Re-entering a Sit-On-Top Kayak
How to Re-Enter Your Sit-On-Top Kayak
Sit on Top kayaks have come a long way and really compliment kayak fishing, they’re faster, more stable than the older models. Most people will never tip their kayak and with some kayaks it’s almost impossible to do so but we at KFS strongly recommend that you practice re-entering your kayak before you ever think about kayak fishing.
Of course you should practice without all gear with you but keep in mind that you should consider how your gear could hinder reentry onto your kayak. First thing you need to do if the kayak has flipped over is get it right side up, one way to do this is to reach under and grab one side of the seat and pull toward you and this should spin the kayak around. Another method is to reach over the hull of the kayak and grab the other side (handle or seat strap) and lean back and this will turn the kayak over.
Upper body strength will aid in getting you back on but mostly it is about finesse and technique. Different kayaks have different areas that might be better to balance on and also to grab while you leverage to pop back on but that is why we are practicing it and learning what method works best your kayak.
You should always practice in water that is just below your head and then work up to deep-water reentry. Here is a reentry step by step on a Prowler 15′.
- At this stage you should be just getting into a position that is feel comfortable to pop up.
- Here the person is grabbing the side handle, this is working with this kayak but might not work on others. You should try to get some weight on the opposite side to better balance the kayak. Allow the kayak to tip toward you. Let yourself sink deeper into the water and allow the buoyancy of your PFD and your pulling to pop you up out of the water.
- Now is where you should make your move and generate some power, this can be done by grabbing and also kicking with your feet.
- Once you have come out of the water, pull yourself to the opposite side until your chest is over the gunwale, but most importantly… your butt/hips are over the cockpit. This may feel a little unnatural, but you will get used to it.
- Once you have centered the middle of your body over the cockpit, roll yourself around until you find yourself in the sidesaddle position.
- The completed re-entry! Now that you are sitting sidesaddle, just swing your feet inside the yak and you are done!
After you go through once you will newfound confidence on the water, chances are you will never have to use what you learned but it is nice to know you can.
I am looking for a new kayak for fishing in fresh & salt water. I have it between 2 models; the Wilderness systems Tarpon 120 angler and the Ocean Prowler 13 angler. Any advice??? I can’t seem to make the decision. Really would like to hear what you don’t like about each of these as well as that may be the determining factor. I will be buying the new 2010 model either way..
If you think I should consider a different kayak brand I am open to suggestions but have looked at a lot of different ones before getting to these 2.
- Single-user sit-on-top kayak perfect for anglers looking for maneuverability
- Made from durable linear polyethylene; roomy molded-in seat
- Comfort Plus seat back provides excellent seating comfort
- Adjustable foot braces; bow hatch with buckled cross lock; fishing rod storage; small tackle box
- 400-pound maximum weight capacity; 17-Inch seat width; paddle not included
The smallest in the Ocean Kayak Trident line, this kayak really packs a punch. At 11′ this kayak blends stability with considerable weight capacity which most kayaks at this length can’t claim. The Trident 11 is perfect for anglers who are looking for maneuverability over covering long distances in their quest for finding a honey hole. The Trident 11 features a bow hatch, large tank well and roomy cockpit. The adjustable foot braces fit most leg lengths and allow you to ride with ease – a great choice for inland waters, slow moving rivers and moderate ocean swells.
FEATURES: Comfort Plus seat back, Oversize tank well with bungee, Large bow hatch with Cross Lock, Battery storage bag in bow hatch, Rod Pod, Transducer compatible scupper, Adjustable foot braces, Paddle keepers, Molded-in cup holder, Side-mounted carrying handles, Reflective deck rigging, Two Flush mounted rod holders, Small tackle box, Angler graphics
SEATING: Seats one adult.
SPECIFICATIONS: LENGTH 11′ 5″ / 3.5 m, WIDTH 30.5″ / 77.5 cm, SEAT WIDTH 17″ / 43.2 cm, WEIGHT 54 lbs / 24.5 kg, MAX CAPACITY 350-400 lbs / 158.8 – 181.4 kgAmazon.com Product Description
The smallest in Ocean Kayak’s Trident line, the Prowler Trident 11 angler sit-on-top kayak boldly goes where bigger boats can’t. At 11 feet 5 inches long, the Prowler Trident 11 blends stability with a considerable weight capacity of 350 to 400 pounds, a far bigger load limit than most comparably sized kayaks.
The Prowler Trident 11 angler offers plenty of space for you and your fishing gear.
As a result, the kayak is ideal for anglers who want to cover long distances in their quest to find a honey hole. In addition, the kayak is extremely maneuverable, making it easy to saunter through kelp beds, reefs, shallows, and hard-to-access lakes and streams–in short, all the places where the fish don’t expect a silent, stealthy guest to paddle close. And as with the best kayaks, the Prowler Trident 11 offers plenty of space for you and your gear thanks to a large bow hatch with an easy-to-open Cross Lock buckle, an oversized tank well with a bungee, and a roomy cockpit. Add in an adjustable foot brace–which fits most leg lengths and allows you to ride with ease–and you can easily handle inland waters, slow moving rivers, and moderate ocean swells.
To keep you comfortable during your fishing trip, Ocean Kayak also included a Comfort Plus seat back, which offers ample foam padding, a UV-resistant nylon fabric, and four-way adjustability. Finally, no angler kayak is complete without a few fisherman-specific items, and the Prowler Trident 11 complies, with two flush-mounted rod holders, a small tackle box, and a unique Rod Pod hatch that provides easy access to your fishing rods while you’re seated. Other details include a transducer-compatible scupper, a battery storage bag in the bow hatch, a molded-in cup holder, and reflective deck rigging. The Prowler Trident 11, which is compatible with Ocean Kayak’s rudder system (sold separately), comes in yellow and sand colors.
- Length: 11 feet 5 inches
- Width: 30.5 inches
- Seat width: 17 inches
- Weight: 54 pounds
- Max capacity: 350 to 400 pounds
- Options: Rudder system (sold separately)
About Ocean Kayak
Ocean Kayak is part of the Johnson Outdoors family of innovative, market-leading brands. The company designs, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of top-quality products for the global marketplace across four categories: watercraft, marine electronics, diving, and outdoor equipment. Johnson Outdoors’ familiar brands include Ocean Kayak, Necky kayaks, Old Town canoes and kayaks, Extrasport, Lendal paddles, Carlisle paddle gear, Minn Kota motors, Cannon downriggers, Humminbird fish finders, Scubapro and UWATEC dive equipment, and Eureka tents.