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#11944119 - 11/21/16 02:09 AM noob looking for kayak
mikehunt Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 04/06/16
Posts: 5
Been doing research on buying a kayak to start fishing with. Just want to get some suggestions on purchasing one. I really fish for striper/hybrid and crappie. My budget is 400-500 so hoping to pick one up this black friday sale.
Looking for a SOT(10ft-12ft) kayak with decent weight to load/unload and decent storage. I was eyeing the ascend sf kayak but want to hear any input on others kayaks.

#11944157 - 11/21/16 05:42 AM Re: noob looking for kayak [Re: mikehunt]
bassfinder78155 Offline

Registered: 04/27/14
Posts: 45
Loc: Sherman, Texas
Try academy on black friday they have one on sale i work there part time it is a decent one and almost $100 off if im right. Hope you join the club.

#11945045 - 11/21/16 03:58 PM Re: noob looking for kayak [Re: mikehunt]
christian myrick Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3147
Loc: little elm
You can look on cl or on the classifieds here and prob find a pretty sweet ride for that price.

#11945408 - 11/21/16 07:19 PM Re: noob looking for kayak [Re: mikehunt]
pigpoacher Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/04/16
Posts: 9
academy has OCEAN PROWLER 499.00 reg 699.00
Emotion stealth angler 299.0 reg 499.00

#11945456 - 11/21/16 07:40 PM Re: noob looking for kayak [Re: mikehunt]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
bill maher's protege

Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 41906
Loc: Kansas
Leave money in your budget for a comfy PFD and a good paddle.

#11945905 - 11/22/16 06:35 AM Re: noob looking for kayak [Re: mikehunt]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 26629
Loc: Denton County
Paddle makes a HUGE difference.

A good one will add $150-200 to the budget.

But as a beginner you may not need top of the line. But I will tell you this, they are like that ring in Lord of the Rings...

You touch one and you'll want it like that smigle thing wanted his precious.
Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

#11946162 - 11/22/16 08:57 AM Re: noob looking for kayak [Re: mikehunt]
ben_beyer Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 546
Loc: Bryan, TX
I started with the Carlisle Day Tripper (around $50 I think). It's a decent paddle but nothing like my AT Fishstix.

I'd try to get something moderately priced but you don't need to spend a lot of money on a paddle to get started.

Oh, and I still use the Day Tripper. When I've been down the Brazos River, it's shallow and has a rocky bottom in a lot of places. I use the cheap paddle because I'm pushing off of things and it handles the harsh conditions better than a composite blade. Plus if it breaks, it's cheaper to replace so don't be ashamed of going with a $50 paddle.

Edited by ben_beyer (11/22/16 08:59 AM)


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