What to Look for When Looking at Kayaks

Looking at Kayaks

Guest blog on fishing by Billy the AMFisH guy.

Hi Island Lake visitors, fishing enthusiasts and fellow AMFisHers!  Today we’ll look at key items to consider when getting a kayak. Island Lake Conservation Area has some stunning views and is a relatively small lake that can be navigated quite easily in a kayak.  Kayaking has a lot to offer, whether it’s for fishing or touring around just enjoying the great views.

The most important thing to consider is where you live. Why? Well I will use myself as an example. I have a sit-in kayak due to the weather we have here in Canada. A sit-in style kayak like my Jackson Kilroy model allows me to fish dry and warm right up until late fall, which is important to someone like myself who fishes as long as possible during each fishing season.  A sit-on-top style kayak would not offer the same amount of protection, as many of these models are designed more for warmer climates.  This type of model would not make a good choice for anyone here in Canada who wants a versatile kayak to use throughout the spring and summer months.

Other key items to consider are things like the amount of storage the kayak has, which comes in handy for long days on the water where more gear may be required. Next is versatility – how does the kayak perform while fishing or touring around. You will also want to consider the overall size and weight of the kayak, this will come into play when you are traveling to the lake with it, when you are moving it around and when you are putting it into storage.  You will want something you can maneuver quite easily and can be placed into storage without taking up a lot of space.

One of the best things about owning a kayak is that it’s a relatively cost effective way to get on the water. Kayaking is a fun social activity and also great exercise! There are many benefits to fishing in a kayak. Imagine being able to fish parts of lakes you could never access in a boat before. I have accessed spots where some fish may have never seen a bait before! Island Lake has spots like this, many of which are quite shallow, but easily accessed in a kayak.

If you’re thinking about getting into kayaking or kayak fishing, Island Lake has kayaks you can rent, which is a great way to try it out before purchasing one. I recommend trying out a few different kayaks styles to see what you like and dislike like about each. In the end make sure the kayak you purchase is the right kayak for your needs.

I hope you found this blog post helpful…tight lines everyone!

The AMFisH guy … Billy

Find information on fishing at Island Lake as well as kayak rentals.

Learn more at www.amfish.ca.

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