A kayak that is rigged for fishing is the best option as a small fishing vessel. The canoe has application in this role, but the purpose-built fishing kayak has advantages such as stability, hands-free propulsion, maneuverability, and versatility that make it the better option.
Fishing kayaks are shorter and wider than recreational kayaks. This makes them a more stable platform for fishing, even standing, and fishing. Fishing kayaks have more storage space for gear and for fish. Recreational kayaks are more maneuverable and easier to paddle and can also be used for fishing.
As a rule, fishing kayaks do not come with live wells as standard. There are storage options that will keep bait alive for a while, but to have a fully functioning live well there will need to be modifications made to these storage options.
in order to help you find the vessel that’s the absolute best fit for you, we have put together this helpful buyer’s guide on the best fishing kayaks under $500.