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Dble Haul 05-23-2005 08:11 AM

Tarpon it is!
I've settled on the Tarpon 140. It's has plenty of room for a tall leggy guy like me. :wink:

I pick it up tomorrow night, and then a new chapter in my bumbling adventures begins. No giggling. :tsk_tsk: :hihi:

FLGator 05-23-2005 06:25 PM

Before you write the check I recommend you check out Take the information for what it is but just wanted you to have it included in your decision making process.

Nick 05-24-2005 06:49 AM


GREAT CHOICE! I've loved mine since the moment I cracked the Bud Light over her bow. I'm contemplating upgrading to the rudder after my paddling in NZ, but it may be out of my budget for this year. Enjoy!


Dble Haul 05-24-2005 08:12 AM

Gator, I've done my homework on this and then some over the past several weeks. I appreciate your concern, but for my situation and what I intend to use this yak for, I really don't think I could do much better. And yes, I took it for a spin. :wink:

Nick, mine is coming with the rudder already installed. :smokin:

FLGator 05-24-2005 11:09 AM


Had come across that info and thought I'd pass it on. Personally, I like to have as much information as possible both good and bad and as much as I can get from independent sources all to factor into my own opinion on something. Sounds like you've done the same thing and considered it all and made a great decision.

Another great adventure in the making!

Take care,

Adrian 05-24-2005 11:48 AM

Congrats Mark - great choice! :smokin:

I have one of the older style Tarpon 160s and paddled one of the new T120s down in Florida. I think Wilderness Systems have done a lot of listening to the kayak fishing community over the past couple of seasons.

Let me know when you are ready to hook-up.

Dble Haul 05-24-2005 12:38 PM

I think you're right....Wilderness Systems has been listening.

I sat in the 120, and surpise surprise I felt a bit cramped. I also tested an Ocean Prowler 13 and a few others, but the T140 just felt like it fit my body and fishing type best.

I'll let you know when I'm ready...probably in a few weeks.

Thanks in advance for any knowledge that you pass on. :)

FLGator 05-24-2005 03:21 PM

This is another useful site...

GregD 05-26-2005 02:12 AM

Hi Mark,

Congrats on the new Tarpon 14, great yak! It sure opens up alot of new fishing spots for freshwater and salt. Hopefully we can hit the water together sometime in the yaks this summer/fall. I found I can get down to the Thames and New london pretty quick, But don't really know the area too well. Looks like some nice water there and around Niantic. I Usually end up driving alittle longer to get to Watch Hill.

I don't know if you have a rack for the transporting the kayak or not But I looked at them pretty throughly and just picked one up and installed it. I would be happy to share some of the things I 've learned about them if your interested.

Missed CT UFT this spring.

Happy Yakkin. ;)

Dble Haul 05-26-2005 08:08 AM

Greg, thanks for the offer but I already have the Yakima rack installed. I'm quite pleased with it.

I like your idea of getting together for some fishing. Let's keep it in mind for later in the year. :)

h2o 05-26-2005 09:45 PM

Welcome to the darkside :lildevl:

Current Yaks
2- Ocean Kayak Capers
1 - O.K. Cabo (tandem)

All rigged & Decked Out For Flyfishing
scotty rod holders 3 - 4 each, anchor systems, seats & butt pads, paddle holders, T - Bar w) GPS / Bluechart, yak leash's, etc.

rivers, creeks, lakes & great lakes

pounded the bass yesterday btw

SageBoy 06-20-2005 01:33 PM

H2....How do you like the Capers? I was thinking about getting one of those instead of the Tarpon in the 12'. Undecided.

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