Fishing Kayak - Native Watercraft
Choosing the Right Native Watercraft Fishing Kayak
Why Choose Kayak Fishing
It is no wonder kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Kayak fishing can provide some serious advantages over fishing from the shore and even from a motor boat.
- Affordability: There is a fishing kayak for nearly every budget range. Especially when comparing to a power boat, most kayaks pale in comparison in terms of cost of ownership.
- Access: Get to the places you have always wanted to fish that you cannot reach from the shore or gain access to lakes and ponds that do not allow motor boats.
- Stealth: You can quietly get to where you want to go without startling the fish.
- Transport: Most fishing kayaks are easy to transport via a car top, truck bed or trailer.
- Comfort: Some fishing kayaks on the market are down right comfortable for all day fishing.
- Low Maintenance: When comparing to a motorized fishing boat, fishing kayaks have a huge advantage in terms of maintenance effort and cost. No insurance, no motor oil, no winterizing, etc., etc., etc. Pedal kayaks have slightly more maintenance than a paddle kayak, with keeping the Propel unit well greased but it is very little time, money and effort.
- Exercise: Another huge benefit is exercise. Kayak fishing can be a great way to get out and get in some exercise. Whether you are paddling or pedalling, you will be so concentrated on catching fish you may hardly realize you are burning some calories. Hey, if you need to get in some exercise, you might as well be fishing at the same time.
- Change in Perspective: Being up close with the water and the natural environment is a great benefit of kayak fishing. You can have more interaction with the fish when it is on the line and the environment around you. You can get into typically very inaccessible areas, have new casting angles and quietly approach your favorite fishing hole.
- Customize:The beauty of most fishing kayaks these days is that you have the option to go all out with rigging and customization or keep it simple.
Choosing the Right Native Watercraft Fishing Kayak
It’s all about understanding what type of fishing you will be doing, where you will be fishing and what features are most important to you. Is it the ability to stand for sight fishing, is it having your hands-free for fishing, will you be fishing in a lake or the ocean, will you be fishing mostly for bass or tarpon, etc. Some fishing kayaks will check off multiple boxes so you do not have to choose between features, while other excel in certain areas while lagging in others.The next sections will hopefully give you a high level understanding of what fishing kayaks will best serve your needs. Here is a breakdown of general fishing kayak information that you can use as you research each of our models.
Fishing Kayak Specifications
- Kayak Length and Width General Overview for Comparison Purposes
|Width/Length Table||Shorter Kayaks||Longer Kayaks|
|Less Width||Easier to transport. Typically less stable.Typically easier to turn/maneuver. Usually harder to stay on course without rudder or skeg.Typically has the least capacity.||Typically the fastest option. Easier to stay on course. More stable. Typically contain more storage options.|
|More Width||Easier to transport. Typically more stable. Usually harder to stay on course without rudder or skeg.Typically contain more storage options.||Faster. Easier to stay on course.Typically the most stable and heaviest. Typically offer the most storage options and capacity.|
- It is important to note that hull designs will also play key roles in determining how a kayak performs based on length and width.
- Kayak Weight: This can be a highly important spec for some kayak anglers and for others, weight is not that big of an issue. If you want to car-top carry your kayak, weight will be pretty important depending on what type of rack system you have. When you are pulling your kayak with a trailer, weight may not matter that much as you can easily back it into the water like a motor boat.
- Capacity: How much are you going to carry in your kayak? How much do you weigh? Add that together and that is the minimum capacity that you need to have for your kayak.
Some Native Watercraft Fishing Kayak Features
- Pedals – The Propel Pedal Drive system offers incredible durability, forward and reverse, hands-free fishing.
- Motor Mounts – easily add a transom motor to your kayak.
- Anchor Trolleys – allow you to anchor up and shift your anchor line from bow to stern depending on where you would like it.
- Groove Tracks – easily mount kayak fishing accessories to your boat.
- Retractable Skeg – found in the stern of some fishing kayaks for easy tracking in flat water or lift up the skeg to allow for more maneuverability in moving water.
- Wheels – used for transporting your kayak two in from the water to your vehicle.
- Hi/Low Seating – allow for easier sight fishing and standing when you want it in the high position and a bit more stability for for paddling in the lower position.
- Grip Deck Pads – Allow for easy standing or keeping your gear from sliding around on the deck of your kayak.
- Hatches – Gives you opportunities for drier storage locations. Store tackle, keys, phone, snacks, etc.
- Storage Wells – Typically larger, open storage areas great for coolers, tackle, crates, etc.
- Scupper Plugs – Found on the sit on top, pedal kayaks, and stand up paddle board, scupper plugs allow you to reduce water from entering and exiting the deck of the boat. Since these boats are self-bailing, you can remove the plugs to allow water to flow out of the scuppers.
- Paddle Holders – Gain quick access to your paddle while keeping it in position and out of the way.
- Rudders – Easy turning control in our pedal kayaks.
- Rod Holders – Deck mounted, flush mounted, “bazooka tubes”
- Cup Holders – Always good to have quick access to a drink while on the water.
- Anchor Mounts – Flat plates for affixing an electric anchor pole system.
Types of Native Watercraft Fishing Kayaks
Pedal Fishing Kayaks featuring the Propel Pedal Drive System
It’s about hands-free, forward and reverse! Having the ability to use both of your hands for casting and fighting a fish without juggling a paddle is crucial to the kayak fishing experience. You can maintain your position longer to stay on the fish while casting which is a big added benefit. In addition, your leg muscles are stronger than your arm muscles so you can fish longer enhancing your experience on the water.
Sit On Top Fishing Kayaks
Incredible stability, easy on/easy off, comfort, affordability, and high-low sitting are the name of the game with paddle sit on top fishing kayaks.
Hybrid Fishing Kayaks
Can’t choose between a canoe or a kayak? Why not have the best of both worlds. The Native Watercraft Ultimate series blends all the benefits of a canoe and a kayak into one. The Ultimate series is also very low weight in comparison to sit on top fishing kayaks of similar length. In addition to some weight advantages, the Ultimates provide a very stable platform for standing as the tunnel hull design allows you to stand below the water-line.
Fishing Stand Up Paddleboard
If you are comfortable standing for long periods of time on the water, stand up paddleboard fishing may be right up your alley. Using a stand up paddleboard is a killer way to sightfish and can be a great way to fly fish via a kayak. The Native Versa Board combines features of a standup paddleboard and features of a sit on top kayak to give you a truly versatile and unique experience on the water.
Available model: Versa Board Angler
Types of Plastic
Rotational Molded Polyethylene
Native Watercraft polyethylene kayaks are UV Protected, highly durable with high impact strength and abrasion resistance.
Very lightweight which makes thermoform kayaks easy to transport on and off the water while still being very durable in flat water environments. As long as you stick to flatwater (NO whitewater) your kayak will be as durable as a roto-molded kayak. ABS plastic is not as impact resistant as polyethylene, but is more abrasion resistant, resists fading in sunlight, and (best of all) won’t oil can on your car rack. Model offered in this material: Slayer Propel 12 LT