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    fishing & hunting by kayak, hiking, work
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  1. Even one better than a demo. Find a place that rents the model you want to buy and spend 1/2 a day with it. Most 10 minute paddles won't tell you a lot.
  2. I recently moved from NC. Mudd is correct. The farther south it gets better. I still never found anything east of 95 that could pay me the wage I needed. Do not discount the Charelston and Savannah areas. Both I cased before getting drug north and I was leaning toward Savannah.
  3. Check out The stripers are in. Dave's a good guy. Originally from Jersey.
  4. I have a buddy who guides inshore out of NC on the coast. I cancelled a trip to Charleston last year, but before going he gave me some names(I will have to find them again) of some inshore guides there. That is really the best way to find out how "they fish there". 1/2 days are normally around $250.00 and what you will learn is incredible. I fish from my yak and have gone to "strange lands" and always do the above. It puts you well ahead in the learning curve. I too, was from the coastlines of the north, but my fishing is all done now here in NC. Do a search of fishing guides inshore down there and you will find someone.
  5. My wife's great grandad was a keeper there for a spell. We have several paintings and pencil sketches from various angles of the old house and light. I love goin out there with the tent and kayak for a couple days. Catch all you own food, clams, scallops, crabs, fish. Nothin better than waking up in the morning cause the horses are makin a racket right next to your tent.
  6. You could also call WS and ask who they use for their LTL shipping down there and call that company(Old Dominion) what they would charge to get it to your neck of the woods.
  7. A good start is to see who your local dealer gets his yaks from. Although many large makers use their own trucks for the majority of their shipments, a good deal of their product goes commom carrier. The makers have found out which ones give them the best service w/ the lowest damage rate. No matter what, make sure that you pay the insurance for the replacement cost of the boat. Even though these carriers are responsible for the goods, if it gets "forked" on a loading dock somewhere I can promise you it will be some weeks before you get any results. Old Dominion carrys a lot of yaks for at least two makers that I know of.
  8. One thing to keep in mind here is that this is explored territory already. Most here may be new to kayak fishing, but kayaking has been a very organized sport now for some years. We just like to do it with fishing poles in our hands. The safety aspect doesn't change because we are fisherman. There are plenty of clubs that could be contacted and asked for advice and reccomendations. A really good magazine is Atlantic Coastal Kayaker. It would not interest most here except for one feature. Someone writes about a "bad" or "fatal" experience and it is then disected and critiqued. Good learning stuff. This is mostly a "common sense" subject. It is not complicated at all. 1.Am I dressed to survive in the water temperature encountered? How long? The above dictates how quickly I must recover. For those who cannot recover 100% of the time, this changes how you must dress, even in what you may consider "warm" temps. In 60-70 degree water, exhaustion or unconsciousness occurs in 2-7 hours. In 50-60 it's 1-2 hours. You will be on the low ends of the scale due to all the effort put into trying to recover. 2. Signaling devices. Strobes, smoke, flares, etc. All these items are so small and easily stowed. No excuse not to have them. The above won't mean squat, if I haven't paid attention to #1. It takes time for people to see your distress and react to it. 3.Float Plan. Does someone know you are out and where? Even if with a buddy? Once again, #3 doesn't mean squat without #1, if you are overdue. This not taking into account using your smarts when it comes to conditions, weather, etc. There are more issues, but follow those three and if the worst happens, you will more than likely have a very harrowing tale to pass along, rather than a blurb in a newspaper of another lost at sea.
  9. Anyone who has not practised their recovery in "real" conditions is gambling big time. We have fire drills in our work places, schools, etc. for very good reasons. Because people have panicked and died in their panic. If you have a buddy with a pool, start there. Deploy your rods, set up your gear as if you were fishing normally and dump it. Do you have a paddle leash? Will you drop your paddle to save some gear that may float away? How hard is it to get all your gear back in order before recovering? Will you have to "sacrifice" something in order to get back aboard? Yor kayak has gotten "away" from you, current, is your vest good enough to float you high enough with all your cold weather gear donned? These are not things you want to find out for the first time in a must recover situation. Kayakers need to remember that when we need "help" or "assistance" it is more than, we ran out of fuel, or our engine won't start. It will more than likely mean we are in the water and that is not much different than a man overboard drill. Ask anyone in the Coasty's how much elevated their response becomes in any temperature of a man in the water. Serious stuff guy's.
  10. 2cents. Anything that can inflate, can deflate. Would not want to trust my life with one. I have had one, don't anymore.
  11. Sounds like a good idea.
  12. 61# 10oz. I weighed this fish for a guy who had no clue of what ha truly had. He was DRAGGING this goddess across the parking lot of a resturant at the mouth of the Ct river, August '90. I worked there part time and the scales were certified. He had just tied it of at waters edge and crabs had gotten to the fish a bit. I weighed two more fish that night, one 53# and a 49#. Punched out , ran home and came back and got a 52#. I could have cried when I saw how that 61 looked.
  13. I have a tarpon w/out a rudder. With thigh braces, I can lean that boat over so that the side carry's are getting wet. No, it will not turn as tight as a ruddered boat, but I don't fish in marinas or other small spaces that require a 20' circle turn. And again, I am not an expert paddler. That's a good tracking boat for most conditions.
  14. One of the aspects of paddling a SOT that most dealers don't push is the need for thigh braces. The lack of them on a SOT makes it difficult to turn. To turn a boat without a rudder, you must be able to "lean" the boat over while making your stroke. Without the braces, you can't lean very far. Once you get used to having them on a boat, you can't imagine paddling without them. Sot of like skiing w/out poles. Thigh braces will make your paddling stroke way more efficient, it "locks" you into the boat and allows you to use your torso to create the power for the stroke. Many folks w/ rudders end up concentrating so much on their "line" that, it's all they are thinking about. Turn to look ovr your shoulder, oops, I'm turning, want to shift and change your leg positions, oops I'm turning. If you learn how to paddle without a rudder it will make you a much better paddler. If you look to see what many consider to be the "ultimate" sea kayak, it will have a drop down skeg not a rudder, and that boat can still be turned. All I am saying here is that I recommend trying a boat w/out one and getting some guidance in how to paddle it. A rudder adds weight, creates more snag points, and on a well desighned boat is not needed for most applications. My boats range from 14'- 17 1/2' and no rudders. I am not what I would consider an "expert" paddler. Just have been shown by others. The industry LOVES to sell that rudder, they get a good mark up on those parts.
  15. The Osprey was on of their 1st generation of roto kayaks. I have paddled them all. It is the least stable of their line. Very hard re -entry campared to others. Also a short cockpit. If you are looking at Heritage go with their 'dart. I have one in my "quiver" and use it alot. I fished all over the "bay" up their in all conditions with it, when I lived up there. Stable, tracks well and fast for it's size, 14'. Actually do not think there is a faster boat(SOT) in the 14' class.