1 – Small Initial Investment
Photograph by Robert Field
Kayak fishing doesn’t have to be an expensive sport. You can purchase something that is suitable to use for kayak fishing for under $400. You will then need a PFD and paddle, which can easily be picked up for less than $100. Most typical rods, reels, and lures can be used in a kayak, so assuming you already have a small selection of fishing gear that puts your total initial investment at $500.
2 – Great for Quick Trips
If you only have a few hours to fish, a kayak is a great option. It is much easier to set up and breakdown than your typical power boat. Once you get the hang of it, getting ready for a day of kayak fishing can be almost as easy as fishing from the shore.
3 – Access
Photograph by Joseph Harrick
Many fishing locations have restricted access and do not allow powerboats, or are just too thick with cover to get to with a typical motor boat. A kayak will allow you to go virtually everywhere a boat can go - and many places boats can't.
4 – Exercise
As Steve Burrows put it, “I started yak fishing because I'm fat and needed some exercise. Figured if I told the wife I was going to exercise she would let me go more!” Kayak fishing is a great way to get some exercise while doing something you love.
5 – Closer to the Environment
Photograph by Chris Funk
You don’t have to be a tree hugger to enjoy being close to nature. Sitting in a kayak puts you virtually at eye level with the water, making everything seem more vibrant. You feel the movement of the water, every head shake of the fish, and every gust of wind.
6 – Virtually No Maintenance
For most kayak anglers, a simple rinse down with your garden hose is all the maintenance your kayak will require. No more flushing engines, or changing the oil and plugs.
7 – A Welcoming Community
Photograph courtesy of Kayak Fishing Boondoggle
Unlike many sports, the community involved in kayak fishing welcomed them in with open arms. David Garner said, “The competition in my first kayak fishing tournament was fierce but the people were warm, friendly and helpful. I didn’t feel like I was going into combat like I did in the bass tournaments I used to fish.” This goes for virtual communities like our kayak fishing forum and Kayak Fishing Boondoggle events.
8 – Stealth
Kayaks can get into extremely shallow water and be exceptionally quiet. With a little skill and practice you should be able to get within feet of fish and other wildlife.
9 – Sleigh Rides
Photograph courtesy of Hobie
Nothing is more exhilarating in kayak fishing than the “sleigh ride” - when the fish you hook from your kayak is large enough to tow you around. A decent largemouth bass can give you a little tow, so just image what Devin Hallingstad's 200+lb marlin from a kayak would do.
10 – Back to Basics
Many kayak anglers are former power boat fisherman. They all attest to the simplicity of kayak fishing. There is something about having a clean and simple fishing vessel that makes you truly appreciate the sport of fishing.