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Loaded question for sure.....there's no telling how many different opinions/answers you'll receive here. Anytime you ask folks what their favorite anything is it's going to be the one they've got (cause it's the best), unless of course they're one of the few that have actually been able to use lots of kayaks to form an educated and unbiased response.

My yak is a Perception Pescador 12. This thing does everything I need it to do with no conflict. Love it (cause it's the best). However, this is the only yak I've fished from.....hahaha
 

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It's really going to vary with the angler. If I were fishing primarily flat water and had no concerns about dragging on the bottom, I'd opt for something with a pedal drive, but for my fishing it would be a total disaster. Likewise, some might find sit ins better, whereas many of us prefer a sit on top. If you can't bend over well, which is a problem for me, you really need a raised seat because traditional kayak posture is impossible for me for a long day.

Were you asking the question for purposes of discussion generation, or for advice on a kayak for yourself? If it's the latter, knowing more about your type of fishing and your preferences and physical stature and condition would be helpful as people try to assist you with useful information.

Jim
 

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Id definatly have to say the Acsend A-10 is by far the best fishing kayak iv ever used. Especially for the price. I got a plain basic model for 250 and just put all the rode holders on myself . Its deep . Load bearing and has the best kayak seat iv wver used
 

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Stealth Evolution series is what i want:
http://www.stealthkayaksaustralia.com.au/index.php?p=1_9

I am building a Bateau Wave 13 and fitting it out like the Evolution 430. I want something I can surf launch with rods stowed below, high capacity hold, good performance but as light and short as I can feasibly get it. I have a cheap plastic yak for banging rocks while being dragged down wet trails that were supposed to be rivers. If I had to have just one, I would go with the Ocean Kayak Trident 13, which is about as close to what I want as you can get in plastic. As others have said, what matters most is what you want to do with it.
 

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As said above, its all personal preference for the type of fishing you do. My favorite is a Wilderness Ride 135. I love to stand while fishing and scouting and the stability is great on that kayak. I also love the open deck for I can keep a lot of the essential such as plyers, extra jigs, bait knife, etc., right in front of me w/o having to reach around. With that said, I've only fished one other kayak so I'm sure there is something better for me out there, but as of now that is my favorite.
 

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I've got a perception striker that does ok, but I've use a Jackson Cuda that a friend has, and it's pretty darned awesome! I'd have one of those if it didn't cost so doggone much.
 

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It's really going to vary with the angler. If I were fishing primarily flat water and had no concerns about dragging on the bottom, I'd opt for something with a pedal drive, but for my fishing it would be a total disaster. Likewise, some might find sit ins better, whereas many of us prefer a sit on top. If you can't bend over well, which is a problem for me, you really need a raised seat because traditional kayak posture is impossible for me for a long day.

Were you asking the question for purposes of discussion generation, or for advice on a kayak for yourself? If it's the latter, knowing more about your type of fishing and your preferences and physical stature and condition would be helpful as people try to assist you with useful information.

Jim
I am planning to try fishing on the Catawba river behind lake James dam, watauga river and maybe a little lake fishing.
 
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