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#9299021 - 09/08/13 10:29 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: BassMaster Payne]
spiny norman Offline
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Registered: 07/13/06
Posts: 2303
Loc: Shady Shores
Originally Posted By: BassMaster Payne
Why does it seem that everyone looks down on sit inside kayaks? I fish just fine with mine and catch just as many fish and maneuver just as well as anyone else does with a sit on top.



There is no perfect kayak. There are kayaks better suited to the paddler, There are kayaks better suited to conditions and there are kayaks better suited to the task at hand. There is not and there never will be a kayak that will work for everyone and every situation. A SINK can be just as efficient a fishing maching as a SOT. All depends on how you use it.

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#9306326 - 09/11/13 01:45 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Jeaux Offline
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Registered: 09/23/12
Posts: 70
Loc: Montgomery TX
Finally

SN at least use the proper acronym SIS.
I have never sinked either.
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#9334513 - 09/20/13 10:29 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
lconn4 Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 7411
Loc: Cherokee County
Be very careful loading and unloading your kayak on top of vehicle on windy days. Its best to park vehicle directly up or downwind. When wind blows near perpendicular your kayak is more likely to be blown off vehicle before you get it strapped down as there is more surface area to be blown. I've had mine blown off of cradles and out of J racks. You're also more likely to be screwed into the ground as your kayak helicopters as you lift it overhead. When this happens its best to just toss it on the ground, jump back, and start over. rolfmao

If you insist on lifting with wind perpendicular, at least load it from the side where kayak blows off the other side of vehicle and not back on to you. Learned the hard way.



Edited by lconn4 (09/20/13 10:32 PM)
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#9363842 - 10/01/13 09:15 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Hoghunter36 Offline
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Registered: 01/17/13
Posts: 537
Loc: Burleson ,TX
Any one who plans on fishing marshes or bays with reeds or high grass needs to always use a flag. Especially during duck season!

There is nothing more scary than hearing a airboat headed your way and praying it doesn't hit you . A flag can save your life!

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#9397558 - 10/14/13 03:04 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Hoghunter36]
lconn4 Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
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Loc: Cherokee County
For anyone just starting out, learn how to get in and out of your kayak under differnt conditions. Knowing where to put your hands to offset weight transfer, using your paddle to know depth and hardness of bottom where you plan to get out or get in, being extra careful not to slip when using boat ramps. Not taking out fishing equipment or minimizing what you take at first is also advised. Learn to sit side saddle so that you can access stuff that you can't reach from the normal sitting position. Crawl around cockpit to see if you can access front hatch. Knowing what you can do and being confident you can do it goes a long way towards a more enjoyable kayak fishing experience and might save you a dump or two early on.

Lots of good you tube videos under how to launch a kayak.
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#9416392 - 10/20/13 10:18 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
District Paddle Offline
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Registered: 03/16/11
Posts: 1635
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Really good article here explaining some of the more scientific kayak terminology: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2013/10/kayak-hull-designs.html

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#9560858 - 12/12/13 08:14 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
BKT Offline
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Registered: 09/27/13
Posts: 1282
Loc: Apple Springs
How fast is a "fast" yak? I'm talking something you'd fish out of with same person and same paddle. Yaks in the same class to an really could be compared. I read comparos or reviews and it seems its always mentioned one is faster than the other but they never say how much faster.

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#9670432 - 01/22/14 02:26 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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Another great self rescue/re-entry video.

CLICK HERE

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#9744958 - 02/17/14 01:08 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Fisherman13 Offline
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Registered: 07/13/13
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Loc: Lake Lavon
Thinking of getting a kayak soon. I'm curious as to which type of kayak tips the easiest a sit on or sit in? Not worried about getting wet just don't want to go for a swim when I go out. Sit in seems to have lower center of gravity but I would rather hear from people who know. I'm sure it depends on the kayak's design as each company's kayak is a little different. But just in general which is most stable?

