or Kayak. Which One To Use For Fishing?
lets clear up one thing at the outset, in my opinion, a Kayak
'IS' a Canoe. According to the
Oxford Dictionary the definition of kayak is:
noun, a canoe of a type used
originally by the Inuit, made of a light frame with a watertight
by Webster's Dictionary as: A
small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight
with animal skins; used by Eskimos. However,
for the sake of ease and clarity, we'll call them canoes and
Set up for fishing (mine)
On Top' Kayak
Set up for fishing (R Taylor)
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CANOES & KAYAKS
There are many advantages to fishing from a canoe or kayak.
They have a low profile, quite approach, and can launched
in waters not accessible to larger craft. There are advantages
of canoes over kayaks and visa versa. Fishing gear storage
and getting into and out of them are big factors in choosing
one over the other. In a canoe, whether it be solo or tandem,
there is plenty of room for multiple tackle boxes, a few rods,
cooler and still plenty of room to move about. Because I have
an outrigged canoe, I'm biased towards canoes. Canoes are
best suited to rivers and dams and other 'enclosed' water
and probably shouldn't be used in 'open' water (such as the
ocean) for safety reasons. However, kayaks have surged in
popularity of late and are well suited to rivers etc, 'and'
open water in the hands of an experienced paddler.
In a Canoe, the fact that you're sitting up high has major
advantages while spotting fish or identifying water conditions.
I have talked people who confess to standing in their canoes
while 'site' fishing. It can be done but its definitely not
recommended under most circumstances. But try it in a kayak.
At best the outcome would be comical (we'll
talk about 'outriggers' later). To me, fishing
from a canoe is easy, very comfortable, and preferred
due to the extra stability and room.
for recreational paddling, for the typical family for four,
you would be hard pressed to beat the practicality of a 16
or 17 foot tandem canoe with a weight of 50 to 65 lbs. This
weight range makes loading and unloading easy. To get the
same room and capacity in a 16 or 17 foot tandem kayak in
a conventional material weights will go from 70 to 95 lbs.
A lot more difficult to handle on land. Lets talk about room
again, because of the closed in nature of a kayak the usable
space in a tandem canoe versus a tandem kayak is quite noticeable.
Carrying passengers besides the 2 paddlers in a 17 foot canoe
is done easily, not so in a tandem kayak. When they say tandem,
they mean 2 people, and most of the time no passengers. An
advantage solo canoes have over solo kayak is a 13 foot solo
canoe is lighter than most roto molded solo kayaks, plus you
get all the convenience of the open canoe.
In summary let me say that both kayaks and canoes have their
place on the water. I believe that most people seeking general
recreation on enclosed waters would be better suited in an
open canoe, be it solo or tandem, fishing or bird watching,
camping or simply messin' about. However, if
you want to get among the big'uns on the offshore reefs I
suggest you buy a kayak. It's a personal thing. Its
entirely up to you. You have to decide what type of boating
and fishing you want to do.
OF KAYAKS OVER CANOES
By riding lower in the water, a kayak can offer less wind
Kayaks are less likely to weathervane into the wind.
A skirt will help keep the inside of a kayak, and any gear
stored there, drier.
Better suited to open water than a canoe.
OF CANOES OVER KAYAKS
Canoes paddle solo or with 2,3 or more passengers.
You have the advantage of sitting up higher, giving you a
better view around you.
In a canoe you have easy access to, and more room for gear.
Canoes offer a variety of sitting and kneeling positions rather
than 1, locked in, position.
Canoes can be easier to get in and out of.
canoes and kayaks are inherently unstable water craft. Paddlers
of both should learn the techniques required to right their
craft after a capsize.
However, there is a way to make them both far more stable.
The addition of outriggers, either single or double, can turn
a canoe or kayak into a craft 'more' stable than a conventional
like to use a 'vest' when fishing from the canoe.
It keeps everything that I need like hooks, sinkers,
swivels, a knife, SP lures, and wet weather gear,
close at hand .
To see a photo of the content of the vest showing
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by Wild River approx AU$40
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