Post By: FishingJunkie Posted: 7/16/2020 1:37:54 PMPoints: 1816
I sold my boat and wanna try a sit-on-top kayak (maybe) - choices are dazzling as we all know. I would like to sit in one and be able to inspect it in person. Do we have any kayak shops here in town that carry good inventory.
I just went through this process myself. Was using a belly boat for years and it finally sprung a leak, so I started looking at sit on top kayaks. With Covid, it was extremely difficult to look at anything in person, so I spent a lot of time researching online, watching videos and reading reviews. I couldn't afford the top end kayaks with all the bells and whistles, so I was looking in the $500-$1,000 price range. You can go see at Cabelas or Walmart what the $500 options are like. I ended up going with the Perception Outlaw 11.5. I had to order it from REI and have it shipped to my store for pick up. I think it was about $800 after tax, and after I bought the paddle and new PFD, I was all in at about $1,000.
I had never been in a kayak before I bought it, so didn't really have the pleasure of trying them out, but I do feel like for the money I was looking to spend I found the perfect fishing kayak for me. The best advice I got when I was looking was to ask a fellow kayaker if you could take theirs out for a spin. If you really want to try it out first that may be your only option right now.
I've got a tip for ya, because I got the WRONG kayak recently. It's used, so I didn't get hurt too bad. I found a great deal on the used Big Game Prowler, 13' long. I was thinking it would be great for the Sea of Cortez, and local lakes. Big, stable, roomy, set up for serious fishing.
Problem was it's too heavy to put on top of a pickup, or van by myself. I ended up taking my old Tarpon 120 on that month-long road trip. The Tarpon is much narrower, and takes more skill to use in the ocean, but I've got that covered.
If you start looking at the pedal-drive kayaks, you'll need help lifting them onto a trailer, or be ready for some hernias! At 90 pounds, and seriously awkward to move on land, they are tough to move on dry land. Just remember, we gotta get the kayak from home to the water. All the gadgets and accessories are really cool, but loading becomes more of an issue as you add on the goodies.
Waterline Sports. You can find them online. They're a local dealer and they have demo days I hear. They carry many brands, including the QE2 price ranged Hobie units.
I also know that if you frequent facebook, the Colorado Kayak Fishing Club is full of folks who might be willing to let you try out many different types (especially AFTER a tournament.) if you're willing to travel to meet them. They're also a WEALTH of information on different styles and brands. If nothing else, most of them are wiling to share their insights, and some of them are even seasoned veteran kayakers.
Reply by: FishingJunkie Posted: Jul. 18, 8:50:38 AM Points: 1816
I guess I picked a bad time to looking. No-one has any inventory available even if I did want to get one now (except for the $4000 Hobie). Guess I'll wait and maybe look in the fall - hope this non-sense is over by then.
I have 2 Brooklyn 10.5 pedal fishing kayaks on a trailer that I would be interested in selling. Sit on top, propeller driven and very stable. Purchased last summer and only used a few times. Asking $3750 for all. Call Craig 239-699-6832
My wife has a 14ft sit-in kayak with a rudder. Great for long distances, not so much for fishing. I have a 9í pontoon, great for fishing. I had a buddy come in from out of state that wanted to go to Antero a few years ago when they only allowed hand launched craft. My took her kayak and I took my pontoon, but we had to rent a kayak for my buddy. I called a lot of stores and found they all list their kayaks as single or doubles on their website, but most of them had an odd mix of brands and styles, including sit-on-tops.
My suggestion would be to stop by Confluence Kayak and Denver Outdoor Adventure Company and tell then you want to see their stock. You might find a few different styles that catch your eye. They were very helpful to me and they probably would go out of their way to rent you two kayaks to test drive for an afternoon, especially if it is not on a weekend.
I got an Old Town kayak in May. Bought it from kayakcity in California which they have no tax and $99 delivery to your door. They have a 10.5 foot and larger ones. Not bad to put in truck, weight is 75 Lbs without peddle drive in. Easy to launch and then put peddle drive in along with rest of gear. I am 69 years old and have no trouble with it. You can also get a kayak cart to roll it from car to water and back, they run about $60-100. Nice thing to have. The Old Town PDL 106 with free fishing package was just under $2100 and comes with a paddle and extra things in package.
Reply by: VolcanoSteve Posted: Jul. 20, 11:23:56 AM Points: 59
I gotta plug my SeaEagle 385 inflatable sit on top kayak. The nice thing is that it's pretty light (about 50 pounds) and packs up rather small. If I have to transport it far, I just stick it in a wheelbarrow - easy peasy. Very stable on lakes, fairly maneuverable in rapids, and really easy to cast from. About $1300 delivered to your door. The floor is basically a stand up paddleboard, so you can stand and cast if you want (I still find it a bit tippy though). For me, the ability to store it inside my truck bed is a great option. It inflates fully in about 2 minutes with minimal effort. Here's a link just so you can look at it, but I think you can find it cheaper if you look around. [log in for link]
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Aug. 2, 2:42:52 PM Points: 5395
Sorry but I donít really get the fascination with the kayaks . My 8í pontoon is faster safer lighter and for the South Park reservoir fishing I do Ití works. Take a look at a NRS and think about a 2.5 hp four stroke, in my opinion a lot more versatile faster safer and easier to fish from. Weighs less no frame and will carry 1,000 pounds. Not recommending anyone be in bad weather in any type boat but Iíd much rather be in a pontoon than any Jon boat or kayak. I know Iíll get flack from the folks who love kayaks but I fish my toon about 120-150 days a season a season and it has never let me down, Five mph cruise and 100% maneuverable with a pair of fins. Bill