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I'm new to kayak fishing. and im really interested in getting started. I mostly fish lakes but will river fish occasionally. I'm a big guy do i'll need s kayak that can handle meand mygear. I'll mostly be fishing for cats but will getinto other species from time to time. what kayak would be best. thanks for the input


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Re: getting started [Re: Papa_Buggs] #9179491 07/30/13 05:40 PM
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Depending on how fast you want to get into a kayak, I would recommend either wait until the Fall GTG and do some Demoing or hook up with one of the kayaking guys on the forum. Theres allot of guys welling to let you go out with them as well as let you demo one of their kayaks, including myself.
When you say youre a big guy, what does that mean? Whats your height, and weight?

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im 6'2" 230 and I don't have much gear to tag along with but.it's just in case factor and I'm trying to get in to it as soon as I can really to try something new

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Re: getting started [Re: Papa_Buggs] #9179688 07/30/13 06:25 PM
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What is your budget and are you trying to stand in it?


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800 and under really i'll go a lil higher for the right yak honestly


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Re: getting started [Re: Papa_Buggs] #9179925 07/30/13 07:33 PM
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I am 250 and 6,2. I have a Ride 115. You may want to trial run a Ride 115. Rated for 500 lbs and it is very stable. You may find some on sale now as a new model 115X is coming in August. Rich


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Originally Posted By: Papa_Buggs
800 and under really i'll go a lil higher for the right yak honestly


I'm really liking my Perception Sport Caster 12.5... I bought it new for $550. I was looking at more expensive yaks but figured I would go with an entry level just to make sure that I liked fishing from a kayak first! I'm 5'11" and 205. It's stable as hell with me and my plunder in it.

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so buying one of those pathfinders for 1200 would be overkill lol


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Originally Posted By: Papa_Buggs
so buying one of those pathfinders for 1200 would be overkill lol


Haha! Depends on your wallet I guess! I am absolutely fanatical about kayak fishing now so I am starting to look at some of the bad boys (A Hobie Mirage 12.5 may be in my future! lol). I have no regrets with starting out with a cheapie though.. I have no doubt that I could sell my Caster for a good price if it comes down to it.

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right I found one at Academy for 350. it's 10' by 30.5" SOT 350 weight cap. would that be suitable?

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I second the Ride 115 or if you're feeling froggy get the Ride 135.

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where can I find a ride 115 or 135


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I just looked then up and they look awesome. do you guys know of any days they are doing demos on yaks at the mountain sports store in Arlington


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