Fishing from a Touring?
Posted by: old_user on Mar-25-11 9:32 PM (EST)
For some background, I'm brand new to kayaking and I am looking for my first boat. Because I plan to do some fishing and exploring I don't want to buy a kayak designed specifically for fishing. I also want to stick with a sit inside kayak. Most of the time I will be kayaking/fishing large lakes and rivers.
Can anybody give me your experiences with fishing in the touring type boats? I have been looking at the Tsunami series by wilderness system in the 12-14 foot range. I'm worried that the boats are not roomy enough to enjoy fishing. I am drawn to them because I think I will have more fun paddling a touring boat and I can also take the kayak on vacation and play in the ocean. If fishing can be fun and relaxed in this type of boat then I would rather go this route.
On the other-hand, since I will be fishing half the time I am wondering if a wider boat like a Pungo would better fit me? I can see where the fishing would be easier since you have more room, but the lack of performance is what turns me off. I feel like this boat won't be as fun when I want to take the kayak out and see how far I can go.
Any advice and help you can give would be greatly appreciated. I have done a ton of research and talked to a half dozen people who kayak, but none of them fish.
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Posted by: HiBob on Mar-26-11 7:49 AM (EST)
I fish from this boat all the time. I got a yakclip to hold either my paddle to the cockpit when fishing or the pole when paddling.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-26-11 3:51 PM (EST)
I used a QCC 700 for fishing and paddling for years. They SINKs kinda suck for fishing. Noplace to put a tackle box, or land a fish.
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Posted by: Big_D on Mar-26-11 9:11 PM (EST)
How do you think the whole kayak fishing thing got kicked off? There weren't any kayaks designed for fishing until there was a market to sell them in.
But is it comfortable?|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-26-11 9:17 PM (EST)
I understand that it CAN be done, but is it easy enough that I will enjoy the fishing? I will probably be doing 50/50 touring and fishing. I don't think I will enjoy the fishing if I have to constantly worry about capsizing. The Rec boats seem like they would be fun to fish out of, but I don't see where they would be fun to paddle when I am going out on the water just for the sake of being on the water.
One more thing|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-26-11 11:38 PM (EST)
Does anybody have some suggestions for a touring/fishing kayak? I know its a weird combination, but I'm just trying to find the right boat that gives me enough boat to have fun paddling/camping while still being able to enjoy fishing.
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-27-11 1:09 PM (EST)
I haven't done it, but I know lots of people do fish from a Wilderness Systems Carolina. Mount a Scotty rod holder so that you can secure your rod above deck when you need both hands on the paddle. I'd also be sure to have some deck rigging on your boat so that you can slide your tackle holder under it. For a while I used a Bass Pro Shops fold up tackle holder and velcro-ed it to my deck. It worked great. I was able to keep it folded open, the zippers held the tackle in even when the deck was awash, and it held as much as I needed for a day of fishing.
The Pungo 140|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-30-11 6:27 AM (EST)
It's the fastest boat I know in it's class and it is the only Sink I'd choose for fishing.