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About kross57


  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    fishing, hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    enviro consultant

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  1. Keep in mind, it isn't just the kayak. You need a paddle, seat, and a PFD, minimum. For fishing waters less than 70 degrees, you should also have some kind of wesuit or drysuit. Also, a waterproof radio and a cart to get the kayak from the vehicle to the water are good options. Then you have to learn how to use all that stuff. It can be involved. Fishing from a kayak is pretty simple. You will be seated, so it's a lot like deep wading. The only pain is repositioning, as you have to reel in all your line, go to a new place, then strip it out before you make another cast. If you can stay in one spot for a while, it is fine. Run and gun is not easy. One benefit is, fish don't seem to mind the kayak, so you can get really close. A simple kayak like the Ocean Kayak Prowler or even the Scrambler are good entry level kayaks. Cheap and light.
  2. Actually, that wasn't the first Kaskazi i've seen for sale in recent years, and they tend to go cheap. Nobody wants them. One in 2016, one in 2017. That's not exactly extremely rare. There is a Kaskazi dealer in Florida. A new Kaskazi will run $1,400-$2,300, depending on the kayak. Then folks in the northeast need to have it shipped from Florida, so add another $300. They typically come with a rudder and anchor trolley.
  3. On the cost thing, you need to compare apples to apples. You paid $1,000 for your C14 used. There was a used Kaskazi offered on this site for the asking price of $1,250. Not much difference.
  4. Yes, a material that is smoother and stiffer will give increased speed. But hit that stuff hard enough and it will crack.when rotomold would bounce. Fuzz on roto kayaks should be removed occasionally. Use a hot knife blade.
  5. What I question on the Eddyline is the resistance to impacts. My experience with thermoformed plastic is that it is not as durable as rotomold. I recall Jon Sheins kayak went to pieces when it ran aground on Montauk point. I cracked the stern of a thermoformed Hurricane kayak in surf. Not saying they are bad kayaks, but there are tradeoffs for that hull material. Nothing is perfect.
  6. ^^^^ Great shots! A winter day at Allenhurst. Good spot for a photograph, as you can walk out on the jetty and get close to the action.
  7. atv is absolutely correct. If you think there is some magic technique or place that allows you to never roll your boat, forget it. And, while suggestions are nice, there is no replacement for experience. Surf has a gazillion little aspects, including wave shapes, bottom shape, kayak handling, kayak design, wave sets, tide status, swell size, swell interval, impact of wind, and on and on that really can't be explained. In addition, anytime you are messing with the ocean, there is no guarantee of safety. If you want that, stay on the beach. You can try waiting until the surf is completely flat. There are those days, but they are rare. At the same time, I think messing with kayaks in surf is one of the most fun things ever. A lot of folks just let it freak them out. You need to figure things out and get a little practice BEFORE you attempt ocean fishing with all your rods and equipment. If that's you in your avatar with the military gear, surfing your kayak will be a cakewalk by comparison. You should enjoy it. Pick a small day, and go!
  8. ^^^^ Much appreciated! It was a great shot to start with.
  9. Yes, I did find the video. Very helpful. My reel was A-OK when I opened it up. So far I am very happy with it. Thanks!
  10. Summer season is the time to learn, but is tough, because there are lots of people in the water and lots of rules. Remember that you can really hurt someone with a kayak in surf. Best bet is to get on the beach right at first light, since it is usually OK to fool with kayaks before the lifeguards show up. Avoid swimmers and surfers. Pick a day with less than waist high waves, and an offshore breeze. Bring just your kayak, seat, PFD, and a paddle. Leave your drive and fishing stuff home. Go out and come in, over and over. In a couple hours you will have more practice than most guys get in years. Those videos will help. But realize that most of the folks in those vids don't know much more than you do, Below is a good one. Enjoy!
  11. Good stuff. I also think I might have had some water on the lens.
  12. Yesterday I tried playing with my camera settings (limited) to get the foreground and background in focus. Not too bad. Lost a little of the close stuff. Seemed to blur more around the left edge.
  13. Another great one. Maybe we should post the photo we started with? That would be cool.
  14. Thanks. If you end up getting this software, let me know if I can help you with it.
  15. I am certainly no expert, but I have experience with Movie Maker. It lets me add music, and so on. Here is a clip where I did a few things with it. Take a look and see if it fits your needs.