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  • Struggling to decide between a tandem kayak or a canoe?

     Charles updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • Charles

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Looking to get either a Sit on Top kayak or a canoe for fishing in conservation areas, small lakes, etc (little or no exposure to waves or rough water). I’ve been kayak and canoeing before (years ago though) so while I’m not completely new, I’m no where near a pro either.

    I’d like to bring my girlfriend with me (or dad), but would still like to use it alone at times. Here’s whats going through my mind/ questions I have:

    1. Which would be is more stable? Do I add inflatable stabilizers to a canoe for fishing?
    2. Can I use a tandem kayak on my own?
    3. A canoe seems like it would be more comfortable because instead of sitting in the same place I can move around and adjust?
    4. I feel like it would be easier to cast/ reel in a fish in a canoe?
    5. Can I get a canoe with oars (like a row boat) for when I’m alone, or is that a different boat all together?
    6. If I flip the canoe how likely/ quickly does it fill with water and sink? lol

    Thank you guys for all your knowledge and sorry if this is the wrong sub!

  • lobre370

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Having fished from both, I prefer the kayak. Most of the sit on top fishing kayak you can stand up and cast. Which is really nice.

    I found the seat’s more comfortable with sit on top kayak as well. Tons of adjustment

    Some tandems you can paddle alone, i had a jackson big tuna that had a center seating position for this reason

  • michaelb5000

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    A canoe is better if you are hauling gear and also if you need to carry it, ie portage, to the lake or between lakes. A canoe is also better if you really need a boat for two persons, although there are some sit in kayaks and hybrid kayaks that may be ok for two, they aren’t really good fishing kayaks and not as good as a canoe for those purposes.

    You can paddle a good tandem canoe solo if you sit backwards on the front seat; some cheap rec canoes have a backrest or other bracing in that area and so aren’t designed to paddle solo. A trimmable seat that slides on a track is also helpful for this.

    A fishing kayak designed for fishing is better for fishing than a canoe. But both can work (you can fish off anything that floats). This is primarily about controlling the boat and having easy access off the side of the boat (a kayak is low to the water and a canoe has high sides). A canoe will spin around in the wind and is harder to rig an anchor, including with an anchor trolley. On a kayak, I can easily reach my hand in the water to land and release a fish; it can be harder to get over on edge on a canoe, particularly sitting on the seat (and not kneeling). But none of the obstacles are deal breakers and can be overcome.

  • Space_Cadet_Jeb

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    I’ve never used a tandem kayak, but I’ve finished from both canoes and kayaks. I can’t justify shelling out the money for a good fishing kayak, so IMO the canoe is better. I have used both a sit on top and sit in kayak, but both were cheaper Dunham’s specials. The canoe was also a basic Old Town, but I much preferred the cheap canoe to the cheap kayaks.

  • Big_Brush7290

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    check out nucanoe.

  • risky_chips

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    I had a tandem fishing canoe that was too awkward to use solo. It was really long and had fixed seats so I could not move more to the center when using solo and ended up unbalanced. I bought a solo kayak as that is the primary use. Wife now has her own recreational yak if we want to together. She can go paddle around while I fish.

  • ckyhnitz

    June 13, 2021 at 6:47 am

    I’m planning to get a Crescent Crew for taking the kids out, or fishing on my own. Its only 6-12 inches longer than most sub-$1k solo fishing kayaks, and supposedly paddles well when solo.

    I was originally planning to get a Vibe Yellowfin 130T, but I read some negative reviews online about paddling it solo. It comes a bit better outfitted than the Crew, but all the reviews I’ve read about the Crew have been great, including talking to people that have owned both.

    Its been a couple decades since I have solo paddled a canoe, but it doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’m fairly sure it would be much heavier and bulkier to deal with.

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