Fishing at one of North America’s fantastic lakes is best enjoyed while on the lake itself, rather than from the shore. While lake fishing is normally enjoyed from a classic variety of boat, kayak fishing is a new variety of the fishing sport that is gaining popularity, particularly in North America. It seems rather counter intuitive, since fishing involves a boat that you can move around in and carry heaps of stuff with you. Not to mention the motor that gets you where you want quickly. But kayaking has an unexpected amount of perks that a lot of people are drawn to, which other vessels cannot offer, and here are some of them.
A kayak is a fairly simple vessel. Sophisticated motor boats, inflatable or otherwise, are not complicated either, but they represent some hassle when it comes to logistics. First, the absence of motors on a kayak means that you have greater points of entry to your chosen body of water. You can pretty much get into any depth of water with relative ease. Bigger boats require you to have access to the water with your vehicle and whatever trailer you will be transporting it on. With a kayak, you can actually take it and push it into the water with relative ease in even the tightest points of entry. The reason being, the typical kayak is made of plastic, and is designed to accommodate only one person with a limited amount of gear. This means it will be relatively light and easy to live with. A typical boat, like a jon boat is made of aluminium. Good luck unloading that by hand. The latter also means that you need to have space to store the boat and its trailer.
The more hassle the boat is, the less likely you are going to go on a fishing excursion, since you’ll know how much of your time you’ll be spending getting the boat in and out of the water. Kayaks, on the other hand, are so light and compact that you don’t even need a trailer, albeit kayak trailers are available. You can mount the kayak to the roof of your car, provided it can carry the weight. If you have a pickup truck, you can get a bed extension, which will be much cheaper and simpler to live with than a dedicated trailer. Another simplicity advantage of a kayak is the already mentioned absence of engine, which also means absence of noise, expense and maintenance. And let’s be honest, the reason why you go lake fishing is because you like the tranquility of nature. Why would you want the sound of banging cylinders interrupt the experience every time you choose to change location? With a kayak, you can paddle or pedal, which is a workout either way, but a quiet one at that. You don’t need to fire anything up to move, which makes your lake fishing experience that much more fluid and natural.