Posted by: old_user on Apr-25-11 9:16 AM (EST)
I've been kayak fishing for 11 years, working for a dealer for 6, and pro for 5.
The Coosa is definitley a freshwater kayak because it's big and heavy and more suited for calmer waters than coastal areas subject to wind and wake.
I've paddled everything you mentioned, even helped out Liquidlogic when they were making the Manta Ray. It's a great paddling boat and the 12 is very maneuverable. You're not going to use this for a stand and fish platform. You won't stand in the MR14 or the Tarpon 140. If you're going to stand you want the Ultimate 12 or a Commander 120.
The biggest dilemma for you should just be length. 14 feet if you spend most your time in the bays and 12 feet if you're going to be in moving rivers or lakes. You'll be able to use them in both areas but you'll find the longer length helps fight the winds and the shorter length will help you move around more narrow waters.
If he's steering people away from Ultimates he's losing lot's of business. That's about all you see here in North Carolina.
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