Thanks for the information I’m trying to keep my Budget Under 1k I don’t really care if it’s new or used all I want is something to fish around the harbor with I have a boat to go out to the kelp and fish the deeper waters with
This is the website/partners for OEX Kayaks. Great group of guys that can rig you up with whatever you need.
Check out headwaters kayak on youtube. They go over several kayaks under $1,000.
What is your budget?
Crescent Lite Tackle, Bonafide RS117, Malibu Mini X, Jackson Kayak Bite, Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 or Tarpon 140.
Vibe Sheerwater 125 ( you can add pedal drive for $500, just like Hobie kayak), Bonafide SS107, Bonafide SS127, Old Town Predator, Wilderness Systems Radar, Perception Pescador Pilot 12 PDL (Pedal Drive). Brookly Kayaks has a 13 ft pedal drive for under $1,400. They have ads posted on craigslist for i think $1,300 local pick up.
Hobie Compass, Hobie Outback, Old Town PDL, Jackson Kayak FD models, Native Propel Max.
Jackson Kayak Big Rig FD, Hobie Pro Angler 12 and 14.
Do you want pedal, paddle, or add a motor?
Bixpy motors are around a $1,000 with the battery. Runs 10 hours on low. 75 minutes on high. Capable of pushing kayaks up to 7 mph on high. Can run 5 hours on a low medium setting pushing the yak about 2-2.5 mph.
Transportation-Are you car topping, trailer, back of the truck bed with an extender, or a bed rack in a truck?
Are you healthy and strong to carry a kayak over 100 lbs?
I've owned several kayaks from hobie, ocean kayak, malibu kayaks and cobra kayaks. All were good kayaks but had different strengths and weaknesses. For serious offshore fishing we take the boat. But the yaks are great for harbors and kelp beds along the shore line.
Malibu Mini X
Light, cheap, stable for bays, easy to paddle, easy to car top or fit in a truck bed. Does pretty well in the surf. Easy to paddle from dana point to the kelp beds (approximate 2-3 mile paddle) and or newport to the kelp beds.
Expensive. Heavy. Pretty stable. Very easy to pedal. Pedal kayaks are great for newbies. Newbies don't paddle as well as an experienced kayaker and they don't really know how to maneuver their kayaks while fishing and holding a paddle. Once your fishing in the cover of heavy kelp your drives and rudders will be up and you'll be paddling anyways.
The Vibe Sheerwater 125 looks to be pretty similar to the Hobie Outback but at a fraction of the price. Nice thing about this yak is that you can upgrade to the pedal drive later since it's sold separately. $1,299 for the yak and $499 for the pedal drive.
Hobie Pro Anglers.
Expensive. Heavy. Very stable. Easy to pedal. More kayak than most people ever need. I think the outback is better since it's lighter, faster and maneuver's better than the pro angler.
I actually don't mind paddling and have no problem paddling 5-8 miles in a day. I might get to the kelp beds 15 minutes after my buddies in their hobies but they suck at fishing so I'll know I'll catch some fish after I arrive. I've got a bonafide rs117 on order. I mainly fish newport kelp, dana point kelp and the harbors. Wanted something easier to transport than my hobie and stable enough to take my kids on with me while playing around in the harbor.
Depending on your budget you have a ton of options out there. Test paddle what you can.