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    I'm thinking about getting a kayak to fish the hooch. Trying to get to places I normally cannot by wading and perhaps catch me one of those big browns. I have an inflatable kayak but it's very uncomfortable and tracks horribly in the water.

    I have been looking at the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 or 120. I think the 100 will fit better/easier in the truck but 120 may be a bit faster and will track better. Any comments or suggestions? Thanks!
    Hi my name is Charles and I'm a fishaholic.

    Some days I'm the hook and some days I'm the fish.

    Instagram @charles_the_toothsmith

  • #2
    Tarpon is a very good boat. Check the load capacity to make sure you get the right one.
    12 might be better all around as it would not be out of place on Lanier, or off the beach on a nice day, as well as the Hooch.
    Wear your PFD every time.
    IIWFWTIWRTW

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Crawfish View Post
      Tarpon is a very good boat. Check the load capacity to make sure you get the right one.
      12 might be better all around as it would not be out of place on Lanier, or off the beach on a nice day, as well as the Hooch.
      Wear your PFD every time.
      Thanks for your reply. By load capacity, do you mean my weight?
      Hi my name is Charles and I'm a fishaholic.

      Some days I'm the hook and some days I'm the fish.

      Instagram @charles_the_toothsmith

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      • #4
        I don't know much about kayaks since I have a canoe, but in my experience you should get one of those stadium seats that sit up a bit higher on the kayak. Sitting low on the water makes hooking and fighting fish a bit harder as well as scanning upcoming water for the best path. Also invest in a rod holder you'll thank me later

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        • #5
          Test paddle before you buy. And look at my pinned posts above regarding selections. I would be happy to answer any specific questions.
          I only envy those who catch more fish than me.-Issac Walton

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Riverpirate View Post
            Test paddle before you buy. And look at my pinned posts above regarding selections. I would be happy to answer any specific questions.
            That's a great idea and thanks for posting those pinned posts. I read them through pretty thoroughly and they helped a great deal. Definitely helped me narrow it down so far.
            Hi my name is Charles and I'm a fishaholic.

            Some days I'm the hook and some days I'm the fish.

            Instagram @charles_the_toothsmith

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            • #7
              Load capacity=your weight plus whatever you will be carrying compared to the load capacity of the kayak.
              Many have bought kayaks too small and regretted it.

              This can easily be solved by a paddle session. Read the sticky notes, good info there.

              You are welcome to try my Native 14.5, but it will be most likely a little too long for what you want.
              IIWFWTIWRTW

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              • #8
                I have a Wilderness Systems Radar 115. It is an awesome river and lake kayak with the versatility to do anything you want with it. The stability is incredible in it.
                There's trout in here that aint never been caught!

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                • #9
                  Put a leash on everything you don't want to lose. Very easy to make a good one from lawn trimmer cord that is cheap and very tough.

                  You will hear some dissenters, but I personally prefer to put a leash on my paddle as well. (Assumption is you won't be doing anything much tougher than the Hooch.)
                  IIWFWTIWRTW

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                  • #10
                    Thanks. I still haven't purchased one yet and still weighing the pros and cons of fishing from a kayak.
                    Hi my name is Charles and I'm a fishaholic.

                    Some days I'm the hook and some days I'm the fish.

                    Instagram @charles_the_toothsmith

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                    • #11
                      I bought a kayak about 4 months ago and have been rigging it to fit the way I fish. Once you decide to buy a yak, test drive some if possible. Youtube is full of helpful videos as well as some that are BS.
                      This is what I did....First was budget. Can I get what I want/need for what I have to spend? Then I searched those kayaks in my price range, as well as accessories. Once I decided on a brand and model, I bought the yak, seat, and paddle, just what I needed to get on the water. After I went out in it a few times without fishing, I added a rod holder, dry bag, paddlers life jacket. Its been a work in progress. I have used PVC pipe to build several things I wanted, and I'm still deciding if I want things like a fish finder.
                      As for a paddle leash, I bought a $2.00 dog leash from the dollar store. Loop it around the handle, clip it to a loop and its a done deal.
                      I also bought a crimping tool, some 1/16th inch cable and some crimp on connectors. I can make lightweight cable connectors for nets, Boga, tackle, etc.
                      PVC, pool noodles, and an imagination will go a long way toward outfitting your yak.
                      BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

                      Exodus 29:18
                      Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fishnpreacher View Post
                        I bought a kayak about 4 months ago and have been rigging it to fit the way I fish. Once you decide to buy a yak, test drive some if possible. Youtube is full of helpful videos as well as some that are BS.
                        This is what I did....First was budget. Can I get what I want/need for what I have to spend? Then I searched those kayaks in my price range, as well as accessories. Once I decided on a brand and model, I bought the yak, seat, and paddle, just what I needed to get on the water. After I went out in it a few times without fishing, I added a rod holder, dry bag, paddlers life jacket. Its been a work in progress. I have used PVC pipe to build several things I wanted, and I'm still deciding if I want things like a fish finder.
                        As for a paddle leash, I bought a $2.00 dog leash from the dollar store. Loop it around the handle, clip it to a loop and its a done deal.
                        I also bought a crimping tool, some 1/16th inch cable and some crimp on connectors. I can make lightweight cable connectors for nets, Boga, tackle, etc.
                        PVC, pool noodles, and an imagination will go a long way toward outfitting your yak.


                        Cool. Those are good ideas. How do you like fishing from the kayak? I do have one of those sea eagle inflatables and I find it difficult to fish from... even with an anchor. That's the biggest reason why I've held off so far.
                        Hi my name is Charles and I'm a fishaholic.

                        Some days I'm the hook and some days I'm the fish.

                        Instagram @charles_the_toothsmith

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                        • #13
                          Go ahead and get one, you will not regret it. Kayak fishing is incredibly fun. Check out Vibe kayaks. I have a sea ghost 110 and it comes with paddle, stadium seat, and pre rigged for fishing for $850, I saw some on Craig's for around $650. Would be an excellent Kayak for you I'm sure.

                          Tight lines

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                          • #14
                            Here's some pics

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                            • #15
                              I like kayak fishing. I've fished from mine only 5 or 6 times, and I'm still learning. One of the best things is that you can launch from just about anywhere, and it only takes a few minutes. I have not fished moving water yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Kayak fishing may not be any better than boat fishing, but it does allow some freedoms boats don't have. I have the Perception Striker 115, 11-1/2 ft. It has 2 levels of seating, and the upper level is obviously better for fishing. I'm kind of limited in my mobility due to a back injury, but I can enter and exit the kayak and barely get my feet wet.
                              I have only fly fished from mine so far, but I would recommend it.
                              I have never fished from an inflatable, so I can't compare the two, but kayak fishing is fun, fairly easy, and different. I like different.

                              The biggest problem with the Striker 115 is tracking. Once you stop paddling, it will not stay straight. I will be adding a skeg or rudder of some type in the future.
                              BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

                              Exodus 29:18
                              Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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