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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:12 am 
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Hello All,

So, as a very green folding kayak owner, I recently got interested in saltwater fishing, particularly from a kayak.

My new fisherman buddy says I should get a sit-on-top (purpose-built for fishing). He lauded the freedom of movement (stand up, turn around, take a leak, etc). I can see his points, but I come back to my present realities that brought me to a folder in the first place: easy to store, easy to transport for a person in an urban, apartment-dwelling existence. A rigid kayak is just not in the cards for a while. Plus I spent a fair bit on getting my current kayak, and need to get some use out of it.

I see a number of fishing accessories out there for folding kayaks, most of which seem to address the issue of providing a place to park the pole while fishing. But it seems that is only a small part of the problem. The tedium of sitting, unable to move about (without the mental distraction of actively paddling), how to keep bait within reach (without it crawling out into the cockpit, -which with crabs or sandworms could be very exciting). Where to keep the fish, etc. It seems to come down to inability to move around much.

The solution would seem to be to add lateral stability to allow one to stand up and move around a bit. Outriggers, right? Maybe the transverse element of of an outrigger set-up would even provide a slightly elevated perch/alternate place to sit. But it is $$ and or time to make something, -which takes away from the portability and simplicity of the whole idea of a folder. More contraptions are sometimes just...more junk. A case of trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear maybe? Maybe just rent a fishing kayak when I want to fish?

Anyway, I would be interested on any input on this topic from you all.


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