Find the best fishing kayak to suit your needs at DICK’S Sporting Goods. DICK’S carries angler kayaks from the most trusted brands, including Perception®, Lifetime® Pelican® and Field & Stream®.
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Consider the following before buying your angler kayak.
Sit In Vs. Sit On Top
The first thing to decide is whether you want a sit-in or sit-on-top fishing kayak. A sit-in fishing kayak will help shield your lower body from splashes and wind, and you can attach a spray skirt for added protection. These benefits make sit-in models a good choice when fishing in cooler weather.
If you’ll primarily fish during the hot summer months, a sit-on-top fishing kayak will offer breathable comfort. Sit-on-top kayaks are also designed for easy-in, easy-out convenience — a key benefit for less experienced paddlers.
If you’re looking to maximize speed while pursuing your catch, you’ll want to choose a longer fishing kayak that can cut through the water efficiently. If you’re more interested in maneuverability, go with a shorter model. Keep in mind that wider kayaks will offer more stability when landing fish.
Think about all that’s involved in getting your kayak on the water: removing it from storage, attaching it to your vehicle, unloading it, carrying it down the bank, and finally launching it. And then you have to do it all again to get it home, except this time you may be exhausted after hours of paddling. That’s why it’s important to consider the weight of the kayak — be realistic and choose a weight you can handle. Do keep in mind that heavier kayaks tend to be more durable, so sometimes the extra weight is worth it.
Of course you’ll need a kayak built to support your own body weight, but you also need to consider the weight of your gear. Think about what you’ll bring on a typical trip.
Storage & Organization
Think about the level of organization you need on your boat. Many fishing kayaks come with built-in rod holders, tackle boxes, dry storage compartments and free storage space — so you’ll never find yourself rummaging through your tackle for the right bait or tool. Many angling kayaks have storage space located at either end of the vessel. These bulkheads provide buoyancy if the boat becomes capsized. Hatches come with plastic or plastic lids or neoprene covers.
Your fishing kayak should be built specially for angling. These kayaks should be stable enough to stand upon for better visibility, and feature utility-minded features'like built-in coolers or tackle boxes.
First think about your fishing environment'will you trolling a pond for trout or paddling through a lake after striper? The fishing environment, game fish and water conditions are essential factors in the type of kayak you select.
Many anglers prefer the stability offered by a more compact kayak, less than 11-feet in length. Depending on your game fish, you may prefer the added maneuverability and speed of a longer kayak.
Comfort is key during long hours on the water. Sit-on-top kayaks are ideal for beginners or novice anglers. And this brand of kayak is easier to get in and out of from the dock or the shore. Sit-in seats are typically above water-level, so these boats are wider than traditional kayaks. For added comfort, choose a fishing kayak with a padded and adjustable seat and adjustable foot pegs.
Think about the level of organization you need on your boat. Many fishing kayaks come with built-in rod holders, tackle boxes, dry storage compartments and free storage space'so you'll never find yourself rummaging through your tackle for the right bait or tool.
Learn more about the construction of your kayak before making your selection:
Weight Capacity: Always keep in mind the recommended weight capacity of your boat. Bring along multiple anglers with tandem or three-person kayaks.
Hatches: Many angling kayaks have storage space located at either end of the vessel. These bulkheads provide buoyancy if the boat becomes capsized. Hatches come with plastic or plastic lids or neoprene covers.
Rudder: The rudder of your kayak works as a submerged paddle. Engaging the foot levers in your kayak determines the direction of the rudder.
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