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quixoticgeek

Fishing Kayak

I am looking for a kayak to go fishing with. As I don't have perminant access to a car, I am pondering an inflatable kayak. However as I would like the option of fishing from it. My initial thought is "Inflatable + fishing hooks = bad idea".

What do people think on this one?

J
Jonnyboy

hang on, we have a member here who fishes from a kayak.....
Dani

that is totally awsome!
Jonnyboy

That would be Moniar


Send him a PM and I expect you'll get some excellent advice
vegplot

I have a inflatable kayak (diveyak) but I wouldn't use it for fishing. Moniar has extensive practical experience with fishing from kayaks he should be around soon.
Moniar

I wouldnt use an inflatable kayak for fishing off.

For best source of info go to anglers afloat website - loads and loads of info on there

I prefer plastic Ocean kayaks but other plastic ones are good too. Certain Bic ones fold up and just have the sides inflated - so you can fit them in a small hatch car - but I dont like them as they sit high in the water and catch the wind even more so than a plastic one.

Unless you live within 500yds or so from the water a car is pretty much essential to carry the kayak on roof bars/rack. If you live near the water you can use a plastic kayak with a small two wheel trolley (eg Ekla make one) and trolley (tow) it along the road/path down to the beach/lakeside.

Kayak fishing is really great fun and a more sustainable (and cheaper) way of getting into decent fish without a noisy poluting boat.
quixoticgeek

[quote="vegplot"]I have a inflatable kayak (diveyak) but I wouldn't use it for fishing. Moniar has extensive practical experience with fishing from kayaks he should be around soon.[/quote]

Is that they sevylor dive yak? Do you use it to dive off? Is it any good? I was looking at a sevylor SVX220, which I have seen others using for diving off. I ideally want one craft I can use for kayak fishing, kayak diving, and to potter about and explore.

J
Moniar

I had a ocean prowler 13 - one of the best all rounders.

Changed it for a longer/slimmer ocean scupper pro last month - the scupper pro is more suited to touring and paddle n dive, as its faster and has a diving tank shaped rear tank well to take your dive tank. Lots of people in usa, nz, south africa and aus use the scupper pro for paddle and dive.
Treacodactyl

If you are a complete beginner what sort of kayak would be a good starting point? I assume there's a decent second hand market, does anyone know what sort of costs would be involved?
stumbling goat

i was looking at used kayaks to have for a summer for general inshore sea use for my boys. they hold their value and are expensive. i looked on e-bay.

when i was at the coast i found newsagents windows had many adverts for used kayaks, you could look there.

pls let us know what make and model you bought and why?

cheers

ab
vegplot

quixoticgeek wrote:
vegplot wrote:
I have a inflatable kayak (diveyak) but I wouldn't use it for fishing. Moniar has extensive practical experience with fishing from kayaks he should be around soon.


Is that they sevylor dive yak? Do you use it to dive off? Is it any good? I was looking at a sevylor SVX220, which I have seen others using for diving off. I ideally want one craft I can use for kayak fishing, kayak diving, and to potter about and explore.

J


Yes it is. I had two but one got stolen. They are very good and can support quite a bit of weight. I've only used it once for diving and it did the job admirably. For ruggedness look at the hard plastic ones, they are likely to be more durable over the long term but the Sevylor is very tough and have the advantage of occupying a small space when deflated (about the size of a large divebag).
vegplot

Treacodactyl wrote:
If you are a complete beginner what sort of kayak would be a good starting point? I assume there's a decent second hand market, does anyone know what sort of costs would be involved?


Expect to pay around 430 for a new one. Obviously you'll need safety equipment such as flotation vest and a dry suit will extend your season to almost all year round. A handheld VHF radio (go on a course) is not essential but offers peace of mind when paddling in the sea. Be safe and practice good seamanship.
vegplot

I'm quite interested in this one
crofter

vegplot wrote:
Be safe and practice good seamanship.


Yes. Always be aware of the weather forecast and do not over-estimate your capabilities. The sea is unforgiving, and cold.

http://www.shetland-news.co.uk/news_02_2009/Kayaker%20stable%20after%20falling%20into%20sea.htm
Moniar

vegplot wrote:
I'm quite interested in this one


A mate on the island here has just bought a mini x - if you want to give it a go on the water let me know. I paddled one when they first came out and they are ideal for solo paddling/fishing/diving off close in shore.
vegplot

Moniar wrote:
vegplot wrote:
I'm quite interested in this one


A mate on the island here has just bought a mini x - if you want to give it a go on the water let me know. I paddled one when they first came out and they are ideal for solo paddling/fishing/diving off close in shore.


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