I recently started fishing with my nine-year old of average weight, in a Wenonah Aurora. The kid doesn’t really need a paddle, but he’s been sitting in the bow anyway. I put a 20 lbs kettle bell in front of the bow seat. That worked well for us but a few days ago I was reading Path of the Paddle and author strongly suggested against using anything heavier than water as ballast. But 20 lbs water jugs seemed too much space to me. Also, even 20 lbs didn’t seem enough. One day, we were paddling with just some average head wind, and the wind kept pushing the bow down wind, exactly where we didn’t want to go. I guess because there wasn’t enough weight in the bow.
So what should we do? I don’t care about speed or agility - safety is probably my only concern. I’m thinking about me sitting in the bow seat facing the stern, and having my kid sitting in the stern facing the bow, plus some water jugs behind the stern seat (the tiny space between the stern seat and the end of the canoe). He just needs a fishing rod, and this way we’d cast to different sides of the canoe covering more water and having no chance of crossing lines. We don’t carry many gears with us, just a tackle box, some water and snacks, so there’s not much gear weight to move around. What do you guys think? Thanks ahead!