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Unread 05-21-2019, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Pedal vs Paddle for gulf fishing

I had a Tarpon 140 about 15 years ago before kayak fishing really blew up that I would use to fish the sound and bay. Sold it years ago but lately have been thinking about getting another kayak to mess around with. I know I'll end up in the gulf bottom fishing so my question is is it worth the extra money for a pedal drive?

I honestly don't know how into it I'll get so dropping $2-3k on a Hobie is out of the question. There seem to be some decent deals on used jacksons and natives that come up from time to time, and now there's the pelican that looks interesting. Any input is appreciated.

Also, how crucial would you say a rudder is on a paddle kayak?
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Unread 05-21-2019, 06:24 PM   #2
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You definitely want a pedal for bottom fishing. You can turn your nose into the current, drop on your spot and hold position while you fish. I have used both and for bottom fishing there is no comparison.
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I like paddle for trolling as I can change up the speed randomly and i think the pulsing of the paddling makes my dusters work a little different than a pedal would.

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Pedal drive 110% worth every penny if you're gonna yak the gulf. Makes life so much easier,l. Hands free so you can mess with your fish finder or rods at the same time as moving to your fishing spot. Can leisurely pedal along around 3 mph almost effortless. Hobies are better in my opinion because if you have a king on and he tries to swim under your yak, you just hit your pedals to make them lay flat against the hull so the line doesnt get caught around the drive like with the native propeller.

A rudder system is a must also to keep you on course much easier than using a paddle to steer, it's as easy as taking 2 fingers to turn a knob...can be fighting a fish with the rod in 1 hand and turn your rudder to point your bow with the other.

I would say a pedal drive and rudder is the ipilot of the kayak world.
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If you like to fish - pedal. If you have tried both you probably wouldn't be asking. Huge difference having hands free to fish.
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Thanks for the input guys. Never tried a pedal kayak before but I kind of figured that would be the better route. Guess I'm about to spend more money than I was planning
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I had a Tarpon 140 about 15 years ago before kayak fishing really blew up that I would use to fish the sound and bay. Sold it years ago but lately have been thinking about getting another kayak to mess around with. I know I'll end up in the gulf bottom fishing so my question is is it worth the extra money for a pedal drive?

I honestly don't know how into it I'll get so dropping $2-3k on a Hobie is out of the question. There seem to be some decent deals on used jacksons and natives that come up from time to time, and now there's the pelican that looks interesting. Any input is appreciated.

Also, how crucial would you say a rudder is on a paddle kayak?
To preface this, I've never used a kayak with either pedals or a rudder. That said, I have fished with a paddle kayak, and I can't imagine anything better than a pedal kayak for kayak fishing.
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Thanks for the input guys. Never tried a pedal kayak before but I kind of figured that would be the better route. Guess I'm about to spend more money than I was planning
Like everybody said, go with the pedal.

I use to buy/sell Hobies. They hold their value pretty well so resale is pretty firm. If you shop hard, you can get one and use for a year or two and sell it for the same money. Most folks add all sorts of unnecessary expensive crap to them and it's hard to recoup that money.
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It's not even a consideration, peddle is the only way to go.
If you want to talk in detail, shoot me a pm.

You can pick up a good 3-4 year old Outback for under $1500
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I do agree with everyone on pedal over paddle. But I don’t understand everyone’s cult like following of Hobie. Too over priced and no instant reverse was a deal breaker for me.


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