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I mentioned in another thread that I sold my kayak and I might be thinking about getting another one.

Would you mind to share what kayaks you have, why you chose it and what types of waters you use it in?

To get started, here is an old pic of my Bimini 15.

 

 

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While I mainly used my Wilderness Systems Ride 115, my decade old Malibu Mini X has been my go to kayak since COVID began.  At under 10' in length, it fits nicely in the bed of my truck and makes for easy impromptu trips if I happen to pass interesting water along my drive.

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I’ve been fishing WITH a kayak (fresh and salt) since the late 1990’s.  Its always been about weight..

My Florida boat - Eddyline Caribbean 12 Angler - 46 lbs

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My Montana boat ( I have three) Native Ultimate 12 Tegris - 36 lbs

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Wilderness Systems Ride135 and Tarpon120..   Keep It Simple Stupid.   I'm not a fanboy of any particular brand- it just turned out that when I bought the Tarpon in 2011 and the Ride in 2012, they fit the requirements and the budget.   Happy to say they are still going strong and I have no real need to replace either of them.   I cartop carry both of them.  The Ride is a big heavy kayak so it is an excuse to stay strong enough to lift it onto my rack alone,  in the cold, in the dark, after paddling all day  LOL.  The Tarpon is much better suited to creeks and rivers than the Ride,  but the times I've gone to the beach on vacation it has handled the open Atlantic just fine.   Both are great fishing kayaks, no matter what kind of fishing I want to do.   I troll a LOT and arrived at having forward mounted rod holders on extensions.    keeps the rods just high enough to stay away from paddle stroke, and just within reach when a fish hits.   On the Ride I have a Lowrance HDI 4" plotter/sonar/GPS with a scupper-hole mounted transducer which works perfectly.   4" display is just right for the speed at which things happen with a kayak.  I get a laugh from the dudes who have to mount a giant sonar unit in a kayak-  a well taken care of 7Ah SLA battery lasts me two full days of fishing.    This is the 9th and 8th year I've had these and I have the rigging nearly perfected.   no clutter, nothing extra, nothing more wanted,  I know where everything is from my seat adjustments to my tackle storage, to my pliers, to what is secured in every pocket of my PFD without even having to think about it. 

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Dimension Typhoon. My first "fishing" kayak, purchased June of 1999. This was back in the day when kayak fishing was new and you "built" your boat for fishing. This 11'2" boat has been everywhere from offshore to inshore backwaters. Still gets used in tight quarters as she spins on a dime and at my local tarpon pond as it is easy to load at only 42lbs.

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Islander Ventura Expedition. Sister of the Typhoon born a year later in 2000. Goal was for longer range and better handling. Still gets used almost every weekend. Solid boat and a real battle wagon. She spends a lot of time in the backwater and has the oyster scars to show it.

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Waverunner. This is a specialist boat that I picked up for a steal back in 2002. Fiberglass and designed for offshore fishing in South Africa. Used it quite a bit launching from the beach to hit the pogy pods for tarpon, kings, cobia, bonito, sharks, and anything else that wanted to drag it around the ocean. Fun boat, clean deck with internal hull tackle and fish storage. Great fishing craft and surfs a wave like a long board.

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(On order) Old Town Autopilot 136. My first new fishing kayak in a long time. Last update is I can expect delivery in January. Already have a pile of rigging supplies sitting in the garage waiting for installation.

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My only kayak is a Nucanoe Frontier.  After tipping over in the first kayak I tried out, I tested about 12 others before buying this one.  To me the reason for a kayak (or any other floating craft,) is to stay on TOP of the water.   This picture is 7 years old, and the kayak has NEVER been tipped over by anyone.  The one person who tried to tip it over fell out while the Frontier stayed upright.  Its not the fastest or lightest (75#,) but it stays upright.  It is 12' and carries 450# payload.  It can hold 2 anglers, if necessary.   I fish this in Florida both in-shore, and in several rivers.  Rivers here are very smooth, just like the in-shore lagoons.  The only waves I encounter are from powered boats, and they are never a problem.  

Since I like to fish while standing and I can do that in this boat.  Stability was my first priority, cost was second.  It has proved itself to me.

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I don't have a kayak, but I wanted to say that I enjoyed looking at the pics that folks shared.

Sharing a mostly common purpose, the diversity of them, and their environs, is cool too!

Not sure how Chasing_Tails got that tarpon to jump at just the right moment for the camera! : )

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2 hours ago, Bill_729 said:

 

Not sure how Chasing_Tails got that tarpon to jump at just the right moment for the camera! : )

They give you a lot of opportunities...

It also helps to have a fishing partner who is a good photographer with quality equipment.

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Mark,

It looks a lot like my Klepper ( Aries II), but no my ribs are oak

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Great pics, everyone. Thanks for the replies. Rather than narrowing choices, now I want more than one!

The NuCanoes are intriguing to me, specially the claim that they paddle very well for such a wide boat. The pursuit model has a couple of very cool features for fishermen.

I tend to favor “traditional” kayaks like J’s, Mike’s and Tails’. I guess I could be persuaded by a pedal kayak and the idea of free hands for fishing, although I think prices are ridiculous, but a motor is where I draw the line 😁

Bim
 

 

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39 minutes ago, Bimini15 said:

I tend to favor “traditional” kayaks like J’s, Mike’s and Tails’. I guess I could be persuaded by a pedal kayak and the idea of free hands for fishing...

Bim
 

 

I’ve had the opportunity to fly fish out of pedal kayaks (Hobie and Native) several times on guided saltwater trips in the Puget Sound.  There’s no doubt from a motive point of view, the pedal powered kayak has some advantage.  All that said, when fly fishing, I never failed to entangle my fly line in either the pedals, fins (Hobie) or propeller (Native) at least once during each trip.  It kills at least 15 minutes try to get everything unwound.  Gear hurlers don’t have this issue with pedal kayaks, thus their popularity.  I’ve also fished with a few kayakers in Tampa that use pedal kayaks and they can definitely move around quicker than a paddler.  My favorite however was the guy who carried a large golf umbrella with him and used it as a sail paddling back to the takeout using the paddle as a rudder.

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