Fishing Kayak

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  1. Back Off

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    I am thinking of getting a fishing kayak. I was originally hoping to stay under $1000.00 but That dang Feefree Lure looks tempting at a bit more. I wish they just came with the rudder system. I was also looking at the Mokens as well as offering from several other companies. I will also be using it for duck hunting most likely. I am a pretty big guy so nothing too small. I will be using it on small ponds all the way up to salmon fishing on the great lakes. Standing up would be a plus for some casting but also hunting in cattails which is why that Feelfree lure seems so tempting. The thing is at that price there are a lot of really good Kayaks out there.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I've been using fishing kayaks for 10+ years now. Formally I lived in the UK and going on the salt was a big deal so I ran a sit on top (Ocean Kayak Big Game Prowler - I'm a bigger dude) and loved that. BUt I emigrated and sold it, regretted it cos it would have fit in the sea-can!
    Then I got Jackson Cuda when I got over here, bought without trying it and whilst it was all tricked out, very well thought out it did not work for me, I did not like it and as I flyfish almost exclusively it was a unsuitable for that and I found it very unstable and was glad to sell it.
    Now I run a hybrid - Wilderness Systems Commander 140, and I love that. Living in the interior of BC, I have no saltwater accessible and the Commander is perfect for my needs, great as a fishing platform and paddles well. I plan on some extended trips with it too.

    You are right, lots of choice out there now which I would have loved when I started out and I wish I had better access to here in the Interior. You mentioned some good boats, but if I could give you one piece of advise that I learned the hard way - try some out at a paddle day or something.
    You say you're a big guy, I am too and that IS an issue with the payload of some boats which mean less choice and bigger barges

    Also don't discount some of the sit inside/hybrids too like the Commander or the Pungo (wife has one, its wicked!) or something like the Jackson Kilroy, I think Old Town do one as well.

    good luck, its a grand way of getting on the water
     
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    Remember you need to be no more than 60-65% of the max weight capacity listed if you don't want any water in your kayak. Of course I recommend you look at the Old Town Predators since I helped design them but....
     
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    But? You can PM me if you would like. I am all new to this deal.
     
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    The Pelican Catch 120 is a kayak that looks like a good choice for fishing and hunting. Price is reasonable and the user reviews are very favorable. I am saving up for one myself.
     
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    If I had a set budget below 1k I would look for a higher end used kayak. Many Prostaffers sale last year's boats for a good deal.....no I don't have any for sale this year. What is your weight and what water will you fish most? I can then suggest some to look at.
     
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    Weight is 300 and dropping steadily. I will be using it for small ponds duck hunting to the Great Lakes I hope. Probably some rivers as well. Kind of one for everything. I want to use it to exercise with as well. My son is going off to college soon so I would rather use a kayak than drag out the 18 foot I/O when fishing by myself. On big water or rivers I would be using the buddy system for sure but some of the local smaller lakes I will go at it alone. Might use it for camping as well. Camo will be a must for waterfowling. Right now I am favoring the Feelfree Lure 13.5 as I really have not found anything under 1000 that I really like but there are a lot of options out there. My budget is not set below $1000 but it would be nice. I could go maybe $1500 max but would need to wait a year to rig it up right.
     
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    Right now really looking at that Ocean Kayak Big Game Prowler II. Any thoughts on this Kayak?
     
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    Update - just ordered the brown camo OK BG Prowler II. 2-7 days is what it said for delivery. I will post up again when its delivered!
     
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    Congrats man, hopefully it's a great boat for you. Looking forward to seeing lots of fish and duck photos from her!
     
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    It's a seaworthy hull for sure! I almost bought an OK prowler 15 but like the tarpons better. I don't paddle anymore, I own a hobie, you might look at a used outback?
     
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    Congrats Back Off! Looks like a heck of a kayak to get you on to the water. If yea got some time during the week after it comes in give a holler if yea need a paddling partner, I've a old town pack canoe that I paddle around in when I want to go solo....a test run on Crooked Lake, Rice Chain of Lakes, or down the Rum would be fun!
     
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    That would be fun. I slight....slight change as I found out the Kayak I ordered was now back ordered but I found the same one on ebay from a different place in stock for $14 more after shipping but it came with a lot of accessories lie a paddle, straps, rod holders, and that anchor deal and it will get here prior to my week of PTO. I will give you a shout when I can. The Rum looks like a great place to paddle.
     
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    Well, it here! I will get the license for it tonight and hopefully give it a go tomorrow night if not this weekend for sure.

    Kayak.jpg Kayak 2.jpg
     
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    Nice yak! A buddy of mine just bought the same boat. He has talked highly of it. Said the seat is ultra comfortable.
     
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    What kind of license do you need to paddle a kayak?
    Kevin
     
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    He's in MN, they nail everyone with a yak, canoe, sail boards, even those paddle boards for $10.50 licensing tax. The Governor has to eat too.:16:
     
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    Next they will want to license you to walk with waders on Lol.
    Kevin
     
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    Lame
     
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    Yeah, even worse we went to the DMV and waited for an hour than they said most of us might as well go home as they will be closing in 30 minutes and clearly cant get to everyone. A few minutes later someone from the back room came out and said the same thing. Than another came out and then went right back in there. Not sure what those two were doing but typical govt run business. Require you to use them but dont staff for you and make you just keep waiting and coming back. Trying again today.....Ughh. Its like $28.50 too with all the charges and they need proof I paid taxes on the original purchase or they charge me tax so its not cheap!
     
