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Thread: New Kayak
03-27-2012, 02:19 PM #11
Thing i like about it is. U can have someone come along with u. I was going to get a 2 man s.o.t but i fish one alot. Good thing is on the water alone u can pack more and fitting a nice cooler wont be a problem..
03-27-2012, 10:14 PM #12
LOL yeah a kayak coffe table is the only way to go! I have yet to fish on it due to the little guy being sick, but I do get a little giddy when I put all the equipment on it and daydream about being on the water lol.
As for using it as a single, it is nice to have the extra space to store stuff. My only issue so far is that it only has one hatch and due to the "pontoon" type hull design there isnt alot of storage inside.
03-27-2012, 10:20 PM #13
03-28-2012, 01:40 PM #14
03-28-2012, 04:27 PM #15
She is going on her maiden voyage in about an hour! If yall never hear from me again, you can bet that things didnt go so well lol.
03-28-2012, 04:30 PM #16
Make sure u wear a pfd and its always good to have a whistle..
03-28-2012, 11:04 PM #17
I have a decent pfd with some extra fishing pockets. Ive got to find my whistle tho.
So, I had never been on a kayak before today and it was a huge learning experience. I really had to focus on my paddling to keep the kayak tracking straight while on long runs. I think part of this is due to the yak, but also to me having no experience. I did notice if I kept locked on a spot on the other side of the lake that I was trying to get to, it helped. Also I learned to adjust each stroke depth to compensate and that helped a ton with keeping it going straight. I did learn a HARD lesson is preparing by scouting. I put in on a small pond that is usually attached to an 80 acre lake by a rather large channel. Well, the channel was almost dry (something I could not tell from the location I put in at), and once I got the the far end of the pond, I ended up dragging the kayak about 50 yards through knee deep mud that was covered with about 4 inches of water. I wrongly ASSUMED this pool would eventually get deep enough to float the kayak. I eventually made it across the marsh to the main lake. Needless to say, after I covered the length of the lake, I hunted down someone to give me a ride back to the truck lol.
03-29-2012, 02:16 PM #18
Sorry you ended up dragging you boat...takes some of the fun away from the adventure
I fish the Flint river here in Georgia and especially in the summer end up having to get out and pull the boat. But at least I end up at some nice fishing holes. Plus I just attach the boat to my belt and toss up under the trees as I'm walking up stream and have ended up with some nice blue gill and spotted bass that way.
03-29-2012, 09:42 PM #19
Thanks for the report.
04-05-2012, 08:05 PM #20
I had the chance to take the yak out on the river for the first time. A friend and I took her down a smaller river for about a 5 mile fishing trip. We were out from 1030am until 530pm. The yak did excellent. I bought it with the main purpose of drifting down river and hitting catfish holes along the way. We had just about 500 pounds on it (its rated limit) with my friend and I and our equipment and not one time did either of us feel unstable. This was the first time on a kayak for my friend and the second time for me. There was plenty of room to carry everything we needed for a full day fishing trip. We had a small aerated cooler on the front for bait, a medium cooler bag in back to ice down our catch, a backpack with the needed catfish terminal, and lunch stored in the hatch. As we worked our way down river, if we saw a good spot, we would paddle to whatever bank was best, throw the anchor up on bank, and let the current pin us to the bank. We both had plenty of room to move around, reach tackle, and cast. We ended up with some good 3-5 pound eaters and 1 12 pounder (all channels). For being my first river trip, I couldnt be happier with how things went. Ill post up pics later this evening.