The kayak fishing craze is sweeping the nation, here’s how to get in on the fun.
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The first step towards becoming a kayak fisherman is picking out a fishing kayak. The best boats are sit-on-top models made out of polyethylene plastic. Look for a boat with a molded tankwell to hold gear, scuppers to drain water through the deck, a bow hatch large enough to carry fishing rods, and plenty of deck space to mount electronics and accessories. The hull of the kayak is as important as its topside. A seaworthy boat will feature a high-volume bow that glides over waves, a rockered keel to improve handling, and a V-shaped hull that is both nimble and stable. Lengths range from 11 to 16 feet and boats can be anywhere from 28 to 33 inches wide. The longer kayak will be faster but less maneuverable while a wider boat will offer greater stability but reduce handling. The best policy is to test-paddle several models before making a choice.