishermen fish at
–This image doesn't fit reality, where most people who use
kayaks for fishing tend to do it in protected waters such as estuaries,
rivers, flats, lakes and ponds - and for obvious
fishing kayak myth
-While this may be true compared to boats that require towing, it's not
necessarily true within the class of paddle craft since kayaks are more
difficult to get into and out from than canoes are, and consequently
also more difficult when it comes to launching and taking out. Learn more about mobility in kayaks >
fishing kayak myth
busted: -“SOTs are stabler than
-Quite the opposite: SOTs offer paddlers to sit in the unstable “L”
kayaking position on top of a deck, while SIKs offer them to sit it
that same position at the bottom of the hull. This difference
the center of gravity (CG) height works against the SOT and needs to be
compensated by a wider hull.
fishing kayak myth
-“Hatches offer practical means for
thing could be further from the truth: In fact, hatches
small and you can hardly access what's inside them from your seat, and in most cases the
hatches fail to be totally waterproof, which can be hazardous in case you paddle or fish in moving water, such as offshore.
Nineteenth fishing kayak myth busted:
-"SOTs are very
-This is partly true: SOTs are self bailing, which means they are
designed not to let water in the hull even if the kayak is
capsized. The problem is that eventually some water can get
through small cracks or mainly through holes made in the hull for
attaching various accessories. When this happens you can't
notice the leakage until it's too late >
Twentieth fishing kayak myth busted: -"Foot
activated pedal drives offer hands free fishing."
-...Unless you need to go somewhere, and then you'll be required to
steer using a hand activated rudder system, so you'll be left with just
one hand to hold a fishing rod.
But reality doesn't stop here, and if you happen to observe pedal
kayakers you'll probably notice that in most cases they hold their
kayak's sides with their hands while they pedal, and that's because
recumbent pedaling (even in recumbent bikes) requires some kind of
extra support and stabilization. Learn more about pedal driven kayaks >
first fishing kayak
myth busted: -"Tunnel
hulled monohull kayaks are stabler than other monohull kayaks."
-Not really. In fact, most SOT kayaks have some kind of groove or
tunnel (often more than one) at the bottom of their hulls. This
reinforces the bottom and somehow helps correcting poor directional
Such tunnels can be very narrow (1") or wide (1 ft), but as long as the
design is a monohull, meaning that it does not feature two distinctly,
full size and fully separated hulls, the kayak will be unstable simply
because nearly all its buoyancy is distributed along its longitudinal
axis, where it offers minimal or no stabilizing effect at all. This myth and other ones are discussed in depth in this kayak stability article >
fishing is becoming
popular, but many people who fish from kayaks end up going back to more
traditional forms of fishing because of the problems described here.
well as people who are considering fishing from kayaks need to be
informed, and we bring this information to you as food for thought.
the subjects mentioned in this article are discussed in more detail in
specific articles and blog posts - see Full List of
Our patented Wavewalk kayaks offer the
solutions to all problems mentioned in this article.
You are welcome to read what
customers have to tell about their personal kayak fishing experience with common
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