don't be confused ....
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-08-13 9:54 AM (EST)
...... consider a canoe instead of a kayak .
My best advice is go paddle a canoe and then go paddle a kayak ... before you make any final decision to purchase either or .
In the doing so take your regularly expected fishing gear and day gear along with you .
Locate any place (preferably on a lake or pond) that has canoes and kayaks for rent ... and try both out .
Optimally as a solo fisherman you'll want a smaller canoe , say no longer than 13'-14' .
Last but not least , heed the advice you already heard here about being out on cold waters ... either dress apropriately for it (meaning full immersion gear) and always a PFD , or stay off of it .
It's just one of those things , cold water is deadly , and Spring fishin is mostly done in those deadly water temps. . Understand this , say at 50F. water temps. even though hypothermia takes longer to get you than say 40F. , you can become unable to use your hands or limbs to help yourself in a short period of time and the more you move about in the water the faster you loose body heat .
The body heat loss from being in the water is like 25 times faster than standing naked on land ... given the same water and air temps. for comparison .
I have this little game I play with some non-believers . When the water temp. is between 32F. and 40F. I dare them to immerse their hand in up to the wrist and see if they can keep it there for just one minute . Those who make it to a minute are few , but all have become converted believers ... it's painful and now they understand what their intire body could feel like if they fell in inapropriately dressed for cold water immer4sion .
Hypothermia is the end result of someone who has long before become incapacitated in the cold waters . If you can't get out of that cold water fast , and I mean fast ... you are in real trouble and things go down hill really fast from there .
That's all I got to say about that ... now go get yourself a canoe .
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