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Old 05-02-2013, 06:36 AM   #1
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I talked with an old friend who lives and fishes the coast south of Houston and ask him if Kayaks had arrived down there. He said them *&^%$ kayakers blah blah blah blah I am glad I didn't say I want to buy one before I asked him.
Apparently, boat fishermen do not like kayakers down there at all.
Is there some kind of boat wars going on between these two?
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:55 AM   #2
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Probably just butt hurt from spending all that money in boat maintenance, storage, fuel, etc... and then having someone paddle out there and do just as good or better.
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It really sux to be in your $10-60,000 boat catching very little with a yak-fisherman thirty yards away tearin em slap the hell up...knowing he didn't drop more than $20 (truck gas, food, drink) on the entire trip. I can't tell you how many times I've been on the flats catching fish after fish with a boater inching his way closer and closer to me and can't buy a bite. What I really love is when I let them push me of my spot, then I go over to where they were and start tearin em up again...man that has to suck. Kayaks provide an insane advantage in the skinny water.

Boat wars? I don't know. What I do know, is that if you truly love fishing, you'll find a far more intimate fishing experience via kayak...if it pisses the boaters off, I pity them.
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He said you can't see them at night before daybreak and after dusk. I myself don't know if I would want to be in a Kayak where boats are running at night, that is just plain asking for it. He was also pissed about what he seemed to think were traditional fishing areas that only boaters could get to now being covered with those &^%$# kayaks hehehe.
They typically get out of the boat and wade down there, maybe he thinks the yaks are too much and disrupt the wade fishing. Either way he sure doesn't like them and talked as if this is sort of standard thinking down there.
I wish yaks had been around 35 years ago when I was addicted to wade fishing big time, I am sure I would have owned one and as soon as I get to Pcola I will own one now, I am an old man but those yaks are still irresistible to me. THAT is how is should be done...
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If the kayaks can't be seen at night, it ain't the kayak's fault. It's the kayak-fisherman's fault. No reason anyone should be in a yak at night and not make it their first priority to be seen. If that really is a problem, I agree with him. Somehow, I doubt that's the real problem. The real problem is that someone found a smarter way to fish his favorite honeyholes...go get you a kayak Yobenny!
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A lot of times kayakers can be dicks. I've had many occasions where some idiot on a kayak rows right over my lines while I'm shore fishing and they just don't care. I holler at them but they know they're in kayaks and I can't get to them so they act like nothing happened.

I'm a kayak fisherman too and I have to hear about it when these fools behave this way. Aside from that I don't blame them at all for being annoyed about the kayaks. They were really proud of themselves for being able to fish in places that most people couldn't, but that's just not the reality anymore.
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I plan to buy one brightly colored to address the visibility thing, I have also seen some lights on poles built just for kayaks, but I am not planning on being out there at night anyway except maybe gigging right on the bank if I can rig it up to do that.
Also yak fishing may be cheaper than buying glass but it still aint cheap.
I have shopped and shopped looking at them on the web, by the time you get all the fixins and a decent boat you have $3,500 in it no problem. I can buy a real nice john for a lot less than that. As usual Hobie is PROUD of THEIR stuff.....
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A lot of times kayakers can be dicks. I've had many occasions where some idiot on a kayak rows right over my lines while I'm shore fishing and they just don't care. I holler at them but they know they're in kayaks and I can't get to them so they act like nothing happened.

I'm a kayak fisherman too and I have to hear about it when these fools behave this way. Aside from that I don't blame them at all for being annoyed about the kayaks. They were really proud of themselves for being able to fish in places that most people couldn't, but that's just not the reality anymore.
A lots of times PEOPLE can be dicks. Kayakers have an awesome dick/great guy ratio. The dicks per capita in yak fishing is at an acceptable level in my book...at least around here.
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I plan to buy one brightly colored to address the visibility thing, I have also seen some lights on poles built just for kayaks, but I am not planning on being out there at night anyway except maybe gigging right on the bank if I can rig it up to do that.
Also yak fishing may be cheaper than buying glass but it still aint cheap.
I have shopped and shopped looking at them on the web, by the time you get all the fixins and a decent boat you have $3,500 in it no problem. I can buy a real nice john for a lot less than that. As usual Hobie is PROUD of THEIR stuff.....
I totally agree. Hobie is too damn proud of their stuff. That said, you won't find many hobie owners who feel it was a waste if money, especially if they've spent a couple years paddling. Even still...it's a one-time investment and the cost per trip is tantamount to shore fishing. In no time, you'll forget the monetary expense of buying the yak.
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i would steer clear of the pole lights benny if you are under 16 feet, they look like shore lights if the yak is more than 100 yards away, keep a good potent flash light in ur gear and have it out and ready after dark. no excuses for not seeing me when i flash you with my streamlight.

+1 for the initial cost, but i think the better value is the native propel system, just because u can back it up. but its a give and take thing, everyone has their preferences.
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