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Want to try kayak fishing.Help?

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Brand new to the forum today. I have read past posts and was sent here from another forum. I am interested in Kayak fishing. But never been in a Kayak before... Where do you suggest I start? How can I get a Cheap kayak. I live in Pa 1hr. west of Philly and travel to the Lewes, beathany area in DE. quit often during the summer. I also have a friend that is interested and he also lives in the same area and travels to DE..

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Jon

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Dick,

 

If you've read some of the posts, you'll see that the resident expert is Barrell. He sells kayaks and rigs them for fishing. Don't go to any kayak shop and expect good advice on a fishing kayak. Barrell's shop is in southern Jersey, Brigantine I think. Most will advise paddling as many as you can to get a good feel for the different designs and personalities of the yaks. You first need to decide what type of waters you'll work. Will you enter through the surf? Do your access sites require portage? Will you paddle great distances or short ones? These types of questions will narrow the field. Then your size counts. If you're 6' or better, some models will give you the leg room. As in all decisions, there are comprimises that you need to consider. Maybe you could be more specific of you intended fishing style and locations, and the answers and/or opinions will follow. I would also like to add that you may not find the specific kayak you like at any great discount. I shop around for mine and the ONLY guy that offered me something good was Barrell. Unfortunately, I bought mine on Long Island and paid full price for the convenience. I don't personally know Barrell, just thru this board, but he's the only guy I know of around these parts that knows the low down on fishing kayaks. In fact his site has some good info called " kayak fishing secrets".His site is rbbsurf.com. Check it out

 

Good luck,

Phil

 

 

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I am new this year to yakking, I made the 2-1/2 hour trip to Barrels this spring, he set me up with a Navigator, I love it. He does have the most knowledge on the fishing boats. Regular yak shops look at you crosseyed when inquiring about fishing gear. Go to barrel.

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Thank you for the information. I was hoping to find something a little closer to my stomping grounds, but I also wnat to get the right equipment. So I quess I'll have to make the trip. I was wondering if anyone from this forum fishes the Del. bay, IR bay or anywhere close to either spot. I would love to look at a rig and get some local suggestions on equipment for my neck of the water. Can anyone give me a rough figure on how much a rookie like me is likely to spend getting into a fishin kayak?

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I fish the Delaware bay often. I launch from Broadkill, Bennets Pier and Henlopen. I fish out of a sit in kayak. I started with a Dagger Cypress and moved up to a Necky Looksha IV this year. I have my boats set up for a fish finder and Tite Lok rod holders. I may be in the bay Sunday morning, probably going to try Roosevelt Inlet area. Drop me a line and maybe we can hook up.

 

I met Barrell at the A.C. show this past winter. He definately has a nice set up on his Yak. He is the guy to see for fishing tips and tricks. It would be well worth the ride. None of the shops in Delaware have much to do or say about Yak Fishing, I've check them all out, north and south ends of the state.

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Dick kayak fising is growing in leaps and bounds but kayak fishing is still in its infancy. You've gotten good advice above. What's your height and weight and determine what you're looking for and where you expect to fish. We'll help you the best we can.

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Mullet, I won't be down this weekend. I was going to, but the weather looks like it's going to be nasty, so I will stay home and do some work around the house. Looks like I still have to go to Jersey. How far is barrels shop from the Cape May ferry. I've never done the ferry trip and always wanted to. This sounds like a good chance. I usually fish out of the Broadkill. Friends of mine have a place in Steam Boat and my parents have always had a place on the IR bay. So maybe we can run into each other sometime. I will be down the following weekend. If anyone runs into someone selling their yak, let me know. Thanks, Dick

JPKortze@erineng.com

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JonS. Height 5'4", on a good day. 170#'s before beer, he he. Any help would be great... Thanks,

Dick(a.k.a. Jon)

 

Another person who spells Jon the correct way.

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I've been searching on-line and found a wilderness systems Ride Kayak and was wondering if anyone used this type for fishing and how it handles?

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Dick - definately check out the Explorer. I and many others agree that its the most versatile fishing yak around. At 5'4" it will be a great yak for you.

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