How should I go about buying an ocean kayak I’ll use for saltwater fishing? What should I look for?

How should I go about buying an ocean kayak I’ll use for saltwater fishing? What should I look for?

As always, the most important thing you can do if you are looking to make a purchase for the first time is to research, and you are doing that, so kudos to you! First, you will want to decide which type of kayak you are going to want. There are many types of kayaks from which to choose, but you will most likely be choosing between a sit on top kayak or a sit inside kayak, and the most common lengths are twelve and fourteen feet in length. Sit on top kayaks have the distinction of being virtually unable to flip. That is almost always a bonus, particularly when saltwater fishing. Further, they can not be swamped. That is also a bonus. A whitewater kayak would not be the choice to make for saltwater fishing. It is just not stable enough. A touring kayak, which is built extremely long and thin to cover long distances rapidly, would also not work well for saltwater fishing. One good way to get an idea of what will work and be comfortable for you, is to actually sit in one. Even better, is to rent one and take it out fishing. If you rent several types and actually use them before you purchase one, you will know best what works and is comfortable for you. Next, choose one that will be easy for others to see. Coast Guard Orange is always a good choice, but yellow, white, and chartreuse will also work well. Try to avoid the olive and khaki you tend to see in most places. The chance of color spooking fish is slim, and when you weigh it with safety concerns, well…safety wins. Be sure you have an air horn and carry a whistle. You can not depend on others on the water to have seen you. You have to be able to make yourself heard, for safety’s sake. Coast Guard regs state you must have a 360 degree white light on board if you plan on being out after dark, so make sure the kayak you choose is properly equipped. Some brands for you to look at are: Heritage: Marquesa and Redfish are good. Kayakfish1000 We no nah Old Town Necky kayaks Hurricane kayaks MadRiverCanoe Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game Sit On Top Kayak by LL Bean

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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