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  • Ocean Kayak Length

     FishMaster updated 10 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • FishMaster

    Member
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    What length is the recommended minimum for a kayak to go ocean fishing? I’m looking into a 10ft with a pretty wide stance but I’m worried if I need a longer kayak but afraid of losing width and stability at the same time.

  • Ejivis

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I’d say around 12 feet. 10 feet is for rivers or lakes, but it could work in the ocean…its just not the best for it.

  • againstthestate88

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Are you gonna be in the bays/flats? Are you gonna be offshore?

  • malthazar105

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    A 10ft kayak would work inshore in bays and so forth, but I wouldn’t try to take one offshore. You need at least a 12ft kayak for that.

  • Ajax11245

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Id go longer if I were you. But I suppose it’s what you’re comfortable with

  • CubitsTNE

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    As long as you’re sitting, narrow kayaks are absolutely stable enough for fishing, and the speed and paddling efficiency benefit is undeniable.

    My wife just tried my 25″ wide kaskazi having barely ever kayaked, and didn’t even have a wobble out on the lake. She ended up preferring that kayak over my 33″ wide viking gt (which has downturned chines aka triple-hull) because it was so easy to paddle, so i ended up having to slog home in the slow kayak. :p

    I’ve been chasing pelagics in yaks for a few seasons now, and would recommend 12′ as a bare minimum, and a rudder highly advisable. Not having to break your paddling rhythm to maintain course takes a big phydical load off.

  • FLORI_DUH

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    12′ is the absolute minimum. The problem with shorter boats is that they don’t track well enough (even with a rudder) to be efficient. You’ll be OK in a wide 10 footer for a little while, but you’ll be painfully slow, have much shorter range, won’t drift/track for shit, and you’ll get worked if a sudden wind picks up.
    I’ve owned and used a bunch of yaks in the ocean and I would say that 14 foot boats offer the best combination of speed, stability, and handling.

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