At the beginning of the sport, desperate fishermen turned existing kayaks into fishing machines. As kayak fishing gained momentum, boat designers took existing hulls and added fishing features to the topside. Today, fishing kayaks are designed from keel up for casting and catching. With a few exceptions, modern fishing kayaks are conceived more for catching than paddling.
When I heard that Viking was bringing the Profish 440 to America, my ears pricked up. I had slobbered over photos and videos of the boat since New Zealand anglers started using the domestic design to fish in the wild, open Pacific. Now the modern version is available on this side of the pond.
I really looked forward to dragging the Profish 440 over the dunes, punching through the waves and chasing pelagics beyond the breakers. The kayak proved perfectly suited to the job.
Loaded on my Railblaza C-Tug cart with sand wheels, the 57-pound boat was easy to bounce down the beach. A light boat performs better in the surf, too. It’s quick to jump into action and easy to navigate through the breakers. The 14-foot, 4-inch waterline keeps the boat tracking straight, while a beamy 30.75-inch width keeps it stable. A modified double concave hull further improves stability and tracking. The boat paddles like it is on rails. The keel is rockered just behind the seat to improve handling on open water and surfing back to the beach.
Above the waterline, the boat is all…