Kayak Fishing Basics: How to Choose a Kayak

Jeff Little and Callie Shumway explain key considerations how to choose the best kayak for fishing. Whether you are paddling on a narrow river or the open ocean, Jeff and Callie help you choose the best type of kayak. This video series is sponsored by Wilderness Systems Kayaks.

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Jeff Little and Callie Shumway explain key considerations how to choose the best kayak for fishing. Whether you are paddling on a narrow river or the open ocean, Jeff and Callie help you choose the best type of kayak. This video series is sponsored by Wilderness Systems Kayaks.

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Ron Lee
Ron Lee - 4 years ago
buy a BOAT and don't endanger your life with a small piece of floating plastic
At Rossouw
At Rossouw - 4 years ago
Have to say looking at random websites on the interwebs https://www.naturerated.com/best-fishing-kayak-inflatables-reviews/ your video helped me allot deciding what kayak to choose thank you very much
SAGOTOM
SAGOTOM - 4 years ago
best fishing kayak buy now:http://goo.gl/8Pnyu5
ShiftingParadigm
ShiftingParadigm - 4 years ago
Great vids keep it up
Small Water TV
Small Water TV - 4 years ago
You need a Twin Troller https://youtu.be/BtIGPYtmAhI?t=12m45s
BIGMOJO 21
BIGMOJO 21 - 4 years ago
For a beginner I disagree with this whole video.
Drackkor
Drackkor - 4 years ago
Can anyone give the real truth about the weight. No one mentions lugging a heavy F'ing kayak around is a royal pain in the ass compared to a light one you can throw on your roof and just go. There are pedal kayaks now that are under 50 pounds. Don't forget the trailer for heavy Kayak. Anyone have a link to a good review heavy vs light?
marco polo
marco polo - 5 years ago
Great video, very helpful...

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US36477
US36477 - 5 years ago
One of the more helpful videos, good overview, thanks...
fr3aky0u
fr3aky0u - 5 years ago
have to register boats around here over 14'. just wondering how that works with a kayak over 14'. I'd have to register it, yes?
Yak Motley
Yak Motley - 5 years ago
Great video! Simply explained !
D c
D c - 5 years ago
what one was that tan one . the on a he said is a good mix of speed and agility
josh bentley83
josh bentley83 - 5 years ago
I'm 6ft 5'' tall and weigh 260lbs what should I use?
Gerardo Arias
Gerardo Arias - 5 years ago
Is the Tarpon 100 stable enough to stand in?
Konstantin vekser
Konstantin vekser - 5 years ago
How about a color of kayak. Is it visible bright color for fish ?
Addicted Angler
Addicted Angler - 5 years ago
real informative
Matt Chan
Matt Chan - 5 years ago
Would be great if you had a mic on that we can hear your descriptions clearly.
Just a thought
309 FISHING
309 FISHING - 5 years ago
asend fishing yaks are the way to go the fs10 is a very good starter sit in fishing vessel

