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Matthew Kidd

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Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:55:42 PM »

Hello everyone, I am trying to figure out a decent but yet affordable kayak to start kayak fishing out of. If anyone has any information that would be great. I actually looked at a Lifetime Tamarack at Walmart today and it seemed pretty good but I'm not to for sure considering I know nothing about kayak fishing. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it, thanks and God Bless.
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Re: Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 07:38:25 AM »

I'm with you and know nothing about kayaks and there are a lot of them out there. I guess it would depend on how much you want to spend on one as to which one to check out.
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Re: Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 12:28:29 PM »

I still say build!
Just cause I had one stolen and I sunk the second, don't mean it's not a valid option, especially at less than $100.
Planning to start pirogue #3 today or tomorrow.
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Re: Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 12:30:20 PM »

I still say build!
Just cause I had one stolen and I sunk the second, don't mean it's not a valid option, especially at less than $100.
Planning to start pirogue #3 today or tomorrow.
Good for you SHC will be looking and following as you go along. 8)
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Re: Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 02:52:46 PM »

Hi Matthew, i was in your situation about a year and a half ago. I didn't want to spend over $500 on something that I didn't know if I would enjoy or use much. I looked for a long time and ultimately bought a Lifetime kayak from Sports Authority for a good price  ($300) when they were going out of business. I looked at the Tammarack model and could have gotten that one for about $20 or $30 less at the time, but everything I read was saying the longer the better.  I ended up getting the Weber 132 model which is 11 feet. I believe the Tammarack is 10 feet. In hindsight, I probably would have been fine with the Tammarack as it is several inches wider which would be a little more stable. The longer narrower kayaks track better and are more efficient in the water but  I don't paddle long distances, as I mostly just use the kayak for small bodies of water that I can't access in my 14 foot jon boat. Sometimes I actually wish I would have gotten a wider kayak as I would probably attempt to try and fish standing up (cautiously) as I've learned that fishing sitting down isn't really my favorite thing to do.
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Re: Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 03:38:33 PM »

I know exactly what you mean and that's really I am looking for as well. I fish a lot of small body waters but also wanted to maybe get into kayak tournament fishing but since I don't know if I'll like it or not. Should I go with a cheaper version or just go out and buy a high value one. But then again if I don't like it I would be stuck with a $2500 kayak if I tended to get one at that expense.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 03:52:07 PM »

Here's the way I see it. If YOU buy a $2,500 kayak and decide you don't want it, how many people do you reckon would be willing to buy it second hand from you at a price that you could accept?
In my area, I can guarantee you the folks who'd spend more than a grand on a kayak are few and far between. Lotta folks round here are like me, they'd laugh so hard they'd cry if they saw one for sale in the classifieds for over a grand.

If you can afford one of those high end ones, I'd say get a cheapo first. If you decide you want a better/nicer one, it'd probably be easier to sell a $500 kayak for $300 or so as you upgrade, rather than a $2,500 kayak for $2,000 later.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 03:54:30 PM »

I know exactly what you mean and that's really I am looking for as well. I fish a lot of small body waters but also wanted to maybe get into kayak tournament fishing but since I don't know if I'll like it or not. Should I go with a cheaper version or just go out and buy a high value one. But then again if I don't like it I would be stuck with a $2500 kayak if I tended to get one at that expense.
To bad there wasn't someone around you that rents them so you could try one out.
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Re: Good Affordable Kayaks for beginners
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2017, 08:26:47 PM »

Keep in mind too, that you don't necessarily have to get a 'fishing' kayak. You usually pay a little more for the fishing version of some kayaks. The accessories can be added later if you want them. To me, part of the fun of a kayak, just like a jon boat, is customizing it to how you want it.
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