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Old May 22nd, 2017, 08:58 PM #1
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Fishing Kayak, sit on top or sit in? Why?

Anyone here fish with a kayak? Looking for advice on what style and length to go with. I fish some small, slow creeks and a few small ponds and lakes.

I like the sit on top because I feel I'd be able to move my legs around and people say they're more stable.

However, the sit in would be nice in cooler temps to keep the water from splashing on me and to keep gear dry.

Something like this would be nice.

Seems too good to be true for the price.

https://m.dickssportinggoods.com/p/f...trphy126nglpsk

I've been eyeing this one for years, just too cheap to buy it lol.

https://m.dickssportinggoods.com/p/f...21_&rrec=true#
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Old school kayaker, sit on are stable in flat water but all primary roll with little secondary stability. What that means, hard to tip over but once its starts you are getting wet. Sit in kayaks typically have great secondary stability but seem like they are tippy. That tippy adds to maneuverability and speed. They are actually stable as that secondary stability makes it a bit harder to tip in rougher water.

Ok, for fishing, open nice platform to fish from. For any distance kayaking and in more choppy water, sitin is way to go

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buddy of mine just bought a feel free lure 11.5. really nice. he can stand up in it. I have an ascend fs10. I enjoy it. I fish the hell out of it.
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These are highly recommended.

https://www.hobie.com/kayaks/mirage-...er-12/#fishing
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Sit on... me and my GSP have no issues on the river on a windy, rough day.. You can/may get wet, but.. it's summer... you won't melt. Besides, if you are gonna fish, be prepared to get a little wet either way..
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+1. I didn't fish in mine, but it is the coolest kayak on the water. Paddle it if you want, pedal it and fly through the water at up to 6mph while keeping your hands free, or add a sailing rig (and wish you hadn't).

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I just bought the F&S one you have linked but the sit in model. I haven't had it in the water yet. Hoping to try it out next week for the first time.
Let me know if you get to try it.

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I just picked up a future beach trophy 126 (identical to first link). From a coworker.

With the dihedral hull it is VERY stable and easily tracks straight. I was always a canoe guy, and picked this up on a whim. Money well spent. Light enough to carry short distance to get into little backwater creeks.
I'm 6foot and 200 plus, and it doesn't feel "tight" at all. And with me and gear it only draws 6ish inches of water with out scraping the mud to get over low tide channel.
I normally go out local in feeder creeks of Marley, and Furnance creeks.
My local DSG has that one for 250 right now which is a smoking deal. Really debating it.
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My local DSG has that one for 250 right now which is a smoking deal. Really debating it.[/QUOTE]

I believe it would make a GREAT entry level fishing kayak. And that is a good deal. Bought mine for $100 cash and some ammo. It was only in water couple times before I got and and I am VERY pleased with it.
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+1. I didn't fish in mine, but it is the coolest kayak on the water. Paddle it if you want, pedal it and fly through the water at up to 6mph while keeping your hands free, or add a sailing rig (and wish you hadn't).

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I am envious of the alternative power mode, that is sweet! and... I'd add a sail, I'm a sailor at heart... lol
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I am envious of the alternative power mode, that is sweet! and... I'd add a sail, I'm a sailor at heart... lol
Well, you might want to think about that. I've sailed most of my life, and the performance of the Hobie sailing rig on this kayak is disappointing. It doesn't point, and a close/beam reach is about the best you can hope for. It won't beat for shucks. Downwind it's great, and you can fold up the flippers for more speed. You'll need at least 10-15 knots of wind to make it move, and a very skilled hand on the sheet to keep from capsizing. As long as you don't expect much, it can be good fun.
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