The pros and cons of kayak fishing make it an interesting option.
If you’ve ever tipped over a kayak before – and if you’ve used a kayak at all in your life, you probably have – chances are that you’re having trouble even picturing the vessel as a viable fishing boat. But the truth is, if you can get a handle on effective kayaking strategies, then there are a lot of benefits to using a kayak for fishing. We’ve outlined a few of the pros and cons below.
Pro: Kayaks are both classy and classic. If you like the rustic feeling of canoe fishing, then you will adore the serene elegance of the kayak. For solo fishing expeditions, there is something you can get with a lightweight and easy-to-maneuver kayak that you quite simply can’t get anywhere else.
Con: If you struggle with seasickness – which, let’s face it, is probably a difficulty that all anglers are going to need to address and defeat eventually – then the kayak probably isn’t the boat for you. Because of their lightweight and compact design, kayaks don’t leave that much boat beneath the surface, so when things get choppy or when the waves start to hit, you’re in for a bumpy ride.
Pro: Kayaks are the silent assassins of the water. Where motorboats and even heavy canoes can easily spook the fish you want to catch, kayaks can easily glide over the surface of the water without too obviously announcing your presence to fish.
Con: If you are a big proponent of communal fishing trips, you aren’t going too get much out of a kayak. These vessels are best suited to a single solitary angler. You can get two-person kayaks, of course, but they are often harder to maneuver. In other words, if your vision of a perfect fishing trip is a leisurely experience where you share a few beers with the guys while your rod dangles off the side, look elsewhere.
Pro: Kayaks are cheaper and easier to maintain than virtually any other fishing vessel on the market. If you’ve had to have a mechanic come repair your powerboat a few times, then you know how frustrating – not to mention expensive – unscheduled maintenance can be. With kayaks, all you have to do is pull them out of the water, hose them down, and put them in storage for your next trip. Easy, fast, and cheap.
Con: If you take a kayak on a fishing trip, you are going to get wet. Whether you tip the boat or hit a section of waves, kayaks can easily leave you sitting in a puddle for the majority of the day or sputtering as you haul yourself out of the water. Put simply, don’t buy a kayak if you view fishing as a wholly dry and comfortable pursuit.
Pro: Ever met someone who didn’t believe that fishing was a sport? A kayak can be a perfect way to prove that person wrong, with paddling serving as the kind of great upper body workout that can help you burn your fair share of calories for the day. Of course, someone might also view this point as a con if they don’t want to exert themselves too much for a day of fishing.