Kayak Fishing Discussion/questions
Went to Laacke & Joys Paddlefest on Saturday. Man, those Native watercraft are sick little boats. I tried the Slayer 12XC (paddle only), the Titan 1.5, and the Slayer Propel 13.
The XC was a rock solid paddle only platform, but I'm starting to think if I'm going to spend the money, I better go all the way than regret it a year or 2 down the road. The Titan is so stable and the deck is nice and open for a pedal kayak, but it's so wide it feels difficult to paddle when you're not pedaling. The Slayer Propel was pretty effortless to move in any capacity, but the deck feels cluttered and its not quite as stable as the Titan.
I was impressed overall.
I avoid the opening weekend madness by taking an 8 ft creek boat out on a large trout creek that has very difficult access. There was even a high quality canoe sunk back there for a few years. Just wasn't worth the trouble winching it out and dragging thru the thick brush. I got a couple canoes anyway. Have caught 20 inch trout back there over the years. On a "bad year" they re only 16 to 17 inch. browns
Did the maiden voyage on Sunday with my daughter on Hunter's Lake to get the kinks out. Pretty cool to be able to glide thru 6 inches of water to some of the back channels and up the feeder stream to the road launch. Warmer water in channels held 100's of gills with some dandies mixed in; also saw dead pike, bass and gills laying on the bottom, maybe winter kill? Went out with one rod and one bait, but the gills wanted nothing to do with roadrunner. Also spotted numerous bass including some big ones under several docks. I think I'm going to enjoy this.
C’mon, Chris, I’m a certified cheapskate. Those carbon fiber paddles are too pricey for me. Generally carbon fiber holds up well strength wise, judging by the motocross parts I used to have.
Congrats on the purchases, EZ. Good kayaks for the price
Pulled the trigger on a pair of Perception Swifter DLX sit-ins yesterday at Dick's. I'll have a couple minor things to do to tweak mine for occasional fishing, but they fit the bill for being light, short at 9'6'', and affordable with the sale and good-guy discount. Cruised the internet last night for anchoring ideas and came across the DIY anchor pole and trolley methods, both pretty slick. Thanks for the input fellas.
Another question for you seasoned yakkers. Can you maintain reasonable forward progress and control of a yak when using just a single paddle, like a canoe paddle? Might be applicable when exploring a narrow stream to get to a small lake, for instance. And along those lines, are oar locks and small row-able paddles an option?
Yup, you will be wetter in a sit on top, especially if there are scupper holes. But you can buy plugs for the scupper holes. I have sit in kayaks for cold weather and rivers, and sit on top for warm weather lake fishing. If you only plan on kayaking in warm weather on lakes, sit on top is best for you. If you want to hit the water for three seasons and rivers with mild rapids, sit in is definitely better. Having both kinds is the way to go if you can afford that. I even use 8.5 ft creek boats for fishing remote trout rivers. Once on the Peshtigo, I accdently ran a class 4 stretch, nearly pooped my pants, lol