Questions for the Yaksters

Discussion in 'Kayaker and Canoe Fishing' started by Katmandeux, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Okay, I'm intrigued, but I have doubts.

    I'm soon to be 62, and my back feels like 102...are yaks comfortable for hours at a time?

    They look like a career choice for someone like me...what's the drill for getting up and out of one?

    When nature calls, what then? I assume you have to beach her and get out? Am I right?

    Sure would like to have one, but I dunno...:confused2:
     
  2. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    Hey Dave, I must say I was afraid to buy a kayak because of a back problem years ago and the experience i had on a rental yak, bailing out because my back was killing me. I own a kayak with the back support, i can sit in it for a couple of hours before getting anxious to get out and move around. If you want to test the waters, with a yak i suggest renting one for a day with a back support. Good Luck! I certainly enjoy mine!
     

  3. Yakdawg

    Yakdawg New Member

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    I was also doubtful when I bought my first fishing kayak! I got a 11 foot sit on top on clearance and made my first trip on lake lanier (a 38,000 acre lake in ga with heavy pleasure boat traffic) during the winter........ I thought for sure I would fall in! Over a year, and two yaks later, I have yet to fall in!

    The comfort of a yak depends on the model and type of seat. My new WS Tarpon has a very nice seat....my other yak is also very comfortable. If you want a yak with a very comfy seat, look at the naitive watercrafts, they are great! I also recommend a sit on top for fishing....very easy to get in and out, also self bailing, meaning it has "scupper holes" which allow any water that gets in to drain.

    If nature calls you can get out, or during the warmer months, I just carry a bottle! My WS ride 135 is stable enought to stand but I normally get out or take the bottle. During the winter with waders, I head to the shore.

    I would also second renting one, paddle a few models and see if it is for you! I personally love fishing from my kayak!


     
  4. Dallison

    Dallison Member

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    I'm yet to make the leap, really want to though. I'll keep an eye on the posts to see if I think its for me.
    good luck
    david
     
  5. huls1

    huls1 New Member

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    my youngest son is stationed at NAS Jax and started yak fishing when he got there, he found a web site that helps with all kinds of info http://www.jaxkayakfishing.com/
    check it out,
     
  6. Kansas Tree Rat

    Kansas Tree Rat New Member

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    Here is a link to a post I made awhile back that might be helpful. http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87222
    As far as comfort with a bad back I am in the same boat. I was worried that I would not be able to sit long in one but I was wrong. I would recomend a sit-on-top style and invest in a really good seat. They are not part of the boat and can be changed out in seconds. Though some companies supply them with the boat. Here is a really sweet one. http://www.kayakfishingmagazine.net/KFMJULY2008/surf_toSummitseat.html
    This is the model I intend to buy when I get my new boat this spring.
    Here are a few more link you might want to look at.
    http://www.allkayakfishing.com/index.html
    http://www.oceankayak.com/
    http://www.freedomhawkkayaks.com/ something a little different!
    http://www.kayakanglermag.com/
    http://www.kayakfishinggear.com/

    Bottom line is I am betting you LOVE it.
    The most fun you can have with your clothes on!

    I have 2 of these.
    http://www.malibukayaks.com/kayak_minix.asp

    Here is the boat I plan on buying this year.
    http://www.malibukayaks.com/kayak_x13.asp
     
  7. bolivar 0637

    bolivar 0637 New Member

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    Dave, I am 71 (without back problems) and had problems getting in or our of my first kayak. Like Alan , I bought a Malibu Mini-X last year and haven't had any problems getting in or out with it. All you have to do is sit down in the seat from the side and swing your feet around, to get out reverse this process. You will need shallow water to use this method.

    I am sure other companies make a kayak as stable as Malibu, just try as many as you can. Kayaks are real nice when fishing creeks and small bodies of water.
     
  8. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Dave, I too have back problems, and pretty much have a constant dull ache in my lower back which gets worse the longer I sit. I can sit in anything (car, kayak, chair) for about 3 hours and then I have to get out for about 15 minutes. Like everyone else has said you can get some really nice comfortable seat, and even putting a little closed cell foam on top of your seat wont hurt. From the reviews I've read "surf to summit" makes the best after market seat for guys with back problems. I haven't bought it yet because I think its close to $100, and I have a few more extras I want before that. I'm not sure how close you are to texas but I think the company is called austin kayaks. They are real involved in the fresh water kayak fishing sport and even have a kayak fishing tournament series. They would be the ones for you to talk to about getting a comfortable kayak. Also think about loading . most SOT's weigh around 60#. You probably dont want to put something that heavy on top of a SUV. Think about posibly getting a trailer to pull behind your vehicle. its much easier loading and unloading that way.

    As far as when nature calls. I where shorts and slip out one of the leg holes and aim for one of the scupper holes. Its pretty discrete that way. Hope I didn't offend anyone with that description. Let us know what you decide!!!
     
  9. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Also dave or anyone else for that matter. If you want to try out other people's kayaks, June 5-7 at our KS mega gathering, we are going to try and get as many kayakers their as possible. We wont be finalized on location until sometime in Feb, but it looks like it will be at melvern lake. Mark the date on your calander and I'll post more on it in the kayak forum when I have a location and campground.
     
  10. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    That sounds great, Casey. I may just saddle up and head that way.

    Another question: How wet are yaks? I don't have any expectation of staying bone-dry, or anything, but is a wet butt something that is just part of the deal, or can you stay dry and warm in colder wx, without resorting to wet suits?
     
  11. Kansas Tree Rat

    Kansas Tree Rat New Member

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    Dave plan on getting your feet and legs wet at least. You can stay pretty dry other than that. I wear neoprene socks and light rain pants when it is cool and waist high waders if it is cold. A good pair of water shoes when it is warm is all you need.
    I have also used Casey's scupper hole method when nature calls but on the other hand by time I need to go it is about time to get out and stretch my legs anyway.
    Of course don't forget your PDF.
     
  12. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    My avatar pic is from when I went fishing in March last year. You can see all I'm wearing for the water is mud boots and the water is only half way up on them. Just be sure to plug the scupper holes if you dont want to get a wet rear.
     
  13. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    I purchased a Heritage Redfish Angler 12' a couple of years ago, and I love it. The seating system is oustanding, and I can sit for several hours without any complaints. Since the SOT kayak is so stable, I can also change positions, even stand, without too much trouble (being a total klutz at that!).

    The key is to purchase a good cart for getting the kayak to and from the car. I have a cart with inflatable tires: the wheels come of so that I can store them in the front compartment, and I wrap the cart itself throug the bungees in the back, completely out of the way.

    I use the Subaru standard cargo rack with foam bar wraps and high-quality tie-down straps for transport. I carry the kayak face up so that I can mount the cart to the kayak before dropping it to the ground. This really saves your back!
     
  14. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Good to see you back to posting Joel. We've missed you.
     
  15. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    I was wrong. Its Lone Star Kayaks.
     
  16. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    Look in to the native ultimate kayaks. You will not find anything more comfortable. Much more comfortable than a traditional boat in my opinion. Also these things are almost impossible to flip, you would really really have to work at it to flip one sitting. I stand up and fish in mine all the time. Don't get me wrong, you can fall out of it if you are standing but I can't see a way to actually flip it sitting without some 5 foot tall waves or something. I have spent upwards of 10 hours in mine. You know when the catfish don't quit biting those 4 hour trips can turn in to 10.