By Bill Schultz
I’m seeing quite a few recreational and kayak anglers on the waters of Door County. I am often asked about kayaks and specifically fishing kayaks.
Most recreational kayaks are the sit-in style, while the best fishing kayaks are sit-on-top. You can fish out of a sit-in, but, you are limited on gear storage as well as somewhat hindered with casting. The sit-on-top fishing kayaks will be wider for more stability, have a good deal of storage both in front and behind the angler, usually more comfortable seating, track systems to add accessories, and, some even allow you to safely stand.
If there is one thing I see the most is kayak anglers buying kayaks that are shorter than I prefer for bigger water. Yes, a 10 to 12-foot kayak will work and you’ll have a great time. But, to cover more water faster, I’d suggest looking at a fishing kayak that is in that 13 to 15-foot range. And, always keep in mind how you plan to transport your kayak.
I mentioned accessories. This is a personal preference. Many anglers add fish locators and rod holders. Some even go with a trolling motor. There are kayaks out there with self-propulsion systems like Jackson Kayak’s Flex Drive. This can be helpful if you have a lot of water to cover.
As always I’m happy to answer any of your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or, stop by one of the area outfitters.