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D.Nasty Fishing
D.Nasty Fishing - 5 years ago
I found the yak for me . And what I target. please subscribe and show some love
Charles Rablin
Charles Rablin - 5 years ago
Furthermore you have to ask yourself. "Are there any crocodiles"
maverickford79
maverickford79 - 5 years ago
friend one question can i use daylite daytime kayak for fishing on ocean
Zyzyzx Zyzer
Zyzyzx Zyzer - 5 years ago
more then six poles on a kayak? Really?
TheDiamondDopeKing
TheDiamondDopeKing - 5 years ago
Zyzyzx Zyzer for survival purposes lol
Model RC
Model RC - 5 years ago
I need help when I was 8 I decided to save up for a kayak ( I had been in one a lot of times so far and I know how to use one) now I'm 10 and I have 300 I am 4 feet 10 inches what is a good kayak
EAST-END JUSTICE
EAST-END JUSTICE - 5 years ago
Paintball SKILLZ depending on your preference and also what vendors you have in your area, you could easily get a basic 10ft of several brands and styles, even an 8ft SOT. however being that your finances are quite limited and also have limitations being at the will of whoever will transport you id say to just get a cheap 10ft as a starter, with your size nearly any of the more budget kayaks will suit you well. I will say with absolute certainty that none of the kayaks displayed in tbis video will be in your price range and that even applies to the luckiest finds of a used one. These kayaks for the most part are closer to $1000 but a future beach, sundolphin, pelican, etc will have a perfect yak for you in your price range and thats including tax. If you have a dunhams discount sports near you, id say that your best bet will be there. If you're crafty and possibly have an adult or older person willing to assist you with a project you could be like me and build the ultimate sit on top fishing kayak that can possibly weigh anywhere from 23lbs to 40lbs out of xps foam and an small variety of other products. Im currently building my second kayak and they are so perfect. You can build 2 with your budget or build one and splurge on tackle, and gear to have an exciting experience with a kayak you can carry for only $150- $200 depending on your personal preferences of what to add on. Its a genius free boat plan, with incredibly detailed instructions and is possible with zero power tools. The creator is "Rowerwet" and names the sawfish kayak, on instructables.com. My first kayak buildd the "golden sawfish" can be found in the comments with a few pictures and best of all the inventor who provides these free plans is incredibly helpful if you need any questions answered, he really knows his stuff and always got back to me in fast time. If you are interested in building possibly tbe best kayak ever in my opinion, with everything you need able to be gotten from a lowes or home depot for less than $200 then simply google search "sawfish kayak" and click the instructables link and voila prepared to feel very accomplished, and thrifty with spending as well as impress everyone you encounter while bobbing the water it your ultra light SOT fishing kayak that is unsinkable and incredibly durable. Good luck in your kayak endeavors regardless of the route you choose and if you fish, tight lines my young yaker.
R&R Technologies LLC
R&R Technologies LLC - 5 years ago
#XAVIER NETTO Folks, great video, I fish fresh and salt out of a Field and Stream / aka Old town Kay-noe which was made for Dicks sporting goods under the F&S label - It's basically the Discover 119 solo. Awesome little boat if you can get your hands on one. high pack cap, lower seat for balance and plenty of room for gear/movement.  I even use it during duck season. @valuelessfawn6
NWforager
NWforager - 5 years ago
Pedals ?
bmarsh4444
bmarsh4444 - 5 years ago
Are you guys local to MD? Where would you recommend buying a kayak in MD?
luis valdez
luis valdez - 5 years ago
which one of these is well suited for like a lake??
nealkinevil
nealkinevil - 5 years ago
good video!

