New to kayaks, in fact know almost nothing of value. However, plan to get into them to fish and explore bays and flats on Texas coast. So, what should I be looking for, in the way of kayaks, gear...etc? What do I really need to know and have? Anyone want to recommened a kayak for this type of general need?
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Posted by: Bernie/cny on Jun-06-13 9:07 AM (EST)
must have's besides the yak/paddle is a good PFD.As for the kayak I would go try as many SOT'S that fit your budget allowing for the paddle/PFD.Your build and storage space comes into play as far as the boat size and paddle length goes.
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Posted by: barrell on Jun-10-13 6:40 PM (EST)
We don't know how heavy you are or tall or how old. Go see a local dealer and start demoing a few.
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-11-13 6:20 PM (EST)
First, there are many kayak models that are well suited to that kind of paddling. I'd recommend that you go check out Texas kayak fishing (I think that's the website's name, but Google it). See what most people have and use to get an idea of the "pedigreed" kayaks used in that water for your purpose. That will give you a good idea where to focus your attention.
Posted by: RockyRaab on Jun-15-13 11:44 AM (EST)
You asked what kind of kayak and got a lot of valuable -- but unasked-for -- other advice.
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Posted by: Big_D on Jun-17-13 8:02 AM (EST)
He asked for what kind of kayak to get, not what specific model. Knowing what makes kayaks feel one way or another, or perform one way or another IS answering the question about what kind he should have.
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Posted by: JimMc on Jun-17-13 11:58 PM (EST)
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Posted by: TexasKayaker on Jun-18-13 4:02 PM (EST)
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Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Jun-20-13 11:42 PM (EST)
...there is not a single boat on that website that I would recommend.
Posted by: bananaboat on Jun-19-13 8:07 PM (EST)
For the coast find a boat that rides high in the water like an Oceans, or a tarpon. Leash your paddle and anything else you want to keep. Most of all get a good lifevest and wear it. Find your info on the tides stuck in the mud is for the fiddler crabs. Current going out are pretty strong,be aware of them. You should have a lot of fun because at the coast you never know what's going to come up. A lot of places that sell kayaks will let you demo them before you buy. Find one that is comfortable for you. Talk to some people who paddle the area and observe what they carry. Get involved with a paddle group if you are by yourself. Be sure and bring plenty of bait!!!
Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Jun-20-13 11:49 PM (EST)
demands more from a boat and paddler than inland lakes and small streams - except for turning ability. Your kayak will need to be sufficient to overcome wind and tides. Go long. Don't settle for anything under 14'. Preferably even longer. Sink or sot is up to you. But longer will be more stable and faster. You can make any touring kayak into a fishing kayak. Buy hull performance first, and accessories last.