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#11681958 - 06/22/16 10:34 AM Best $600 kayak
Thawk21 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/16
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Looking to get my first fishing kayak. I have around $600 to spend. I am looking at the ascend fs12t and field and stream Eagle talon. Are there others I should consider and what do you recommend? I will mostly being fishing lakes/reservoirs and maybe a river every once and a while.

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#11681978 - 06/22/16 10:40 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
Rhino68W Offline
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Registered: 11/06/14
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Loc: Benbrook, TX
My FS12T treated me right for quite a while. I upgraded to a H12 though.
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#11682015 - 06/22/16 10:52 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
Thawk21 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 10
H12 is the hybrid right? Why did you switch to it?

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#11682087 - 06/22/16 11:17 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
Rhino68W Offline
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Originally Posted By: Thawk21
H12 is the hybrid right? Why did you switch to it?

Because i'm fat. True Story. Wanted something with more stability and weight capacity. I'm 6'2" 300lbs so it was a good switch for me.

The FS12T is a great platform for the price point. If you could save up a bit more I would get the new Vibe Sea Ghost 130 though.
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#11682113 - 06/22/16 11:34 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Rhino68W]
Thawk21 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/16
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Thanks for the info. I will look into the sea ghost. Since I started looking I had my eye on the Viking profish lite. Not sure it would be worth the money though.

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#11682132 - 06/22/16 11:42 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
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The Viking is a bit over $1,000. Don't forget to budget for a good paddle and a comfortable PFD. That's easily another $150-$250+.

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#11682363 - 06/22/16 01:55 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
Hawkpuppy 1 Offline
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Registered: 06/20/02
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Loc: Kerrville, Texas
I also just switched from the FS12T to the Ascend H12. Really digging the H12 for storage, stability and seems to track much better. Think I will have this boat for a while. Really been enjoying it....

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#11682633 - 06/22/16 03:56 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
Jimbo Offline
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Can't beat the Ascend line from BPS in your price range.
You can also buy a decent fishing kayak if you have patience and check out the classifieds.
Saving up another $600 on top of what you have would make shopping for a kayak a lot of fun because your choices are pretty limitless when you take the financial part out of it.
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#11682639 - 06/22/16 03:59 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Hawkpuppy 1]
Rhino68W Offline
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Originally Posted By: Hawkpuppy 1
I also just switched from the FS12T to the Ascend H12. Really digging the H12 for storage, stability and seems to track much better. Think I will have this boat for a while. Really been enjoying it....

I agree with you sir. But I think we can agree it is no beginner kayak. It can be sunk if taken out in the wrong conditions by a rookie.
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#11682701 - 06/22/16 04:28 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
HERROUTDOORS Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 2525
Loc: Richardson, Texas
You can buy really used yaks too.

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#11682777 - 06/22/16 04:51 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
unknown Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/16/14
Posts: 36
The Eagle Talon is on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods. It's a pretty good beginner kayak.

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#11682786 - 06/22/16 04:56 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: unknown]
Humannpower Offline
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Registered: 04/11/13
Posts: 304
Loc: Richland Hills, TX
Originally Posted By: unknown
The Eagle Talon is on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods. It's a pretty good beginner kayak.


I'll be going by Dicks today after work and ordering one because they don't have the Blue Camo in stock.
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#11683715 - 06/23/16 12:45 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 1006
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
The best $600 kayak is a used one.

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#11684188 - 06/23/16 09:58 AM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: HeavyLead]
Thawk21 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 10
Can't seem to find any good used ones outside of an 2014 old town predator 13 for 800

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#11685006 - 06/23/16 04:48 PM Re: Best $600 kayak [Re: Thawk21]
TxFisher96 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Bedford
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