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I need to get off the banks and get out where the fish are. I've been looking at kayaks. Does anyone have any good advice or opinions about kayak fishing? I'd love some feedback. Thanks.

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Comment by Slip Sinker on December 30, 2015 at 9:22am

Congrats!! cant wait to see some reviews and fish pics!... in a couple months ill be right behind you.

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 30, 2015 at 6:59am

Welcome to the Plastic Navy!

Comment by Gary Boysen on December 30, 2015 at 6:56am

Well, I am stoked!! Got my NuCanoe Frontier12 kayak home in one piece yesterday and almost ready to find some water!! Next up is customizing it. I can't believe I finally own a boat. Thanks for all the valuable info and help, guys. Fishing in 2016 is gonna be a blast. I also got the Minn Kota Endura C2 electric motor to power me around the big lakes and reservoirs. Happy New Year to all and happy fishing.

Comment by carl hendrix on December 29, 2015 at 8:08pm

slip stinker;; yes I have buddy;; many years ago. fished out of  pirou;s; canoes; rafts; ; several other types of water craft

Comment by Allen Morgan on December 29, 2015 at 7:19pm

Ok, I've been at work all day, and missed a lot of good things on this thread.  Here's a few thoughts:

Stability:  Yes, most SOT kayaks are super-stable.  It takes A LOT of work to flip/capsize/turtle one in still water.  HOWEVER, you get a kayak hung up in a strainer in current on a river, and you're probably going to turtle.  You better make sure everything either floats, or is tethered to your boat.  If you're fishing rivers/streams a lot, I'd suggest making sure everything is tethered.  Even if it floats, it's going to float away.

A couple years ago, one of my buddies in OK turtled his yak in a river, it cost him some tackle an a GoPro camera.

Waves/swell:  My kayak is a lake boat, designed for taking some swells.  I've been out in 6" high waves.  That's about the max I've been in. I don't mind paddling directly into, or in the same direction as, waves that size.  Turning my beam to those waves is risky.  My kayak is only 12" high, and waves that high stand a chance of turtling my yak.  Really big swells, say, 4 - 5 feet high, is usually a completely different thing.  It is possible to kayak in swells that size.  I don't know if I'd want to, though.

Paddling from launch point to fishing area:  I don't mind paddling a mile or so from where I launched to where I intend to fish.  That's when I toss out a pole with a minnowbait on it and troll.  I've caught lots of fish doing that.

Comment by Slip Sinker on December 29, 2015 at 6:15pm

Carl... have you ever fished out of a Kayak?

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 29, 2015 at 5:46pm
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Comment by carl hendrix on December 29, 2015 at 5:39pm

Tony;; I just checked a site; wholesale boats;; and they  say they have a boat somewhat like yours---- for 137 dollars !!  check on this one please !  at that price; I just might get one of those myself !!

Comment by Slip Sinker on December 29, 2015 at 4:51pm

one of the main reasons i really love fishing out of my Kayak is to reach those out of the way B'Gill spots for the trophies. everyone sees these potential spots all the time on google earth and in the back of your mind you think the only way to reach that spot is by kayak... they are everywhere on google earth. a kayak hits that spot and every spot in between.

Comment by Slip Sinker on December 29, 2015 at 4:37pm

If there's chop and swell, I'm not going out in my little boat.

Tony... I agree with you on the choppy days from boats or wind... my spine and I sit it out... or i'll hit a very small wind protected like I know with 6hp limit.

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