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    Hopefully today goes smoothly and you get on the water soon
     
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    What a ripoff. Just think of all the good that will come from your tax dollars though,

    :)
     
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    Omg just for I sticker on your kayak ! I would have been raisen Hell standing in line for a kayak and they told me to come back . I would have said put the closed sign up and finish who's in line!!!!
    Kevin
     
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    Congrats Back Off! If you enjoy kayaking half as much as I do, you will have a blast! License for a Kayak? Pure communist! I always said if kayaking got popular, the states would find a way to tax it! So far, my state hasn't thought of it...yet.
     
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    I did some more upgrades to it on Saturday. Installed the anchor trolley, got a new fish finder for it and finally Sunday got around to taking it to a local lake on a test ride. I let my son go first and then I sent him off to the store for some water and snacks (I busted my water bottle at the access) and took off myself. It was wonderful and way more comfortable than a canoe. Very stable even for a big guy like me. Easy to paddle, I ended up keeping the seat in the high position and was dangling my feel in the water while paddling as it was very hot out and it felt great. Next trip will be with fishing gear. Th pic is of my son Josh taking off from the access.

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    Glad you like the yak.
     
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    That thing looks sweet.
     
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    Got a good week of fishing out of it. Moved the fish finder over and have some new stickers coming. So far I love it! Josh kayak.jpg kayak bass.jpg kayak northern.jpg kayak sunset.jpg
     
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    Moon set at sun rise. kayak moonset.jpg
     
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    Very cool. Yak fishing is a blast. One thing it does is make you very thoughtful about your tackle selection and arrangement. Looks like you're well on your way to getting that dialed in.
     
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    In MN non-motorized watercraft 10ft or less do not require registration.
     
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    Congratulations. If it gets to be a hassle carrying it in the truck, Harbor Freight has a "bed extender" for $60. It gives support for the part that sticks out of the bed. I use one for my kayaks and it works well.
     
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    I have the wheels for it so it moves around really easy. Its 12 foot 9 inches so it needs a license which I have. I have a 6 foot box and with tailgate down it doesnt stick out too bad. I have it strapped in and it works well. The pic makes it seem worse than it really is. Black spinner bait has been my "goto" with a regal shad clackin rap my next favorite. I plan on fishing tonight with the addition of a whacky worm set up as well. I also see no issues shotgunning out of this for ducks this fall. It is a very stable boat and very comfortable. Much more so than the layout blinds I use for field hunting. The anchor trolley system really works slick too. I still want to figure out the paddling with live bait for walleyes. Thats the next thing to figure out.
     
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    I highly recommend one with a rudder
    On longer paddles helps it track straight and when fishing helps maintain direction without paddling
     
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    I just joined the group yesterday. However, I bought my first Kayak this past summer. I bought a cheap one and outrigged it the way I want it. I have taken mine out on a local lake to get a feel of it and I have ran it out on the Susquehanna River and the Elk River. Found out I do like the work out and enjoy the fishing out on the thing. However, I found out that my Butt was always getting wet so I had to install a new seat. I added one late in the season that I picked up at Walmart and added 3" in height. Works great. I even added a swivel so I get a little more movement to reach behind me now that I could not do before. I spent 250 on my Kayak and I have added another 100 into it. Will add a motor because I did learn that you can paddle your butt off against the current and sometimes you may find yourself that you may need a little more horse power to go back up river. Haha. That will be my next add to this guy but I enjoy it. IMG_20170904_112749003.jpg IMG_20171015_122847441.jpg IMG_20171015_122816455.jpg
     
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    If anyone is interested:

    I have an Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro (14foot-sit-a-top) that is in very nice shape for its age. Because of a back injury I will never be able to paddle it again. It is well equipped with rod holders etc. I’ll let it go for short money, so if anyone is interested in it PM me. It will have to be a local pick up as I do not have racks anymore, and I have no interest in shipping it.

    This was my spear fishing boat, and I’ve fished off it from Mane to Montauk including the US Nationals off Newport RI in the early 90’s and she never let me down. After I stopped spear fishing I added a Scotty’s rod holder on the foredeck and a rocket launcher rod holder on the aft deck so it’s ready for fresh or salt water rod and reel fishing, but could also be converted back into a spear fishing craft very easily. It also has a nice deck mounted compass. I have added a soft seat with back rest and thigh straps, as well as an anchor system and paddle holder. I believe Scupper Pro’s offered a rudder, but I never needed or wanted one; I assume an internet search would turn one up or maybe their current model will still fit. It’s a nice boat, albeit bright yellow in color :D
     
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    If you weren't so far away, I would get this. I sold one a long time ago and wish I had it back as a collector item.
     
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    too far from me, but a good kayak for those interested,
    Ocean kayak makes good kayaks, still have my first kayak an OK frenzy and its 20 years old and in great shape,
    and 12' size is just about right, i have a 10' kayak and a 14' kayak, like them both but do wish i had a 12' instead of the 14'
     
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