Q. Hi Gear Guy! I am a huge fisherman and I want to know about a cost-friendly boat. My budget is $500. Thank you.
–Thomas the Fisherman, Newark, Del.
A. I’d say your best choice is a used sit-on-top kayak. Fishing from a kayak has really grown in popularity because you can silently approach fish that you might otherwise scare off with a motor, and you can easily slip into tight spots and shallow areas where fish like to hide — places no motorboat could ever reach. While there are lots of fishing-specific kayaks on the market with cool accessories for anglers, any basic sit-on-top kayak will work just fine. Check your local newspaper classifieds for a used kayak and paddle (you should be able to find both for less than $500) and then just affix a Scotty Rod Holder ($15-$20; Scotty.com) and bungee cord an old plastic milk crate to the stern for your tackle and other gear.