Which used Kayak?

Wade K in deep

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  • Sep 24, 2019
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    Thinking I want a pedal kayak for fishing around the FL panhandle. Doing everything from fly fishing up very shallow to trolling and kinda deep dropping offshore up to a handful of miles out eventually. Not sure what to get or what to look for. Budget isn't much, hence used. I know I want a good seat, stability to be able to stand up when FF, ability to pull up the fins/propeller and paddle on the flats, big enough to be seaworthy, but not too big to struggle with loading in my truck (Ram 1500),...

    Also thinking I might put my 80# thrust Minkota on it with a Lithium battery. Do I need to register it in FL if I run a trolling motor?

    What's the good, the bad and the ugly on kayaks?
     
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    Steinlager

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    Hobie Revolution 13 is my vote. Super popular out here in San Diego. Pro Anglers are too but they're a lot more money.
     
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    Uncle_Tomas

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    If you want to be able to stand up then Pro Angler might be your best bet as they are a lot wider. Revo would be better for paddling greater distances as it’s more streamlined.
    I have Hobie Outback and it’s a great fishing kayak but I don’t ever stand up in it off shore. You prob could stand up on the bay or during flat conditions.
    Advantage to Hobie kayaks besides fish ability is the wide variety of accessories. Bait tank, crates, rail mounts etc.
     
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    John McKroid

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    If you are looking to stand up and add electric power, Pro Angler is my suggestion. It will be a little heavier to load/unload, but worth it for the added comfort on the water.
     
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    Wade K in deep

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    Are there any other brands I should consider besides Hobie? Hobies are very nice but seem to be much more expensive than other pedal drives.
     
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    Striper29

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    Thinking I want a pedal kayak for fishing around the FL panhandle. Doing everything from fly fishing up very shallow to trolling and kinda deep dropping offshore up to a handful of miles out eventually. Not sure what to get or what to look for. Budget isn't much, hence used. I know I want a good seat, stability to be able to stand up when FF, ability to pull up the fins/propeller and paddle on the flats, big enough to be seaworthy, but not too big to struggle with loading in my truck (Ram 1500),...

    Also thinking I might put my 80# thrust Minkota on it with a Lithium battery. Do I need to register it in FL if I run a trolling motor?

    What's the good, the bad and the ugly on kayaks?
    Thanks
     
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    Pjstevko

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    Look into Jackson kayaks!

    I loved my Cuda 12 and would stand in it to fly fish but you better have good balance.

    You can also look into Live watersports or bigger stand up paddle boards
     
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    wkk

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    If you plan to put a motor on it why do you need a pedal kayak?

    Bonefide RS117 is very nice and stable yak. You can easily add a motor to the back with a One Objective motor mount.

    Vibe Sheerwater 125 is essentially a hobie outback for less.

    You can get a new hoodoo kayak impulse 120 pedal drive (similar to hobie style) for $1500 new. My buddy has been fishing their hoodoo skiff for the last year or so and it's been pretty good.

    The guys above have good recommendations on alternative brands to consider. Hobie makes a good yak but it is pricey. I've been fishing out of yaks for years since I was a kid. I've had the outback, a cobra explorer, cobra navigator, cobra fish n dive, malibu mini x, and the bonafide rs117. Out of all of them my favorite was the bonafide RS117 (with a good Bending Branches paddle). It was built solid, very comfy to fish out of and easy to paddle around. Always had a dry hull even through the surf unlike the two outbacks I had. Never put a motor on it since I have a boat but the yaks are just fun to fish out of.
     
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    John McKroid

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    If the price is what's holding you back, shop used on Offer Up, Facebook Market Place, and Craig's list. Take your time, and eventually, you will find something you like.
     
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    Wade K in deep

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  • Sep 24, 2019
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    Right now, I'm mostly exploring options. I have had a cheapo Walmart Sundolphin paddle kayak in the past. It worked but not good enough and I left it in CA.
    I don't want to go back to paddling only. Money is a factor. Motorized would be very nice but could affect the budget. I have been looking on FB Marketplace, etc. but so far the good deals are snapped up quickly or something is questionable. (Tweaker thieves will not get my $.)
    I will look into Jackson Cuda 12, Live Watersports, Ocean Kayak, Wilderness, Malibu, Bonafide RS117, Vibe Sheerwater 125, and Hoodoo Impulse 120, Cobra Explorer, Navigator and fish-n-dive. Any others that might be on the short list?
     
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    yakdout

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    If you want a real fishing kayak, hobie is the only way to go. They really hold their value. In fact I’ve sold 3 for 3 higher than what I bought for new. There’s a reason why they are the most expensive.
     
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    lowprofile

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    Have you thought about a kaboat?
    13fter is $1k delivered and a 5-6hp outboard can be found for under $2k.

    Mine has a 9.8hp and drafts in 6” of water with the motor up and I can paddle it or walk it through skinny water. They’re perfect for the panhandle and I can’t wait to use mine there this year.


     
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    skrilla

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    Jackson, Ocean Kayak, Wilderness, Malibu all make good fishing kayais.

    Ocean Kayak has discontinued their fishing platform kayaks. No more Prowlers or Tridents. Though their sister company, Old Town, are still pumping out quality fishing platforms. Unfortunately no direct Old Town replacement for the fast narrow high rocker profile of the Prowler/Trident line. The Jackson Kraken and Viking Reload are probably the closest competitor you'll find if you're looking for a Prowler/Trident alternative.

    Malibu went tits up a few years ago.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    There are more pedal kayaks now that Hobies pattent ran out on the original Mirage drive.
     
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