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The Best Places to go Kayak Fishing

Fishing gets interesting if the sight is picturesque enough to hold your gaze and make you feel close to the nature. Boring lake with no scenic landscape makes a trip tiresome, and there are no laudable memories that you can bring back home with you. To assist you with the best places in America for kayak fishing, we have gathered a list of places that are full of fishery spots for anglers.

Devils River in Texas

Let us start our list with a spot that is heaven for experienced paddlers and fishers. People who like to be adventurous by going out in the wild and spend time in an isolated spot should give this site a try. Those, who are inexperienced and need premium accommodation, should not put Devils River in their wish list, as the Texas Parks and Wildlife itself suggested this place as a “strenuous” one, which can be enjoyed by skilled paddlers only who are brave and skilled enough to survive out in the wild.

Chesapeake Bay in Virginia

Covering almost 4,500 square miles of water, which is even bigger than the Rhode Island, Chesapeake Bay provides tremendous kayak angling spots for fishers almost every day. Shoreline is spread 11,684 miles with three Bay areas that are crammed with fishes like togs (hard to catch fish found in rock piles and wrecks), bull reds, stripers and many more species flocked around the bay.  

Indiana River Lagoon in Florida

Going for saltwater kayak fishing is always fun as it is tough and need uphill struggle. Fishers who are living near Florida should probably visit Indiana River Lagoon to get an experience of a lifetime. On the east coast of Florida, fishes like speckled trout, redfish, and tarpon are always there to welcome you. All year around, you can find campsites with beautiful attractions surrounding the sea, which are signs that this place is always open for everyone.

Deer Creek Conservation Area in Maryland

If you are a starter and looking for a spot where you can enjoy fishing as well as relax among the serene water, then Deer Creek conservation area is the best choice for you. Streaming with fishes like largemouth bass, trout, and other common species, this clear water experience is risk-free and can be achieved on kayaks. 

Lake Guntersville in Alabama

Being the largest lake in the state, covering 69,000 acres of water and, Lake Guntersville is what they call as the “big bass” fishery in the state of Alabama. It is a part of Tennessee Valley Authority, therefore it is always a plus if you check lake level and its release before heading out on a trip of fishing. This area provides camping, launch sites, and many other facilities, but trained fishers can always find better range of fishes in areas that have fewer travelers.

Kona Coast in Hawaii

Another spot which is productive for experienced paddlers is Kona Coast in Hawaii, which is packed with beautiful sights. Enjoy Grey snappers and huge tuna in this area, but always come prepared as it is surrounded by tiger sharks that are hard to get away with. That is why this spot can be more enjoyed by skilled paddlers than beginners.

Shelter Cove in California

Hosting the Gimme Shelter Tournament every May, Shelter Cove is claimed to be one of the excellent fishing destinations in California. The rip currents, cold water, and sneaker waves might add a little struggle to your fishing day out, but it nonetheless provides great experience. Salmon, Albacore, halibut, and ling and rock cod are few of the delicious fishes that can be found in this region.

Columbia River in Oregon/ Washington

Found in between Northern Oregon and Southern Washington, Columbia River is spread across 300,000 acres with staggering sceneries surrounding it. To visit this spot, you need to get Columbia River Basin endorsement on your fishing license to enjoy a day out full of amazing fishing experiences. Salmon, Sockeye, Steelhead, Coho, and Chinook are few of the many species that are scattered under the water of Columbia River. This is a place that can be enjoyed by both skilled and newbie paddlers.

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5 Best Types of Fishing Kayaks & Their Pros and Cons

Fishing kayaks are specifically designed for those people, who love to fish. These Kayaks have the best accessories, which can be used in this adventure sport. There are rod holders, as well as coolers, and much more present in these Kayaks. They even have GPS receivers, lights and hatches, which are specially designed for the purpose of catching fish.

Paddle and pedal Powered Kayaks

There are paddle kayaks and pedal powered kayaks.

Pros

Pedal powered kayaks, as compared to paddle kayaks, do not make you feel fatigued while you cover a long distance. It is much easier to drive a pedal powered kayak as all one has to do is press it down by foot. However, paddling requires a lot more energy to get the Kayak moving so it is not possible to cover very long distances on a paddle kayak.

Cons

However, if something goes wrong with the pedal powered Kayak; you might get stuck in the middle of nowhere, if there are no paddles available.

Pedal powered kayaks are more expensive compared to paddle kayaks.

Sit on Top Kayak

Those who love to fish, have to choose between sit-on top or sit in kayaks. There are pros and cons of sit on top kayaks.

Pros

  • They can easily get out of the kayak if they have to and access their fishing equipment.
  • They are good for those who are inexperienced in paddling.
  • They are also good for those who have a lot of gear, as there are different compartments.

Cons

  • It can make you wet, because there is no cover that can protect you.
  • A wet ride can make you sick and cold as well; this would negatively affect your fishing experience.

