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#2884696 - 07/24/12 02:15 PM Kayak Fisherman, I have questions
MidTennFisher
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I want to buy a kayak and like this one a lot. Of course, Ill be buying it from Dunham Sports for about 250 dollars cheaper.

http://futurebeach.com/index.php/kayaks/sit-in-kayaks-2/anglertm-144-12.html

It's not too big that I can't strap it on top of my Grand Cherokee (I think) but plenty big enough for me being over 6 ft tall. It has all the storage, rod holders, etc. that I need. I will be using it to fish the Caney Fork River, often below the dam and sometimes during generation. Of course, Ill stay to the left side of the wall so I won't be in the current. I also will use it around Center Hill Lake to get a lot more access than I'd have from the bank. I commonly see areas I'd love to cast to but can't access from shore fishing. I may venture to other lakes with it too but I'm planning on using it near the shore, not paddling very far away. Knowing this, do you experienced kayak fisherman see anything about this kayak that wouldn't suit my needs? I know there are nicer ones out there but I don't want to spend much more than $500. I don't need all the fancy additions, just the basics to allow me to fish the way I like but have more access than shore fishing gives me.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
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#2884757 - 07/24/12 03:13 PM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: MidTennFisher]
smstone22
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I dont see anything wrong with it, but I just have a cheap pelical castaway so I dont have anything real nice but I love it.
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#2884857 - 07/24/12 05:19 PM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: smstone22]
Diehard Hunter
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It may not seem like much, but a kayak with a quality seat will make all the difference. That seat does not look adjustable. Your legs will be cramping and your back hurting in short order. Especially since you are over six feet tall.
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#2885340 - 07/25/12 07:57 AM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: Diehard Hunter]
jakeway
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Ditto on the seat. The hull also doesn't look as streamlined as some. You'll find paddling upstream against one generator tough going. I used to have an Ocean kayak Drifter, and even that got tiring against the current. It worked great downstream or no generation. I sold it after I bought a Gheenoe, which is 500% better for the Caney than a kayak, though a bit heavy (125 lbs) for car topping.

If I bought another fishing kayak I'd get a Tarpon 120
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#2885349 - 07/25/12 08:08 AM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: jakeway]
MidTennFisher
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http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_196951_-1?N=670787849

On another forum, someone suggested this. It's made from the same mold as the Tarpon 120 and has a much more comfortable looking seat. I never took that into consideration but I certainly won't want to sit on hard plastic all day so I'll scratch the kayak I first listed. I won't be paddling upstream against a generator ever. The only time I'd even be kayaking in the Caney during generation is if I was on the left side of the wall, out of the current, casting into it.

I'm more concerned with stability than I am with speed. Some tell me that tipping some kayaks is inevitable. I really don't want to tip it in the Caney on a cold day. That whole hypothermia thing worries me. In the summer I wouldn't care, it would feel good as long as I don't lose a rod.

What do you think about plugging the scudder holes? I won't be fishing in rough waters so I don't need them and I'd rather not have water coming in through them keeping my butt wet all the time.
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#2885361 - 07/25/12 08:17 AM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: MidTennFisher]
moondawg
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That 2nd one looks good. Looks like something I'd consider getting; I'm wanting a kayak as well. Like you, I'm more concerned with stability than speed. I'll sacrifice a little speed for good stability.
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#2885478 - 07/25/12 09:57 AM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: moondawg]
Diehard Hunter
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Plugging the scupper holes would not be a problem. You can get the plugs and remove them when you need the drainage. You can also get a depth finder that fits into a scupper hole.

The second link looks like a much better option.

Make sure it has the bungees on the side to hold your paddle while you are fishing.
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#2885490 - 07/25/12 10:13 AM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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The seat is the main thing. Ive got a pelican castaway ive use in the river,creeks, and gulf. It dosent have any pading for your arse and in long floats i have to sit on something or stand up for a bit.
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#2885503 - 07/25/12 10:23 AM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: lung-buster]
jakeway
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I used to put in at Betty's island during low water and paddle upstream' then ride the bubble back. Most stable kayak out there is Drifter, but no longer made. Most sit on top styles you can sit with oth legs over the same side and it won't flip. I've kayaked Caney in Feb just wear waders.

Plug scupper holes, and open them occasionally or on shore to drain the. Water that WILL get in boat from paddle, your feet when getting in, etc.
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#2885976 - 07/25/12 06:23 PM Re: Kayak Fisherman, I have questions [Re: jakeway]
chck3300
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Whatever you get i highly recommend a rudder,when a breeze catches you it is just like a foot controled trolling motor...Great while fishing.I think you can buy one and install it later though.
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