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Myk o
Myk o - 5 years ago
Is Callie single and ready to mingle?
miamiwax
miamiwax - 4 years ago
Uhhh shes 12
R&R Technologies LLC
R&R Technologies LLC - 5 years ago
#Holland Hollywood Are you guys local to MD? Where would you recommend buying a kayak in MD? @TheNumber23
TheNumber23
TheNumber23 - 5 years ago
lol
Jon New
Jon New - 5 years ago
Folks, great video, I fish fresh and salt out of a Field and Stream / aka Old town Kay-noe which was made for Dicks sporting goods under the F&S label - It's basically the Discover 119 solo. Awesome little boat if you can get your hands on one. high pack cap, lower seat for balance and plenty of room for gear/movement.  I even use it during duck season.
fishing with northern snipesher
fishing with northern snipesher - 6 years ago
love it
xxxmwxxx
xxxmwxxx - 6 years ago
standing in a kayak is bullshit, i dont know why you promote it
Will Pellerin
Will Pellerin - 5 years ago
xxxmwxxx then don't stand!!!!
Jon New
Jon New - 5 years ago
Been stand up fishing in canoes and kayaks for years. yup I have gone right in the drink a couple times too..
Dan San
Dan San - 6 years ago
Sight casting for fish works better the higher you are above the water line.
thudson99
thudson99 - 6 years ago
Jeff is a cutie
Mike Williams
Mike Williams - 6 years ago
can you help me out i am a fist time kayaker and i would like to get one for doing wildlife photography can you recommend one for that thank you
J. Wesley Stevenson
J. Wesley Stevenson - 5 years ago
You should check out Expandacraft modular boats, as a photographer, you can sit up in a swivel chair spin around to get the shot and fit it in the back of a small hatchback car.
Curt James
Curt James - 6 years ago
Hi mike, I am an avid kayak angler and I also enjoy wildlife photography. I use a Ride 115 which is a sit on top it is very stable and carries a lot of weight. I also have a Pungo 140 which is a sit inside that I use for cruising. I will say on calm water the Ride seems to have a lot less movement and works well as a platform for photography. I can also sit sideways on the Ride which may be conducive to getting the right angle on certain shots.The Pungo has a lot of movement even on calm water even if it is self induced body rocking that translates to boat movement. Both have great storage for dry bags etc. I can speak for both of these Wilderness Systems models. Hope this helps.
VF6
VF6 - 6 years ago
bro like half of the kayaks were sit on top, but if you really want speed then you definitely should use a sit in kayak, u wont get as wet and there shaped for speed, personally my customized sea kayak that has dry boxes and and stuff that the sit on top kayaks has but mine are in the kayak and are protected by water without using a dry box so i say go with a sit in kayak for speed and sit on top kayak for ok speed but more stability....
leonidas manos
leonidas manos - 6 years ago
Is a 2.90 meters (9.5 feet) and 80 cm (31.5 inches) width kayak a decent choice for a saltwater beginner angler?
Feiz Glencross
Feiz Glencross - 6 years ago
i have a Tarpon 100 the older model, its 10 ft and ive been up to 10 miles off the coast in England,,,, it was fine very stable even in heavy swell and waves, i think its not so much the length, but more the design of the hull that matters,,,,,go out and test it, but go with another kayaker who could help if you need it, start by staying close in to shore, then see how comfortable you feel.
The aim is enjoyment :)
Adolfo Fullo
Adolfo Fullo - 6 years ago
i subbed
Eddie Sommath
Eddie Sommath - 6 years ago
I like the blue one she is sitting on.it fits me.because I'm small guy.how much it that?
Holland Hollywood
Holland Hollywood - 6 years ago
Nice vid, good info, thanks
crapfield500
crapfield500 - 6 years ago
Wilderness is garbage for fishing, anyone if you want quality gotta go with a hobie mirage.
Brian Ortiz
Brian Ortiz - 5 years ago
No credit to jackson? The coosa hd looks like a solid choice, compared to these that are hundreds of dollars more expensive
YOU DONT KNOW JACK
YOU DONT KNOW JACK - 5 years ago
I have a 2017 pro angler and I am switching to a wilderness the hobie is just to damn heavy
SKS Mosin
SKS Mosin - 6 years ago
+crapfield500 If you go to 0:47 you can see he works for wilderness so obviously he will promote their yaks
crapfield500
crapfield500 - 6 years ago
+nz rockdj This is true, but all im trying to point out is if you're serious about kayak fishing you need a hands free boat and hobie is the top of the line. Very expensive, very stable and quality. Made in America. I think this guy is trying to endorse wilderness because he does not feature a single other brand. Also a base Mirage is only 200-300 more than the wilderness. 
nz rockdj
nz rockdj - 6 years ago
+crapfield500 - Not everyone can afford a Hobie Mirage they can cost several thousand dollars, but hey knock yourself.
FISH4KAYAK
FISH4KAYAK - 6 years ago
Good report
J.D. Dibbs
J.D. Dibbs - 6 years ago
I fish on the Tampa bay mostly in open water but sometimes near mangroves and rocks. I occasionally fish lakes and I would like to be able to stand. Any recommendations?
Curt James
Curt James - 6 years ago
I use a wilderness systems ride 115. I fish on the Chesapeake Bay and the only down side is it is slower than a longer boat 14 foot for example. You can stand in it and it takes boat wakes well. Its also around $1100 depending on model.
J.D. Dibbs
J.D. Dibbs - 6 years ago
+crapfield500 Anything that isnt 3,000 dollars?
crapfield500
crapfield500 - 6 years ago
+J.D. Dibbs Hobie pro angler...
Stubbs Kayak Fishing
Stubbs Kayak Fishing - 6 years ago
Good info. Wish I would have watched before i bought mine.
Freddy J
Freddy J - 7 years ago
What can you recommend for beginner who would be using it mostly in Lake Michigan? Some river use but mostly lake.
Feiz Glencross
Feiz Glencross - 6 years ago
Tarpon 100 will handle max capacity of 145 kgs and id very stable, fairly fast and awsome to handle,,,
bajabilly2004
bajabilly2004 - 7 years ago
bought a wilderness ride 115 brand new two weeks ago, didn't like it, slow and heavy, traded it back in for a pungo 140 and I love it, tracks really nice and is fast, was easier to learn to fish out of the 140 than it would be to make the 115 faster I guess..
Sarge's Adventures
Sarge's Adventures - 7 years ago
River and lake fishing, tandem kayak under $1000.... What do you recommend?
quest 34470
quest 34470 - 7 years ago
thanks for the video.
bbcasting
bbcasting - 7 years ago
Nucanoe Frontier 12.