Tandem

Tandem fishing kayaks are also called double kayaks; it is called so because it has space for two people to sit in. This means that two people would be driving the same kayaks, at the same time, which would shed the load of work.

Pros

  • If you do not like to fish alone and want your fishing partner in the same boat, then this is the best option.
  • In tandem fishing kayaks, one person can sit in the front and teach a person, preferably a beginner in the back.

Cons

  • The problem with Tandem kayaks is that they are heavy, as they weight about 75-100 pounds. People have difficulty carrying them.
  • Shorter tandems are not very stable.
  • It would not be of any use if your partner does not want to come with you.

Recreational Kayaks

The cockpits of recreational kayaks are large and they are different from sit-on-top kayaks. The cockpits have soft-chinned hulls and they are manufactured using rotationally-molded polyethylene plastic.

Pros

  • They are not very expensive.
  • They are more stable as compared to sit-on-top kayaks.
  • The cockpit is enclosed, which means the paddler is protected from external elements.
  • If recreational kayaks are properly outfitted, then they are perfect for fishing.

Cons

  • When taken out in rough seas, they do not perform well.
  • They are slow, as compared to other kayaks.
  • A lot of effort is needed when paddling them.
  • They are heavy as compared to other kayaks.

Day Touring Kayaks

Day-touring kayaks are longer and slimmer. The length of the kayaks ranges from 14 feet to 18 feet. They are different from recreational kayaks.

Pros

  • The hull designs are more efficient; they are efficient as compared to sit-in and sit on top kayaks.
  • They are speedy, which means that the paddler can paddle as fast as he wants. The paddler does not even have to put much effort.
  • Offer good stability.
  • The cockpits are comfortable

Cons

  • The cockpits are smaller and this would be bad for those paddlers who easily feel claustrophobic.
  • They are very expensive.

To have a good fishing experience, it is necessary to choose the best Kayak. While choosing a kayak, consider their pros and cons as well as your fishing requirements.

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Types of Kayaks and Their Suitability for Fishing

A Kayak is a small boat, which has a double-bladed paddle. Kayaks are also known as canoes, mainly in the UK. It has a deck, which is usually covered, one or more than one cockpits, and seating for paddlers. There are different types of kayak and to choose the best one, you need to know about the different kayaks and their functions.

  • Sit Inside Kayaks
  • Sit On Top Kayaks

Inflatable Fishing Kayaks

Initially, inflatable fishing kayaks were assumed to be pool toys, but now times have changed. Technology has advanced and these inflatable kayaks are now used as recreational boats. Inflatable kayaks are better as compared to the hard shell kayaks on the market, in terms of performance. The best thing about an inflatable kayak is its light weight. Moreover, they are:

  • Scratch Resistant
  • Affordable
  • Easy To Maintain and Store

Aluminum Fishing Kayaks

Aluminum Fishing Kayaks as the name suggests, are made up of aluminum and they can bear any weather, like snow and heat. This is the reason why most people who do not have a place to keep their kayaks, buy aluminum kayaks as they can be left outside. They last for a long time and are economical. They also have a high initial stability. However, an aluminum kayak is heavier than other types of kayaks.

A major advantage of an aluminum kayak is that it can carry a lot of load, as compared to other modern kayaks. Another advantage is that it does not draw a lot of water inside keeping the paddlers dry.

Recreational Kayaks

In addition to fishing kayaks there are also several other types of kayaks including recreational kayaks; while not specially made for fishing these types of kayaks can be perfect for the person who wants a dual purpose kayak. This is also helpful if you want/need a two-person kayak but only one person wants to fish

  • They Are Affordable
  • They Are Easy To Use
  • They have higher stability, which is great for photographers and casual paddlers
  • Many can be dual purpose enabling you to fish and simply paddle around

However, they are not good when the currents are strong. They also have a small storage area, which means you cannot store a large amount of fishing tackle or fish when you catch them if keeping them.

Touring Kayaks

The physical description of a touring kayak is that it is between 12 to 17 feet long and the hulls of the kayak are shaped in a way, that it increases the kayak’s lift during the waves and rough water. There is also a tracking system attached to the kayak.

Pros of touring kayaks:

  • They Perform Better
  • They Are Versatile
  • They Have More Storage Space

Modular Kayaks

The special thing about modular kayaks is the fact that it can split into different sections. These sections would ensure easy transportation and this modular kayak can even fit in the back of your SUV. They are mainly used in day tours and you can even buy a second cockpit, so that the kayak would turn into a tandem.

Folding Kayaks

As the name suggests, folding kayaks can be disassembled, folded and would fit into a carry bag. This kayak has a stiff frame, which is quite useful as it gives it a rigid structure. The performance of a hard-shell kayak and a folding kayak are similar. It might take longer to assemble the kayak in the beginning, but after you become familiar with the process, it would not take a long time.

  • Bullet Point 1
  • Bullet Point 2

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