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#11385334 - 02/01/16 10:02 PM Good first kayak?
DancesWithSquirrels Offline
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Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 74
Loc: Carrollton, Texas
Hello, I am thinking of expanding my fishing capabilities by buying a kayak. I've always fished from the shore, so this will be a new aspect. Does anyone know of any good ideas in buying a first kayak for fishing? Qualities like length? Price?

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#11385352 - 02/01/16 10:12 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
Magged Out Offline
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Test paddle a couple before you buy.

Good time of the year for some deals. Trying to move all the 2015 models.

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#11385475 - 02/02/16 12:30 AM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
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Loc: Grapevine
Post this in the Kayak fishing section, you'll get a few opinions.
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#11385754 - 02/02/16 08:25 AM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: pelican]
Jamoke Offline
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Registered: 09/05/07
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Loc: Belton, TX
I couldn't agree more on test 1rst. You absolutely will know when you get in the Kayak if it is right for you. When I bought mine there was a day where I was able to try out 50 kayaks in Austin. Many venders were there with many choices. Once I knew which one I liked, I bought it used. Couldn't be happier!! GL.

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#11386887 - 02/02/16 02:31 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 05/13/13
Posts: 84
Originally Posted By: DancesWithSquirrels
Hello, I am thinking of expanding my fishing capabilities by buying a kayak. I've always fished from the shore, so this will be a new aspect. Does anyone know of any good ideas in buying a first kayak for fishing? Qualities like length? Price?


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#11386897 - 02/02/16 02:34 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: Magged Out]
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Originally Posted By: Magged Out
Test paddle a couple before you buy.

Good time of the year for some deals. Trying to move all the 2015 models.


^^ this is great advice
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#11386933 - 02/02/16 02:47 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
Searsay Offline
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Loc: Lewisville TX
Try and go beyond just a paddle test - see if you can find some people who you can go out with and fish for a few hours (we have a number of friendly people on the forums as well as a few people who do guiding)

I've had a few friends who went fishing... decided they loved it and ended up budgeting more than they were expecting to - so they could get the nicer kayak. I've also had a few friends who LOVE kayaking... but hate kayak fishing (after they tried it) and ended up going for something else fishing wise.

You do get what you pay for - a cheaper kayak is usually less durable and fewer options (but sometimes that is what you want - simple)

Good luck!


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#11387131 - 02/02/16 03:50 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
HERROUTDOORS Offline
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 2505
Loc: Richardson, Texas
Kayak owners are opinionated and you will get a thousand reasons why they bought theirs. Try before you buy.

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#11387354 - 02/02/16 05:29 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: Magged Out]
yakintime Offline
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Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 762
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Magged Out
Test paddle a couple before you buy.

Good time of the year for some deals. Trying to move all the 2015 models.


I'm also in agreement with this. You'll get a lot of opinions but yours will be the most valuable to you. There are lots of factors that go into a good decision and some of them have to do with your experience, size and usage. I see you are in Carrollton, we are near I35 and Royal Lane at I35 and Merrill Rd, see our website for directions, and we offer demos here in Dallas. I'd like to invite you to visit our store and look over our large selection of fishing kayaks to determine if you are interested in giving any a try. We can set up a demo and then you'll have some hands on experience!

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#11387801 - 02/02/16 08:18 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
darjeeling Offline
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Registered: 04/17/14
Posts: 29
Loc: North TX
I would start by thinking if I wanted to pedal vs paddle. And along those line how heavy of a yak do you want to mess with. Heavy kayaks make it more work to get on the water but will make up for it with options and stability. Imo. juggle oh yeah and do some testing as well.


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#11387877 - 02/02/16 08:50 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
The Black Hammer Offline
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Registered: 04/11/08
Posts: 857
Loc: Grand Prairie
Yes, demo, demo, demo. Mariner Sails is a great place to start, plus you will have a huge selection of kayaks to look at hands on. Also know your budget because you will most likely need at the very least a PFD and a Paddle. If you find one you really like feel free to post on here to see if anyone has that kayak as a spare that you can tag along with and fish out of one day. You'll be surprised, this is a bunch of really nice folks who just wants everyone to be able to get out and have fun, catch some fish, and be safe.
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#11388721 - 02/03/16 10:29 AM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
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Registered: 04/08/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Agree with demo, but I don't think you really know what you want out of a kayak without six months or so on the water experience.

For your first kayak; I'd get a cheap, relatively light kayak that is safe for your weight + gear capacity. Experiment with it, do a bunch of DIY mods, take it to multiple different lakes with different fishing conditions.
You will make mistakes with your first kayak; might even not like kayak fishing after a few months; you will find out where and how you like to fish from a kayak. Might as well make these mistakes with a cheap kayak.

Then, after six months or a year; consider buying a more expensive kayak based on your experience. You might end up keeping your lighter, cheap kayak for rivers/shallow water/difficult access/ heavy vegetation waters and using your more expensive kayak for bigger waters.
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#11388794 - 02/03/16 10:58 AM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: collincountytx]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 891
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Originally Posted By: collincountytx
Agree with demo, but I don't think you really know what you want out of a kayak without six months or so on the water experience.

For your first kayak; I'd get a cheap, relatively light kayak that is safe for your weight + gear capacity. Experiment with it, do a bunch of DIY mods, take it to multiple different lakes with different fishing conditions.
You will make mistakes with your first kayak; might even not like kayak fishing after a few months; you will find out where and how you like to fish from a kayak. Might as well make these mistakes with a cheap kayak.

Then, after six months or a year; consider buying a more expensive kayak based on your experience. You might end up keeping your lighter, cheap kayak for rivers/shallow water/difficult access/ heavy vegetation waters and using your more expensive kayak for bigger waters.


I agree with this. Definitely make an educated decision about what kind of fishing you'll be doing and what kind of kayak will work best for that. Go cheap, and more specifically, go used. You'll get way more yak for your money if you buy used. Then after you spend a good amount of time on the water, you'll actually know what you want.

A lot of people don't know how they'll actually end up using the kayak. It's hard to imagine if you've spent your whole life stuck on the bank. Someone might be blown away with the stability of a particular yak at a demo, but end up really disappointed with the lack of speed if they end up chasing whites and hybrids on open water.

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#11388884 - 02/03/16 11:34 AM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
Bayou_Fennec Offline
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Registered: 02/19/14
Posts: 38
Loc: Austin
i bought an old Tarpon 100 off of craigslist for my first kayak. didn't want to spend too much until i knew i was hooked (i am). added rod holders, light, anchor trolley. learned a bunch about setting up the kayak. now that i know i'm in i'll look for a new kayak probably one of the Diablo yaks. i'll keep the Tarpon as a 'buddy yak'.

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#11389022 - 02/03/16 12:15 PM Re: Good first kayak? [Re: DancesWithSquirrels]
Matty Offline
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Registered: 06/17/06
Posts: 164
Loc: Plano
1) Research, research, research
2) Demo and borrow and demo and borrower
3) Purchase your perfect kayak
4) Upgrade after a while when you find out what you REALLY want

Lots of good info here:
http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ing#Post5913465
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