Best by far in my opinion.

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Joseph Saeteurn
Joseph Saeteurn - 7 years ago
I'm looking to get a lighter 12 footer single person. At the moment I have 13+ ocean Malibu two XL which can be solo or tandem and I've used it in rough condition down at Big Sur. handles with no problems but is bulky and heavy for one person to haul. Any recommendation?
nyinfamous2k2
nyinfamous2k2 - 7 years ago
This was great , I refereed back to this video a few times. just purchased my first kayak used on Clist a 12 ft. 30" wide sit on top. I think it will be a great overall kayak. thanks for this video.
Garrett Gross
Garrett Gross - 7 years ago
Got in the water for the first time today with my Wilderness Systems 120. Very nice yak!
Yazz Shopovich
Yazz Shopovich - 7 years ago
very nice girl!!! ))))
seanfishingtexas
seanfishingtexas - 7 years ago
does a higher seat take the strain off your lower,Being that i have lower back issues but i want a fishing kayak.Was looking at the ride 115x,any help thanks
Cam Weaver
Cam Weaver - 7 years ago
what was that 2nd gray one
Ohio Outlaw
Ohio Outlaw - 7 years ago
Wilderness systems ride 115
David Aguiar
David Aguiar - 7 years ago
Well done. One thing worth expanding on though is that "capacity" doe not refer just to th amount of gear brought along. It especially relates to paddler size/weight. . A 250# paddler  that goes with a  10' yak is a common mistake and  recipe for disappointment ( or at least a VERY wet ride.)
michael therrien
michael therrien - 6 years ago
I range from 250 - 270 lbs. and a saleswoman sold me an 8 foot. Terribly disappointing with water coming over the bow.
Broke Yakin
Broke Yakin - 7 years ago
+David Aguiar Allegedly.
Charsept
Charsept - 7 years ago
I went with an 8' SOT kayak
alan30189
alan30189 - 7 years ago
Nice review. Thanks!
Are fish in the Chesapeake Bay edible? :-O
Ricky Knox
Ricky Knox - 7 years ago
What would you say would be best for pike fishing ?
dalyoyos
dalyoyos - 8 years ago
Would you recommend a predator 13 by old town. I am 13 and about 130lbs and 5'3. I would like to have alot of storage on it for at least 4 rods. And maybe 2 full tackle boxes. Also I would like to stand up in it and fish without worrying about it flipping. Thanks for any help...
MrBlister1972
MrBlister1972 - 8 years ago
Well, I thought I wanted a "sit in", but most kayak fishing vids show "sit on." I don't know which now...
spacecoastoutdoors
spacecoastoutdoors - 8 years ago
If you plan on ever getting out of the Kayak to wade, snorkel, or whatever, you definitely want a Sit On Top. Much easier to get in and out of. 
rsaathoff
rsaathoff - 8 years ago
What do you recommend for an angler kayak for a 210 lb 6' man? Day fishing on a lake, camping with hauling gear,& tackle and also going down a river with light rapids?
Sgt. Rock
Sgt. Rock - 8 years ago
I enjoy my Predator MX, but if you're hauling a lot of gear, take a look at the Nucanoe Frontier boats... I almost got one, its a canoe/kayak combo with tons of add ons to suit your needs.

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