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Old 08-15-17, 02:08 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 08-15-17, 03:31 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-15-17, 03:40 PM   #3
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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.
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Thanks for your reply. By load capacity, do you mean my weight?
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Old 08-15-17, 03:44 PM   #4
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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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Old 08-15-17, 04:03 PM   #5
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Test paddle before you buy. And look at my pinned posts above regarding selections. I would be happy to answer any specific questions.
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Old 08-15-17, 05:03 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 08-16-17, 10:28 PM   #7
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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.
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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.
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Old 09-04-17, 02:30 PM   #9
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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.)
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Thanks. I still haven't purchased one yet and still weighing the pros and cons of fishing from a kayak.
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