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Old 03-29-2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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I was didint know so many people loved to kayak, or wanted to get into it, so i figured why don't we have one thread where people can ask questions, give tips, and write ups, or what ever els is related to kayaking.

im doing a write up because it has ben brought up what are the must haves for their kayak, well the only thing that came to mind when i read the thread was a trolly system, man was i wrong. you really just have to go threw the actions and take mental notes to truly know. so hear is a rundown of my fishing day.


all this talk on kayak fishing gave me the bug some kind of fierce. so yesterday i loaded up the yak n hit the old honey hole, and man im i glad i did. but before you hit the water it truly starts the night before. organization is key for me when it comes to kayak fishing, i know there aint much to organize, but thats my point each piece of equipment plays a vital role in catching fish. so the night before load everything up, as much as u can, lay it out n b ready to hit the road in the morning asap. make a check off list trust me i wish i would have i got everything but forgot my anchor DUHHH. thats like forgetting to charge your battery for your trolling motor. well assuming u have everything set up the first thing i recommend is eat a big breakfast, that 3hr fishing trip normally turns into 6 or 7, and take snacks.
well i got everything loaded and i hit the water take your time unlading nothing worse than breaking a pole before you even touch the water. well i headed up stream and caught a couple small bass, i didint have my anchor, but i did have a push pole which is just a mop handle i got from the store a another must have , n shallow water i just push it down a scupper hole to keep me n place. once i fished to the dam i headed back down stream where it gets deeper as i passed some logs something compelled me to cast over it and im glad i did. as i was retrieving a big old girl came out of the deep n crushed my lure. on rivers i like to use a watermelon red flake creature bate with a weighted offset hook so i can use it as a top water swim bait or i can fish the bottom with it like a jig. any who after a little song n dance with her i get her n the boat, man was i hollering on that little creek. she must have been 7 maybe more along 8lbs biggest fish ive caught n my yak. didint measure her but she was a little above me knee and reaches down past my ankle. write after i let her go i cast to the other side of the bank n i catch another toad this was along the 5lb mark. after that i continue down stream and catch some more small bass. the great thing about kayak fishing is its an ever learning process. somethings i learned is keep sunscreen n your bag, also a large full brim hat n good polarized sun glasses, make a list of what you need to bring, and fish places you normally dont, also take your time your not n a race, no weigh n times just u n nature, its not like u have a SHO 250 on the back. just like bow hunting every fish you land is a trophy, don't matter if its a little rock bass or a 10pounder. i have a feeling i will b get n out a lot more this year, and im really excited, i hope to meet some of you as well on the water sounds like the boys n the dfw area r off to a good start as well. be safe n tight lines
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my snacks, oh and dont bring chocolate it melts lol

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thats y i have a jeep gets me to the places no one els can get to

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to the passer looks like a shallow old stinky water
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but it opens up nice

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Old 03-29-2015, 09:37 AM   #2
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Fun! Nice story
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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Great thread! Congrats on the big bass!!! I need to get me a kayak.....one of these days.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:58 PM   #4
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Congrats on the big bass!!!
thank you, just like hunting with a bow its exhilarating to take on nature with a primitive tool.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:00 AM   #5
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What river is that?
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:09 AM   #7
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yeah i tried to sign up but it wouldn't take the sec. question, what is the largest lake in texas, lol so i gave up
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Well I'm searching "kayak" to learn what I need in a kayak and thought might as well start on TBH. First thread and nice trip!
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Jaycar85 I thought I knew that spot, Im from Salado.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:57 AM   #10
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Jaycar85 I thought I knew that spot, Im from Salado.
lol so you know this spot huh? we should go hit it up some time, I have a couple other places i want to scout fish soon, would you be interested in going?

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Well I'm searching "kayak" to learn what I need in a kayak
BrianL the way i learned was all trial and error, had no one show me the ropes, you can take as much or as little as you want, i like to keep it to a minimum. anchor, tackle bag with all hooks, and soft plastics, something to drink and eat, and 2 poles. you will have to find out what works for you
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BrianL the way i learned was all trial and error, had no one show me the ropes, you can take as much or as little as you want, i like to keep it to a minimum. anchor, tackle bag with all hooks, and soft plastics, something to drink and eat, and 2 poles. you will have to find out what works for you[/QUOTE]


This. It's very much trial and error. And I still usually wind up with more than I need.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:26 AM   #12
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Cool thread

