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Ocean Kayak 13 - Talk me out of it?

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by Polymerhead, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Feb 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM
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    Polymerhead

    Polymerhead [OP] Well-Known Member

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    http://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/angler_kayaks/trident_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!
     
  2. Feb 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM
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    whoareyou133

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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.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM
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    kirkofwimbo

    kirkofwimbo Say no to Bro

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  4. Feb 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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    Polymerhead

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    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.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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    jethro

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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.
     
  6. Feb 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM
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    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).
     
  7. Feb 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM
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    horn that plays "la cuka racha,"
    Get a hobie with mirage drive
     
  8. Feb 16, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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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.
     
  9. Mar 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM
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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.
     
  10. Mar 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM
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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.
     
  11. Mar 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM
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    Took delivery today - got it all rigged up. Can't wait to break it out on the water! [​IMG]
     
  12. Mar 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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    Nice one. I like the color.
     
  13. Mar 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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    You will love it. We are crappie fishing this weekend at Choke Canyon State Park in Texas.
     
  14. Mar 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM
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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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    Check out the SOLO Skiffs, you will be much happier with them over a kayak, and they are super affordable. http://www.soloskiff.com
     
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    Count me in, but only if I can get a copy of that sweet flute music on their videos. I've been enjoying my kayak for a year. Had it out 2 weeks ago in 35 degree weather in fact. Can't wait for warmer weather.
     
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    I have been kayak fishing for years and upgraded last season to a Wilderness Systems Ride 135 with the Air Max Pro seat. It is awesome! The pontoon hull makes it very stable; I can stand up and sight cast all day. The better companies (Wilderness Systems, Ocean Kayak, Jackson, Hobie, etc.) make a good product geared at the whatever the intended use is. My two kayaks were about $1200 each, but I have never regretted having them once. They never break, start every time, and have enough flexibility to fish, camp, or do extended trips in. You won't regret it!
     
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