here is the edited version of the e- mail i sent .
Hey tex your pictures look like alot of fun,how does one get into yak
fishing is it expensive?Are there different set ups or certain yak`s
designed for lets say river versus ocean?Would like to here more..
Curious `D Idaho
i copied this over so i could answer these better . the three 14 footers i have will run around
. the 10 footer runs around $700 . but that is no where near what i
paid . i started out with three yaks from academy . they were made of a
thinner plastic and did not track very well .
then i went to some kayak
shops . these shops like to hold what they call (demo days) .
is where the public can go out to location and try out the different
models . this is where it gets good . after the demo day , these boats
are considered used , so they mark down the price . so finding a good yak and being the first owner of it is
not hard , just finding the right deals .
as for finding the right yak ,river or
ocean . i do a lot of open water fishing , lake
and bays , so i feel comfortable in my heritage redfish 14 . my oldest
son loves his native mantaray 14 . both are very stable , hold more than
enough gear , though his is a little faster . for running across the
near by lakes or across the bays around rockport tx
. 14 footers seam to work best for us . now when i run with some
buddies on creeks or small rivers , i op to take the 10 footer . really
ten and a half . i can make sharper turns and need less space to spin
around . we like sit on tops , they are easier to get in and out .
just hang your legs over one side , and stand up . getting in is the
same way . the scupper holes in the bottom drain the water right out .
some people like sit inside , they are lighter and cheaper . for me ,
they are a pain in the butt because we wade fish alot .
advice on picking a kayak . decide what your main goal is for you and the boat . lay your gear out
need to reach your goal . then find the right boat to hold you and your gear .
if you plan on both open water and river-creeks , 12 footer is a good
start . native mantaray has a 11, 12 ,and 14 footer . heritage redfish
has a 10 ,12 , and 14 . emotion kayaks has some good ones . that's what
my wife has , the grandslam . malibu kayaks are great , thats my 8 year
olds choice .
also consider the amount of time you will be on the
water . that's where a good seat comes in handy . the four i listed
above all came with very comfortable seats .
here's a free web site that i am
on under (bulldog) , it called , austinkayakfishing.com
. you can log on if you want to post , or just visit as a guest . once
you pull the site up , just click on forums , and you will find all
kinds of info posted by kayakers . i hope some of this helps you in
your venture .
catch you later ,
thought i would throw this up here just in case someone else was thinking about it also ....
fishing is life , everything else is just details . and i prefer my tails with specks or spots .15 miles NE of austin