rb85 wrote:Had a look at the perception and wilderness kayaks which were a propeller system how do these compare to the hobie's?
Bit beyond my price range had a look at a few paddle yaks that look quite good also that fitted how much im willing to pay a bit better.
4liters wrote:Paddle yaks are ok if you are trolling, soaking bait at anchor or drifting. Pedal yaks are great for all that but also allow you to move around while casting or hold position against the wind or current.
Have a look at second hand hobies, even if it isn’t the optimal model for what you want to do you’ll find it much easier to fish out of than a paddle kayak
I agree with Ian, pedal kayaks are great for the bream fishos or anyone that chucks lures as the boat can hold position in wind,tide or river flows ( like a trolling motor on a boat )
But they aren't the be all end all when it come to fishing kayaks - really like boating it comes down to what you wont from the kayak - lets face it a 10 - 12 foot tinny is a far better boat for sneaking up rivers than a Barcrusher but then that is opposite for an off shore environment
I don't use a pedal kayak and have only peddled one - I didn't like it as it seamed like hard work and I couldn't see how I would go covering distance with one - one thing pedal kayaks have to do is make them fat as you don't have a paddle to brace with so the primary stability has to be high
it bigger seas most dont like travailing across the face of a wave or going down wind - they weren't made for this most are like bass boats built for smoother water
I've owns 3 kayaks now my started was a 4.1 meter long Wavedance Kingfisher ( still about $ 850 ) brand new and still a good starter all round kayak
second is a 4.3 meter Ocean Kayaks Prowler - cost quite a bit more - is faster and had better storage -- I still have it as a back up
and now I use a 5.25 meter glass fishing ski ( these are the sports cars of the kayak fishing world ) and these are really good for covering distance fast and are pretty good through surf
all of the above have trolled lures - the 4.3 and the glass ski have trolled live bait and been Micro jigged and all have been used from plastics
all have been used at anchor ( first 2 are a bit more comfortable at anchor )
I still think the best size all rounder is that 4 meter paddle kayak or at least 3.6 meter and there are plenty of cheap models in this size
3.6 meter will have storage room and good enough tracking to get by
big enough to catch those squid and turn them into gummies