Fishing Kayak Considerations: A to Z
Posted by: old_user on Jul-22-12 5:00 PM (EST)
I've been considering a fishing kayak to use in the South Florida area. I'd like something to use in the flats, bays and possibly ocean as much as possible.
I started out looking for deals on kayaks such as the Perception Pescador 12', which I found for around $450. Upped my consideration to an Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 ($700-ish) because of the added accesories and my thoughts that it would perform better in windy conditions or strong currents. Reading a little bit more I found out a rudder kit would help even more... (cha-ching... another $200).
At this point I began looking at peddling kayaks, which are great. I'd be able to move quickly against wind or current. My choices were between Hobie and Native Watercraft.
There's a bunch of pros/cons I have for both which I won't get into but both look like solid choices where I can't go wrong. The only thing holding me back is the $1800 entry point.
I also looked into both brands on craigslist. But here in Florida there's quite a bit of demand for them and I don't think it's worth it to buy a two year old Hobie kayak that's maybe $600 less with no warranty. It's a sellers market for both brands.
So now I'm considering the Lifetime 10' Sport Fisher. This kayak goes for about $600. It's not the longest kayak, so it must be slow. But my thoughts were to attach a trolling motor (mount $150, motor $200, and battery $50, etc). This pretty much gives me everything I'm looking for...
Wondering if anyone else out there has one or any experience in adding motors to kayaks? What was the stability like? Any experience with it in the ocean?
And what type of motor and thrust? The recommendation seems to be 30 lbs of thrust but I'd like to consider 36 or even 40, especially since I'm taking it out to sea.
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Posted by: FrankNC on Jul-27-12 4:14 PM (EST)
or the Perception you mentioned. forget the expensive and heavy trolling motor, batter and all that just. Spent the money you save on hiring a guide or two to help you start catching fish.
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-27-12 8:28 PM (EST)
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Jul-28-12 8:24 AM (EST)
all that stand up stability and trolling motor stuff and focus on what Frank mentioned.The Tempo would be a great choice and you should be able to find one down there easily.I searched all around but couldn't find an RTM dealer any where near me that had the Tempo in stock.If I had I'd have one myself.I might have to wait till next year when the dealers restock after the winter but I'd rather do that than settle for less.Good luck!
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-28-12 9:59 PM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback... I had a look but the Tempo doesn't interested me.. It's a long touring Kayak.
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Jul-29-12 8:31 AM (EST)
contrary the Tempo is simply a copy of Ocean kayak's SPTW.One of the most popular/best SOT's for fishing of all time.There are a few minor changes but all for the better.I had an OK SPTW for a few years and dearly regret selling it.The Tarpon 160 I replaced it with was really nice to but IMO not quite as good overall.
Posted by: krash on Jul-29-12 8:32 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jul-29-12 4:12 PM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback! I didn't know you can try them out at Florida Bay Outfitters. I just gave them a call and plan to head down there next week. Might even rent one out for half a day to go fishing.
Posted by: krash on Jul-31-12 10:08 AM (EST)
If you rent they used to have a service where they would drop off & pickup at Garden Cove, Rattlesnake Key which is on the Oceanside, the fishing here is considerably better than behind FBO.