Kayak Fishing Discussion/questions
I would take a hard look at an Old Town Guide 119 canoe based on what you said your dad would need. It is an 11 foot long solo canoe with a comfortable molded seat. Why the canoe? For someone with back/leg problems a canoe is much easier to get in and out of than the small hole in the top of a kayak. The seat in this canoe sits lower, much like a kayak, which adds stability. It is also a couple inches wider than most kayaks, which will give him more room and add stability. I have one and love it!
The main complaint for this canoe is the seat being too 'level'...take the back screws out of the seat brackets, install 2" bushings and longer screws which lowers the back of the seat to a more 'bucket seat' and keeps you from feeling like you're going to slide out of the seat.
There are also entire websites and forums dedicated to modifying the Guide 119/Discovery 119 for fishing. I still paddle mine with a kayak paddle and switch to a canoe paddle for tight maneuvers while fishing. It is a great boat and I even take my Labrador with me in mine. 550 pound weigh capacity and tons of room! I bought mine on sale for $450 at Dick's Sporting Goods 3 years ago. I'm bigger and taller than your dad and even with my lab in the front feel 100% comfortable.
Looking for a starter kayak for my dad.Nothing fancy but has to be fairly stable.He is 63,5'10" 240 lbs.Is handicapped with back and right leg issues.Does not use a cane and is fairly mobile.Just going to use it on smaller lakes and slow shallow rivers,mostly hugging the shores bass fishing.Needs to be stable for getting in and out and somewhat comfortable sitting for a few hours at a time.Price range around $500.00 or so. Thank You.
Hi, I've posted this already on the Trading Post section. I have a 2012 Jackson Coosa for sale, I'm looking to switch to a newer Jackson Cuda. If you are interested or have an idea on trading something please let me know. I also have a Madriver Adventure 14 canoe for sale or trade, that one is not posted yet. Thanks! Ernie
Not exactly sure on the hull configuration of the Predators as I have a Prowler 13 by Ocean Kayak( Old Towne's sister company) which are both owned by Johnson Outdoors. I have paddled mine in moving water which happened to be a VERY TIGHT stream and it handled fine. Of course, a shorter boat,(10') , would be even more maneuverable, like being able to spin a 180 in two strokes, but will also be slower, and you will give up some room also.
RUTABAGA'S CANOECOPIA is THE premier paddle sport show here in the Midwest, and you can at least check out boats that the store carries. Plenty to drool over there, and decent show prices, too. Another plus is often paddlers will bring boats they are looking to sell, so you just may find a sweet deal in the parking lot.
You may also want to check at ROCKTOWN, and also paddling.net for used boats.
I haven't seen if the design has changed, but I bought a predator 11 years ago that's still goin strong. Every 3 or $400 yak I've tried suck compared to it. Hundreds or trips and hundreds of yards of concrete it's been dragged across and the hill is holding up fine. Not to big not to small and I can fit a lot in it/strap to the top if I'm doin a camping trip.
no cons I can think of since it fufills my fishing needs with the space. I've never used the rod holder tho. Also haven't been in small waters my but it handles big lakes and rivers well
Doing a lot of research right now for a purchase next spring. Was wondering if anyone here has experience with the OT Predators? Pro's / Con's?? Other suggestions welcome also. Will mainly be used on mid to small sized streams. Also, has anyone here attended Canoeacoppia in Madison? Held in March i believe, put on by Rutabaga.
A little late to Blue's question but.... I'd agree with Coosa in that you won't get much for $250-350. That said, the Field and Stream Eagle Talon is probably the best of the cheap boats available routinely on sale for $400 give or take at Dick's. I had one, it's not a bad platform especially at that price though you'll want to upgrade the seat. Folks like to recommend the Perception Pescador. I don't like them. They're fast but not very stable. The Pescador Pro is a different animal though and are stable enough to stand in with a little practice and has a seat very similar to the Coosa/Cuda
Those Coosa yaks are nice, especially for moving water! The HD version was on my short list and was a close second after paddling it. I ended up with a Feelfree Lure, everything just felt right with that boat.
Has anyone here been kayak fishing in Ontario? I'm going to Perrault Falls / Ear Falls (Wabaskang Lake, Cliff Lake, Wenasaga Lake, Lac Seul, English River area) week of July 4th. Just looking to chat with anyone who's had a similar experience. Thanks, Ernie
Jackson Coosa is the best out of 3 kayaks I've owned over the past 8 years or so. It's a little pricey, around $1,200 or a little more, but well worth it. The Jackson Cuda is similar, supposedly better for open, flat water. Both are set up about the same and cost about the same. Tight lines!
You may also want to check out the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 at Gander Mountain. They are closing out that model and have reduced the price. I picked one up there and am very happy with the purchase.
One thing to consider is initially spending a little more money may get you into something that you'll be happy with and won't be looking to upgrade right away.