If you wear anything to keep waterproof, be it waders or a dry suit, and you spend any time kayak fishing, chances are at some point there will be a hole that will make for a miserable discovery. Breathable dry gear is expensive--a couple hundred bucks each for waders and dry tops, and much more for dry suits. Fortunately holes and small tears are easily repaired, and can bring new life to something you might otherwise shove aside and replace.
Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed a week each year to disappear into the wilderness. When I was young, it was a week or more of Boy Scout camp. Places like the Allagash Waterway System in Maine let me forget that I was an awkwardly tall seventh grader dealing with acne and a violently changing social hierarchy. I continued my regular pilgrimage to wilderness into my college years and beyond. One early October trip in my early 20s was almost my last.
For most of the general population, talk of a river boat conjures up images of a coal-fired paddle wheeler lumbering along the Mississippi River. For the anglers who chase fish in the swirling water of their local flow, a river boat is a totally different critter.
My first experience with a sit-on-top kayak was a terrifying one. With no help or information, I bought one on sale at a big box store and headed to the water. It was a 12’model with four scuppers near the bow and two beneath the seat. I was excited as I drove to a neighborhood lake for the maiden voyage.
I was poring over some old photos of my “Paddle Around the Bay” trip back in 2008, and it seemed everyone had a fast kayak back then. Where did they all go?
This year it seems every time I plan a trip, the wind is a major factor. I have been beaten up all over the Southeast with everything from steady breezes to gale force winds. I wanted to take a second to show a handy tool to have on windy days that people may not always think about for the kayak.
Last January, Gregg Crisp published a great article on YakAngler.com entitled “Kids on the Water”. In the piece, Gregg made the following statement: “Kids get tired quickly, so be prepared to tow them when you run into current or wind. A short bungee cord tied into your tow rope will make this easier on you. [What an awesome idea! Ed.]”
We recently asked our community to scour the internet for cheap or “budget” kayaks that could be easily used for kayak fishing. Our goal was to show any prospective kayak anglers that you can get into this great sport on a tight budget. So here is our list of cheap fishing kayaks you can buy for under $400.