It’s shaping up to be a great weather weekend to get out in your kayak for some paddling along the scenic shorelines of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Speaking of paddling, as I talk with kayakers throughout the year, I see most putting more thought into their kayak than into their paddle. A good rule of thumb is to buy the most expensive and lightest paddle you can afford. I suggest kayakers use 30-32 ounces as the high end of how much your paddle should weigh. Your paddle is going to last for many years, so don’t let an extra $100 keep you from buying one that will make your time on the water more fun.
You can find out the proper paddle length you need by searching Kayak Paddle Size Chart. There’s a good one on the Bending Branches web site. The correct length takes into consideration your height and the width of your kayak. Also, for those using a sit-in recreational or touring kayak a paddle with standard size blade will be fine. However, for those of you with wider and heavier sit-on-top fishing kayaks, I’d suggest going with an over-sized blade that will push the kayak better.
Whether you’re out touring or fishing this weekend, or on any busy Door County weekend, be aware of all the powered boats and jet skis sharing the water with you. Many are having a great time and partying a little, so they may not be watching for you in your kayak. From a safety standpoint with all the recreational boaters, you will be wise to stay close to shore.
Have a great weekend and as always, if you have any kayak or kayak fishing questions, please email me at email@example.com