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hmaadd 02-19-2007 04:56 PM

fishing yak
Hey I'm looking for a fishing yak. I've been looking at freedom yaks for some inshore shallow water fishing, stream fishing and small pond. No rapids. Has anyone had any experience with these freedom kayaks or native yaks. Thanks

Penguin 02-20-2007 08:13 AM

Sit in or sit on top?
I'm not familiar with the Freedom nor Native yaks... :confused:
There's a Hobie Revolution and a Pungo hanging in cold storage waiting for the Big Thaw... :p
Your location identifier (atlantic ocean) is a little vague...
My Area Of Operation is primarily Cape Cod and I use my tupperwear boats to take me to isolated spots to wade/sight fish...I'll drown a fly enroute just because I can (trolling is fairly brainless but the phracas can be rewarding)...
I'd personally recommend any boat that YOU feel comfortable in...
A major manufacturer is sometimes an advantage...Price point and service...
Many dealers do Spring Paddle Demo Days...a try before you buy scheme that works...
DON'T buy before you try!!!
And...DON'T buy a cheap (heavy) paddle!!! :tsk_tsk:

Sit Inside vs Sit On Top...I like 'em both...Troublesome shoulder issues have led me to the Hobie Revolution and their pedal drive system that absolutely ROCKS!
The ability to stealthfully explore a shallow area that's out of bounds to power boats and waders...and jump unspooked fish with a fly that works makes my day.
Welcome to the plastic navy!

neastfly 02-21-2007 07:42 AM

I took a quick look at the Natives yesterday at the New England Boat Show. Nice little boat. The hull design appears as though it would be pretty stable.

Like the Penguin, I too have a Hobie Revolution in storage. Not cheap, but the ability to have my hands free ultimately made it worth the expense for me.

PopnesetBay 02-21-2007 09:24 PM

Interesting concept
Google -- slomo - out of Texas. Very Interesting idea's but not cheap.

hmaadd 02-22-2007 04:54 PM

How much can you get a hobie revolution for.

neastfly 02-23-2007 07:30 AM

Hobie Revolution: $1750

josko 02-23-2007 09:58 AM

A booth at the Boston boat show has an Ocean Kayak thoroughly 'tricked out' for fishing. He's got a fishfinder, multiple rod holders, tackle storage, etc. Maybe it's an overkill, but it sure is a great resource for ideas.

neastfly 02-23-2007 02:33 PM

While I was at the show, there was a video playing right beside that kayak of people landing some pretty big sharks and lashing them to the kayak. My general rule is not to put large animals that are capable of removing huge chunks of flesh anywhere near my lap.

hmaadd 02-23-2007 08:52 PM

amen brother not on my to do list:chuckle: I think I'm going with the sot wilderness systems the ride. A hobie is a little out of my price range. Plus bad knees wouldn't work on the peddals.

Penguin 02-24-2007 11:52 AM

For what it's worth...
I was mucking about on ebay and noticed some interesting "KAYAK" deals...
...a Freedom and several Hobie models priced below retail...

neastfly 02-24-2007 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by hmaadd
amen brother not on my to do list:chuckle: I think I'm going with the sot wilderness systems the ride. A hobie is a little out of my price range. Plus bad knees wouldn't work on the peddals.

Those are great boats... I've seen a couple used ones in very good condition at a two paddle shops. Worth taking a look at. Plus, if you come in under budget you buy a shark outfit and a chum box to hang over the side.

hmaadd 02-26-2007 06:55 AM

What color kayaks does everybody prefer. Do yall use brighter colored yaks for ocean fishing.

Adrian 02-26-2007 10:52 AM

Blue yaks catch more fish :smile:

Yellow yaks attract Great White's :lildevl:

Getting serious for 1 second, bright / highly visible gear is a good idea out on the open water with so many yahoos blasting around in the summer.

FishHawk 02-27-2007 05:12 AM

Try before you buy is the way to go when buying a yak. I have a sit in and someday I will get a sit on top. Ah so little money so much gear to buy.
As for color , you want to be seen on the water . Don't worry too much about the fish being spooked by bright colors you want the yahoos to see you as they buzz around. FishHawk:smokin:

Penguin 02-27-2007 06:57 AM

My Revolution is made of....

I prefer stealth...always have always will...
Camo and Air Superiority Blue airplanes have warped me forever...
In the Yak, besides being in-your-face all day...when taking photos, light bouncing off the hull can/will pollute the shot...
I minimize my BOZO vulnerability and spend most of my fishing time where the morons can't go anyway...
Something I would suggest...HI VIZ one or both paddle blades...when needed, use it as a flag to get attention...:Eyecrazy:

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