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I'm graduating next month and my parents are probably getting me a kayak for a graduation present. I've fished the perception pescador 10 before and I'm thinking of going that route but was wondering if there is any other kayaks that are better for about the same price. I don't plan to take it into the gulf unless I'm dropping off shark baits,mainly bays and bayous. I'd prefer a kayak in the 10-12 range to make it easier to haul. Any other ideas?
 

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http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/perception-pescador-10-sit-on-top-kayak/pid-1376723?color=Purple&N=670787849+4294583949

http://www.academy.com/shop/browse/boating-marine-kayaking-canoeing-kayaks-paddle-boards/emotion/_/N-670787849+4294667489

http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-D10T-SitOnTop-Kayak-Purple/Black/product/13110707113415/

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Emotiontrade-Temptation-11-Kayak/1804078.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=/catalog/search/?N=&No=40&Ns=MAX_SALE_PRICE%7C1&Ntk=AllProducts&Ntt=kayak&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products&WTz_st=&WTz_stype=SP&form_state=searchForm&recordsPerPage=20&search=kayak&searchTypeByFilter=AllProducts&x=10&y=6&Ntt=kayak

These are all decent kayaks. If you bump up your price you can get a 12' which would be a bit faster and have a higher weight rating.

I would also look on ebay and craigslist.

http://jackson.craigslist.org/boa/4897558117.html

These are supposed to be really good and sell for $800 up here. http://pensacola.craigslist.org/spo/4989284393.html

http://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa/4967336966.html

A little bit more, but a good boat. http://pensacola.craigslist.org/spo/4945040109.html

Good for running baits. http://pensacola.craigslist.org/spo/4945039656.html

This is what I would buy if my buget was $500. http://mobile.craigslist.org/boa/4940744756.html

Probably the most recommended kayak for dropping baits http://okaloosa.craigslist.org/spo/4969795347.html

I would not consider a pelican or anything walmart sells.
 

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Field & Stream Eagle Talon 12 or a Perception Pescador 12 would be my two recommendations. Both absolutely fantastic yaks. The Talon 12 is actually on sale brand new for $450 right now at Dick's I believe.
 

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Thanks for all the links. I'm liking that eagle talon, other than the seat it seems perfect.

As for the pelican kayaks, I'm using a Coleman right now that is just like it and it leaves a lot to be desired. It works and I've caught a ton of fish off of it so I can't complain though.

Anyone know where I could test ride an eagle talon?
 

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I'll second happy hour hero. I have 2 pescador 12 s and 2 13.5 tandem. I really like the 12s and will probally buy another one soon. The are hard to beat for the money. I have been told that they made from an old wilderness tarpon 12 mold. I have used mine everywhere. They are especially good in rivers and the bay.
 

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I think you would be happier with the 12, it only weighs about 10 pounds more, but it tracks better and you will actually go faster. I started with a Perception Sport 10 and now have the West Marine version (Pompano 120). They are all made by the same company. A common complaint with these kayaks is a wet seat from water coming through the scupper holes. You can plug the scuppers and/or add an extra seat cushion to raise you up a bit. I made a cushion from an old pool float. I got the Pompano 120 for $399 on sale, but had to order the seat ($65).
 

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http://m.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=31609916&cp=4406646.4413993.19248926.4417969

I have this boat and I love it. It is wide and super stable. Throw you a cheap seat on there and it will really surprise you. I've had it in the gulf on a couple of days that I got called crazy for launching in, and I can stand up and bass fish out of it. It has a 500lb capacity!!!

OH, and CONGRATULATIONS on the next step in your life! You are entering the best few years of your young life so make the most of them, they can and probably will determine what happens in the years after 22. Be sure to have as much fun as possible while keeping out of trouble and keeping your grades up.

Tight lines and stay safe!
 

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I think you would be happier with the 12, it only weighs about 10 pounds more, but it tracks better and you will actually go faster. I started with a Perception Sport 10 and now have the West Marine version (Pompano 120). They are all made by the same company. A common complaint with these kayaks is a wet seat from water coming through the scupper holes. You can plug the scuppers and/or add an extra seat cushion to raise you up a bit. I made a cushion from an old pool float. I got the Pompano 120 for $399 on sale, but had to order the seat ($65).
Im probably going to get the 12 In whatever kayak I choose. I'm just hoping it doesn't stick too far out of the truck or I'll need the trailer hitch bed extender.
 

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http://m.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=31609916&cp=4406646.4413993.19248926.4417969

I have this boat and I love it. It is wide and super stable. Throw you a cheap seat on there and it will really surprise you. I've had it in the gulf on a couple of days that I got called crazy for launching in, and I can stand up and bass fish out of it. It has a 500lb capacity!!!

OH, and CONGRATULATIONS on the next step in your life! You are entering the best few years of your young life so make the most of them, they can and probably will determine what happens in the years after 22. Be sure to have as much fun as possible while keeping out of trouble and keeping your grades up.

Tight lines and stay safe!
That's a nice looking boat for the price. I'll keep that one in mind while doing a little more research.

Thanks a bunch, fishing tends to keep me out of trouble. I still have to make some big decisions in the next coming months but until then, I'll be tearing up the fish!
 

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Just got back from looking at a new kayak. It's going to be a tough decision between the striker, talon, and the pescador.

I'm also looking at the emotion stealth but they did not have one at any of the stores I went to. Decisions decisions...
 

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Haha. I had trouble deciding with the same three. If they make it hard that probably means any one of those will by a great yak.
 

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Another thing to keep in mind, foot braces versus molded foot rests. For me, the molded foot rests gets uncomfortable on my legs after a while, leaving indentions on my legs.

You can get a tailgate extender at Harborfreight.
 

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Have you considered Sun Dolphin Journey ???

Its sold at Walmart in New orleans area for $449. 12' weight limit 395 pounds.
Im going to get one as my first yak.
 

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Another thing to keep in mind, foot braces versus molded foot rests. For me, the molded foot rests gets uncomfortable on my legs after a while, leaving indentions on my legs.

You can get a tailgate extender at Harborfreight.
My current kayak has the molded foot rest and I haven't had a problem with them. I haven't tried the adjustable ones but I'm sure that they work as good, if not better than the molded ones.
 

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I'll second happy hour hero. I have 2 pescador 12 s and 2 13.5 tandem. I really like the 12s and will probally buy another one soon. The are hard to beat for the money. I have been told that they made from an old wilderness tarpon 12 mold. I have used mine everywhere. They are especially good in rivers and the bay.
Second the pescador, got one last year and first time in the gulf caught a mani mani and second time a cobia. They come set up for fishing. I can fit mine in the back of my SUV and it only sticks out about two feet past the fold down gate.
 
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