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I did it… #14117821 09/02/21 10:57 PM
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After over a year of searching, reading and researching-I bought a used yak. Jackson big rig fd. Could not pass up the deal I got. So, test run on Lavon tomorrow. This thing is heavy. Truck bed transport with t beam extender.

Recommendations for dolly?
Anchor system?
Sonar and battery?

Tips, starters, checklists? Look out Lady Lavon crappie…I’m back! nuts

Thanks

Jeff

Last edited by Wylie Jeff; 09/02/21 10:58 PM.

Keep looking forward. That’s why windshields are larger than rear view mirrors.
Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14117866 09/02/21 11:50 PM
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Congrats. I like the ctug cart. For my diablo ive got an anchor trolley and then I use chains inside bike tires that I can drag along and control my drift or add on lengths as needed to hold me in place. I just picked up a yak gadget anchor line management system so I recommend checking them out for anchoring options and gear trak accessories. Fishfinder will be my next purchase.

Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14117869 09/02/21 11:54 PM
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Congrats!!! I'm quite certain that you will enjoy your purchase!

Cost aside, I strongly recommend Boonedox Landing gear if you plan on using boat ramps or hard banks. If not, I recommend a C-Tug cart. Both are expensive, but it's a one-time purchase and worth the money in my opinion.

I suggest that you keep the sonar and other accessories very basic to get started. From here you will figure out what you really need/want.

I personally like the Garmin Striker 4... you can pick one up for $120 ($99 if you catch it on sale). It will do everything that you need (depth, water temp, speed, etc) without breaking the bank or requiring a large battery. I ran a Garmin Striker 4 for 3 years and it did everything that I needed and more.

If you get a basic sonar, a $20 lead-acid 9ah battery will run you all day long and more.

https://www.mariner-sails.com/groovy-landing-gear-standard.html

https://www.amazon.com/C-Tug-Kayak-...aWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Striker-Transducer-Fishfinder-Traditional/dp/B017NI17HQ

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K8V2Y8W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14118233 09/03/21 01:18 PM
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Very nice man! Welcome to the yak club

Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14118906 09/03/21 11:05 PM
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cheers Choosing a kayak is hard! roflmao


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Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14118928 09/03/21 11:38 PM
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Buy the biggest, baddest sonar you can afford.

Re: I did it… [Re: lconn4] #14119204 09/04/21 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by lconn4
cheers Choosing a kayak is hard! roflmao


So true. CTug for your cart, and Yak Attack or Yak Gear for your anchor trolley. Just as your kayak, do your research but I like both. I do not have any electronics on my kayaks because I like to keep things simple. I use my kayak to get me to my wading spots unless I am bass fishing.

Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14119637 09/04/21 09:33 PM
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Go to the Trading post(3 Depth Finders for Sale thread)........there is a Lowrance Elite 4X for sale ,$75 if I recall correctly.I think that'd be a perfect fishfinder for a kayak.


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Re: I did it… [Re: Wylie Jeff] #14133379 09/17/21 09:52 PM
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Finally got the sea trials done. Things I learned today:

1. Having your dolly(I bought the Malone XT) positioned correctly makes a world of difference.
2. Lavon boat ramps are slick as owl poop. I’ll just say I got wet before I planned too! LOL!
3. This thing weighs 145lbs. It’s a beast to handle to and from the water/truck bed.
4. See #3. There’s a small trailer in my future.
5. I was very impressed with how smooth the pedal drive operated. Granted I didn’t go a long ways, but I was impressed.
6. The steering system was mediocre at best. I had no to light winds today.
7. I definitely got a workout today. Secondary reason I wanted a pedal drive…my Dr likes the idea.
8. I pulled the prop to upright and paddled a bit. I’m a noob at this and have no comparison, but seemed to handle well considering the kayak size.
9. I now have a long list of wigets and gadgets that I need for this big Dawg.
10. I stood up a couple times just to see how it felt…nope not for me. Sitting down I rocked the heck out of it side to side. Solid performance…I’m not sure I could turtle it from sitting down.

In summary, this thing is a beast to handle to and from the water. Other than that I think I did good with this purchase.

Thanks for all you’re inputs. Appreciated and noted.

Jeff


Keep looking forward. That’s why windshields are larger than rear view mirrors.
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