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#1 bdjk00



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Posted July 15 2011 - 03:43 PM

In your opinion, is an 8 ft. kayak too small to fish from?

How about a 10 ft.?

I know most people are probably going to say a 10 ft. would be better but money is a factor.

So basically is it impossible to fish from an 8 ft. kayak.

And also does anyone have an opinion on the Pelican Apex 100 Fade Kayak?
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Posted July 15 2011 - 04:03 PM

Personally, I think both 8' and 10' are too small regardless of whether you plan to fish from them or not. The short kayaks are great for the river where you need the ability to turn quickly, but blow chunks on the flatwater, imho. Generally, the longer the kayak, the better it'll track which translates to less effort by the paddler to keep it going in the right direction.

I'm currently fishing out of a 12' kayak, but my next one will most likely be in the 14' range.
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Posted July 15 2011 - 06:29 PM

Yeah that makes sense. But the transport is also another factor. What is a good cheap 12 foot kayak brand??
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Posted July 15 2011 - 08:04 PM

I fish out of an 8 footer. Mainly because it fits in back of my caravan. Usually the shorter the less weight capacity or at least that i've seen. Leg room is tight (SinK) had to move my seat back abit. It was cheap, fits in my van and gets me on the water. Next one wil be SOT and longerl

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Posted July 20 2011 - 09:29 AM

I bought my first kayak - a 10 footer. The size depends on factors like : type of waters you fish, flat or moving, transport you have, and portage needs. I chose the kayak based on weight, portage, type of waters I fish and transport I have. And no complaints, I enjoy this much better than shore fishing.

Hope this helps you in choosing your kayak.

#6 J Francho

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Posted July 20 2011 - 09:51 AM

Unless I was fishing farm ponds or running rapids, 8' is too small. I fish from boats ranging 10' to 14'. 12' is a good all around length. Of course, seat time will determine the best fit for you. You gotta ride to decide. ;)

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Posted July 26 2011 - 04:25 PM

Pelican Apex 100 Fade Kayak looks alright. You can customize your own rod holders, fish finder mount, paddle holder, and anchor trolley. I bought a 9.5ft and it tracks fair enough. I don't see how fishing from an 8ft would be too much of a problem.

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Posted July 26 2011 - 11:51 PM

I fish from a 10' and a 10'6". One a SOT (WS Tarpon 100) for the warm weather months, the other a SINK (Future Beach Trophy 126) for when the water is cooler, I stay dry in that one. I like them both. Have both rigged nearly identical so I don't have to learn a new boat all the time. I have plenty of room in both, both track reasonably well and are stable (Especially the Future Beach) almost to a fault. I can sit or stand in either without issue. I should think an 8 footer shouldn't be too far off. All depends on if there is enough room for you and your gear. That's up to you to decide.

Looking up that Apex Fade model you had listed, It priced at $250.... Look at the Future Beach Trophy at Dicks. More room, more storage and a VERY stable fishing platform, rod holders as well. Its retail price is somewhere around $500 but routinely goes on sale for $300-350. I bought mine in June at $299. Its a nice boat