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  • Inflatable Kayak Fishing in Texas

    Posted by Charles on August 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Hi All,

    My wife and I are looking to start kayaking, and I would like to add fishing to it; we would like to get hard shell ones, but due to space/finance concerns, we would like to start with inflatable ones.

    I’m thinking about the Intex incursion one as I heard its good for beginners, but my concern is that in SE Texas, all of our lakes have Alligators and we’re kinda worried about kayaking with inflatable ones.

    Does anyone have experience with that?

    Charles replied 1 week, 6 days ago 2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Bitter-Umpire-7306

    August 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    I have the same intex excursion kayak and use it all the time in PR (no gators here though). Im from Florida and Id feel safe enough to use it out there too. It’s pretty durable and resistant but definitely gotta watch out with your hooks and submerged tree roots. Honestly my biggest complaint is that while it does fit two people, it’s virtually impossible to fish with two people on it. It’s stable with one person but two people on it swinging rods in different directions is a different story. I will say, it’s a very light kayak so you get towed by a lot of fish which is a great time. But if both of you will be fishing on it, I’d say just save up for a hard kayak for two.

  • jgreened

    August 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Highly recommend looking into inflatable kayaks with a nylon fabric covering over the tubes. Academy has the hydro force Ventura, and it’s probably going to be quite a bit more durable than the intex. I’ve used the intex and it’s fairly durable, but the nylon covering would add some piece of mind in those murky Texas waters. Just make sure you allow the kayaks to dry out, as to not allow mildew. That’s any inflatable***

  • Batpool1987

    August 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    I had the Intex K1. I only went fishing in it once, although I went drifting in it several times. I eventually saved up for a hardshell fishing kayak just for the peace of mind. I also got one with a pedal drive because I can no longer paddle for more than a few minutes at a time without my arm messing with me. The bonus to that is that I can use the pedal drive to troll, leaving my hands free for fishing.

  • BeWilduhBeest

    August 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    I currently have the Intex Challenger and I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, so, lots of gators and oyster shells and whatnot. It’s very surprisingly durable. I like the fact that I can keep it in my trunk and I can then kayak anytime and anywhere whenever I want.

    Just keep in mind that an inflatable is not quite as fast, stable or maneuverable as your typical rigid Kayak. They’re great as an inexpensive alternative for a beginner, especially if you’re just “testing the waters” as they say and are not sure if Kayaking is for you yet. 🙂

  • BiffWebstertx

    August 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    If saltwater, don’t do it, oyster shell everywhere. Otherwise, I wouldn’t but good luck

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