By Bill Schultz- Guest Correspondent
I’ve always enjoyed paddling my sit-on-top fishing kayaks. I’ve especially liked the exercise aspects of paddling. Over the past few years self-propelled fishing kayaks have become extremely popular. I’m seeing a place for the self-propelled boats, especially when having to cover several miles to get to a favorite spot, fishing a variety of locations and when dealing with a stiff wind, which I do often in Door County.
For me this point was made very clear a week ago fishing with a friend on Green Bay with strong winds. I’d catch a nice smallmouth bass and while landing and releasing it got blown a ways away and each time had to paddle back into the wind. My friend had a self-propelled kayak and was able to hold in the wind with minimal effort, much like you can do in a boat with a trolling motor. Later that day in another location I found smallies not far from my launch point, but, it wasn’t fun paddling a half mile back into strong winds and two to three-foot waves.
Later this month I’ll be bringing a Jackson Coosa Flex Drive kayak to Door County and am very excited at the flexibility it will give me to more easily get to more locations, deal with the wind and the ability to fish while moving, again, much like I do in my boat with the trolling motor. Self-propelled fishing kayaks are both more expensive and heavier than normal sit-on-top fishing kayaks, so do your research and make sure you can easily transport one. As always, if you have any questions, you can email me at email@example.com