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Old 02-14-2020, 05:50 AM
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I'm thinking about getting a kayak for occasional fishing trips. I still have the boat just looking for something to change things up periodically.

Anybody on here kayak fish? Pros/cons? Also trying to decide on a rigid/traditional kayak versus a new inflatable that Bote just came out with. It is nice but pricey. I would prefer a rigid but the transportation ease and storage of the inflatable is appealing so i am weighing the pros and cons there. Any input there is welcome as well.

Thanks.
Old 02-14-2020, 05:55 AM
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Check this fellas you tube page out. He is very good at producing quality videos on said subject and he catches fish....

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Whatever you get make sure it has the newer style seats that are kind of like beach chairs. Even the high end older strap in style seats suck.

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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
Whatever you get make sure it has the newer style seats that are kind of like beach chairs. Even the high end older strap in style seats suck.
Good advice - I like to take kayaks, put on the flats boat and get way back in the marsh, anchor up, and then splash the kayak. Very peaceful, and lots of fun. Get two though, so you can share the fun!
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I have a Hobie Pro Angler. Pricey, but you get a nice rig. Very comfortable seat.
Pedals free up both hands to fish.
Kayaks make you "slow down" when you fish and I think you catch more fish that way.
Best thing is you just rinse it off when done--much less maintenance than a boat.
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Don't buy a new one. There are tons of them on Craigslist for hundreds less than new and it's not like you gotta worry about motor hours or anything. I caught more fish out of my yak last year than from the other two boats combined. All within sight of my house. 50+ puppy drum one day. That was a blast!



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I have a 13.5 trident kayak. Kayaking is a whole new kind of fishing/boating. There is nothing fast about it. Expect 15-30 min to Load and unload each way car ,boatramp,then reverse. (1hr killed ). You need to time your tides and winds . I dont launch unless I have 4-6 hrs to kill min. Be prepared to lift around 80-100 lbs and cart it to the water in most places. It's a good way to exercise. If you dont have a trailer be prepared to get scratches on your vehicles. On a kayak the shorter the rod butt the better. all top water lures on a kayak are harder to work then on a boat. The bottom on your kayak will get beat up and scratched up from lauching . I dont see a inflatable holding up due to this.
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Originally Posted by 757saltwater View Post
I have a 13.5 trident kayak. Kayaking is a whole new kind of fishing/boating. There is nothing fast about it. Expect 15-30 min to Load and unload each way car ,boatramp,then reverse. (1hr killed ). You need to time your tides and winds . I dont launch unless I have 4-6 hrs to kill min. Be prepared to lift around 80-100 lbs and cart it to the water in most places. It's a good way to exercise. If you dont have a trailer be prepared to get scratches on your vehicles. On a kayak the shorter the rod butt the better. all top water lures on a kayak are harder to work then on a boat. The bottom on your kayak will get beat up and scratched up from lauching . I dont see a inflatable holding up due to this.
Haha, I like kayaking for the opposite reason. The marina where I keep it is a 10 min walk. Then a 100-200 yard paddle. I'm fishing in minutes. And when I'm done there's no motors to flush. Perfect if I only have an hour or two to kill.
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Hobie is the way to go for fishing, we had 2, found out the idea of kayaking is more fun than actually kayaking
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my .02

Buy a cheap kayak and rig for fish to see if you actually like and will do it. You can drop $2000 real quick on a fishing one.

