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Kansas John

My family is making minor Inroads into the aquatic life this summer. The kids all love swimming.  The boys and I have had a couple great fishing trips during this pandemic trip.  Most recently, I resurrected my old Coleman scanoe.  


The scanoe is great for the whole family while the kids are still small, but it isn’t something I can safely manage on my own.  It’s just too big to load and unload on the truck without help.

I’m beginning to research fishing kayaks but know nothing about them.  I’m sure there are at least two experts here.

 I remember a fascinating post from a year or so ago that did a multi-day kayak trip and another member that was doing sections of the Mississippi.  


I don’t have the time for fantastic trips like that but I would like to escape by myself from time to time and commune with the fishes.

John M. Lawrence, KS
ICCC #1431

Looking for a 214 kero and REI single burner anniversary stove as well as any Coleman born on date 10/77, 1/80
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Tgarner01
What kind of water are you going to be on? Open water, rough small streams, wide slow streams. Traveling long distances? All that will need to be taken into account on your type of kayak you look for in my opinion. 
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Kansas John
Tgarner01 wrote:
What kind of water are you going to be on? Open water, rough small streams, wide slow streams. Traveling long distances? All that will need to be taken into account on your type of kayak you look for in my opinion. 



Local lakes, maybe the Kansas river.  There are two local fishing lakes that are between 180-250 acres and two nearby larger lakes that are over 11,000 acres of surface area.
John M. Lawrence, KS
ICCC #1431

Looking for a 214 kero and REI single burner anniversary stove as well as any Coleman born on date 10/77, 1/80
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Kansas John

This is what I’m currently thinking about getting:


https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/lifetime-kayak-sot-tamarack-angler-90818-1517249?cm_mmc=organic_feed-_-GoogleShopping-_-Product-_-1517249

John M. Lawrence, KS
ICCC #1431

Looking for a 214 kero and REI single burner anniversary stove as well as any Coleman born on date 10/77, 1/80
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jacobsdad
My son has an Old Towne that is larger than some kayaks but is very stable and has storage compartments for tackle, lunch, etc. Jacob is not a petite individual but it serves him well and I would recommend it for comfort and safety.
Brian

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Tgarner01
Open water I would definitely look into something you can comfortably stand on... It's amazing how much easier it is to cast and see standing up... Having said that most of my fishing is from a sit in kayak as I fish rough waters down narrow creeks. Lots and lots of options😁
Toby Garner
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kansaswoody
John remind me next time we meet up and I will bring mine for you to try out. I have a 12’ Acend fishing kayak from bass pro and I love it. It has the  most comfortable seat I have ever used. I wish I would have bought the sit on top version though, the sit in gets kind of hard to cast out of with a fly rod. 
Drew
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TwoCanoes
Way too much to write in a post.  PM your phone number and a good time to call, and I'll give you a call with my opinions.
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Jayhawksr
Technically you can fish from any kayak.  I have an LL Bean Manatee rec boat that I use.  I think if I was going to do it again I would get a sit-on boat.  You can get them all tricked out or you can buy a basic one and trick it out yourself.  As for standing, I fly fish and sit.  If I stood on anything (boat, Kayak or paddle board) I would wind up falling in!
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
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Tgarner01
I have an ascend as well. The seats are very comfortable. Boats are a bit on the heavy side tho
Toby Garner
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
A good friend fishes Lake Ontario with a good size lake Kayak with a rudder. Two rigidly mounted rod holders and trolls for trout and salmon. I remember seeing him from shore getting dragged around by a 25# salmon. It took him a long time to land it.
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Colonel_kernel
Depends on how much you intend on taking it out and what you’re doing out of it - fishing, pictures, touring, leisure paddling...  I’m no expert but have some time in the marsh, fishing on my boats.  The lifetime ones have good reviews and for the price, seem to be a good value.  Check out Vibe, Jackson, native and hobie though.  I’d suggest getting with a local shop to see if there are any places in your area that you could test out some boats.  AKC usually has expo days, but I don’t know if there’s one in your state.  
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kansaswoody
Tgarner01 wrote:
I have an ascend as well. The seats are very comfortable. Boats are a bit on the heavy side tho

yes they are heavy but that’s because they are made thicker than most I’ve seen. It will be a long time before I wear a hole in the keel of mine, and I rub it against a lot of rocks. 
Drew
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Tigerfans2

I watched a couple in bigger fishing kayaks with several rods and that's not for me, 10' sit on and one pole is all I need.

