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Hello all!
I am new to the kayaking scene. So new, in fact, that I don't even own one yet. But, that's why I'm here. :)
I'm just now getting back into fishing after a many year break. Initially, I wanted to get a smallish boat to putt around in rivers/bays. After using a friends kayak a few weeks ago, doing a bit of research on kayak fishing and lots of thought, I have decided to skip buying a hole in the water and go for a kayak.
I'm having trouble deciding what kind/size of kayak I need/want to get. I am fat. Big boy fat. Five foot 10. Three hundred pounds. What size kayak should I be looking at? The one I was using was a 13 ft Malibu of some kind. It seemed fairly stable and handled well. Also...at first...I was intending on buying a used yak. But, as I am researching, I think I may opt for a new unit. I'm really interested in the Native Propels, Hobie Mirages and NuCanoes. So, tell me to lose some weight and talk to me about a good entry point for doing some river/bay/sound fishing in a kayak.
 

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That looks like a nice one. 3k is a bit steep for me at this point. I really want to stay below 2k.
 

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Save yourself some money and go with a Pro Angler 14. Youll eventually get one any way.

This... Just look on craigslist or the for sale forum on here... you can find a good used one for around $2000-$2300..

The PA 14 was my first "fishing kayak" that I bought and haven't looked back... only downside is it's damn heavy
 

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Propel has reverse where the mirage does not... only bad thing is when you get into shallow water the propel drive will have to come out of there so you don't run a ground... the mirage drive you can push all the way in one direction and it will flatten against the bottom of the boat
 

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my advise.. go to your local yak shop or call and ask about demoing a few models... they are usually more than happy to let you do so
 

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I haven't been in a Hobie but I love my Native Slayer Propel. I fish mostly inshore and will likely sell my last motor boat because the slayer is just so much fun to fish out of. My progression went Pelican 12' icon, Wilderness Ride 135 and then to the Slayer all in a matter of 12 monthes. Love every day I get to fish out of the Slayer.
 

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Good Idea... the Kraken is brand new and looks like a pretty sweet BTB yak
 

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I am 6'-5" 265 and have a Ride 135 and a Native Slayer. Both are stable enough for me to stand in. And I happen to have a Ride 135 for sale.


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What?!?! No mention of the Ocean Kayaks Prowler Big Game?
 

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I'm 5' 10" & 250#, I have a OK Prowler 13 & even with gear I'm not even near it's max payload of 400/450#.
 
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