The sport of kayak fishing has been popular with anglers for many years. Recently the sport has enjoyed increased popularity as a new generation of anglers discover the sport. Kayak fishing offers a number of benefits compared to fishing from the shore or fishing from a traditional boat. If you're thinking about getting into the sport take a few minutes to read this article before you spend your hard earned money. First, let's take a look at some advantages of kayak fishing.

  1. Cost of Ownership: It is true that high end fishing kayaks can cost several thousand dollars. Even so, the majority of fishing kayaks are significantly less expensive than boats. Many very good fishing kayaks can be bought for less than $1000. Fishing kayaks also require less maintenance and fewer accessories helping to keep overall cost of ownership low.
  2. Accessibility to Fishing Spots: Fishing kayaks can be easily launched from almost anywhere in either saltwater or freshwater. Unlike boats, ramps or cranes aren’t necessary to get out on the water. If you can get the kayak to the water's edge you can probably launch it. Once on the water, kayaks can fish places not accessible to boats including shallow waters, narrow creeks, and small lakes.
  3. Exercise: Kayak fishing can provide a good workout since the majority of fishing kayaks are human powered. Whether you’re paddling or pedaling you’re going to get a workout. Human powered kayaks reduce environmental impacts as they do not require fuel. Not requiring fuel is another benefit as some reservoirs and lakes prohibit gas powered watercraft. Fishing from a kayak can be a lot of fun and it's a great way to stay in shape. 
  4. Camaraderie: Kayak fishing is best enjoyed with friends. Fishing from kayaks lends itself well to group fishing. Even if none of your friends are into kayak fishing it’s likely there is a kayak fishing club nearby that organizes fishing excursions. Join a fishing group and you’re likely to make new friends and learn new skills. 
  5. Stealth: Kayaks are smaller and quieter than boats, which can make it easier to approach fish without spooking them. Since most fishing kayaks are human powered they leave little to no wake or prop wash.
  6. All Day Comfort: Most fishing kayaks are the sit-on-top variety that are designed with comfortable seats and ample legroom, making it easier to fish for longer periods of time. Some higher end fishing kayaks have adjustable seats making it easy to find the ideal seating position for maximum comfort. 
  7. Ease of Transport: Most fishing kayaks are lightweight and easy to transport, which makes it convenient to take them to different fishing spots. With most fishing kayaks a truck & trailer are not required to get it to the water. Most any vehicle with a roof rack can carry a kayak. Fishing kayaks are easily transported in the bed of a truck, a truck bed extender may be necessary if the fishing kayak is a longer model. 

Overall, kayak fishing can be a fun and economical way to enjoy the outdoors, make new friends and discover new fishing grounds. 

Deciding to get into kayak fishing shouldn't be an impulsive decision. A lot of folks get into it and a lot of folks regret not researching the decision  more. Searching for used kayaks we frequently run across nearly new kayaks for sale. The reasons they are being sold vary. Too often the reason is that folks get into the sport without considering how much work goes into kayak fishing. Other reasons we often see are lack of time & lack of storage options. So let’s cover some of the reasons you may want to think twice before you spend a lot of money to get into kayak fishing. 

  1. Safety Concerns: Kayak fishing can be dangerous, especially for inexperienced kayakers or those who are fishing in rough or hazardous conditions. Fishing kayaks can sometimes be easily flipped. Re-entering the kayak is often more difficult than expected. Weather can change quickly from calm conditions to high winds and big swells making it difficult to propel and navigate the kayak. This is why we always recommend fishing with friends. 
  2. Lost Gear: As mentioned in the previous bullet point fishing kayaks can sometimes flip. When they do gear that isn't tethered to the kayak can be lost forever. Many kayak anglers have lost rods, reels, tackle boxes, cameras & phones to the water never to be seen again.  
  3. Physical Demands: Kayak fishing can be physically demanding, as it requires carrying the kayak to the water, paddling and navigating the kayak, as well as casting and reeling in fish. When you're fishing from a kayak you are the Captain, the deckhand & the angler. You’ve got to be able to multitask well. This may not be suitable for everyone.
  4. Overall Cost: Kayak fishing can be expensive, as it requires the purchase of a kayak, fishing gear, and other necessary equipment. Even though fishing kayaks are usually less expensive than boats, by the time they are outfitted with angler specific gear they can still be expensive. Gear to consider when getting into kayak fishing are paddles, pedal drives, PFDs & fish finders just to name a few. Getting your kayak setup just the way you like could potentially cost $1000’s of dollars. 
  5. Limited Cargo Storage: Kayaks have limited storage space, which may make it difficult to bring all the necessary gear and supplies for a long fishing trip. This can be a positive, it forces simplicity which can add more satisfaction to your fishing trip.
  6. Storage: Ideally, fishing kayaks will be properly stored on a kayak cart and protected from the elements. Sometimes there just isn’t a way to properly store the kayak. In that case it ends up suffering degradation from exposure to the elements leading to component & hull failures. Sometimes the lack of adequate storage space becomes too much and the kayak has to go. 
  7. Lack of Time: Many of us like the idea of getting up early in the morning and heading to the water for a day of fishing. For some of us of that is reality. Unfortunately, for far too many of us that is just a dream. So often life gets in the way of our best laid plans and dreams. To get the most of your kayak fishing experience be sure to commit time to it. Otherwise it is likely you will regret seeing your kayak sit on the storage cart week in and week out.

Ultimately, the decision to get into kayak fishing or not is a personal one and will depend on an individual's interests, free time, physical abilities, and comfort level. It can be one of the most satisfying ways to fish there is. Kayak fishing gives the angler the autonomy to fish by themselves while fishing with a group. It allows the angler to freely move from spot to spot on demand. In addition to being relaxing, kayak fishing gets the angler closer to the water and closer to nature. Done properly it is difficult to beat a day on the water fishing from a kayak.