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Old 05-20-2019, 07:22 PM
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So Im looking for the aforementioned qualities in a pedal kayak , whats the recommendations ?
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:16 AM
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I'll give this one a bump since I am also looking for a new kayak. I have owned (and fished) a 12' SOT for 6 years. Love fishing from it here in the James in the rapids and the pools upstream from Richmond. Lots of drifting with the current, not much paddling required.

I am considering buying a pedal boat to fish lakes where there is no current. I would keep my current SOT. I've used a friend's Hobie Pro Angler. Loved being able to zip upwind on an open lake. Also like the room. Don't like the weight. My inclination is to favor the fins over a prop drive, as there is less drag. As long as that prop etc. is sticking down there it must generate a lot of drag.

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Old 05-31-2019, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 74lbSteve View Post
I'll give this one a bump since I am also looking for a new kayak. I have owned (and fished) a 12' SOT for 6 years. Love fishing from it here in the James in the rapids and the pools upstream from Richmond. Lots of drifting with the current, not much paddling required.

I am considering buying a pedal boat to fish lakes where there is no current. I would keep my current SOT. I've used a friend's Hobie Pro Angler. Loved being able to zip upwind on an open lake. Also like the room. Don't like the weight. My inclination is to favor the fins over a prop drive, as there is less drag. As long as that prop etc. is sticking down there it must generate a lot of drag.

Any other thoughts?
I have 2 Hobie Pro Angler 14's. Originally 1 for me and 1 for me wife. She quickly decided that she would rather paddle and wanted lighter. So we got her the Wilderness Tarpon 120.
I love my Pro Angler but like you said, it's heavy. We trailer our kayaks and most of the places that we launch we can just back the trailer down to the launch, but there are a couple of places that
I use the transport wheels to roll it to the launch. I've actually been thinking about selling 1 of the Pro Anglers's and getting an Outback. Outback is 20 or so pounds lighter I think, but
If you like to stand and fish I'm not sure it would be stable enough for that. I normally don't stand and fish so it wouldn't really be a problem for me.
We are headed to the beach in a couple of weeks and I plan to try out an Outback.
and I'll try out the Outback
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:55 AM
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Here's mine...One of the best purchases I've made.


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Old 06-15-2019, 08:10 AM
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By nature pedal kayaks are going to be heavier. Its just the way it is. Have you thought about getting a kayak that paddles more efficiently in windy conditions as another option? There are many that do great in the wind and will easily outrun most if not all the pedal yaks.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by chistian myrick View Post
By nature pedal kayaks are going to be heavier. Its just the way it is. Have you thought about getting a kayak that paddles more efficiently in windy conditions as another option? There are many that do great in the wind and will easily outrun most if not all the pedal yaks.
Well.... if you have a long narrow kayak then MAYBE it will outrun a pedal. MAYBE. But then it's a long narrow kayak, not a fishing platform. If you want to cover water in a fishing platform you can't beat pedals. I own both.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by 74lbSteve View Post
Well.... if you have a long narrow kayak then MAYBE it will outrun a pedal. MAYBE. But then it's a long narrow kayak, not a fishing platform. If you want to cover water in a fishing platform you can't beat pedals. I own both.
its nice you own both. I own a viking reload, viking 440, viking 400 and a stealth fisha 500, all of those are faster than most any if not all pedal kayaks and are made for fishing. Id give any pedal kayak 50 yd head start in my fisha 500 and pass you at 75 yds like you were sitting still. Just facts. Pedal kayaks can be great but arent always the best.
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Old 07-02-2019, 12:51 PM
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Hard to hold a rod when when your holding ur paddle
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:26 PM
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Why not get a Hobie Outback? Great fishing platform without the weight and girth of the Pro-Angler. Still heavy compared to a standard kayak, but they are super stable and very seaworthy. Just my $.02 though.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mark101 View Post
So Im looking for the aforementioned qualities in a pedal kayak , whats the recommendations ?
All depends on its purpose. For my purposes I couldn't imagine using anything other than a PA 14 by Hobie. I fish off shore in the Gulf of Mexico and the stability, storage, speed , and adaptability is why I own it. When you're dealing with big surf it is nice to be able lock everything down and stow it including a minimum of 6 rods and reels stored inside so even if your kayak roles multiple times in the surf you do not have a yard sale on the beach with all of your equipment. One of my favorite parts is that I can carry a thru hull raw water 12 gallon live well for all of my live bait that I sabiki. It is also excellent while out there on a long day hydrating constantly to be up a stand and pee. She is however heavy but I use the beach wheels so really i do not notice it on the way down the beach however after a hard day of pedaling and then dragging her uphill back up the beach with the wheels can be rather difficult. I personally will take 8 hours of uninhibited fishing pleasure for a 4 minute hike up the beach with heavy kayak. Pro tip use front storage bin to carry the pedal drive and other items to lighten load prior to pulling yak. Pro tip #2 drag her backwards with the wheels so two people can pull up the beach.(easiest method I have found lol). PS I am 5'6" 160 lbs and 53 years old and I am by know means a fitness junkie, healthy sure, fit..... not really but manage to keep up with the kids.

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