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Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: WingNutt] #4143015 11/12/09 03:14 AM
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I see this thread is a month old, but while I haven't written a review on the pro angler, I own one as well as a revolution and an outback. (and several more conventional "paddle" yaks and canoes)

In a nutshell,
the pro angler is not intended to be carried on a cartop. It hauls well in my pickup bed and kayak trailer. ( I know it is possible to cartop, but I am just being honest in my opinion)
It is not inexpensive, but compared to what I spent fishing and tournaments last year, it would have really made a difference a time or two.I will be fishing tournaments exclusivly from it next year against powerboats.

It is FASTER than my outback at the same paddling effort.

It turns quicker than my outback ( it will turn in it's own length.)

storage is obscene.

You can not only stand in it, you can walk around in it.

I carry a full complement of 6 rods below deck in the tubes.

Accessories are mounted on surface plates that keep you from drilling the hull and are replaceable / interchangeable.

Base weight capacity is listed as 600 lbs. I think that is conservative.

If you have any specific questions give me a shout. I will be rigging it in a couple of weeks and posting pics as well as a review.

If you see a yellow pro angler on the water this winter, send coffee!

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: Carver] #4146868 11/13/09 04:57 AM
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Still haven't made a purchase yet...trying to work out details with HOTKayaks on the Prowler 15. Glad to hear positiver reviews, thanks Wingnut!

Carver, your talking about the Hobie? Looks great, but probably more of a boat than I need though.

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: j-bird] #4148092 11/13/09 04:54 PM
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The Hobie Pro Angler is NOT A KAYAK! It's a freaking boat you peddle. You'd be dollars ahead buying a jon on a trailer with an outboard and get way more versatility out of it than a Pro Angler.

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: prowler15] #4148831 11/13/09 08:36 PM
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I would look at the Trident 13. I had a trident 15 and it was a beast to handle. It is not so much the weight but the turning and carrying a 15ft. 6in kayak is for the birds. I went with a 12ft fish n dive.

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: monsterfireworks] #4148858 11/13/09 08:42 PM
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If you want stability look at cobra fish n dive. I don't think there are to many kayaks out there that are as stable as the fish n dive. I really enjoy the flat cockpit and storage. I took mine out on thursday. The fishing was not that great so I layed down and almost fell asleep. It is not the fastest boat in the world but it is not hard to paddle. My trident 15 was slower than the fish n dive.

My tip: Buy used and use the money you saved on a good paddle.

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Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: monsterfireworks] #4149120 11/13/09 10:15 PM
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Stability not so important. I'm not really a hard core fisherman...it's just leisure and an excuse to be out on the water. Most of my trips will be over nighters so I want a boat with some speed and great storage capacity. Do you guys think the trident 15 would be hard to maneuver in fast river turns? I've done the Upper Brazos twice in a 16 ft sea kayak with no problems so I'd think the trident would be easier to maneuver than that? The trident 15 I tested seemed to turn easily enough. Now you've got me wanting to do some more demo runs.

Monsterfireworks....been looking, lots of yaks on craigs but not the one I'm looking for. It's my luck.

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: j-bird] #4149731 11/14/09 01:50 AM
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Have you tried the Manta Ray 14? HOT in Grapevine has one in their rental fleet. It's pretty roomy and moves pretty well.


2011 Trident 13
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Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: CR Rob] #4153905 11/15/09 08:28 PM
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A fish and dive is an absolute barge compared to a trident 15. Its 7 inches wider, and more squat in the water. I used one to paddle out to a 7 fathom reef near corpus (didn't have the trident at the time) It was a mile and a half or so paddle and I felt like I was going nowhere. the trident isn't a rocket ship, but for its stability and capacity its a fairly quick boat.

If you get the trident 13 you will probably have no problem maneuvering it, the 15 however really needs a rudder. For fishing I would put the rudder on just about anything, for the simple reason its MUCH easier to fish with a rudder, just give her a stroke or 2 and use your rudder to keep the course and cast away.

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: WingNutt] #4154653 11/15/09 11:42 PM
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I would not go with with the trident 15. I would look at the 13. I agree with wingnutt. IF YOU GO WITH THE 15 GET A RUDDER. Any 15ft boat is going to be hard to turn. I myself, want the stability. It took me 6+ kayaks to figure this out, everyone is different. If you want a 15, there if one of TKF without a rudder for $650.

I think if you tried a 13 you would like it bettter.



Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: monsterfireworks] #4154737 11/15/09 11:52 PM
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$650?! #$*^#@

thats about right!

Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: WingNutt] #4155424 11/16/09 02:15 AM
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Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: WingNutt] #4156500 11/16/09 03:32 PM
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Here is the one for $650

tkf kayak 650

Here are 2 in Austin,

13ft with everything 675
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15ft with seat only 650
[url=http://austin.craigslist.org/spo/1462716192.html]



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Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: monsterfireworks] #4167469 11/19/09 02:18 PM
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That kayak I was telling you about (used trident 15) is now 575.00

http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=131689

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Re: Kayak recommendations? [Re: monsterfireworks] #4167651 11/19/09 03:04 PM
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Damn, that is a nice price!


Yellow Tarpon 160i w/rudder
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