Fishing focused kayaks.

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Harveytile
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Fishing focused kayaks.

#1 Post by Harveytile » Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:35 am

Morning KFDU guys and gals,

I currently have a Viking Tempo that's been a great and stable first yak. I would like to change to a more fishing focused yak. Something that glides well, ready (or close to ready) for fit out, can handle a bit outside, doesn't weigh a ton, and good value. So just want the the unattainable really.

I am still fairly new to the game, only having a year of yakking under my belt but I am a veteran of Google... Current thoughts are:
Viking Profish 45
Reasonably priced used.
Some positive reviews / reports.
Similar weight to my current tub.
Older tackle pod system.

Viking Profish 400 Lite
Light.
Designed for fishing
Options galore
Good reviews.
Cheapest of the new Viking Fishing style yaks

Stealths
Drool worthy
Well known sea keeping and fish-ability
A touch pricy my my short arms and deep pockets...

Hobies are out as too heavy
eBay and similar: too heavy and not worth the cost and time to change from current yak.

Finally all of this is mute until I can find a secret storage spot for the Tempo...

Your comment and thoughts will be appreciated to help me work out "Which kayak for me".

Cheers,

Rich

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Re: Fishing focused kayaks.

#2 Post by NathanG » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:52 am

have you had a look at the OK prowler ultras or Jackson cudas
there was a couple of both on gumtree up your way not long ago
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#3 Post by FishNhunter » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:00 pm

Check out the Feelfree Lure range.

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#4 Post by TJofTheBay » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:26 pm

I only got into yakking last year so I have little experience but am a angler come kayaker .
I bought a second Viking profish 45 last year for about $800 and have been thoroughly impressed with it .
Very stable and easy to paddle , good layout . I use the well in the front to keep 1- 3 big plano tackle trays and the battery to my sounder .

I am located on the north side and imo the versatility of it opens many facets of fishing . Good for open water but being plastic you wont be worried paddling around some of the shallow rocky reefs like you would in a fiber glass yak . I would never take a glass yak for a fish around the rock bars under the ted smout bridge for example but the profish has no issues . I have skimmed over a few rock bars and only left scratch's . Being designed for offshore work it is great for paddling around redcliffe . I often go out in 10-15knts blowing se , e or ne and have no issues , to choppy for small boats but the profish handles it np .

I honestly don't think you can go wrong with a profish if your focus for fishing is on the local area . I bought second hand with the plan of upgrading if I enjoyed it . I bloody love fishing from a yak but cant justify a upgrade lol
As Nathan said the OK prowlers are defiantly worth a look also .

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Re: Fishing focused kayaks.

#5 Post by Ftp » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:39 pm

We have a Kayak Demo day on Saturday 24/9/2016 at the Jindalee boat ramp and you can come and try the Viking range. We will have the 45, 400 and Reload there to paddle and offer 6 month interest free finance if you are interested.
Clearly I'm pretty biased towards Viking as I sell them but another brand that might interest you are Wilderness Systems, the Tarpon range is a pretty good kayak.

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#6 Post by laneends » Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:55 pm

Sell your mother and get a reload, dont take half steps you will always regret it. By the time you pour $$s into all the bolt ons original price differences of yaks seems petty. Best yak with cheap pvc holders and basic sounder is better than second best option(for you) yak with flash accessories and expensive sounder.

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#7 Post by Jamie D » Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:59 pm

Stealth = worth every s.i.n.g.l.e penny

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#8 Post by scottski » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:05 pm

Depends what sort of fishing you do... a hobie vs a stealth isnt really a comparision they are in most cases used for totally different things.

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#9 Post by Harveytile » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:36 pm

Jamie D wrote:Stealth = worth every s.i.n.g.l.e penny
Jamie D you are not helping.

Demo day sounds like the go.

Hopefully catch up and put a name to a username...

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#10 Post by Jamie D » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:41 am

Harveytile wrote:
Jamie D wrote:Stealth = worth every s.i.n.g.l.e penny
Jamie D you are not helping.

Demo day sounds like the go.

Hopefully catch up and put a name to a username...
Oh , believe me my friend , I am helping . I had plastic yaks many moons ago , ( moken 13 deluxe and ocean kayak prowler 4.3) and whilst they are great boats with their own positive attributes , the , speed , fish storage and rod storage , sea worthiness and surf launching abilities of the Stealth make them such a good boat I feel a moral obligation to fully expunge their magnificent values when someone's looking at a decent kayak .

Wish you many fish , and fun times though regardless of what you purchase

Tight lines :grin:

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#11 Post by dennist » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:52 am

Happy for you to check out what we got - you may find I have something in your price range (especially as I am keen to move some stock)- I can offer test paddles as well and have finance. happy to help
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#12 Post by TJofTheBay » Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:56 am

scottski wrote:Depends what sort of fishing you do... a hobie vs a stealth isnt really a comparision they are in most cases used for totally different things.
This pretty much nails it . You really need to know what you want out a kayak and it comes down to what sort of fishing you do and how much $ you want to spend .
If your focus will be off shore , surf launching etc you cant go past a stealth imo . They have the undeniable reputation as a kick axx off shore work shore .
If your focus is on the local area it would be hard to argue against plastic just due to the versatility and the fact they can take a beating .
Might join you at the demo day . I have been keen to test a reload :lek:

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#13 Post by Plasman » Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:12 pm

Interesting you dropped the hobie off as its too heavy which if you compare to your tempo, both the outback and revo's are lighter and handle better off the water too in my experience. I've owned all 3 and the Tempo was an awesome unit but my fishing didn't hit next level (I still have a long way to go by the way) until I got in a hobie which suits my style of fishing. A statement from one of the boys still rings in my head from a tournament day, "you will put in twice as many casts". In saying this, scottski is on the money, you can't really decide what you need unless you are sure what you'll use it for.
Vikings are tough as nails and you can't go wrong there, if you do consider a hobie, a revo 13 would fit the bill on what little you've said and if you want to fish predominantly offshore and need to take on a break to get out, stealth hands down.
Club days could be a good option too to check out all the different yaks and the way they're rigged.
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#14 Post by Edstar » Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:07 pm

So I started off with a tempo 5 yrs ago. It was ok but too slow and heavy. Since upgrading I've gone thru probably more than a dozen yaks. I ended up with a hobie and a stealth. Save urself the time and save up for a stealth. U won't be disappointed. Lighter and faster. And if ur small like me the 10kgs difference in weight is priceless. :wink:
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#15 Post by Harveytile » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:32 pm

Edstar wrote:...And if ur small like me the 10kgs difference in weight is priceless. :wink:
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Last time I scared the scales they read just on 100kg so not a lightweight. 6'2" hides it well though...

Thanks for all the comments. Can't seem to find a new home for the Tempo so it looks like I'll have a bit of time to make a decision and save up for a new toy...

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