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Outdoorguy57 02-23-2011 07:30 PM

Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
I've owned canoes and whitewater kayaks, but am looking into getting a kayak for fishing on lakes and ponds. I want stability and good tracking, so I'm thinking that a 12' or longer kayak will be the ticket.

I'm seeing a lot of sit in type kayaks that are offered/suggested for fishing. Unless, they're more stable than they look, it would appear that they're just a flip away from dunking me and my fishing gear. For that reason, I would prefer a sit in type kayak. Not to mention, I don't care for the drain holes that are in the decks of the sit on kayaks....but maybe they're not an issue.

Other than personal preference, what's your choice in a kayak for fishing?
What place/function do sit ON kayaks have for fishing?

Your opinions and experiences are appreciated.
Thank you, Outdoorguy57

g-man 03-21-2011 08:54 PM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
I have one of each, an Ocean Kayak Malibu tandem sit on top and a NativeWatercraft Ultimate16 Propel which is basically a sit in. I like them both, but for the lakes we fish in the midwest with no waves crashing over the side, I prefer the Native. Sit on tops drain water and work much better in rough water. They are both stable, but the Native is better. I stand and cast from the Native with no problems, it has a double hull that is designed to place your feet below water level. Either will work for lakes and ponds, it probably comes down to which is more comfortable and has enough room for you and your gear.

Outdoorwatercooler 02-04-2012 12:32 PM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
I fish out of a sit in because the spring and fall fishing around here is cold water and I seem to be able to stay a lot drier in my sit in then sit on. I also like my gear storage that the sit in offers. My fish finder is mounted in front of me in the **** pit out of the way when fighting a fish.

fssshhh 02-12-2012 12:41 AM

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I have a sit in that I fish from and use to crab in the ocean. I enjoy staying warm and dry on cold days. It is easier for me to paddle than sit on tops and I am able to keep up with stronger paddlers. I bought it because it is 26 pounds and I am able to load it on my car myself. Most sit in kayaks are lighter than sit on tops but the sit on tops are getting lighter (34 pounds). Sit in kayaks have closed water tight storage in front or back or both. I fit all my camping gear in my two enclosed storage areas but if I am bring a cooler it can be tricky. You just have to be creative. I put a bucket in the back round storage of my boat and fill it with my lunch/snacks/water that way I can get to it without getting out of my kayak. Those are some of the good features of having a sit in.

The sit on top is nice on a warm day if you want to get some sun or stretch out. They have more on deck storage such as flush rod holders, places for coolers, food, cup holders, crab traps if you go crabing, places to put your tackle, paddle holders, you can load your boat with camping gear if you are going camping on an island or part of a lake that you can't get to by car. You dont have to worry about rolling your kayak. Some of the sit on tops are stable enough to stand up on if you are fishing. If you are not looking for speed, a super light weight boat, or going out in high seas then it seems a sit on top would work well. They even make a new one I think for 2012 that has a wheel built in so you can roll it.

Hope that helps!

koolerb 03-04-2012 09:33 AM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
If conditions are no rain and fairly calm I take my Ultimate, which is more of a sit-in. If conditions are rough or rainy I want something that's self bailing like my Magic, which is a sit on top.

Bernie P. 08-10-2012 08:43 AM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
Over the years I've used both.If you want a good SI look into these-
WS has some nice ones of both types but their Pungo's all have larger cockpits than the Kestrels which can get you into trouble.That said I had the 140 and loved it.For SOT'S have a look at RTM-
Good luck!

Mike 10-26-2017 06:02 AM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
It depends on the weather condition. I use Malibu X-factor which is a sit-on-top kayak for fishing. It offers good stability, tracking and enough cargo space. If you are a newbie try looking for best fishing kayak for beginners that might help you.

Brittany 04-24-2018 08:19 AM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
I own both sit in and sit on kayaks for my fishing adventure and I got to say it all depends on the mood you are in. I personally prefer sit on top due to the greater stability. I am using the lifetime tandem fishing kayak for sit on top. You can check out the lifetime kayak reviews.

JDMiller820 09-26-2018 04:40 PM

Re: Sit in or Sit on kayaks for fishing?
Hi Outdoorguy57,
Everyone has great points. I was in the same dilemma when I was shopping for a kayak. Ultimately I chose a sit-in kayak; however, I now want a sit-on-top. I love my sit-in, but I definitely envy the stability and ability to stand in a sit-on kayak. Maybe you will be like me and want both after a while!

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