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Old 08-15-2018, 09:51 PM   #1
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My wife and I bought our current kayaks (OK Prowler 13's) back in 2010. I'm figuring that it might be about time to upgrade. There are a couple of kayak shop local to me here in central AL. But they are geared towards recreational/river yaks. So, I'm figuring that a roadtrip may be in order to check out possible candidates for new ones. Are they any shops down that way that stock a decent selection of fishing oriented yaks? Other than Hobies. LOL Those arent in the budget. Just being realistic.
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What exactly are you looking for and what budget are you looking to spend?
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What exactly are you looking for and what budget are you looking to spend?
That's just it. I dont know. When we bought the Prowlers, they were one of the very few fishing oriented yaks out there. A LOT has changed since then. That is why I want to find a shop/shops that stock several different makes/models.

Budget? Dont know. That depends on how much we like them. I looked at a Hobie at the ramp one day a couple of years ago and it was nice, but I didn't think it was $4000 nice. I actually liked our prowlers better. No offence to Hobie owners. It just wasn't my thing. But If I had to specify a target. Maybe $1000-$1500 each. Maybe more if I find something that I just HAVE to have. It happens. LOL
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Are you looking for pedal or paddle?
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I just got a Hobie compass. I had a cuda 12. I like the compass for a couple reasons. Price and its lightweight.
I have bought a kayak and some other stuff from Mike at Terrapin outdoor center in Piedmont.
I also bought a cruise 10 from lonnie at coosa outdoor center.
I had a hard time finding a kayak dealer close to us that had what I wanted.
I wanted a pedal kayak. Looked at Jackson and wilderness. In the end the Hobie mirage drive seemed like the more reliable of all them. I purchased mine from Sunjammers in PC. He was the only one that offered the 180 drive.
If you want to meet somewhere I can let you try it out. Let me know.

The downside of the compass is it is not as rigged for fishing as some of the other true fishing kayaks.

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Are you looking for pedal or paddle?
Paddle. I dont have much interest in peddling. A lot of the areas that I go would knock the fins off of a peddle yak. But I do want a yak that is able to go out front in the salty water. I do use it for that occasionally.

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I just got a Hobie compass. I had a cuda 12. I like the compass for a couple reasons. Price and its lightweight.
I have bought a kayak and some other stuff from Mike at Terrapin outdoor center in Piedmont.
I also bought a cruise 10 from lonnie at coosa outdoor center.
I had a hard time finding a kayak dealer close to us that had what I wanted.
I wanted a pedal kayak. Looked at Jackson and wilderness. In the end the Hobie mirage drive seemed like the more reliable of all them. I purchased mine from Sunjammers in PC. He was the only one that offered the 180 drive.
If you want to meet somewhere I can let you try it out. Let me know.

The downside of the compass is it is not as rigged for fishing as some of the other true fishing kayaks.
I bought my first one (an Old Town Loon) from Bass Pro. Then I bought an Ocean Kayaks Venus for my wife. It was awful! It was an 11ft yak with a 175lb capacity. Anything near capacity and it was VERY tippy. LOL So we quickly upgraded to the Prowler 13's from Coosa River Adventures. We've been running them for 8 or 9 years and think that there are probably better options available for us these days.

I might take you up on the offer to check your's out. I saw a guy last week on the Coosa with a Jackson. It was ok, but it didn't scream to me that I needed it. But it did plant the bug that I might want something newer. I liked some of the things that it had to offer. It may have just been the colors that I didn't like. LOL

EDIT: I just looked at pics of a Cuda 12 and like it. I dont know the model of the Jackson that I looked at last weekend, but it was a bit larger and bulkier looking than the Cuda.
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Paddle. I dont have much interest in peddling. A lot of the areas that I go would knock the fins off of a peddle yak. But I do want a yak that is able to go out front in the salty water. I do use it for that occasionally.



I bought my first one (an Old Town Loon) from Bass Pro. Then I bought an Ocean Kayaks Venus for my wife. It was awful! It was an 11ft yak with a 175lb capacity. Anything near capacity and it was VERY tippy. LOL So we quickly upgraded to the Prowler 13's from Coosa River Adventures. We've been running them for 8 or 9 years and think that there are probably better options available for us these days.

I might take you up on the offer to check your's out. I saw a guy last week on the Coosa with a Jackson. It was ok, but it didn't scream to me that I needed it. But it did plant the bug that I might want something newer. I liked some of the things that it had to offer. It may have just been the colors that I didn't like. LOL

EDIT: I just looked at pics of a Cuda 12 and like it. I dont know the model of the Jackson that I looked at last weekend, but it was a bit larger and bulkier looking than the Cuda.


Seriously take a look at the Old Town Predator 13. It is wide and stable and a fishing machine.


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People like new stuff, but I would consider a used yak too. For that price you can get a used one that is pretty top of the line and probably get lots of extras with it.
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Seriously take a look at the Old Town Predator 13. It is wide and stable and a fishing machine.


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Know of anyone that stocks them? And preferably other brands/models as well. Hard to justify a road trip to look at one yak. Ya know?

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People like new stuff, but I would consider a used yak too. For that price you can get a used one that is pretty top of the line and probably get lots of extras with it.
I'm not very interested in used yaks for a few reasons.

First off, I am very OCD about how mine are taken care of. I've never seen a fishing yak out in the field that I didn't think had the hell beat of it. I like mine looking new. Even 8 years down the road.

Second, I am wanting a pair. I'm unlikely to find a pair that are the same or even similar.

Third, not many fishing kayaks in my area for sale. New or used. I'm not willing to make a road trip to see someone else's single beat to hell kayak. See reasons one and two. LOL.

Now if a nicely kept pair pops up for sale, I would consider them. But, I think that is very unlikely. But I am hoping!
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I have had good results with Pensacola kayak and sail. They normally have a good selection in the showroom. I have native pedal drives but they have a lot of paddle drive last time I was there. I think they do old town and Jackson also.


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