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Old 05-30-2015, 10:50 PM   #1
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I currently have a heritage redfish angler10 that I enjoy fishing from.
Boat just feels a little small for me.
My current issues with this kayak are the lack of storage and excess standing water in the pit. I understand how scuppers work and all that nonsense but I cannot stand having a wet bottom the instant that I get in my kayak.

I am looking at getting a 12 to 14ft kayak.

I recently went to pensacola kayak and really liked the native slayer 14.5 but recent events have cut my budget where this will not be affordable anymore.

Any input would be greatly appreciated
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:09 AM   #2
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Academy had 12' pescador on sale for $399.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:54 AM   #3
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Buying used gets more bang for a budget. If new, Academy has the Prowler 13 for $650 and used, there's a few in the kayaks for sale section here under 1k.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
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The only thing with the prowler is I do not like the molded foot stops
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The molded in foot wells have one advantage over foot pegs on rails. You can push as hard as you want when paddling and they won't break.

In 2004, I once owned a WS Tarpon 140 with foot pegs. The very first trip beyond the breakers out in the Gulf of Mexico, I saw a group of pelicans diving into the water about 200 yards from me. I figured there were predator fish pushing prey baitfish to the surface.

I wanted to paddle over there as fast as I could to get into the action so to speak. I had to push on the foot pegs (to get leverage) to paddle fast. I pushed so hard that one of the foot pegs broke off.

After that trip, I sold the Tarpon and bought me a 2004 year model Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro TW which had molded in foot wells. I'm still yak fishing from the SPTW today eleven years later.

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Old 06-01-2015, 10:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. Would I be okay with a 12 or do I really need to go 14ft?
I mainly go by myself and I don't know how much of a chore it will be to load by myself atop my xterra?
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:42 PM   #7
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I have a 12' old town and it does fine. I'm only there for a week at a time and usually by myself so I don't venture out too far.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:47 PM   #8
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Newbie kayaker and absolutely addicted. Sounds corny, but you really do become part of the environment. See things you never see from a boat.

That said, I almost went with the PA, but decided against due weight for lifting onto, and off of my dock, and the fact I wanted upper arm exercise. Someone here mentioned the Vibe "Sea Ghost" being the best bargain going so I looked into it. Checked dealer in Atlanta and they were 2 months behind in orders. Found local dealer (Bronsons?) in Navarre. Had one left. Went for test ride and bought.

13' with rudder, rigged for fishing, and it cost only $790. I upgraded to the nice seat for another $80. I'm big (6'3") with a problem lower back, yet after 3-4 hours aboard no problems. Very comfy. Clips along easily as fast (3.5-4 mph) as my fishing buddies Wilderness which is skinnier.

Another good one I almost bought was the Ocean Kayak Prowler.
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:40 PM   #9
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Used is definitely a good idea especially as you're still learning the game. Look on craigslist or the yaks for sale section of this forum for some good deals. The biggest advantage of used over new is that in a few years when you decide you don't like somethings about your next kayak, you can resell and make 75-90% of your investment back assuming you've kept the yak in good shape. If you buy new, then you're going to only get around 50% of your investment back when you resell it.
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Jackson kraken if you mainly fish offshore. Tons of storage, paddles like a dream, and the best of all; no wet ass.


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