Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:09 PM
Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:48 AM
I have been fishing from a kayak with my friend for years now and his is all tricked out. Once it is in the water it is pretty nice but he has so much stuff added and it is so heavy that he really can't use it by himself...He pretty much has to go with someone else to help him get it on and off the top of the truck's rook racks, plus it has to ride with the topside up while it's up there. He brings multiple rods and all kinds of stuff. Once he is on the water he has a lot of the amenities of fishing from a larger boat and he can get into shallow water and it still is less of a hassle than a bigger boat, but not all that much. He wpuld need a trailer to fish with it and launch it by himself...a trailer for a kayak?
There are two schools of thought on this...and I do it the other way....
I have a very light SOT with nothing added except a short peice of line with a window sash weight for an anchor...and I bring a small cooler for brewskis and to hold a raincoat in a plastic bag. I minimize the tackle to what fits in my fishing vest if I'm taking a lot of tackle or what fits in a fishing shirt if I'm taking less, I take one rod (sometimes a back up but not usually...I'm usually fishing while he is just trying to launch his "Titanic" and getting it all rigged up and ready.... I don't have to worry about losing stuff in a capsize...In fact i love how simple the SOT is to fish from....I usually sit on mine sideways when I fish and paddle my feet as if I was sitting on the edge of a dock.....kayak fishing is uncomfortable if you have your legs stretched out in front of you for long periods of time....just offering you some advice if you are new to the kayak fishing scene... If you go to kayak fishing internet sites most of them show you how to add stuff to the boat....a canoe is probably a better platform for using more stuff...IMHO the kayak KISS system is the way to go...
YMMV..... I'd like still like to try one because it sorta bridges the gap between kayaks and canoes...but I think it might be like combi skis which are suppose to work as classic or skate skis...but don't do either all that well...or a motor sailer boat which is not a great power boat or a great sail boat...but still I am curious...
Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:07 AM
I have been looking at Native watercraft standups as well for the coming season, I saw Jeremy from Fliesandfins.com using one a few years back and they seem like pretty stable casting platforms, I don't intend to be landlocked another spring without some type of boat,...fairly large investment for these however to get them all rigged up with anchor systems, paddles, rod holders etc. and basic boat in the $700-1200 range. Sit on tops look interesting as well, however I would be a bit concerned with water coming over the sides in chop, I see these are used for deep sea gamefishing as they are self bailing on various sites.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:37 PM
"Tis better to have fished and lost the fish than to have never fished at all"
Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:48 PM
Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:43 AM
I suppose if you are looking for a Florida boat it is more gonna be used in backcountry, mangrove and flat...being able to stand up is what is driving your decision...right? Sight fishing?
What I finding intriguing about this boat is you can do that but also at least for Maine use, I'd be very interested in the smaller lighter boat with the rowing option...I think it could be a pretty neat mini solo driftboat......
The smaller boat is light enough to launch in places where you can drag it to the river, through the trees, without having a boat launch available (I drag my sit on top and sometimes my canoes through the trees and down the embankments on some rivers)...With the rowing option you'd be able to row and maneuver around rocks and rapids plus you have the option to stand up to fly fish....
My initial idea of this boat being in between a kayak and canoe and there for unworthy as either has been tempered as I think about it...now i think it may be ideal for my style of fishing...
First off my sit on top is light and i can get in and out easily but it does'nt have the oar option...and 2 I can't stand up on it...it is slow....
My canoe is heavier, I can stand up in it, and it does have oars...but it isn't as easy to get in and out of as the SOT and it can swamp in bigger water....so maybe a NUcanoe is the way to go?
I suppose I could get that small one down through some pretty heavy whitewater with the oars...I'd get wet...but that is par for the course with most small sit on top styles and even canoes.....I think it would be the bomb for fishing stretches of The Dead or the West Branch that are pretty much unfished now.....and as far as speed...say you want to bomb through a flatwater section? You turn that thing around and row it and you can move way faster with oars than any double kayak paddle....
I use an Old Town Osprey canoe as a mini solo driftboat now...I have it rigged with oars...but I think this would be maybe even better and simpler....the canoe can still capsize and/or fill with water...but a Sit on top with scuppers all the water would drain out...you'd punch through alot of the whitewater...but you'd stay upright....
Just my observations ....I'd like to try one out.....I think it also replace anything you want to do in a pontoon or even a float tube...One boat that replaces several....I like that.....
Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:49 AM
Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:01 PM
God created alcohol to keep the Irish from ruling the world.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:57 PM
I have 2 SINK's in Maine, my regular is an Old Town Loon 138. For the ocean and bay I want a SOT.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:29 AM
Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:54 PM
God created alcohol to keep the Irish from ruling the world.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:35 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:37 AM
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process." ~Paul O'Neil, 1965
"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark
"The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly." ~Author Unknown
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