Learn More About Fishing Kayaks
Shop a great selection of fishing kayaks 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 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.