This review is featured in the May 2011 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine.
Big-water Fishing Kayak Review
BIG WATER. Anglers read these two words differently than other kayakers. For the fish-obsessed, the term elicits visions of powerful dynamos with turbocharged tails, ocean denizens such as yellowtail, striped bass, tuna and even marlin. And big water demands capable rides--kayaks with the elongated stride to step over swells and cleave through the miles. Boats with the heft to carry a heavy load of gear and maybe, just maybe, the occasional trophy back home to a well-earned supper.
So our fish-hungry squad convened to test six worthy open-water angling options. We chose San Diego for this mission, for a one-two punch few locations can match. First came a shakedown cruise in the shadow of skyscrapers and among the Navy destroyers and frigates of San Diego Bay, where we soaked up steep wakes and insistent current. Next we hopped a ride to the lively, wild waters of the Coronado Islands, wave-tossed rock specks just south of the U.S.-Mexico border. The paddling was sublime, the fishing slow--bruisers don’t bite on cue, especially in the dead of winter--but we discovered one undeniable truth: Today’s kayak anglers have some serious choices between several tasty flavors of fine fishing rides.