By Bill Schultz– guest correspondent
When I talk with potential kayak anglers, after asking what type of fishing and where they plan to fish, I always ask them how they plan to transport their fishing kayak. Many have thought about it, but, many have not.
Most traditional sit-on-top fishing kayaks are going to weigh 65 to 90 pounds without the seat. And, self-propelled boats will weigh closer to 100 or more pounds. With kayak fishing and kayaking in general taking off, all the top companies have developed great roof rack systems for your car, van or SUV. Some even have lifts that will assist you in getting your kayak on top. If you have a truck, you’re all set and can put the kayak in the bed, and if your kayak is longer, attach an extension that fits in a trailer hitch. There’s something out there for everyone.
In 2010 I began using the Malone MicroSport trailer. This has made the transport of my fishing kayaks extremely easy, and, in many cases it is so nice to just back the trailer to the water at a ramp and slide the kayak into the water. These trailers are lightweight and can be pulled by small vehicles. Many times, you can get close to the water, but will then need to get the kayak from the vehicle to the water. This is when using a lightweight two-wheel cart that you strap the kayak might be necessary, especially if you are alone.
So, when buying that fishing or recreational kayak, be sure to consider how you plan to transport it. The outfitter you are dealing with will be a great resource and likely have products to look at. As always, if you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org