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Old 06-14-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Whats up men,

here's the short story. I sold my 3/4 ton, camper, and bay boat () so that I can start building a house for my little family. (Wife and 2 Girls). The deal with the wife was I get to buy a kayak for selling all my toys .

Well I was about to order a new ocean trident 15 when eveyone started telling me to ride in a couple different yaks before I buy one. I live in hattiesburg, Ms and we don't have any places to do that. Luckly I am coming to Pensacola next Wed thru Sunday. I have two places to try out kayaks down there so I can figure out which to buy. May make my purchase at kayak and sail down there.

Reguardless of wether I buy one I plan on fishing from one while I'm there even if I have to rent it. My plan is to paddle off the beach .5 to 1.5 miles and troll cigs or ballyhoo. Am i making a good decision or is there a better idea???

I used to fish the bay in my big boat and we wore out the white trout on the big bridge, caugth some reds in the pass, and garcon point too. I deffenitly want to try offshore in the yak when I'm there though. Any advise from the pros would be appreaciated.

Thanks Gary
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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Hm, there're a lot of options out there for you so we might need a little info? Will you only be using the yak when you come down to visit the gulf or do you plan to use it on any rivers and/or lakes up where you're at?

You may want to consider the Trident 13ft if you plan to do more than just fish the gulf. The Trident 15 is a great boat but it is a dedicated offshore yak. It's going to be fast and track very well for long distance paddling but it will be limited in maneuverability and is a little on the heavy side for lifting by yourself. The Trident 13 on the other hand is possibly one of the most versatile kayaks available on the market. It's fast, tracks well, still retains excellent maneuverability, good stability (I could stand in mine on the flats), lots of mounting options for gear, and easy to lift by yourself.

Also, something else to consider are the 2 new yaks Ocean kayak has recently produced, the trident ultra 4.7 (15.5ft = 4.7m) and 4.3 (14ft = 4.3m). The only reason I got rid of my Trident 13 is because I decided to upgrad to the Ultra 4.3. I've got one on the way to Pensacola Kayak and Sail so hopefully I'll be able to break it in and post a review in the next couple days.

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Alex
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:51 AM   #3
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Thanks Alex, when I buy one I will be doing allot of coastal fishing from it. I plan on paddling to cat island off Mississippi coast which is a 7 mile run. Plus allot of the places I fish on the coast are good distances. That's why I was leaning toward the 15. 13 may be all I need though.

As far as fishing in Pensacola goes I only have a one day pass to fish from
The wife. I figure the only fishing I want to attempt is from a kayak in the gulf. The only reason that will change is if the wind is bad. Then I will fish the sound which I have done before. I plan on trolling baits off the beach while trying to position over some artificial reefs I got off the Internet that are within 2 miles of where I plan on putting in. My veteran brother is going with me also. He lives in
Pensacola but only fishes when I take him.
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