NC Angler Forums banner
1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
218 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I don't see myself fishing from the bank while I see everyone catching fish from boats or yaks so I decided to get a yak. I drive a 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan and live on base barracks so I'm gonna have to get a rack I can put the yak on and renters insurance cause people like to steal. Below are questions if anyone is willing to help me out, it'd be appreciated.

What are some budget yaks I can get? I see a lot of craigslist talk but I'd like to avoid that. I'm 5'6 and I think I'd prefer a sit in that comes with a paddle.

Do do you suggest a trolling motor?

is and anchor system needed?

What kind of rack should I get for my car?

if anyone else has anything to add that I should take into consideration?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
56 Posts
I'm not sure about a sit-in I think a SOT is the way to go. I like to anchor and swing my legs over one side when in deeper water and hop out and wade in the shallows. You will be limiting gear carrying options to a bare minimum, I want as all the the stuff i can reasonably take with me. There are many options on "You Tube" on rigging an anchor trolley which lets you position your anchor for different Kayak positioning. I purchased a Bassyak trolling motor rig last year and am overjoyed but it was not cheap and they are only made for SOT's. Hope this helps
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,102 Posts
Unless your ready to spend some coin on a new kayak your not sure you will even enjoy I highly recommend buying a used one. It's plastic. Their is very little that can happen to them that will cause them to be unusable. I bought mine from a nckfa member and am super happy I did saved a ton of money and was able to spend the savings on upgrades. I would be looking into wilderness system tarpon and ride series as well as Jackson kayaks. Some recommend ocean kayaks and other brands. Hobie and native make pedal yaks but will be in the higher price range. I'll also recommend going with a sit on top instead of a sit in. You take on water in a sit in and there's no way other then a sponge or cups or a manual pump to get the water out. A sit on top will self bail and most of the time of you buy a good yak you won't be getting very wet if any at all. Also easier to reach gear and add accessories. Lastly I would be looking for 12ft or larger. You will find yourself wanting to venture further each time out and the speed from the longer kayaks will help with those long paddles. There's a nice tarpon 160 in the forsale threads for 1000 with a new paddle and a rudder. Very reasonable price for a great kayak. I have a t-140 and wouldn't hesitate to get a 160.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
575 Posts
Ok, you may prefer a sit in, but for fishing, a sot is MUCH better. Yes, a sit in will work, if set up just right, but I think you will find you like a sot better than you think. By the way, I'm 5'5 and LOVE my sot.

A trolling motor will require a boat registration for your kayak. That's $30 per year, and you will have to get stick on numbers for your yak.

An anchor system can be very helpful. Check out youtube for anchor trollies. Or, if you want to go the super cheap route, buy a cleat, some paracord and a 5lb coated dumbbell.

Can't help with the rack. I have a pickup.

For a SOT, you can go on youtube and check out "kayak cart". They can be made for about $30 out of pvc, some wheels and a threaded rod. Check out youtube poster "Zoffinger". I made one similar to his, and it has made launching and loading my yak very easy. (It's hard to load and unload a yak backed down a boatramp). With this gadget, I can park in the lot, unload my 'yak, slide the 'yak onto the cart via the scupper holes, haul it down to the water, take out the cart and stow it, and off I go.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,652 Posts
Any of these would get you started. Issues with craigslist? Never got burnt buying.

The first one is interesting with your thought of a sit in. There is also one that includes a paddle and home made cart. A paddle is about $100 and up. I would OBO any of them.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4799701548.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4871972861.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4840771886.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/spo/4856596947.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4839808193.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4851280655.html
http://eastnc.craigslist.org/sgd/4839105419.html
http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4828742570.html Cart and paddle included


mikeski
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
218 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Any of these would get you started. Issues with craigslist? Never got burnt buying.

The first one is interesting with your thought of a sit in. There is also one that includes a paddle and home made cart. A paddle is about $100 and up. I would OBO any of them.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4799701548.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4871972861.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4840771886.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/spo/4856596947.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4839808193.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/4851280655.html
http://eastnc.craigslist.org/sgd/4839105419.html
http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4828742570.html Cart and paddle included


mikeski
Thanks for for the replies everyone and mike one of those ads caught my attention with the ascend kayak, I like how you can stand on it and you can spin in the chair 360. I'll most likely buy one or at least a similar one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,549 Posts
Check out some of the youtube videos...you'll see a bunch of options. And, of course, that's one of the reasons that you want a kayak light enough that you can pick up by yourself (60-70lb maybe...) ....and set it down on top of a cartop rack or foam blocks... or go with a lighweight utility trailer...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
549 Posts
live on base barracks
Open squadbay or 3/4 rooms? Depending on rank/unit SOP I would think you could store in your rooms except for inspection (you kids still have that right?). Even then your plt sgt/sncoic might work with you. Also might be able to use the common room/duty hut for storage. Not saying that someone might think your gear is adrift (nobody steals, they acquire ;)) but it's out of the elements and less likely to become adrift. If your a non-rate at school your probably sol, nobody cares about them. YMMV.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
940 Posts
Does anyone have an easy way to on and offload a yak from on top of a car without scratching the car?
There are roller bars that allow rear loading without touching your car. Outside of that, use a pool noodle and towel. Lay the towel over you car and place the noodle between the towel and yak and roll it up. This works if you are loading straight to you cross bars. If you are using a "J" rack not sure there is a cheap method. My car isn't very tall so I just heave ho and up it goes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
315 Posts
Just my 2cents here, but be careful with the Acend FS12. I was looking really hard at one but after the reviews I decided to save my money and get a more quality kayak. First off the hatches leak (simple fix with marine goop). The major problem with those was the casting deck. They are extremely soft and have a lot of flex. People were having to brace them because they started to sag. Reviews said anyone over 100lbs would cause the deck to flex. I looked at them at BPS and saw they did not look very quality. Take if from the other guys here. Get a used one. I bought a Pelcian Strike 120x angler from Amazon for $550 shipped. I was a great starter boat.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Just my 2cents here, but be careful with the Acend FS12. I was looking really hard at one but after the reviews I decided to save my money and get a more quality kayak. First off the hatches leak (simple fix with marine goop). The major problem with those was the casting deck. They are extremely soft and have a lot of flex. People were having to brace them because they started to sag. Reviews said anyone over 100lbs would cause the deck to flex. I looked at them at BPS and saw they did not look very quality. Take if from the other guys here. Get a used one. I bought a Pelcian Strike 120x angler from Amazon for $550 shipped. I was a great starter boat.
Don't always believe what you read..2 years, no leaks - lots of slime though!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
No issues, but get an anchor trolley..even if you just go to the hardware store and get 2 ss pulleys, 2 pad eyes, & a zig bag cleat. You won't regret it! You can always face the way you want to - regardless of wind/tide
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,652 Posts
Thanks everyone for the advice. Does anyone have an issue fighting big fish when you can only face one direction? And does anyone have issues standing in their yaks?
The bigger the fish the better the ride. Check out youtube. Tuna from a yak. Pick your species.

It depends allot on your balance.

Check these sites out. I like the guy, he does some good fishing and he is just a guy that started doing videos and see where he is going. What????

https://www.youtube.com/user/yakntexas

https://www.youtube.com/user/tyonthefly

mikeski
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top