So what’s the pull? Why are some abandoning the traditional boat-and-motor fishing life altogether and opting to fish from a kayak?
Here are 7 reasons…
1. More Economical
While a top-of-the-line fishing kayak can run a few thousand dollars, that’s nothing compared to even a middle-of-the-line motor boat. And an entry-level kayak can be had for just a few hundred. There’s no motor to maintain, no high insurance premiums, and no fuel expenses.
2. Easier to Haul and Store
Motor boats require a trailer and vehicle large enough to tow it, and then a yard or garage large enough to store it. Some larger kayaks are better towed on a trailer, but smaller ones can easily be transported on a car’s roof rack. And their smaller size makes them easier to stow away when not in use.
3. Easier Entry and Exit on the Water
Those same reasons apply here, too: Getting on and off the water is easier with a kayak because of their smaller and lighter size.
4. Can Get to Places Motor Boats Can’t Go
When you fish from a kayak you can get to places a motor boat can’t reach—the nooks and crannies along the shore, and much shallower water.
5. Closer to the Water and the Fish
One of the lures of kayaking in general is sitting so close to the water. There’s something about it that draws you, makes you feel more connected. It gives you a better perspective and angle to fish.
6. The Quiet and Serenity
The Outdoor Foundation’s 2016 Special Report on Fishing found that peoples’ top reasons for fishing—other than catching fish—were to get away, be in nature, and enjoy the serenity. The simplicity of kayak fishing adds to that enjoyment.
7. It’s Healthy
Not only does any kind of fishing get you outside, kayak fishing specifically is good exercise. When paddling, you use your own power to get where you want to go.
KayakFish Magazine surveyed over 700 kayak anglers and published the results as the 2015 Kayak Fishing Survey. The simple-to-read graphs give us an interesting look at the current demographics of kayak fishing.
Read Bending Branches ProStaffer Clint Taylor’s post on the advantages of using a great paddle for your kayak fishing adventures.