Choosing a Kayak Fishing Paddle [Video]

What really matters when it comes to choosing a kayak fishing paddle? We narrow it down to four basics for you…

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1. Features

The add-on features are what take your kayak fishing game to the next level. What features should you look for? Let’s take a look at a few:

  • Built-in tape measure on the shaft. This takes the guessing (and exaggerating!) out of the mix.
  • A hook retrieval system comes in very handy if you get snagged—you won’t have to wave good-bye to that $9 lure.
  • An aggressive blade dihedral helps water flow evenly off your paddle blade, which means less flutter and more efficiency.
  • A strong, tight ferrule system that connects the two pieces of your paddle together.
  • Buy American made paddles! All Bending Branches’ paddles are made right at our factory in Osceola, Wisconsin.

2. Blade Profile

Kayak anglers typically like a large blade profile. Most are paddling loaded-down boats and need a large, beefy blade to give a more powerful stroke. You’re likely to sit higher up on the kayak while fishing, and therefore use a high-angle stroke. Bigger, wider blades are designed for that high-angle paddle stroke.

3. Paddle Weight

We always recommend buying the lightest paddle you can afford. It’s true the lighter the paddle, the more you’ll pay—but it’s worth it when you spend hours on the water. A lighter paddle is much easier on your body!

4. Paddle Length

By far the most important thing to consider is the length of your paddle. Paddle length is based on your height and the kayak’s width. Most kayak anglers find 240cm or 250cm does the trick. There are a few things that could change that, though…

If you're an athletic, active paddler, have an open water (ocean) fishing kayak, or a narrower kayak, it's best to size down 10cm. If you're a more relaxed paddler, frequently use the high-seat option in your kayak, or overload your kayak with gear, it's common to size up 10cm.

Check our Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide for more details.

Still have questions? Contact our friendly, Wisconsin-based customer service team. They’re glad to help: 715-755-3405 or [email protected]

(Even though the paddles shown in the below video are a bit outdated, the four basic tips remain the same. Enjoy the video!)

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