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Man,I tell ya. If you can find a good one used then that would be so much better than a new cheap one.I'm thinking about getting me one to to just be able to throw it out the truck anywhere and go fish.
Sounds like something I'd like.
they have some on bayou coast kayak club website. I would go to demo days before you by . I would recommend the jackson cuda or hobie pa
I rented a few before buying just to make sure I liked it. I rented the jackson cuda and it is a great kayak, but after trying out the wilderness commander 140, I couldn't imagine getting anything else. It is very stable (being able to confidently and comfortably stand up in a kayak is a must) and it has plenty of storage space. It is expensive but worth it. I went to Masseys outfitters and offered to buy the rented kayak and they gave it to me for $700. That was half off of the usual $1400!! I'd give them a call.
Lots of good ones out there and lots of customizations you can do to them. Any idea what you want to do with it? Ie: freshwater vs. saltwater? or Narrow creeks and rivers vs. open lakes and bays? Inshore vs. offshore?
You'll probably have best luck with a sit on top between 12-14ft long and 28-32inches wide. Anything shorter won't track very well and will wear you out if you're paddling any distance. Longer yaks (15ft+) are great for speed and paddling long distance but not very maneuverable. 12-14ft is an ideal length and gives you the best of speed/tracking and maneuverability/versatility.
A few models to look at:
1) Ocean Kayak Prowler 13, Prowler Trident 13, or Trident Ultra 4.3
2) Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 or 140
3) Hobie Revolution 13
4) Malibu Extreme 12 or 14
5) Perception Pescador 12
6) Ascend Angler 12
I either go used or get one from disks sporting goods or academy. I have a 12ft field and stream eagle talon from ducks sporting goods for a good price and I love it.
If your budget is tight, my opinion is that you would do best getting a gently used, higher end yak than a new, entry level cheaper yak.
If you're serious about 'yakin, you will likely find you want to upgrade from a basic model fairly quickly.
My advice is to demo several models that interest you and then constantly monitor the classifieds.
Good deals regularly pop up on the classifieds on this site and others like Craig's List and the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. The thing is, good deals go fast. You need to have several choices in mind and have the funds available when one comes up for sale.
You can also try local yak dealers as some take trade-ins and thay also regularly have their demo yaks for sale.
Good luck and let me know if you have any specific questions.
My Son, his dog and I
Down at Port Fourchon in our Kayaks
The famnily and I at Port Fourchon
I can say kayak fishing is my main hobby and I have owned almost everyone sold. The best Kayak for fishing is the one you feel good in....
I fish from a Jackson ibis not a persay fishing kayak but its right for me, (I am 6', 280lbs).
My next buy will be the Native Slayer. Only you can choose what feels right for you! Don't buy a kayak just because it says for fishing. Cantact me any time for more help.