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#10960468 - 07/06/15 08:01 PM Bought my first kayak
Catfish_Hunter Online   sick
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/19/04
Posts: 2041
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Decided it was time, and bought a kayak. A bit of research told me it was gonna cost some serious coin to get one like I needed (stable with a high capacity). After looking at several kayaks, and especially when I had an issue with the seat in an Old Town predator xl upon sitting down (I'm around 350, and it knocked my top 3 off the list due to all having the same seat), I drove up to TG canoe in San Marcos to look at one of the kayaks lower on my list (due to price), and wound up leaving with a Jackson Big Rig after a short demo revealed it was everything I had hoped.
Was told it wouldn't tip, and I pretty much believe it. I tried. Put the seat in the high position and started slowly leaning over. Ended up having to support myself with a hand on the side before finally falling overboard. Looked back, and the yak was still upright, as I had been told. Standing will take some practice, I was able to stand, but was a little shakey to comfortably fish unless I kept my hands on the standup bar (just laying my hands on it to help with balance); leaning against the bar didn't help.

Don't plan to take it on the lakes, as I have a boat and can get where I want. Mainly planning to use it on the bay around the back of mustang island and around Aransas Pass (boat is unsuitable for the salt). All I think I need right now will be an anchor trolley, white light, and a riser for the rod holder it comes with. Oh, and a stakeout pole. Oh, and a better paddle, and maybe a...damn, I was afraid of that!
No fish is too good for the grease.

#10960574 - 07/06/15 08:52 PM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
The Black Hammer Offline
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Registered: 04/11/08
Posts: 950
Loc: Grand Prairie
LOL, congrats and welcome to the addiction! Glad you went through all the steps on finding where the limit of your kayak is for yourself. enjoy!!!

#10961004 - 07/07/15 07:33 AM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
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Registered: 03/18/12
Posts: 1042
Loc: Euless Texas
Haha congrats you will like that yak it's a beast to paddle in the wind saving up to get a rudder for mine and then a longer paddle lol . But the room on that thing and being able to stand is awesome ! Welcome to the addiction !

#10962752 - 07/07/15 09:25 PM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
The Ninja Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 2017
Loc: N. Fort Worth
Congrats dude! Welcome to the addiction.

#10965196 - 07/09/15 04:02 AM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 2564
Loc: Copperas Cove, TX
Congrats and welcome to the plastic navy

#10965212 - 07/09/15 05:36 AM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
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Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9937
Sounds like u did it right. Congrats cheers

#10965374 - 07/09/15 07:47 AM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
Astro77 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 940
Loc: Tyler, TX
Grats man, post some pics when you get it slimed thumb
Fight the good fight - 1 Tim. 6:12

#10965971 - 07/09/15 11:47 AM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
hook-line&sinker Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 9437
Loc: Bryan, Texas
At 350lbs you are within 100 lbs of the total weight limit of the Jackson big rig. Most kayaks become less stable the closer they get to max weight capacity. Just something to consider when learning the ins and outs of yak fishing.. welcome to the plastic navy wink
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#10966254 - 07/09/15 01:45 PM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
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Registered: 11/06/14
Posts: 6670
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Good stuff! Those are some good looking boats!
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#10967533 - 07/09/15 10:33 PM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
B_Rod Offline
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 5638
Loc: Fort Worth
Congrats. The Big Rig is a nice boat and you'll like it.

#10973805 - 07/13/15 11:37 AM Re: Bought my first kayak [Re: Catfish_Hunter]
Cudacon Offline
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Registered: 07/01/15
Posts: 4
Sounds like I need to go bigger like you did. Bought a Jackson Cuda 12 and had the seat in the high position the first time I put it on the water. Took me about 2 seconds to end up in the water! Doesn't look like standing up is in my near future.


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