Thinking about a kayak? Here’s a guide to the 5 basic styles.
Kayaks are becoming more and more popular as tools for hunters, anglers, and adventurers. Like a lot of sports equipment, with increasing popularity comes specialization.
Kayaks came in one basic style; pointed ends, a small seat on the bottom, and generally, rather unstable. There was some differentiation with shorter versions for white water and longer versions for touring, but those were just variations on a theme.
Today, there are myriad choices in kayaks and you can probably find one that meets your specific needs. Take in consideration sit in, sit on top, and hybrids; whitewater, flatwater touring, and boats designed specifically for fishing and hunting. Many of the modern fishing-specific boats come rigged with rod holders and other accessories, and are so stable you can stand to cast or paddle. And they can get you in to areas a regular boat can’t get near. Most fishing kayaks can serve multiple purposes if selected with a camo pattern molded into the surface color. Fishing vessels in spring and summer become duck boats in fall.
Kayaking can also be a great part of your exercise program, providing an upper body and aerobic workout to keep you in shape for climbing into a treestand or walking miles behind bird dogs. Paddling across a lake and watching goslings swim after their mother is a far better cardio and strength workout than walking a treadmill in a sweaty gym with the Kardashians on the tube.
The Jackson Big Tuna, from which I fish, is even convertible from a solo to tandem boat, so when the wife wants to join me on a fishing outing, I can make that happen. Like many of today’s fishing kayaks, it has comfortable seats and enough stability that we don’t constantly worry about tipping over while we’re filling a cooler with crappie.
So, check out today’s kayaks if you’re looking to increase your access to the water. This video will get you started thinking about what type might work for you, but find and visit a dealer to check them out in person. That’s the only way to make a good decision.