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Old 02-10-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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Ocean Kayak 13 - Talk me out of it?

http://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/ang...ent_13_angler/

I've wanted a fishing kayak for a couple years now. I will be fishing mostly crappie and smallmouth in medium to large lakes, and perhaps doing some river trips on smallish rivers in southern MO. I don't really need something stable enough to stand in and I want to be able to cruise at a decent speed in order to set jug lines, etc.

Anyone want to talk me out of the Ocean Kayak 13? Is there a better fishing kayak out there for $1000? Any experience with the Ocean Kayak or others like it?

Any input is welcome. Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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http://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/ang...ent_13_angler/

I've wanted a fishing kayak for a couple years now. I will be fishing mostly crappie and smallmouth in medium to large lakes, and perhaps doing some river trips on smallish rivers in southern MO. I don't really need something stable enough to stand in and I want to be able to cruise at a decent speed in order to set jug lines, etc.

Anyone want to talk me out of the Ocean Kayak 13? Is there a better fishing kayak out there for $1000? Any experience with the Ocean Kayak or others like it?

Any input is welcome. Thanks!


Not familiar with prices but i say do it one of the best past times out there. I'm planning on getting one within a couple of months myself.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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That's a tough one. Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 would be a good one. I have a 120, but if I could do it over again, I'd probably go with one of these for the better cargo capacity.

http://www.austinkayak.com/products/...olo-Kayak.html
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:41 PM   #4
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Not familiar with prices but i say do it one of the best past times out there. I'm planning on getting one within a couple of months myself.
Agreed. I love to fish. We did canoe trips every summer as a kid, and I loved it. I'm pretty competent in a canoe, but I don't always have a fishing buddy to paddle a canoe around with. A fishing kayak seems like a great way to get out on the water more when I have to go solo.
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Not going to talk you out of that! Nice yak! I have been considering a Nucanoe but I do a bit more fly fishing and would need some standing capability.
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Not going to talk you out of that! Nice yak! I have been considering a Nucanoe but I do a bit more fly fishing and would need some standing capability.
I looked hard at the NuCanoe too, especially since it's so easy to add a trolling motor to! I want something that's somewhat fast though, and the NuCanoe seems like a dog (a very, very stable dog).
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Get a hobie with mirage drive
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You will love yak fishing. My brother and I have Jackson Coosas. If you are looking to do open water I'd look into the Jackson Cuda. They are a bit more pricy but check them out. I'll see if I can post a couple pics from my last couple outings last year. You can get to places most people don't even think about fishing.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:50 PM   #9
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Checked out Manta Rays, Big Rigs and some other kayaks locally. Ended up ordering a Trident 13 tonight sight unseen. Hope it doesn't burn me, but everyone loves the Trident so I'm not worried. The Jackson Big Rig was awesome but over $500 more and I just couldn't justify the extra $$. Now I need to figure out where I'm going to keep the thing.
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We had Jackson Cuda 12s. Great kayaks. Supposedly a little quicker than the Ocean 13, but I didn't compare. Lots of great features, all based on RAM mounts.
Ended up selling them just before leaving Baja for home. We're looking to get 2 more, although my wife may just go for the Cruise 12, which is the Cuda without all the attachments.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:31 PM   #11
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Took delivery today - got it all rigged up. Can't wait to break it out on the water!
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Nice one. I like the color.
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You will love it. We are crappie fishing this weekend at Choke Canyon State Park in Texas.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:04 PM   #14
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Holy cats - just got back from 3 hours on the water jug fishing. What a blast! I can be across a big lake in just a few minutes, without the noise of a motor. I didn't think of reverse, but being able to back up easily is great for checking jug lines. We caught one 3 lb channel cat. I'll be back out tomorrow morning for more!
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I have an ocean kayak (11') that I have been fishing for a couple years. I had a wilderness systems tarpon before that, but didn't like the way it handled as much. I have seen people using perception with a lot of rigging just as well as a wilderness systems.

Nothing beats a hobie though. They are just too expensive for a new one.
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I'm trying to get into the kayak fishing thing myself! I got a Field and Stream Eagle Talon 12 kayak. I love it so far! Easy to stand in, fast enough for me, and it gets me out on the water so what's not to like? I have the Camo color scheme.
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