How To Select A Fishing Kayak
By: Bill Bergfeld
If you enjoy fishing, then your ship has come in! Kayaks are the
ultimate angler's dream especially if you are looking for some
springtime shallow water excitement. The better fishing is of
course in the warmer water...and, to catch the big ones, you
must get into the shallows. There is just no better way to fish
these waters than by fishing kayaks.
Viking Kayaks from Australia are icons in the kayaking
world. They offer great stability in all conditions from smooth
water to surf. They do not readily tip and are easy to get into
and out of even in deep water. In addition to bow and stern
handles, they have a grabline around the rim which makes for a
ready handhold. Their seating gives a wrap-around feel but does
not cover or restrain any part of the body. They are available
in a variety of colors in a single or double style.
The Predator is designed for speed as well as stability.
Its features include a very large forward hull for stowage, a
large rear covered cargo well, and moulded handles located at
each end for easy handling. The Predator's unique rudder system
is easily controlled from the cockpit and retracts up inside the
hull ensuring that the rudder is always in contact with the
water, i.e. not popping out like tail-hung models.
The NEW Topaz is built for speed and stability. It's
ribbed and flat hull section and the rolled chines, give the
Topaz the ability to track fast and straight as well as softly
change direction even when riding waves. These characteristics
make the Topaz quite suitable for fishing even in strong wave
conditions. The Topaz sports the same unique rudder system as
The Tempo Fisherman single kayak, and the Tempo Fisherman II
double kayak, answer the long awaited call for stable, roomy
fishing and expedition kayaks. Both models feature comfortable
moulded seats, backrest and large front and rear wells for fish
and gear. These kayaks are super stable, and have been designed
to be powered by an electric motor.
The NEW ProFish is the ultimate fishing kayak. Its
features include large front, center, and rear cargo wells,
sounder compartment, and burley bins. The full seat with pockets
on the Profish makes long hours of fishing pass comfortably.
The Stingray is a single seater kayak with a see through
"glass bottom". The viewing panel is made from tough UV rated
clear polycarbonate making it normally unbreakable. The Stingray
is great for fishing or for just paddling in interesting waters
where there is plenty of marine life.
The Nemo2 Plus is a double fishing kayak which can
accommodate two adults and one child. With roomy comfortable
seating for all passengers, the Nemo 2 Plus features four
hatches and two hatch bags. It is made from a poly ethylene
material and is therefore extremely durable yet light weight.
The Nemo2 Plus kayak is a 'must have' for families who want to
Heritage Kayaks represent the marriage of modern
technology using sophisticated materials with timeless proven
traditional design elements. Their kayaks are designed to be
user friendly, good looking, and of course, safe under prudent
usage. Heritage offers a wide variety of models offering high
quality, by design.
Whether you're heading for backcountry shallows, a quiet stream
or open water the Redfish Angler can introduce you to
your future favorite fishing spots with ease. Its stable
platform adds confidence to your cast and makes it easy to reach
for your gear. The cockpit is spacious so it can provide room
for even larger paddlers. Fisherman designed and tested recessed
rod holders are located behind the seat, and the handy stern
tankwell keeps track of your bait bucket or crate.
Hobie claims rights to the ultimate kayaking experience
because according to the company, "their kayak's mother was a
sailboat and the father was a surfboard". The entire world has
heard of the Hobie Cat. Using their engineering skills plus
years of experience in the world of water sports, Hobie offers
several models of fishing kayaks.
The lightweight and compact Hobie Sport Fish fits into
those tight spaces and easily maneuvers waves on the big water.
This means you can find fish where others can't--in small ponds
and up narrow channels. Comfortable for all size anglers, the
movable seat and adjustable pedals fit everyone from four to six
feet tall. You can carry two rods in the molded-in holders plus
one in your hands, because the MirageDrive leaves them free for
casting and fishing.
The Hobie Out Back kayaks also use the Mirage Drive pedal
system to allow free hand fishing. With its 400-pound capacity,
three hatches for in-hull storage, handy on-deck utility trays,
and four molded-in rod holders, there's room for plenty of
tackle. Now you're ready to get to fish that have never seen a
The Hobie Adventure Fish is a truly innovative
development for the ocean-going kayak angler, or anyone else who
wants to eat up the nautical miles. This boat's long, 16-foot
stance and traditional kayak shape give it great sea stability
and style. There's no skimping on storage, either, with a
massive rear storage well, two round hatches and a big
accessible hatch up front, you can take every bit of the gear
needed to catch all the fish you want.
Hopefully, this brief synopsis of fishing kayaks provides enough
information to encourage deeper investigation into the sport. By
no means is this a complete discussion of the boats and the
equipment available. The names, Hobie, Heritage, Viking, and the
craft names associated with them are all property of their
respected trademark owners and companies.
Bill Bergfeld uses
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