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Fishing from an Inflatable Kayak

man preparing his kayak at the beach

If you live near a lake, the ocean, or some other large body of water, then shoreline fishing can only provide you with a certain level of success. If you want to get better results, then fishing from an inflatable kayak is one of your most affordable options.

How can fishing hooks and an inflatable kayak mix? 

Focus on Quality When Shopping for an Inflatable Kayak

There are good quality fishing kayaks that are inflatable and poor quality kayaks. The problem with the poor quality kayaks here is that they tend to separate at the seams, which means a repair may be virtually impossible. The fabric on poor quality kayaks also tends to receive more punctures when used, which means you’re spending more time repairing your inflatables.

So although it is more expensive to purchase a top quality inflatable kayak, you’ll save yourself a major headache over the life of its use. The best inflatable kayaks offer you puncture-resistant materials, more room for yourself and what you catch, and better tracking to help you get to your favorite fishing spot.

Is It Safe to Fish from an Inflatable Kayak?

Where you get your advice about using an inflatable kayak for fishing matters. When you read some of the top forums for fishing that come from your search results, you’ll find most respondents have never even tried this. Many haven’t even used an inflatable kayak, but talk about how poorly they perform.

Here’s an example:

“I’ve never used an inflatable kayak, but hooks, and balloons don’t mix, for me anyway.” 

Seek advice from people who are out there right now, fishing from their inflatable kayaks, and you’ll get a better idea of what you can do with one. There are plenty of people who are offering solid advice about how to use an inflatable kayak properly. Look to the experts. Avoid the complainers.

Features an Inflatable Kayak for Fishing Should Have 

  • A rigid, self-bailing floor.
  • Abrasion-resistant PVC construction.
  • A 4-inch thick drop-stitch PVC floor (at minimum) which can be inflated to at least 8 PSI.
  • Removable fins that allow you to adjust your tracking manually based on observed conditions.
  • Steel D-rings to let you rig your inflatable kayak properly.
  • Bungee lacing to help you carry your gear in a safe manner.
  • Nylon webbing in the stern so that you have attachment points to clip additional items you may need.
  • Comfortable collapsible seats that will adjust to your preferred fishing position.
  • Cup holders – after all, you need a place to safely hold a beer. Who cares if you’re fishing at 7am? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
  • Carrying handles so that transporting the kayak while inflated is still possible.
  • Carrying bags for your deflated kayak so that transportation is as easy as possible.
  • Durable inflation/deflation valves that can stand up to frequent use.

Fishing from an inflatable kayak can be an enjoyable experience. It’s often a lot cheaper than purchasing a standard kayak or boat, but still lets you have a great time.

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