I have an otter kayak that I fish from now. It is not very stable as you know. Also not much place to put my gear. I never bought it with the intention of fishing from it though, but more just to cruise slow rivers. But last year on lake chataqua in new york, I took it on vacation with us and had a great time fishing along the shore. Now I am looking for one to fish from, and has good stability. I believe i would prefer a sit-on-top model. I want something basic, and very stable, and also lightweight because I could be transportating it a few hundred yards or so to get to water. I looked at the hobie, and thought this is what I want, till I saw the price. I believe it was around 3000 dollars!! I need to stay less than 1500, and even hopefully 1000 dollars. I would like to hear from people who has any suggestions as to what I should buy, Please leave a message, or email me at email@example.com
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Posted by: RockyRaab on Mar-17-13 12:11 PM (EST)
Yeah, I understand the sticker shock - and the weight issue. But trust me, there is NO better fishing kayak than a Hobie Pro Angler. Period.
which kayak to buy|
Posted by: harleydude on Mar-17-13 5:39 PM (EST)
Well, after spending most of the day looking for a fishing kayak, I think I have found three to choose from. They are the Wilderness system commander, the Jackson Cousa, or Cuda, or the NuCanoe frontier. Leaning toware the frontier because of its stability. Probably wont track as good as others, but think it looks good.
Any of those|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-18-13 11:00 AM (EST)
the right kayak|
Posted by: harleydude on Mar-19-13 9:58 AM (EST)
I am from the states, and if i called a kayak, a canoe, then I apoligize. From Pennsylvania to be exact. I have always enjoyed fishing, but I have so mant hobbies in the summer that I cant do them all. I tell my wife i really need to retire. But last year in New York on vacation, I took my little otter into a channel, and hit red eyes like you wouldnt believe.(rock bass, if your not from the states). I had a blast, and even caught a smalleye to go along with it. Now that otter was not even rigged to be a fishing kayak. I had no place to put my pole, and gear. I have many small streams around me that people do not fish because of the difficulty getting into them to fish. Some with some very large northerns.
Posted by: harleydude on Mar-19-13 1:00 PM (EST)
Well, It looks like i have decided on the Native Watercraft Slayer. I plan on purchasing from Appomattox River Company.
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-19-13 5:16 PM (EST)
As you said, there are many good choices available. Most of the other boats you mentioned would have done a good job too.
Posted by: harleydude on Mar-20-13 12:48 PM (EST)
I am from a small town called Mercer. If you look where interstates 80 and 79 meet, that is where I be!!
I know Mercer|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-20-13 1:09 PM (EST)
A good friend of mine is from there.
Posted by: harleydude on Mar-21-13 9:23 AM (EST)
Mercer is a small town. Not much of anything happens there except for the car races in the spring and summer. I dont live very far from the track. We have lots of good water to explore. I only wished that I would have spent some of my younger time on the water instead of golfing, and motorcycle riding. But I love them all, and plan on doing some catching up on the exploring waters
Posted by: photo01 on Mar-27-13 3:41 PM (EST)
Any kayak can become a fishing kayak just by adding a tricked out milk crate to it. The crate can have any number of "rod holders" attached (could even be thin walled PVC pipe wired in or on the crate). Most of the people I know that use milk crates just tie them on to their kayaks and some only bungee cord them on. It is really just too easy.
Hey Big_D, on this subject...|
Posted by: taj on Mar-19-13 5:19 PM (EST)
have you any knowledge of or talked to anyone about real world experience with the OT Pack Angler? It's kind of short, but the seat is low enough to make a double blade practical. It also weighs about 20# less than my Loon.
Posted by: harleydude on Mar-20-13 12:48 PM (EST)
I will check this out that you mentioned also. But there are soooo many good ones out there.
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-20-13 1:11 PM (EST)
You may want to check in with Al A. He's really up to speed on solo canoes, and whatever he says about them you can take to the bank.
Posted by: taj on Mar-20-13 1:57 PM (EST)
The bottom line is that I will have to find one to paddle and see how it feels.
Posted by: davidmichael on Mar-31-13 6:00 PM (EST)
I have two Necki kayaks and an Old Town Pack Canoe. For fishing there's only one way to go as far as I am concerned...the Hobie system.
Posted by: barrell on Apr-04-13 8:28 AM (EST)
Any reputable dealer is going to let you go out on the water for a freee demo before you buy. No one on here knows your wheight, height, or aage so it is impossible to recommend anything for you. A demo will let you decide. If you demo a Hobie that is what you will buy. No one demos a Hobie and goes backwards to a paddle craft. Not if they are a fisherman.
Posted by: tonyv on Apr-04-13 11:24 PM (EST)
Whatever you buy demo it first. Your weight height etc has everything to do with the stability factor. Try standing in it while on the water. If you can't do this, you will limit your visibility fishing in some circumstances. I weigh 195 and fish from a perception caster sot. 12.5ft Excellent boat but difficult to stand in. I'll consider this on my next yak. I did opt for a rudder, and wouldn't ever be without one. Too many advantages to list. You can buy these rigged for well under $1k. Sounds like your need a kayak caddy ! Enjoy
why buy when you can barter?|
Posted by: kellyw on Jun-20-13 11:27 AM (EST)
i have two fishing kayaks, a wilderness tarpon 160 and a malibu x factor...both are in the 1000 dollar range from what ive read...i traded for both on different occasions..someone loses interest in paddling or in one case the guy picked the boat up on another trade..you would be surprised at how nice of a boat you can get with no hit to the bank account..take care
Posted by: kayak120 on Jul-11-13 10:31 AM (EST)
I've used a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 for several years, love it. Stable, reasonably fast, tracks well, comes standard with a good seat and SlideTrax for accessories, dry ride.
WS Tarpon 120 around $1000 new|
Posted by: spadefish on Jul-11-13 10:48 AM (EST)
fully rigged for fishing and ready to go, and it is a nice easy size to handle by yourself to cartop.
Take a look|
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Jul-14-13 10:30 AM (EST)
at Ocean's Prowler's.Several versions/lengths to choose from.I found a great deal on the P13 angler.I love it!I've had quite a few kayaks over the years ranging from 12-16' both SIS and SOT'S and this is one of my all time favorites.
Posted by: HiBob on Jul-15-13 8:24 AM (EST)
Stable, efficient, comfortable.