What is the best kayak for bass fishing? This is a question that I get asked quite often. There are so many different kayaks for fishing on the market today that it can be hard to sift through them all.
A kayak for bass fishing should be versatile, being able to carry the fisher in calm river or flowing open waters or different areas, and having the prefered style of the angler. The kayak should have rod holders if necessary and all the accessories needed for the fishing trip.
Here are some tips to help you make the decision on what kayak is best for you and your particular fishing style.
The purpose of this article isn’t to recommend a particular company or boat, but rather to discuss angler preference and style when trying to find the best kayak for bass fishing. Most anglers are going to prefer a kayak for fishing that has open water capabilities. Whether an angler prefers fishing in calm rivers or flowing open waters, it is almost always preferable to purchase a kayak that can go into the different areas with ease.
Choose Your Kayak Style
Open water kayak anglers, or any type of bass fishing anglers typically prefer a kayak with a freestanding hull shape. These types of kayaks are best used for fishing in calm rivers or flowing rivers. Some anglers also prefer to use “sit-on” style kayaks, which sit on top of the water and anglers have to manually paddle the boat onto the water.
Rod holders are something that some anglers consider to be absolutely necessary for their particular fishing style. Anglers who like to fish alone will often opt for single rod holders while those anglers who plan on fishing in groups will prefer multiple rod holders to ensure that each individual can get a fair shot at the fish.
Checking Kayak Accessories
The best advice for finding the correct fishing kayak holder for your needs can be found by checking out fishing organizations and sporting goods stores near you. These stores generally carry a wide range of kayak accessories that are designed specifically for anglers of all different skill levels. If there aren’t any sporting goods stores within easy reach, then shopping online is certainly an option to consider.
Some models have amenities such as built-in seating, cup holders, and even built-in fans. Some of the better models even have built-in televisions, so that you can catch your fish from virtually any angle.
On the other hand, if you plan on going sight fishing for your bass, then an outdoor model will be your best bet. Outdoor models have additional features such as built-in fishing poles and tackle boxes. These are particularly beneficial for those anglers who don’t have a lot of room in their boats for storing other items. While these models are more expensive, they can provide much improved performance than their cousins and can keep up with your fishing schedule much better.