I would suggest that pedal kayaks are also better when fishing the shorelines of ponds and creeks in windy conditions. It is darned near impossible to hold a shoreline position in a paddle boat while facing even a light wind -- unless you want to anchor which I rarely do. With a pedal boat you can make slight adjustments with your rudder and also provide a little forward thrust with your pedals to keep your boat on a specific course into a light wind.
Originally Posted by yakscientist
That said, I prefer my paddle boat in small waters for a variety of other reasons: simplicity, access to tight quarters, weight, stealth, etc. Also when I get to a small water site, I will actually paddle into the wind for a good distance in order to position myself to work a shoreline with the wind at my back on the return trip. That way I can get wind-aided drift through my target area.
So, we often think of pedal kayaks for trolling on this forum and they are outstanding for that. But they have application for finesse fishing to structure also, especially on windy days.
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