I'm stopping by BPS on my way home from work on Friday to pick up an Ascend FS 10 kayak
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:35 AM   #13
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Are the kayaks at academy any good? If not what are some good brands for a beginner?
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:49 AM   #14
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Are the kayaks at academy any good? If not what are some good brands for a beginner?
The Perceptions are good. They are molded after the old Wilderness hulls, and Wilderness is a top brand in my book. If your gonna kayak make sure your safe. I believe while kayaking you must have a life vest (PFD) not necessarily on but I always do and a whistle. I always like to keep a knife attached to my pfd just in case I turtle I can cut me loose if I were to be caught up or tangled. If your night fishing you need to have a 360 degree light.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:53 AM   #15
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I have an older 12ft wilderness systems that I need to take out more....I just put on some new rod holders and fixed my dry storage so im ready now.

This pic was on my out to the granger ranger extreme hunt, usually I have a cooler where my bow is sitting.
Just now trying to get into jug lines as well, you can see the two I made up in the kayak, that way I can have something working for me while im paddling around
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:56 AM   #16
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I think the best deal for your money right onw is the FS12T from bass pro. Its a 12 footer and you can stand on it to fish. Its only $550. I took mine out this weekend with a couple other TBH'ers and had a great time fishin
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Also great write up
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lol so you know this spot huh? we should go hit it up some time, I have a couple other places i want to scout fish soon, would you be interested in going?


BrianL the way i learned was all trial and error, had no one show me the ropes, you can take as much or as little as you want, i like to keep it to a minimum. anchor, tackle bag with all hooks, and soft plastics, something to drink and eat, and 2 poles. you will have to find out what works for you
I mean I trying to decide which kayak to buy. I have figured my budget, and there is a lot out there. OK BGA II and WS 135 and 115 ACK Max seat models are at the top... So many choices...
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:25 PM   #19
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Half the fun is DIY rigging

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I used to keep all my yak stuff in a milk crate. Just had to grab the crate. I had pole holders zip tied to the crate, so i'd just bungee the crate to the yak and put the poles in there for transport.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:44 PM   #21
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Impossible to say what's best. It all depends on what you are looking for.

If you want to just fish and not paddle much you get one answer.

If you like to paddle just as much as fish you get a different answer.

If you like taking the kids out yet another answer.

The pescador 12 pictured above is less than $500 and probably the most versatile yak out there. I've had mine in creeks, rivers, lakes, surf, BTB just about anywhere you can imagine.

There are a lot of demo days in the Spring. My advice would be to go and paddle as many different kayaks as you can before you buy.

AND GO TAKE KAYAK LESSONS - I can't tell you how many guys I see with the paddle upside down and taking 3 strokes for every one you should be taking. Take paddling lessons and you will enjoy yourself sooooo much more.
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My Viking will be here next week!!
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Who makes the Viking?
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Cool thread

I'm stopping by BPS on my way home from work on Friday to pick up an Ascend FS 10 kayak
Did you buy the FS10 and how did you like it?
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Good idea
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Wear your life vest.........
Night fishing have a 360 degree white light and whistle. (Required by Law)
If your kayak has a pedal system. Bring a paddle along. That pedal drive can break.
Dry store a first aid kit, fire starter & rain gear. If you get stranded for an overnighter you have shelter and a way to start a fire.
Rig your kayak out the best you can and do not over load it.
Have fun and use the buddy system. Try not to go alone. Even a stranger will do.
Other gear is a couple knives. Pliers
Lowrance downscan elite 500/GPS chart plot.
I have a small anchor for deep water. And a stake out pole for marsh and shallows.
My Kayak is a Hobie PA12

DIY stuff is always awesome. I made my stake out pole and my rod holder system. And I jugline from my Yak!!!

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This place has a ton of info. But for God sake dont ask if anyone can share a good location or lure info etc....
Alot of people on there are seriously in need of a chill pill.
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I bought a prescador 12 yesterday. I plan on taking it out next weekend. I really liked the Ascend from Bass Pro but thought it was to heavy. I plan on carrying it on top of my truck camper and loading it by myself. The prescador only weighs 60 pounds empty.
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Just picked up feel free lure 11.5 yesterday. Fished lady bird this morning. Didn't catch anything but spent bout 4hrs in the yak. So far love it!
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Just picked up feel free lure 11.5 yesterday. Fished lady bird this morning. Didn't catch anything but spent bout 4hrs in the yak. So far love it!
Very nice rig! That seat looks very comfortable.
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It is. That was big selling point for me. It will raise up to 10in.
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Just picked up feel free lure 11.5 yesterday. Fished lady bird this morning. Didn't catch anything but spent bout 4hrs in the yak. So far love it!