I bought a cheap walmart one and added rod holder on my own. I do NOT use it as much as i thought so the kids still enjoy it and paddle around. turns out at my house is a 30min paddle to the closest fishing. It is fun when i have time, call it lazy, but its easier to hop on the jetski and fish shallow and zoom back than an hour or so of paddling.
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You have to decide if you want to pedal or paddle? I love taking my hobie out in the gulf!
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Originally Posted by 757saltwater View Post
I have a 13.5 trident kayak. Kayaking is a whole new kind of fishing/boating. There is nothing fast about it. Expect 15-30 min to Load and unload each way car ,boatramp,then reverse. (1hr killed ). You need to time your tides and winds . I dont launch unless I have 4-6 hrs to kill min. Be prepared to lift around 80-100 lbs and cart it to the water in most places. It's a good way to exercise. If you dont have a trailer be prepared to get scratches on your vehicles. On a kayak the shorter the rod butt the better. all top water lures on a kayak are harder to work then on a boat. The bottom on your kayak will get beat up and scratched up from lauching . I dont see a inflatable holding up due to this.
Couple of years ago, I took a trip through the Everglades on a Trident. Rented it in Everglades City, and camped on some keys & chickees with it. We clocked over 50 miles on the trip. It was a blast. Caught a bunch of spotted trout, lizard fish, blue runners, and reds. The trident was the best yak I've fished from to date, and it's been several.

When you hook up with a decent sized fish on a yak, and the yak starts to turn with the fish...that's fun man!
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bought the girlfriend a nice sit on top last year. comfy seat and she can stand up on the thing when she wants. they are not lightweight though. believe her's come in at just under 70#. very stable out on the water though. I still prefer to fish out of my canoe.
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I agree, Hobie is the way to go for a fishing kayak. Unfortunately, they have gotten very expensive now that they are so popular.

I was at the boat show last weekend and they had a tandem Pro Angler for just under $7K. Yikes! But, it is a very large platform for fishing and you would need a trailer to haul it around.

I have had my tandem Hobie Outback since 2007 and it has held up very well. I am rebuilding the pedal drives this year and replacing the seats.

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You will have to decide how shallow you are planning to fish. The pedal yaks, won't get as shallow as the regular kind, but sure are nice for long paddles up wind. Plus they are heavier.

Mine is a Viking Reload, stable, fast enough, not a paddle yak. My brother had rigged a small trolling motor to his, for towing his two boys when they were small, back from fishing. Amazing how far a 12V trolling motor can go on one charge!
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My only advice to you on a kayak.

Buy a pedal drive, its literally night and day, most of the new "fishing" styles come with the comfy chairs. I can fish my Hobie all day comfortably. Im in South Louisiana and I cover about 10 miles round trip. Depends how your fishing, but I wouldnt buy a kayak that wasnt pedal drive.

You can find older Hobies for about $1000 give or take.
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I used to fish all the time from a kayak.

Pros: can go anywhere, get into super shallow water, more relaxing IMO.

Cons: not as stable as a boat, have to head to shore to stand.

If I had to do it again, I’d get a one person canoe with a trolling motor.
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I just sold my 75 lb Jackson Cuda 14 which was a great kayak. I sold it because it I wasn't using it. I wasn't using because it weighs 75 lbs. You can buy a carbon kevlar canoe that weighs 20 lbs for the same price as these overpriced rotomolded kayaks that holds more stuff and you carry two people. If you want to deal with the 100+ lbs of a Hobie Pro Angler then put a trolling motor on the canoe and it you will outrun any Hobie Pro Angler, draft less, and when you want to paddle it.. well you can paddle it.
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I fish Tampa-palmetto-St Pete in a kayak regularly. I fish from a boat also but for where I fish it's way too skinny for a boat, well maybe a gheenoe. Both are great just to be out on the water. The disadvantage of a kayak if if the area in dead, you can't just buzz off the next spot. A boat is easier to tie rigs, you are dry, you can see better but a yak you can get places where a boat can't and you learn to see stuff you'd miss on a boat. It's a narrower focus. FT Desoto, Miguel Bay and cockroach bay are my usual places to kayak. I catch more fish in a boat.
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Where do you plan to fish? That makes a difference as to what makes sense....

Most dealers have some sort of demo day where you can paddle/pedal lots of different boats. I fish in the James River here in Richmond. I have had a 12' fishing kayak (paddle) for 7 years. Love it. Use it here in the moving water around Richmond. Last summer I bought a Hobie Outback (12' pedal) for lakes and still waters. It's great for that use.

You also need to check out the Kayak forum here.....

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