Fishing on a canoe can be challenging for beginners because it takes skill to know how to canoe and fish at the same time. However, once you get the hang of it, you'll find it more satisfying improving your skills as an angler and as a boatman. But first things first, you'll need to find the right canoe for your fishing endeavor. And today, I'll be showing you how to pick the right fishing canoe!
4 Tips In Choosing The Right Fishing Canoe
One might ask “why a canoe over kayak?”. The answer to this is simple, and one you might find alluring. Fishing canoes provide more space for your fishing gear than a kayak. However, both may work fine according to one's preference, but I prefer canoes over kayaks because of the available space. So let's start with the selection process of the right fishing canoe for you!
Tip 1: Choosing Fishing Canoe Sizes
There are two popular sizes for canoes. These are single and tandem canoes. If you've got a friend you always go fishing with, a two-seater canoe would make more sense than cramping in a single canoe. I also want to add that paddling a single canoe is trickier than doing it with a partner.
Tip 2: Deciding On The Canoe's Length
Canoes come in different sizes and the longer it gets, the faster it can go. However, speed is not an issue here, so you'd want a smaller, more manageable fishing canoe. Smaller canoes are easier to handle in windy conditions plus it's lighter to load and unload on your truck.
Tip 3: Learning What Material Your Canoe Is Made Of
Carbon fiber and fiberglass canoes are very popular among recreational canoeists. However, there's no such thing as the “best material” for canoes because all of them have their ups and downs. Carbon fiber canoes are very light but are more expensive than the plastic ones.
Tip 4: Knowing What Shape Works Best For Fishing
The next step is to choose the shape of your canoe. While narrow and rounded canoes are faster, wide and flat canoes work best for fishing, especially for beginners. Narrow canoes may be faster, they're not as stable as flat canoes, plus the wider hull provides more storage and space to move around.
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Finally, now that you know how to pick the right fishing canoe, it's time to go get one! Remember to buy within your means, especially if you're new to canoe fishing. You don't wanna buy something so expensive and difficult to handle only to give up on it.
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