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Looking at getting a kayak for fishing small lakes and rivers.  I'm 6'2" about 250, I was looking at a few options:

 

https://oldtowncanoe.johnsonoutdoors.com/canoes/fishing/discovery-119-solo-sportsman

 

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/ascend-h12-sit-in-hybrid-kayak-camo

 

https://www.austinkayak.com/Old-Town-Topwater-106-Kayak/ACK26071P.html

 

Anybody have any thoughts or experience with these kayaks?  Thanks

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You might want to look at a Vibe Seaghost 110 or 130. 

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27 minutes ago, markedman said:

Vibe Seaghost 110 or 130. 

Can you stand and fish in these boats?

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Look at the Bonafide kayaks also.

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14 hours ago, BoatSquirrel said:

Can you stand and fish in these boats?

Yes. Both models are 33" wide. They come with a rudder installed, front and rear hatches and a transducer bay. 

 

Most notable limitation is they can't be upgraded to a pedal drive. The Bonafide kayaks have this same limitation and are also very good kayaks. However, the Bonafide kayaks are considerably more expensive and don't come with a rudder. The last time I checked a rudder wasn't an option even at an additional cost.

 

If you want to be able to upgrade to a pedal drive later than a Feel Free Lure 11.5 or 13.5 would be a good choice.

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If you like the hybrid solo canoe/kayak style go with the native ultimate 12 or a used wilderness systems commander 120

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As Allen mentioned, the other options are the Native Ultimate or WS Commander for a canoe/kayak hybrid.  Those are very dry when it's cooler out.  I've never paddled either of the ones you've mentioned, in fact I've never seen either on the water.  I've seen a number of Commanders and Ultimates, so it makes me wonder why the two you listed aren't selling.  The OT Topwater is a modern sit-on-top, and I haven't paddled one of these either, but there a bunch in this price range just came to market.  Standing and fishing isn't the hat trick it was 5 years ago, so there are a lot of kayaks under a grand from which standing and fishing is pretty straightforward.  If you decide which type you want (hybrid versus SOT), that'll help narrow it down.

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Countryboy

 

Thanks for the reply.  I think I am going with a SOT.  I was looking at the Topwater and a Jackson Bite.  The place where I am going to buy it is having a test paddle so hopefully I can test both of them.

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