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#11490862 - 03/21/16 10:19 AM Best option for under $1000?
Jason E White Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 22
Loc: Red Oak, TX
I'm having a hard time deciding between 3 yaks for my first ride. I've been looking at the Pescador Pro 120, Shadow Caster, and the Sea Ghost 130. I want the ability to add a fish finder later and it must have a raised seat. Other than that, I would sacrifice stability for speed as I only weigh 165#. Your input is much appreciated.
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#11490908 - 03/21/16 10:43 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
The Black Hammer Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/11/08
Posts: 935
Loc: Grand Prairie
Jason you have picked out 3 great kayaks to choose from. I have the pescadore pro 100 if you want to try it out at the next working mans. At 55lbs it's probably one of the best light kayaks for the price in my opinion. The shadow caster is a good buy, and I think it's the heaviest out of the bunch. Remember it has no pod or wheel like the Feel Free's. If you are car topping, this would be the last on the list. The new Sea Ghost 130 is a heck of a buy. Comes packed with everything you will need. Only downside is it is basically sold out for the next few months.

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#11490939 - 03/21/16 11:07 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
Jason E White Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 22
Loc: Red Oak, TX
Do you get hooks stuck in the front bungee on your pescador pro?
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#11491027 - 03/21/16 11:53 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
HeavyLead Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 1006
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
If you'll consider used, you can choose just about any non-pedal yak for less than $1000, which will almost always come with lots of extras.

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#11491260 - 03/21/16 01:16 PM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
The Black Hammer Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/11/08
Posts: 935
Loc: Grand Prairie
no, only because I know it will always get stuck at the most inconvenient time. So I always use a crate and hold my rods in there.

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#11493048 - 03/22/16 09:35 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
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Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9907
At your weight u definately have a lot of options.

U could also... Spend your $ on a comfy vest & a nice paddle (Important)
Post your remaining $ on here.
Something like: "I have $650-$800 cash for your nice used angler kayak.
Let me know what youve got. U keep your vest/paddle I have my own"
Caution: used yaks r as is so test paddle before u buy. Look the bottom over well and make sure Its not cracked/leaking.
Take a friend who knows what to look for. If it feels wrong trust your gut. I recommend a 240 paddle.

Or, call Mariner Sails of Dallas. They have good deals all the time and the best staff. If they dont know. They will find out for u!
Ask them about their demos too and set up a test drive ;-) tell em zombie sent Cha. You may want to layaway a nice new yak with em. Mariners yaks come with warranties. Best of luck to ya cheers
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#11501456 - 03/25/16 06:59 PM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
christian myrick Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3103
Loc: little elm
I am happy to meet you for a santa cruz raptor demo. They are new right in that price range and used they are less. Stable and faster than most other stable kayaks. New they are $1050.
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#11502054 - 03/25/16 11:30 PM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: christian myrick]
Jason E White Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 22
Loc: Red Oak, TX
Doesn't look like the Raptor has a transducer scupper or high seat, so I'm out on it.
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#11502272 - 03/26/16 08:05 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
fishful thinking Offline
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Registered: 01/28/14
Posts: 31
I am kind of in the same boat you are Jason, pun intended. I've been looking at sea ghost and pescador for a while and decided I'd wait it out for a sea ghost. I'm on a waiting list and mid May is the earliest id be able to get one at best. Not sure how you feel about the heritage brand from academy, but they have a new heritage osprey 12'9" that has a raised seat that swivels 360 degrees and I think it comes transducer ready. It's looks pretty stable at 36" wide, but weighs a ton, around 90 lbs. also comes with grear tracks around the kayak. ~$750. Good luck with your first ride.

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#11508527 - 03/29/16 11:08 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
Jason Delfraisse Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/14/14
Posts: 365
Loc: FORT WORTH
The Feelfree lure is an awesome yak. I think the 11.5' is $1100. It has probably the best seat out there as far as height and feel, IMO. Also it's super stable has a removable pod for your FF and a wheel in the keel. They make a slew of accessories for them and have superb customer service. I wouldn't count them out on any account. Check them out at mariner sails, the thought put into the design is incredible. Mariner will have them and the pescador available for demo. At the demo days on April 30th as well as by appointment.

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#11508564 - 03/29/16 11:26 AM Re: Best option for under $1000? [Re: Jason E White]
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TFF Celebrity

Registered: 11/06/14
Posts: 6526
Loc: Benbrook, TX
I knwo someone who might be selling a Feelfree lure 11.5 very soon. PM me if you're interested.
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