Fishing kayaks

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Fishing kayaks

Anybody have recommendations for a good standup fishing kayak? I'm looking to keep it around $700 and dicks and scheels are fairly limited on elections.

Looking for Bismarck area

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I dunno about stand up fishing kayaks, especially in that price range.  Also, do you plan to use it on lakes, or rivers and streams that might have a lot of shallower spots.

We have a couple of Hobie Outback kayaks that my wife and I use for fishing, primarily smaller lakes in NDand lakes in Arizona.  Yes, Arizona does have lakes and isn't all rocky deserts! LOL

The nice thing about these kayaks are that they are pedal powered, paddle powered, or if you want, sail powered.  Lots of people have converted old 12 volt electric trolling motors to pop down the hole where the pedal fins go and use them that way, too.  There is a thick plastic plug that covers the fin hole if you are just paddling or drifting down river.  They are pretty versatile and Ive put a depth finder well in the bottom of mine and of holders, etc.

Homie and a few other companies does make some kayaks designed fo fishing.  Lots of bells and whistles on the but they are not cheap!   Also their downside are that they are heavier, being wider and less tippy for standing.

Hobbies are not cheap. We bought our second hand in Arizona, where they come up for sale sometimes in snowbird areas- people get old, get sick, etc. And sell them.....

Ive seen lots of them off the coast in California - they come with wheels that insert into the bottom, and retirees who live in the area load all their fishing stuff into them, attach them to a bicycle, ride to the beach and go fishing.  My brother in law says sometimes they see them 10 miles or more offshore catching yellow fins like mad when they are running.  Usually onshore winds there so they just sail back.  Interesting....

I'd give you a "homie lesson" on their versatility and let you go use them for a few days, except that last winter I screwed up my back big time so we didn't haul them back from Azthis year, stored them in a buddy's place.  

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Thanks! i was actually able to talk to a heavy hitter in the kayak fishing sport for ND and he mentioned the Pelican The Catch 120.  Hair above what i wanted to spend but for the money it well worth it!  Stable platform to standup while casting and landing fish.   

Would like to see if there is a community around Bismarck that would get together at local lakes/ponds and do a day fishing trip.  

Kyle Howe

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Fishing kayaks are fun, though in a flowing river like the Missouri, I doubt I'd use one.  Would be tough heading upstream.  Ive used ours on Apple Creek and smaller lakes like Fish Creek, Harmon, Sibley, etc.  And down the Heart River.   

The only criticism I have of the Hobies is that they are relatively heavy, our 12 footers being a bit over 60 pounds.  40-50 years ago that would have been easy, but not now,  too old and with a lousy back, I have to,watch where I use them.   Ill look up the pelican.  You got me curious.   There seems to be a lo of kayak traffic down the Missouri last summer, though most seemed to be put in upstream and take out somewhere downstream rather than fishing.  

Now you've got me wishing I'd brought ours back fto I'm AZ.  Guess they'll have the summer off.  Next year.....

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I have a sit in pelican trail blazer 100 that is just too compact and half the time i feel claustrophobic in it trying to fish from it.  Plan is to get out on the Missouri and lakes and start trying to fill the freezer up with some fish.  

Most of the SOT kayaks seem to be over 60lbs stock, before any coolers and fishing gear, luckily carts have been getting cheaper to purchase to help transport them around.

Kyle Howe