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#12005922 - 12/27/16 11:41 AM Bass Pro Kayaks
Tangl3r Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/07/15
Posts: 6
I went kayak fishing in the Brazos on a couple of rentals with a friend of mine a few months back and had a BLAST and now I want to own a kayak of my own. Before I make the investment, I have a few questions for the experienced kayakers.

1) I live right near the Campion Trail Park in valley ranch - has anyone kayaked/fished here before? Are there any other good spots in the Irving area that are good for kayaking?

2) I have about $200 saved in Bass Pro gift cards so I was thinking of picking up a kayak from them. But they only carry the Ascend Brand - does anyone have any opinions on this brand? I'm just looking for a good beginner kayak and don't want to break the bank.

Thanks for the replies!

#12005939 - 12/27/16 11:50 AM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
Searsay Online   content

Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 277
Loc: Lewisville TX
they are decent entry level - but heavy compared to some of the nicer brands. My brother-in-law owns one that he stores at my house.

You'll find that the weight does impact what/when you go out since it will be a bit harder to move around - that said from all usage so far... they are tanks in all senses of the word (they might be heavy... but they can take some abuse). All said good entry level stuff smile

#12006194 - 12/27/16 02:48 PM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
Brad R Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1866
Loc: Texas
These are good responses.

They are just fine for entry level but, if you become serious about the sport, you'll want and need to upgrade to something likely in the $1,000 and up price level.

These entry level kayaks are usually low on stability, not really set up for adding on the equipment you will want to seriously fish.

It's a great way to start without getting thousands and thousands of dollars into a sport, then losing interest and finding the kayak a year later in the corner of the garage with cobwebs all over it.

I'd also recommend purchasing a used "good" kayak over a new cheap model. There are some super bargains out there from time to time where you need to have the cash ready to go as they get snapped up fast.


#12006207 - 12/27/16 03:02 PM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
Banker Fisherman Offline

Registered: 10/11/16
Posts: 324
Loc: Sherman, TX
I would agree on the used yak option. There are plenty of guys who will get swept up in the sport and then either lose interest or just not be able to do it anymore. They will then let the yak sit and then sell or sell after they have lost interest or sell one after they have upgraded. You can usually pick up the good deals in the winter time since not very many guys do winter fishing and will have the time to sell the yak. I know you said you have gift cards, but you could wait till your tax return comes in.

This listing is just an example of whats out there...could still bargain down on the price...but just some ideas. Wish you the best of luck in your yak adventures!

#12006304 - 12/27/16 04:32 PM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
AdanV Offline
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Registered: 04/03/10
Posts: 2933
Loc: Katy, TX
I've been kayak fishing for +5 years now.
Ascend is good.

My first kayak was a used Castaway 116.
I have the Ascend FS128T now for about 3 years now.

Yes, it handles more like a boat, but it's very stable and comfortable.
It's slow compared to others, however I ask myself: Do I spend more time paddling or actually fishing?

For sure, I would get something like a Jackson Kraken, Cuda, etc. if I had the money to burn.
But my FS128T gets me where I need to go and does the job fine.
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#12006481 - 12/27/16 07:07 PM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
yakangler Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/18/16
Posts: 8
Bass Pro is running a sale for the FS128T for 650, I got one today runs till January 1st

#12009401 - 12/29/16 01:39 PM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
Mkirby Offline

Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 41
I have the 2016 FS12T and love it. I started with the Pelican Castaway and upgraded to the FS12T. As far as stable goes I am 225 and I stand and fish in mine all the time with no issues and no fear of getting wet. The Kayak is Stable. The seat is super comfortable and I have fished in mine for 9 hours with no issues. The 2016 FS12T is and has been super easy to upgrade and add mods. I have raised seat, anchor trolley, a 5 rod holder set up, lights, FF and more added on mine with no issues(and majority are DIY). now the only complaint I would have is it is slower than others but I am there to fish not go fast. I love mine and actually looking to buy a 2017 for my wife.

"The only thing we have to fear, IS THE WIND!"

#12009516 - 12/29/16 02:58 PM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
JJ4MEL Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 1188
Loc: Celina/Prosper, TX
Go for it!! Nothing wrong with the Ascend kayaks, especially the FS12T. You can also get you a good deal on craigslist by offering up your gift cards with cash. I have done it twice to buy kayaks.

#12019294 - 01/04/17 06:34 AM Re: Bass Pro Kayaks [Re: Tangl3r]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
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I dont think you are allowed to kayak or really even fish that area of Irving but I could be wrong.

That said I have heard good things about the Bass Pro Yaks. They are entry level but you are a beginner so its perfect! Good luck and welcome to the most fun hobby a guy could have!
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