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What's the Right Kayak for You?

If you are new to kayaking, picking the right kayak for your needs will be a question for you.  There are two primary types of kayaks.  Sit-in and sit-on-top.  Most recreational and touring kayaks will be sit-in, with most fishing kayaks the sit-on-top style.  However, fishing can be done from a sit-in and fun kayaking can be done with a sit-on-top.


The reason most anglers prefer sit-on-top kayaks is that the open layout provides much more room for your gear, you will be sitting higher for optimal casting and most are stable enough to stand while fishing.  They usually come with track systems for you to add rod holders, camera mounts, anchors, and more.  As the sit-on-top kayaks have become more popular, I have seen more seniors and those with knee or hip challenges using them for recreational paddling as they are so easy to get in and out of compared to the sit-in kayaks.


Sit-in kayaks, the more traditional style boat is usually the choice for non-anglers.  They are more challenging to get in and out of, but lighter, making them easier to transport on a vehicle and easier getting them from your vehicle to the water.


As with many outdoor products during the pandemic, most kayak manufacturers are not keeping up with the demand.  So, you may have a challenge finding the exact kayak you want.  I suggest you check with outdoor stores and on the internet.  In Wisconsin, I see used fishing kayaks for sale on the site Wisconsin Kayak Fishing Club.  For recreational sit-in kayaks look at sites like Wisconsin Kayaking and Kayaking in Wisconsin.  Also, garage sale sites on the internet may have kayaks and local kayak tour companies always are selling kayaks at the end of the season.


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