What kayak should I buy for offshore fishing?

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asked Apr 12, 2017 in Saltwater Fishing by cquade7 (3,269 points)
What is the most stable and the best Kayak for fishing offshore?

3 Answers

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answered Apr 18, 2017 by thunnus69 (385 points)
There's not much difference in materials used to make kayaks these days.  I have two , both sit ones and prefer these over sit ins.  Sit ins are typically drier but definitely more cumbersome when fishing simply because you can't turn your body without turning the kayak first.  On a sit on it's much easier to maneuver equipment and your body.  For stability sit ins are more stable but for comfort being able to bend your legs , stretch them out, hang them over the side all play a major role in fishing comfort especially when out for hours at a time.  And, in this case sit ons rule.    They make outrigger systems for sit ins which increase stability.  Practice and patience on the water will usually resolve stability issues.
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answered Apr 13, 2017 by revgramza (1,095 points)
For open water kayak fishing your best option is probably a sit-on kayak versus a sit-in.  Sit-on kayaks are more stable and are very easy to re-enter in open water if you fall off.  Don’t forget your waterproof VHF radio, drinking water, and drybag with standard safety equipment.
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answered May 23, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
a wide sit-on-top would probably be your best bet. And if you are mostly going to be offshore you will also want to consider a longer kayak that can cut through the waves a little better, and thus track better in the waves. You would probably want something 12ft+ in length and 36in wide at least for stability. I mostly do inshore fishing so I have an 11 footer that has been working great for me so far. It is a Vibe Sea Ghost 110, great price for a beginner in kayak fishing like me. I also considered the Feel Free Lure, and Moken as well as the Jackson Cuda
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