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Hi all,

I am new to this forum, and relatively new to kayak fishing in general. I have a very cheap entry level fishing kayak that is great for short trips but it is time to upgrade. There is just not enough room to get out there with the proper gear.

There are several boats that interest me, but I thought I would lean on this forum for a couple opinions before I pull the trigger.

It looks like the Hobie ProAngler is an awesome product and I see a lot of fishermen using these.

I have a little experience with jackson kayaks from whitewater kayaking and they are great boats. They have a very nice setup as well.

I don't know if I need a foot driven kayak. I think it would be a nice luxury, but a necessity?

I plan to mostly fish the marshes for redfish, and perhaps some bass fishing.

Thanks for any input!
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Ascend 128T is my personal favorite. You can easily rig a trolling motor on it. Not that a Hobie or Jackson aren't 'top of the line', but you can buy a trolling motor and many batteries for the price difference.
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I will certainly look in to this one. I am not set on any model or style yet. Want to take some time to explore my options.
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Used to fish with a fellow who has a Vibe yak,very fine yak,indeed,my yak is very inexpensive Sundolphin that I rigged up with anchor trolley(never use it)and rod holders but truth be told,I do lotta pirogue fishing and it has limitations but I can easily fit a 92 qt Igloo in my Chapman pirogue and have plenty of leg room.Maybe see if you can test a few yaks before ya make de decision.Know lotta folks dat have fine Hobie's but they are pricey,just gotta make de decision dat pedal drive is ya best bet and I agree that a trolling motor can be fitted to many yaks,personally I prefer to paddle as that is great aerobic work-out!!You should get lots of opinions and maybe folks with yaks can meet ya and let ya test their favorite craft out!!

Mandevillian
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Personally, as a 60 something year old who fishes both marshes and deeper waters (Shell Beach, Hopedale, Delacroix, Grand Isle, Cocodrie, etc.), I wouldn't consider not having the pedal-power! Cost is a factor and pedal-power can double, triple, or quadruple your investment depending on your 'needs and wants'! I've fished with younger guys who can pedal many miles, but even those in-shape guys want to push the envelope and cover more miles with a pedal kayak! The Hobie Mirage drive has advantages sometimes when pedaling through lightly grassy waters, but I don't find the Hobies are paddle friendly once you lift the drive in heavy grass. My Native Propel Slayer 13 is a joy to paddle for a pedal kayak, but it does have a tendency to suck up grass and force you to paddle before the Hobies do! Then, there are all the other propeller-based pedal drives from Jackson and others. Some of them look good, but the jury is still out on them until they've been tested a little longer. My best advice is use Craigslist, LA Sportsman, and BCKFC.org to look for used deals. I bought 6 used kayaks, including 3 Hobies, before going with a new Slayer Propel. The deals on used yaks can be incredibly cheap!
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I always love these discussions ;)

One thing I haven't read above is, what are you driving? If you have a truck, then a Hobie just might be the ticket. I however, car top my gear. What I can lift above my head helps make the decision.

I kayak-fished for 18 years and have owned many paddle kayaks and have always refused the 'kickie-poo' kayak. Ironically, I lived across the street from Hobie headquarters in California. I wasn't ready to drink the pedal drive cool-aide.

After fishing a season from a Kaku Kahuna, I ditched kayaking entirely because standing with that level of stability in the marsh is awesome. I drank the SUP cool-aide and now own a 14' Bote Rackham Bugslinger. I love it!!! It weighs 46 pounds. However, it's composite and delicate - can be costly to repair. Also, for the price of a 14' SUP from Bote, I easily could have gotten a Hobie.

Hope you find what fits you. Just remember that you get what you pay for and in my opinion, the Hobie drive system has proven itself. And a compliment from me for Hobie is rare. I may even get one myself next year.
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