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  • Looking for Advice on First Fishing Kayak

     Charles updated 1 year ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • Charles

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Hey everyone! I am new to kayak fishing and looking to get into it. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to get into it forever but never pulled the trigger on one. My first son was born 2 weeks ago and decided I needed to do something better for my health than just drinking in the garage at night and tinkering with small projects.

    I am looking for a peddle drive for the sake of easier tracking and keeping steady being that I live in a coastal area (South New Jersey). I live where I can bay fish, ocean fish, back water, and also have easy access to fresh water lakes. I am a bigger guy at 6’2 and 250 pounds so I need something stable enough and long enough. I’m looking at a budget of about 2k for the kayak and peddle drive and then extras can be budgeted for later. I was wondering if anyone had some good suggestions for a platform they have had success with and something I can stay in for awhile before I spring almost 4K for a Hobie. Any help is appreciated!

  • penubly

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    My general advice

    * Try before you buy – demo days, rentals, etc
    * Buy used if possible – there are good deals out there as many people start but don’t get into it
    * PFD is your first and most important purchase – you’ve got a new son
    * Look for local meet ups/groups before you fish alone
    * Start simple – don’t worry about tricking it out, too much tackle, electronics ….
    * I think Hobies are the best – I own a PA but it is an investment

  • ElDub73

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    With that budget, I’d consider going a little over and spend $2,349 on a hobie mirage compass, but a used PA14 might work well for you.

  • Alternative-Yard

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    i like my hobie passport

  • CoopNine

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Hobie passport. You’ll love the drive. It’s in your price range and is really a solid boat. If you’re willing to step out of that range, I’d say you’d probably really enjoy an outback or a PA, but it’s a significant jump. I’d say you wouldn’t regret the jump, but everyone’s budgets are their own. If you can make an outback work, its worth every penny. An amazing fishing machine, storage and mounting options are fantastic, and it handles great.

  • Blecher_onthe_Hudson

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Sounds like a great plan. I got back into fishing when my son was small and it was something to do with him. I paddle not pedal, but we’ll leave that debate alone. Take a look at the kayak forum on Stripersonline, it’s heavily NJ salt boaters, you’ll learn a lot there specific to your home waters just searching the archives.

  • Ajperlis07

    May 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for all the support. I never knew about the Passport till this thread and it looks like a solid boat! I am leaning between that or even the Feelfree Lure 13.5. That seems like a solid bit as well. Thanks for the advice everyone I have lots to look at now. Like I said I’m a bigger person so I’m wondering how the passport would workout with the lower weight capacity limit

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