Looks like a good yak, where did you buy it and how stable is it?
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:07 PM   #34
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Austin canoe and kayak. It's super stable 36in wide I believe. I'm not comfortable standing yet. My buddy tried it out said standing it was more stable than his native slayer.
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the seat all the way up
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:57 PM   #36
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dang tomcat07 big balla rock n the hobie!

yella dog that seat looks like you could fish all day no problem, also looks like u could get a great hook set sit n up that high. is it hard to paddle with the seat all the way up, and can u raise or lower it while u r on the water?
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Not hard to paddle. But a longer paddle sure helps
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:18 PM   #38
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another good tip is always be ready, if your lure is in the water a bass will take it. kayaks have such a low profile bass will strike the lure all the way up to the yak. this has happens to me at least once every time i go out, but nothing this big... YET.

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I wanted the Old Town Predator 13 from Austin Kayak but it's 1,300 bucks.
I'm now looking at the ascend 12T, looks good for the price..
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Well after paddling many many yaks, I ended up with a Diablo Amigo. It was by far the most stable, and even I didn't have any trouble standing and paddling. It was a very hard choice between the the WS Ride 11.5, Amigo, and Adios.... I learned a lot paddling that many yaks for two days.
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is that the surfboard hybrid yak brian?
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Yes. Paddleboard/kayak hybrid I guess. Sits lower in water (cought less wind ) and wider than the ws 115x. But paddled nearly as good to me. Very easy to stand up in. Should be great fishing yak. I'm trying VERY hard not to go overboard with the Mods. I love projects.
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IMO you get what you pay for when it comes to yaks. The rotomolded yaks will last longer than the cheaper plastic ones. However, I guess if you stick to open water the material doesn't matter as much. Fishing kayaks have come a long way in the last 5 years. The selection has grown exponentially! If you are in the market the best thing to do is go see them in person and paddle them around.

I've got a Jackson Cuda 12 and have been really happy with it. They are not light weight but that is due in part to the thickness of the plastic in the rotomolding process. It's made it down the Devils River a couple of times now. Given the battle scars from those 2 trips I can see a cheaper kayak getting destroyed quick.

My group does overnight trips so storage and access to that storage is essential. Four day, three night trips and the only thing that sits ontop of my kayak is my fishing gear and a cooler. Everything else is kept inside.

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Old 04-23-2015, 04:42 PM   #44
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My story is about the same as yours Brian. I really liked the stability of the Diablo. Also picked up a tarpon for my son. We'll be camping, paddling and fishing at lake georgetown this weekend.

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Are the kayaks at academy any good? If not what are some good brands for a beginner?
Two years ago I bought a Heritage 14' Angler from Academy. I love it! Caught a ton of fish from it with no problems.
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I really could use an upgraded seat for my SOT yak. I just have the basic soft seat that has very little support. Any after market seats out there similar to what comes on the Jackson Kayaks?
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:30 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by Philip-TX View Post
Half the fun is DIY rigging

360deg light
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Foil tape in inside the top as a reflector
push button on light from inside the tee
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Depth Finder

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Down position
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up position for brush, shallow, or long paddles
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Stuck a soft sided cooler down in hole
to hold parts
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Rudder
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others
Brush grabber, stake out pole, drift sock (neoprene wader leg)
anchor (window weight inside innertube)
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Dang Philip.... You are creative with your tools. You saved yourself alot of $ in your modifications.

I'm about to pull the trigger on one in the next few weeks to fish the water around the Woodlands.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:59 PM   #48
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chad e what river to you go on for the four day trips?
Dang texasrig droped some coin n got some nice kayaks. how hard is it to transport the diablo to the water? do u have a little cart or do u go beast mode?
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:20 PM   #49
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I won't lie its heavy but I'm somewhere north of 300lbs and wanted the stability. I didn't get a cart yet but will probably end up getting one soon. With two people it's not to bad to carry but I wouldn't want to carry it very far by myself.

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Old 04-23-2015, 08:36 PM   #50
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Still waiting on yak tracks for rod rod holders, hatches, Larry chair, and few other things.

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