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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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ive sat in almost every model.at shows,i still like the mini pontoons,i like sitting up.i dont have one but friends do and i enjoy fishing from them.big water i,ll take the deep v.i hate bass boats,like fishing on a raft.like the deep v,can walk around have a full cooler everything stays inside.can stay out all day.most guys that fish the big rivers here prefer a deep v also.we are in the process of rebuilding my son's.
my cousin Earl has a top of the line puddle jumper with a front trolling motor on it. i feel more comfortable in the small creek channels, ponds and small lakes. when we fish the main lake bodies we take the Jon Boat or i fish the kayak.
Jim stability on these sit on top kayaks today is pretty much unbelievable... even with mine you pretty much have to have outside help to flip it over. now i would have to agree that sit in kayaks do tip and sometimes too easily. there is a difference between the two styles on stability.
take for example the two videos below with a nucanoe.
man standing on cooler
Hobie Mirage stability
so yess very very stable. no worry of tipping or lost gear on most of the sit on top models
Power Source Options:
this is one thing that i cant wait to do... but that doesn tmean i'll give up the paddle.
available power options...Outboard
electric trolling motor... i really like this one...picture tying the front trolling motor to you Humminbird Sonar with the follow the contour feature
front trolling motor
as for paddling Jim ...after a little conditioning the effort put forth is comparable to walking is the best way i can describe it. when walking you very rarely think back on how you got to that point ... you just do it. point a to point b... you paddle... it becomes second nature... much like walking.
i am with Tony on this.those little pontoons are quite comfy and you get a nice view of the water.only kayak i would get is a jet powered one.my job is very physical at times.i do a lot of shore fishing and am always walking to the next spot.cover a couple miles sometimes before i know it.i really have no desire to paddle in my free time.get enough exercise at work.i know Tony works very hard too and turning on the electric and cruising around is quite relaxing and quiet and pretty stealthy.no one considers casting in this discussion.i fly fish and the difference between casting sitting in a chair as opposed to sitting on the ground is the way i see it.my son has a nice big deep v for the bigger water.i see guys roll kayaks often and would really hate to lose my gear and go swimming.my first boat was a 10 ft jon boat that i rowed.i didn't mind one bit.i had a boat and thats all that mattered.i was young and srtong and could row all day.
just to add a ( little more confusion) for you ;; check out; carolina electric boats. about the same as Tonys bass hunter type;; but;; how about twin troling motors; underneath the boat ! built in !!
Gary; the boat Tony referred to;( and it is a fantastic boat ) in my area its called a bass hunter boat; yo ucan find them at bass pro; academy sports; several other places; starting at around 500 dollars;; can be slipped into the bed of a pick up truck ! utility trailers; in my area; depending on the size you want; start around 300 dollars;; floored; side rails; wired for lights ! with little modification; can be a great canoe; kayak; jon boat; what ever you need. check around in your area; some places; build trailers ;;; also ;; depending on your skills;; you could make one for around 200 to 300 dollars; and 2 days work
... just like you state flatbed trailer and add some PVC bunks and you could be in business... i like the idea of this trailer folding
Haul Master folding trailer
i bought a Yaught club trailer new at between $5-600... i use on my Jon , kayaks and canoe...
craigs list is a good source of PWC trailers also saw a bunch of em for sale in my neighborhood at around 3-4 hundred
there trailer price i though was expensive also
nucanoe forum is a great source for ideas
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