You have kids, stay off the Kaw
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Odrat
I should have gone with Two Canoes idea and said call me....

Be careful, just as with our coleman gear they can multiply.
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I started kayak fishing back in 2002 to fish just offshore and up in some really pretty mountain lake here in Southern / Northern California.

My first was the yellow one in the photo, its a Tarpon 120 and it has seen tons of use over the years. To say its been durable is a understatement.
Its been paddled hundreds of miles in the ocean, lakes and a few really big rivers. Towed at speed behind a really fast boat (not ever to be repeated), many boy scout kayak trips.
Just last year I got two of the new tarpon 120 models and they are great as well. I really like the new tarpons but the seats in some of the other new boats are more comfortable ( beach chairs) to me (wife bought new ones as a fathers day present, so they stayed).

These 12 footers are 65 pounds each so consider how and where you will need to lift them after a day on the water.
 
I average a couple trips each month, more in warmer months. Best way I know to just get away for a bit. I love to fish the sierra mountain lakes and its without a doubt the best way to sneek up on fish. No need to stand shoulder to shoulder, just paddle out.   I just got back Sunday from up north and my son and I did well.
 
You don't need to spend a ton on the kayak (or a fancy paddle) until you learn a bit.
Plenty of great new and used ones out there at affordable prices.
 
You Should however try it out before you buy it, steal friends, find a kayak shop doing a demo on the water day, ask a guy you see in one etc...
You need to make sure it will balance / float well with your weight/shape (too light for a boat and you drift in the wind, too heavy and you wont glide on the water).
You will be sitting / standing in it alot and if it doesn't fit and you end up hating it, the guy you sell it to will get a big discount on a lightly used boat.
 
Do your homework, call a local shop.
Use Youtube for reviews. There is a shop in Lodi (Headwaters Kayak) they will answer your questions and make suggestions even if you are across the country. I am sure they would like to sell a boat but they are more interested in promoting kayaking. They have a ton of videos and I’ve never seen them pull a punch if a boat sucks.

The newest boats are wide and stable (Ascend at Bass pro are really nice but heavy). Rotomolded kayaks tend to be a bit more durable and typically have better UV stabilizers that allow them to be stored outside for many years (mine have always been outside with no fading or degradation).
 
Make sure you wear a life vest. I’ve rescued a few guys who had it behind the seat when they tipped over and the 45 degree water incapacitated them, if its not on its no good when you need it.

Great low impact exercise as well.

You will wind up with two....wife, kids...

Be safe.

Sorry it turned out to be a book.

 
Dave
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Bumpkin 95
I have a 13’ Vibe sea Ghost. And I love it. But there are lots of good choices. Best advice I can give is a sit on top with a good seat. That will improve your  Kayaking experience greatly. And you back will thank you
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deepmarsh
275C85EC-49D6-43E5-B264-F825C4FF0B98.jpeg  I own three sit inside kayaks currently. One day I was floating down the river with some people and we were in dead still water. I heard a splash and turned around to see one of the guys flipped over. He was on a sit on top kayak and set the hook on a fish. I would only buy a sit on top kayak if I wanted to be wet. But I mostly fish in current. Native ultimate 12 when I need to carry my boat by myself and a Jackson Kilroy when I’ve got help.  2D470F63-5081-4E2F-AB76-C4BC395B94B8.jpeg 
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rob_pontius
Look into a Jackson cuda. That is an extremely stable kayak with all kinds of practical features and accessories. I've used one and I'm blown away by the quality and design of these. I've never been able to buy one of my own though. I currently have a dagger backwater 12ft with a drop down keep. Whatever you do, stay away from the sun dolphin kayaks. They're very cheaply made, they don't have nearly enough floatation material, and they don't move across the water worth a darn. I made the mistake of buying one for my son.
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