River is the odd one out
Posted by: GetOutdoors on Mar-08-12 3:55 PM (EST)
I would have you qualify the type of river you are paddling on to make a final recommendation. The lakes, bays, and Gulf can be the same kayak (I would recommend a 14 foot for that environment). If the river is slow and wide with few obstructions, the same kayak could work for that water type as the others you described. If the river has swift current and requires maneuverability, you may want something shorter (12 foot). With the brands I carry, I would recommend the Native Watercraft Manta Ray, or the Wilderness Systems Tarpon. If you want something with the room and stability to stand, the WS Ride would cover that aspect. Your best bet is to demo, demo, demo, and decide which outfitting and features you like best. Fishing specific kayak models are coming along in leaps and bounds; there is certainly no shortage of GOOD choices to be had.
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