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Kayak fishing

Is there a large enough kayak fisherman population to try and setup a kayak fishing tournament? I know there are online KBF events but thought it would be cool to try and get a bunch of nodaks together for a day of fishing

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I might be up for that...but kayak fishing for me revolves around the wind...smaller lake or morning fishing would be less susceptible to weather impacting an event. And while I do fish the missouri with the kayak occassionally, I rarely fish more than a mile from the launch due to the current.  perhaps if it was on the river it could be a put-in upstream and take out downstream kindofa tourney?

p.s. I have a 12' Tarpon sit-on-top kayak...supposesdly gets you a few inches higher up for better fishing position than a sit-in kayak....and that works well on calm water but on the river I feel more confident in my wifes 12' Pungo sit-in....kinda leary of drifting a jig in current, then snagging up and rolling over in the kayak (hasn't happened yet but have come close to rolling it a couple times when all of a sudden there is a hard snag) 

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I could be up for a fun tournament in some smaller lake.  My wife and I have a couple Hobie Outbacks and sometimes fish smaller lakes like Sibley size, Flyfishing fishcreek, or sometimes larger ones depending on wind.  

We go down the river sometimes but usually don’t fish because of the current  at least till we get further south.  

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Yeah I was thinking a smaller lake that's fairly protected. I did have sibley in mind as well as sweet briar. Hopefully there will be some more interest generated on here for something, even a weekend of fishing and drinking.

Kyle Howe

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I'd be up for it.  I have an inflatable. This brand.  I have a low end one but am looking at upgrading.  They are quality units.  You can get by pretty cheap or get high end.  They come with all accessories for use.   No need to mount on a roof.  It packs in a bag you can throw in the trunk of a car. 

https://www.seaeagle.com/inflatable-kayaks

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I would but undecided on how useful a kayak is versus a little boat.. I have been shopping around looking at some of the new kayaks out and they look pretty interesting (ones with a minnkota). How is the experience of fishing out of these things?

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I fished sweetbriar several times last year...couldn't keep the bullheads off of a floating rapala! would rather not fish that lake again until its been cleaned out.  what I like about canoe/kayak fishing is I don't need a boat ramp, motor or a trailer; and its a more intimate outing with the outdoors.

 

 

 

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Can't beat the convenience of a boat, but I love fishing out of a kayak. I started with a cheapo kayak and upgraded into a pedal drive kayak now. Tied into about a 18inch walleye last year and the fight in a kayak add a challenge. I've been trying to tie into a nice northern and let it drag me around for a while but no luck yet.

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I love our Hobie Kayaks to fish from.  With the pedals and steerable rudder they are hands free and very maneuverable for casting, trolling, you name it.  I just learned the other day that one can quickly flip the pedal apparatus to enable backtrolling.  Haven’t done it yet.  I installed rod holders that fit spinning or fly fishing rods, a simple fish finder with thru hull transducer, and a bunch of other fishing gadgets and holders.  

The downside - they are heavier than a lot of the generic lighter ones, tougher to carry 9n top of a vehicle - and relatively expensive compared to a simple paddle type kayak.  We bought ours used in Arizona several years ago, and since then the prices have gone way up, even for used .........experienced........ones.  We have sails for ours too.  

Our Hobies are very stable for fishing, and have had only one almost flipped over moment!  Was fishing in Sibley with my dog aboard, had to make my bladder gladder badly and didn’t want to go to shore, climb out, etc.  Had no can aboard so kind of laid over to the side and thI kayak leaned with me. My pup thought I must have a fish on and jumped on to the downside of the kayak almost swamping me!  LOL oh well, nice summer day, warm water and both myself and the dog are strong swimmers so wo7ld have hurt my pride more than anything.  

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I Pad doesn’t work well on this site (old I Pad)  - I lost a rod but saved my pride.  I now carry a pee can.  A buddy told me that next time I should take a half a Viagra to avoid dribbling on the kayak!  

My dog launches into the water regularly, swims around, climbs back on board, but this doesn’t seem to affect the fish biting.

 I prefer standing while fly fishing, but it works pretty well from a kayak, as long as it’s a fairly stable one, 

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What model do you have Kyle? We have 12 foot Outbacks. 

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I have an 11.5 foot kayak, 35 inches wide that makes it very stable. Considered a 13 foot model but that seem a little long. There's still plenty of storage with the hatches along with space for a crate or dry bag

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You mentioned a pedal drive Kyle.  Is that a Hobie or another brand?   I’m aware of another pedal drive that uses a prop instead of fins.  

Our Hobie Outbacks are close to  about 35-36 in wide and are very stable.  Almost untippable unless you do something stupid like I did.   I always intend to take them out in the middle of summer and deliberateley roll em over to see how much it would take to tip one and figure out the best ways to get one upright again once tipped.

Also plan someday to take them out on a small body of water with the sails on a windy day and see how far you can heel them over before you’d get in trouble and tip them.  There’s no keel, just a rudder, so you’d have to balance them pretty quickly in gusty conditions.  Sailing them is fun but they are NOT  sailboats, just fun toys. 

But for smaller bodies of water they are fishing machines.  

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You mentioned a pedal drive Kyle.  Is that a Hobie or another brand?   I’m aware of another pedal drive that uses a prop instead of fins.  

Our Hobie Outbacks are close to  about 35-36 in wide and are very stable.  Almost untippable unless you do something stupid like I did.   I always intend to take them out in the middle of summer and deliberateley roll em over to see how much it would take to tip one and figure out the best ways to get one upright again once tipped.

Also plan someday to take them out on a small body of water with the sails on a windy day and see how far you can heel them over before you’d get in trouble and tip them.  There’s no keel, just a rudder, so you’d have to balance them pretty quickly in gusty conditions.  Sailing them is fun but they are NOT  sailboats, just fun toys. 

But for smaller bodies of water they are fishing machines.  

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I have a BKC kayak. This one uses the prop drive pedal system. The big thing that sold me was the complete hands free forward and reverse of pedaling, where as the hobie you have to manually flip thenfins into reverse. Was at scheels yesturday and their hobie pro angler fully rigged for fishing looked dang nice, but can't imagine spending 4grand on a kayak

Kyle Howe

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Wow, I can’t either!  Either fins or prop, it’s nice having hands free and no paddle in the water to work around, leaving you to fish, or even shoot ducks come fall.  

No reverse in ours.  Though you can flip the fins around.  The newer ones with reverse option is about 400 bucks more on the Hobie.