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#9745929 - 02/17/14 12:21 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Fisherman13]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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The truth is there are very stable sit in and sit on top kayaks. You will see throughout this forum that we recommend that you test paddle a number of kayaks before you buy one. That would be my suggestion once again. Pick a few kayaks that you think might be of interest and setup a demo with a local dealer where you can try them out before you invest in one.

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#9799961 - 03/06/14 09:23 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: BKT]
Shaun Russell Offline
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Registered: 03/15/08
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Originally Posted By: BKT
How fast is a "fast" yak? I'm talking something you'd fish out of with same person and same paddle. Yaks in the same class to an really could be compared. I read comparos or reviews and it seems its always mentioned one is faster than the other but they never say how much faster.

You know, a fast stock kayak your looking at 5-6 at a short sprint. Some people go for a fast "not as stable kayak" Ie..Adventure,Tarpon, But some go for a slower kayak that's more stable. If you have ever paddled a wide kayak you will understand and "feel" of the difference in speed. It's the effort to move the kayak that can be exhausting at the end of the day. Can you go 7miles a day in any kayak...Maybe....Are there better kayak suited then others for longer a distance/speed...Absolutely...!!!
For example, go get a Native Frontier and take it out on a paddle with a group of people in Ride 135's. There is nothing wrong with the Frontier if your looking for stability. But speed might also be relevant with who your fishing with.
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#9869770 - 03/31/14 01:18 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
butch sanders Offline
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Loc: Arlington, Texas
I think I stay a lot drier in mi SIK
that is why I chose sit in, to duck hunt from
carry a large sponge & use that for bailing

I am going to purchase a SOT for fishing this summer, so I can get wet

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#9870087 - 03/31/14 03:03 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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I read through all of this and didn't find anything about maintenance. What's the best way to store one, and what's the most practical way to store one (dragging a 13 foot kayak into the house and giving it it's own bedroom isn't going to happen). Anything else need to be done to it regularly to keep it in tiptop shape?
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#9870161 - 03/31/14 03:26 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Neumie Offline
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Registered: 07/25/06
Posts: 3113
Loc: Hutto, Hallettsville, Rockport
Store inside away from sunlight; UV rays are bad for plastic.

I have three kayaks and all three are kept differently. My Search 15 is rarely used up here, so I keep it tilted up on its side against the wall in my garage. One kayak is kept right-side up on my trailer due to its hull design, the other is also kept on my trailer but is upside down (the deck is on the cross bars) because it is the best way for that hull for storage and travel.

If you are using straps to hang along the wall or to pull up to the ceiling do not suspend by the handles. Align the straps so that each strap is 1/3 of the way from the ends. (Basically you'll have the front third, then a strap, middle third, next strap, and then last third). When suspending from the ceiling it's usually best to flip the kayak upside down so that when you're looking up to the kayak you'll see the deck. The deck of the kayak is stiffer than the hull and it won't flex as much. Depending on the kayak though you may have to leave it ride -side up. DO NOT HANG FROM THE BOW AND STERN HANDLES! It will cause the kayak to banana or oil can in the Texas heat.

After fishing it's best to rinse off the kayak to remove mud and whatnot that could stain the plactic. After every few trips you can wipe it down with 303 Protectant (a UV Blocker). Also, when storing make sure to open all the hatches to allow the inside to air out, even though the kayak doesn't leak it may get some condensation so it's good to open the hatches.

I tend to replace the bungees when they show signs of wear too.


Edited by Neumie (03/31/14 03:27 PM)
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#9894606 - 04/09/14 01:00 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Kayak Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Kayak Fishing FAQ [Re: Jerry Hamon]
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Registered: 03/25/09
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ive taken them to the Manual car wash.
the spray gun makes quick work of all mud, slime, sand and fish scales.
a little 303 like josh says will keep it protected between washes.
mine will see the carwash at least 1 x per yr. lake water and a hand rub most times.
the more scales and slime the better wink

name brand yaks r pretty tuff.
still some brands r tuffer than others IMO.
just dont strap em down too tight or theyll warp or crack.
most manufatures will suggest u store them on their sides or stand them up.
my xfactor lays flat on the floor. usually transport upside down.
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