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Old 07-22-2012, 08:23 AM
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looking for 2 fishing kayaks for my place on tx coast
i can drag them with the big boat to the shallows and theyll stay at the camp so long range tracking and portability are not a big concern

academy has a few but i know nothing
sit on top seems like the best for fishing?
what am i looking to see?
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:47 AM
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You might want to post in the Kayak forum also.

FWIW - I have 3 - all Wilderness Systems boats. For fishing you want a sit on top. I use a Ride 13.5 - Very stable especially if you are standing while fishing. My son has a Tarpon 12 which is almost as stable but paddles better.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:20 AM
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I have a Moken 10 for fishing. Pretty nice ride and doesn't paddle bad at all. Even has a wheel on the back to help in moving and loading.
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I've got a 15' Ocean Kayak Prowler (sit on) with the upgraded seat qnd a Werner carbon fiber paddle. Love it for fishing light tackle. Gets the job done for me.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:32 PM
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whats the difference between the wilderness tarpon and the pescador ones at academy?
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My cousin just bought two "Native" kayaks. Don't know much about them but he usually does a lot of research.
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I've got the OK Prowler, I like it.
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we have a couple of Mirage Outbacks...great for the water we fish, the Pacific. They are made by Hobie, the Mirage Outfitter and Pro Angler are really nice but a little more than we wanted to spend.
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I purchased a 15' - 3 seat square back canoe. I can pick it up by myself and just in case I want to put a trolling motor on it.
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Any Hobie mirage, use your legs for power and arms for fishing.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:07 PM
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whats the difference between the wilderness tarpon and the pescador ones at academy?
The Perception Sport Pescador is the same as the prior model WS Tarpon 120. I've read some people like the prior model's storage bin covers better. I am also researching them, and the Pescador seems to be a reasonable option.
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I've got a WS Ride 135. It's a great kayak. Get a rudder. It makes it a lot easier when you're fishing while drifting. The pedal yaks you control the rudder with your hand. Pain in the ass when you're fishing.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:24 PM
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Get the new WS ride 115 with a rudder...as stable as the 135
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Everything you wanted to know about kayaks..................and some things you didn't
http://www.paddling.net/
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The Native Watercraft seats are the best. We have a Native Magic 14.5 and an Ultimate 12. Both are great fishing 'yaks.
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Before you buy a kayak paddle a few. Good kayak stores will typically have a 'try before you buy' program. While all the boats look about the same in the store they paddle very differently. I prefer single kayaks, with longer, lighter boats being more fun to paddle. The shorter fatter boats can be true pigs - very slow, with poor tracking. They tend to push big bow waves and are frustrating to paddle. My personal kayaks are a Pygmy Coho and a Hobie Quest. I built the Coho from wood and fiberglass. It is a touring boat - long, fast, and light. The Quest is a plastic production sit-on-top that I use for fishing. It paddles well and is one of the better models of its type. Hobie products are not cheap, but the tend to be very well thought out and fun to use.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:10 AM
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some of these yall are suggesting are pretty steep
this is for occasional use
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The best advice is to try several and pick the one that you like

These things last forever, so get something that is comfortable and has the features you want. You will regret buying the uncomfortable cheap boat unless you have kids that you can give to as a toy
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:48 AM
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ok the reviews on this one seem unanimously positive
apparently it is the same as the wilderness 120 without a few baubles

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...415+4294956176

can anyone confirm this?

not trying to be cheap (yes i am) but this seems like a good deal

heres the reviews:

http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/show...html?prod=2463
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I have a WS 120 and a 140, both excellent kayaks. The Perception looks very close to the WS (if not the same).
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