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#11409785 - 02/12/16 10:08 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
Alex M Offline
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Registered: 02/03/14
Posts: 39
Loc: Dallas - Fort Worth
Great Thread

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#11435271 - 02/24/16 05:25 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
NjTexan Offline
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Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 130
Loc: Kyle,Texas
This thread is pretty interesting. Thanks to all the folks that contributed.

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#11554309 - 04/20/16 09:36 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
matt79 Offline
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Registered: 04/19/16
Posts: 1
What is a good kayak that would be suitable for lakes and calm rivers, but also would be able to take beyond the breakers?

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#11607716 - 05/17/16 09:00 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: matt79]
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What's your budget?

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#11629452 - 05/26/16 10:05 PM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
M.york Offline
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Registered: 07/18/14
Posts: 24
cool

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#11633627 - 05/29/16 12:11 PM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
KiPoulsen Offline
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Registered: 11/21/15
Posts: 2
Things To Ask Yourself Before Looking At Kayaks
1) Where are you going to be fishing?
2) What's your experience level?
3) What species are you going to be fishing for and how are you going to fish?
4) How much gear or how many rods will you be bringing on the water?
5) Are you going to trailer the boat, put it in a truck bed or car top it?
6) How do you want to propel the boat, paddle, pedal, motor or sail?
7) How much do you want to spend?

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#11674840 - 06/18/16 10:26 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
M.york Offline
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Registered: 07/18/14
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smile

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#11979913 - 12/12/16 11:09 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
Patrickmo Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 35
Loc: Around the world
I think the first thing should be figuring out where you want to use it and what type of conditions: fast moving river, out in sea; is it rocky, weedy?

Then, start with kayak type. Usually and most likely on-top for fishing purposes.

Then go get some basic recommendations for width and length of kayak based on where you want to use it and in what conditions.

Also do not forget to factor in weight and overall size when transporting kayak. People somehow often times miss the transportation aspect...

There are also finer aspects like materials: fiberglass is usual way to go, but if cheap then plastic ( https://outdoorempire.com/7-best-angling-kayaks-reviewed/ )

Then, basically go to any kayak shop online narrow selection down with your chosen features. See models and start Googling them and searching for reviews & opinions based on what you can afford.

Following these steps should get you a nice kayak!

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#12219160 - 04/27/17 08:32 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
Bucketlist Offline
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Registered: 04/21/17
Posts: 6
Loc: Lubbock, Tx
Ok...your going to laugh. Especially you pros and kayak salesmen. I spent most of my years owning a fish and ski or jet boat of some kind so I have been around water and fished in lots of different conditions. We are now in the Motorhome era of our lives, retired and traveling around the country. Every chance we get we stay at a lake for a few days and do some fishing. I purchased an inflatable kayak, a Challanger 2 seater. I can give the wife a ride or have added space and capacity when she wants to stay warm and dry. The Kayak will roll up in a bag and store in the basement when not in use. So far it has been wet a few times, done a fair job of getting us off of the bank and around the beds. I'll agree that a solid boat with SOT would be better but I don't want to pull a trailer. This is most likely the first step before a better boat but for now it works.

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#12224823 - 05/01/17 02:23 AM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
Megan Ann Offline
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Registered: 04/27/17
Posts: 3
This is the information I was looking for. Thanks so much!

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#12259036 - 05/23/17 12:03 PM Re: How to Choose the BEST Fishing Kayak [Re: Fish ZoMbiE]
kayacker Offline
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Registered: 05/22/17
Posts: 5
Loc: Pasadena, Texas
I did look around for three months before I made my decision. The length, width, and of course the price was a big factor with me, since I wanted a single person Yak. My first and only Kayak is an Ocean, 13-9, 28" wide, with a built in MinnKota saltwater trolling motor, I bought two years ago. I've only fished West Bay and East Bay in it, and I love it. I'm 5-10, 200 lbs, and I've been in it for 5-6 hours straight fishing, and have stayed comfortable. I've made it more user friendly to where I don't have to reach back for anything. I've caught some nice Reds that pulled me around a little, and some huge Sheepheads that pulled me around a lot. My buddies laughed at me when I told them I bought one with a troll motor. That is until one day when the wind kicked up out of the south, while we were heading back and I pulled them back with my yak. They don't laugh about it anymore. As long as someone goes with me, I don't have a problem loading or unloading it on or off my trailer. The main weight problem is the battery. I carry it separately, but since I only move it twice, it's not that big of a deal. I like the fact I can get into some real shallow areas, especially when I can see fins popping up out of the water. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



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