Kayaking, whether for fishing or recreation, is nothing new in the fishing world. Kayaks are one of the oldest methods for water transportation and fishing, being used for thousands of years all the way to the present day. And when you really look at it, it’s easy to see why it's endured for so long: from its simplicity and ease of use to its stealth and low profile on the water, kayak fishing offers a lot of advantages and positives over other methods such as powerboats and pontoons, just to name a few.
One of the biggest and most immediately apparent advantages of kayak fishing is the relative affordability of a fishing kayak. A fully rigged bass boat can cost anywhere from $10,000 to above $70,000. An entry level kayak runs about $300 to start with, with the higher-end more professional models coming in around $3,000, but you can buy gear and fully rig one of the lower-end models for under $1000. Another option that can save you some serious money is to buy a used model. Since anglers are always upgrading their gear, rest assured there’ll be no shortage of good quality used gear!
The cost-effectiveness of a fishing kayak is just one reason why people are drawn to it. Flexibility is another big reason people are drawn to kayak fishing. There are a wide variety of models and styles of fishing kayaks out there built for different environments and anglers. Whether you prefer to do your fishing in lakes, oceans, or rivers, sit or stand, or have a preference for some extra storage, you can get or rig a kayak specific to your needs and style. A very popular option has been investing in a pedal-propelled kayak. This allows for hands-free angling, and offers a lot of advantages in and of itself, especially when it comes to catching big fish, as is touched on in one of our other posts.
Not only does kayak fishing offer better affordability, customization, and flexibility, but it also carries advantages when you get right down to fishing itself. A fishing kayak’s stealth allows you to get closer to the fish than a bass boat or pontoon could, and allows you to get into the smaller, tighter spots that the bigger boats can’t reach. That means more fish for you! Plus, the quiet simplicity of a fishing kayak means less to worry about, and provides a greater opportunity for more relaxation and enjoyment when you’re out on the water.
Overall, kayak fishing is a one-of-a-kind experience, with a great variety of options available to best suit your needs. Eddy-Gear has a wide variety of both fishing and recreational kayaks for you to choose from, like our best-selling Stingray XL fishing kayak, which comes with everything you need to start your own personal kayak fishing adventure. Not sure which kayak to choose? Check out our posts on Sit-On-Top vs Sit-Inside Kayaks and some of the key features to look for in a fishing kayak for more information to help you figure out which one is best for your needs!