View Full Version : New to kayaking need recommendations

03-11-2012, 07:52 AM
Hey fellas,

My New years resolution was to increase my time on the water this year and I tend to have to fish solo a lot. I would really like to give kayak fishing a shot, but have no idea where to start. My head spins when I read all the online reviews????

I will be fishing rivers and small lakes with it, I'm 5'9" and 185-200 depending on the time of year :D

i will be targeting multi-species...including river muskies. Like the idea of standing to fish? Any suggestions on the best model for my interests and what it would take to get it rigged correctly (I know it's a lot of info0

Thanks in advance


03-11-2012, 08:50 AM
5'9" 200, im calling BS on this one! I thought the BFRO was out looking for you!

Check out the hobie ocean yaks, they have a nice fishing model that escapes my mind at this moment, but woth your "alleged" size and the size of the fish you maybe targeting, you may want one of those ocean yaks.
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03-11-2012, 09:19 AM
You need to figure a budget first of all. There are so many choices these days. You can spend $300-$3000 depending on what you want and what your budget will be.
Whatever you wind up with, keep it simple for a while. Don't rig anything until you've used it and have figured what you really need and what you really don't need.

Atom Papa
04-11-2012, 04:13 PM
I bought a sit on top last year. My first. From West Marine in Narragansett. I preferred the sit on top do to waves potentially going over you or if you got tossed off it is not a big deal to get back in. I cn stand up on this thing. Also I weigh 240 #. 6'2". The price was around $750. Reasonable for a first. I took it to Black Rock last year rtwice and Ninigret Pond. It is toptally different form fisshing from the beach. I did not get a rudder which I do regret. As you fish, you find yourself readjusting your position. The rudder allows you to use your feet to do that. Thats where the price jumps. Have fun.

04-11-2012, 05:28 PM
WELCOME TO S-B Atom Papa !

What recommendations did you need?

The Kayaker's will answer

04-12-2012, 10:29 AM
Find a place that allows you to test a few models, that way you can find the right style (sit-in or sit-on).
Once you know that you can check out prices to match your budget.
Remember that just because a yak comes with all the bells and whistles, it doesn't mean that yuo NEED all the bells and whistles!

Keep it simple and build from there.

The Dad Fisherman
04-12-2012, 10:59 AM
Do you fish plugs a lot? I had a paddle Yak and found it to be a pain when trying to fish plugs....I ended up selling it and getting a Hobie so I could have my hands free.

Like FT said....try different models and find one that is right for you

04-12-2012, 01:16 PM
I reccomend a hobie revolution or an outback.