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Suggestions for my situation... #12623917
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I am interested in getting a kayak that would work for fishing small bodies of water but also light enough that I could haul it and stow it all by myself. Many of the places I'd like to use this to fish would NOT have a boat ramp.

Thanks for any help.

Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12623979
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Most all kayaks you can get a cart. Then learn the load tecnique and that lets you get whatever you want.


Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12623994
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Hurricane, Necky, Old Town, and others have kayaks in the 45-55 lb range. And there are many carts available, or build-a-cart-yourself videos available. My kayak is 65 lbs, I usually sling it on my shoulder and rarely use the cart I bought.


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Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12624136
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May want to consider a SUP. Mine weighs 18 lbs.



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My kayak STRIPER2. I don't go too fast but I go pretty far.
Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12624965
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Bonafide SS127. Only 75lbs and can handle anything. Cannot go wrong with this yak. Stable, paddles extremely well, tracks well, lay out and finish second to none. I car top mine alone without problems. I can't recommend it enough.

Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12625029
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Realbigreel,Are the hybrids biting yet at Proctor?


Fish on!!!
Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: Poor man fishing] #12625126
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Originally Posted By: Poor man fishing
Realbigreel,Are the hybrids biting yet at Proctor?


Don't think so.


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My kayak STRIPER2. I don't go too fast but I go pretty far.
Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12625164
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You might look into getting a 10' sit inside kayak as they weigh around 45# total and are easy to carry and car top.
Kayaks have come a long way in recent years and the hull designs are stable if you look for a more tunnel hull design rather than round. The Intrepid and Vapor are two that are excellent for your type of use.
I've got a family member who uses one on small ponds and he loves the compactness and easy handling, and he hasn't sunk his yet after five years.
Disclaimer:.....People who throw stones at sit insides have never owned one, or tried to conquer water where it shouldn't have been used.


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Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12625228
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I prefer remote, small water and I'm with Jimbo on this one. I've found that if you put a PVC cart under a plastic behemoth, you then have to find a way to get behemoth+15 lbs up the hill back to your vehicle. The older I get, the more I love my old Heritage Featherlite.

Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12625334
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Mine is Native craft slayer pro 10, 58LB, it can hold 500LB. Wide enough, so you can stand up. Usually I pull it to my rail of SUV on the top.

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I know EXACTLY what I'd get . . . and it isn't a kayak but a close cousin. I'd get a Meyers Sportspal S-13, world's greatest fishing canoe brand. It merges 3 distinct advantages into a single vessel:

1) It is light at 57 lbs. making it easy to get on and off the water, from the garage to the lake and back. On top of a car, back of a truck, you name it.

2) It is super stable, more so than even a 150 lbs. PA 14. So, you can stand in it effortlessly. So many kayaks claim to be stable enough to stand in but you rarely see it on the water. 9/10 are sitting down.

3) Two grown men can use it. It carries a ton of weight.

4) You can add up to a 3 HP motor or a trolling motor later if you desire.

I could go on and on. Come on down to Lake Athens and use my S-15 one day if you need to test one. I think being able to stand and fish gives one about a 10 or 20% advantage.

Brad


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This is all VERY helpful guys. Keep it coming if you think of more...

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I should mention one other. If standing is not a priority for you, don't recall your weight being mentioned, then just grab an Eddyline Caribbean 12. It weighs 45 lbs. It is a superb paddler and they have an "Angler" version. If you are bigger, there is a 14 Caribbean that weighs 50 lbs.

It'd be like carrying a large piece of luggage down to the water.

And, in the eyes of many, it's one of the best looking kayaks on the market.

Brad

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Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12625873
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I am a shade under 6 ft tall and weigh 185ish.

Standing would be a desirable feature, but not an absolute deal breaker.

I've watched some videos of the Bonafide SS127 and the Meyers Sportspal S-13. Very interesting.

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Re: Suggestions for my situation... [Re: texasAUtiger] #12626975
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Originally Posted By: texasAUtiger
I am interested in getting a kayak that would work for fishing small bodies of water but also light enough that I could haul it and stow it all by myself. Many of the places I'd like to use this to fish would NOT have a boat ramp.

Thanks for any help.



Depends on how much you have to spend. Do you want new or used? Are you hauling it in back of your truck or will you need a rack for a car?

Last edited by lconn4; 02/14/18 05:37 AM.

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