Do you love big bluegill?
I'm looking at Fishing Kayaks (I must say the number of options out there is phenomenal)
I'm not sure whether to Paddle and Pedal... I've never fished in a Kayak before and any suggestions would be appreciated very much. The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler looks like an incredible piece of equipment but has a Hefty price tag also... they even offer a trolling motor option... which is something to think about since the lake I fish can get very windy especially at the end of the day when your headed directly into it, to get back to the launch ramps. Appreciate any input...
I will have to catch up off list. On topic with this thread we still need to take your tandem pedaller out to Yaupon reef and catch us a Kraken... ;^>
Not this year. Too many places I haven't been yet. Thinking Black, South, Lumber... and Jeffrey on this board has invited me to get schooled out Albermarle way and I plan to take him up on that at some point. I also should get my new surf paddling yak finished late spring. Still would prefer the pedal barge for Yaupon; I am building that one more for surf zone.
You're in for a real treat if you're going fishing with Sir Jeffrey....
There's the "assault hand paddle" that I've been seeing a lot lately. Don't have one myself.
I've got a Perception Search 13. I do a lot of dragging from parking area to launch area. I load my yak on top of my vehicle. I'm on a budget, with 5 kids. And, I like to fish in really skinny water, sometimes with weeds all around.
No peddle yaks for me....
There's one other thing that might also fit the bill, if you're looking to get out of tubing because of your knees (I have knee issues, too, but for some reason, tubing actually made mine feel better. Go figure). I switched from a tube to a pontoon boat, and it's pretty nice. It's not as small, light, or maneuverable as a tube, but the with oars, it's faster than a tube, and the metal deck in back can take a trolling motor and battery (I haven't tried that, yet, but many people do it). An ice chest can be put on the deck with bungee cords for icing your lunch, water, bait, and catch. I've seen pictures of live wells back there, too (commonly built from an ice chest).
A pontoon is very tube-like in most respects, but is faster, can go farther, carries more gear, and keeps your drier (no more sitting with my butt in the water :-)
My 'toon fits in my minivan. Not inflated, of course, but I can get the frame in without taking it apart. Maybe put your 'toon on a roof rack if it doesn't fit inside?
Can't say enough about how great finning around in a tube made my knees feel. Serious walking (finally had to move up to running because my legs are too short to make a 12 minute mile walking lol) helped a lot, too.
I have thought about the pontoons as a "someday" boat. About 30 years back, I was a raft guide out west (mostly Arkansas River and Colorado River in CO) for a while and often did oar trips (where just the guide rows, instead of paddle trips whee the whole crew does). I really enjoyed rowing.