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Discussion in 'Fishing' started by kyoutdoorsman, Jun 30, 2018.
What's your reviews on a good kayaks fishing and outdoors use
I wouldn't characterize it as good, but I got on of the Wally world 10' sundolphin journey ss fishing yaks for father's day and I've been using the crap out of it. It feels tippy at first but you really have to lean way over to get it to tip.
Check out the Native Ultimate. Not cheap but well made and available with many options.
I have the Native Slayer 12 pro and love it.
Sit in, or sit on top?
For a sit in, I recommend an Old Town Vapor fishing edition 10ft. For a SOT, I recommend a Perception Pescador 12ft. Neither will break your bank and both are easily customize-able.
Vibe also makes some nice fishing kayaks.
Highly recommend Jackson Kayaks. Several places in the state carries them. Canoe Ky and KY Lake Outdoors ( I believe that's the place)
I have a Vibe SeaGhost 130 and am pleased with it. Have used it in the gulf, on lakes, and in creeks. If you don't have something like a mirage drive with foot pedals, you will most likely want something that paddles easily. The SeaGhost moves through the water easily enough to troll while paddling and I have stood up in mine, but it takes some practice getting used to its stability. I think they call it secondary stability or something like that. I have stood in it and ridden over boat wakes, but it was at a time when I didn't really care if I got dumped or not. I probably would have spilled out of it if I had been trying really hard to stay in it.
I made a choice of the Vibe SeaGhost over the FeelFree Lure Kayak. The FeelFree was more stable and wider, but it was slower cutting through the water. Each one has its advantages and I wouldn't mind having one of each.
Kayaks can also be very handy for accessing some public hunting lands during turkey and deer season that you might not be able to walk to.
I'm getting lazy now and mostly, only fish out of a boat. But, I do like my kayak very much and don't regret buying it.
Oh, and my Son has a Perception Pescador and he has sure caught some monsters out of it. Especially in the gulf.
I bought a Old Town Predator PDL back in April. It’s an upper end pedal kayak and it’s pretty amazing. I’ve been fishing on Barkley Lake and it handles great. With the pedal drive you can stay on spot so much easier and have your hands free to fish. I just bought a jet ski trailer today to convert to a kayak trailer since it’s rather big and heavy. If you fish calm ponds any model will work fine but if it’s windy or current I cannot stress enough how much easier a pedal yak is to fish from.
I've had two cheap ones. One was a $200 Pelican sit-in from Academy. I liked how light and affordable it was, but it was tippy. Pretty dang maneuverable though.
I switched to a cheap Lifetime Tamarack 120 SOT from Walmart. I paid less than $200 with an included paddle, and I really like it. It's slower, and still not stable enough to stand on, but super comfortable and still easy to transport.
Jacksons are really nice but in my opinion kayaks should be cheap and easy to transport. If I wanted to trailer something and spend over $2k I'd probably opt for a real boat with a trolling motor, but that is just based on the way I fish.
I’ve looked at a lot and have a buddy who is big into Kayak fishing, does tourneys, and has fished the gulf a few times. He bought a Hobie and has put some money into it. Personally for the money, I have liked the Cabelas Advanced angler for a while and know one guy who has one and he does a lot of river and creek fishing and loves it. He’s a big dude like me and says it sits great and he stands in it a lot still fishing. Cabelas has it on sale for 799 right now. Normally 999.
I'm considering the predator pdl but don't want to get a trailer. Is it a pain to load and unload without one?
Can’t go wrong with anything Old Town 10-12 ft long. If you want to spend a little more and plan to stand up while fishing, the Wilderness Systems the Commander 120 is an extremely stable sit in and the Atak 120 is the best boat I have ever fished from (sit on top). If you are near Hendersonville TN you can go to Hook1 and try out their boats before you buy. Just try to call ahead so they can pull one from the warehouse ahead of time if they don’t have it on the showroom floor.
I loaded it in the bed of the truck and used a bed extender. It’s actually not bad since I would back into the water and just push it out. The trailer allows me to keep in loaded and ready to go much faster though. I’m just really protective of scuffing the bottom so I like getting it into the water rather than dragging it on concrete.
It’s on the heavy side but if you’re in reasonable shape and not an old man you should be fine.