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  • Lure vs Recon/Radar?

     Charles updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • Charles

    June 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Hello all. Looking to buy my first fishing yak. I will mainly be fishing inshore flats & bridges, possibly off the beach as well. I’ve picked these kayaks due to the ability to add a pedal drive down the road. I am 5’8 & currently 230lbs. I know these kayaks are probably all tanks on the water as far as maneuverability goes, but not many convertible kayak options out there unfortunately. Any help would be appreciated!

  • waggawagga702

    June 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

    I have the Recon. I bought the yak first and the pedal drive a few months later. I did accelerate my timeline for the pedal drive because the paddling was a tad more laborious than I preferred. Having said that, the yak actually has decent on-water mannerisms for tracking and maneuvering, but it was slow. Installing the pedal drive wasn’t too bad and only took a few hours. The difference was astounding. I am still in awe of how much more ground I can cover. Oh, and the stability is rock solid. I naturally have the balance of a town drunkard and I have no problem standing and casting at 6’2, 200. Overall, the Recon has been brilliant and I have zero regrets in my decision.

    While I do highly recommend the Recon, with limitations in kayak supply, you may also want to consider the Vibe Shearwater or the Hoodoo Impulse 120. I, for sure, know the Vibe can be bought without a drive for a future upgrade. The Hoodoo may require a drive to be bought upfront, choosing between fins or a propellor.

  • Nothing_N_Everything

    June 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

    The Recon is absolutely fantastic. I’m 6′ 280lbs and stand most any time I want. I dont have an issue paddling or with the seat height.

  • SteelKnight1929

    June 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

    I just purchased two Lures, a 10 foot and an 11.5. The pedal drive will work on the 10 but won’t provide much leg room to pedal. I’m 6’4” and 265 and feel very comfortable in the 11.5. The nice thing about the Lure is a pedal drive is literally a drop in feature. I don’t have the pedal drive but for a fishing yak, it seems to do great with just a paddle.

  • CptxGoober

    June 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for your reply! Do you feel like the high seating position impacts paddling at all? My only concern with the Recon was the high seating position affecting the paddling & stability of the kayak. I would have been sold day one, if it had the air pro max adjustable seat.

    I actually really like the Shearwater. It was originally my first choice, but from what I’ve read I can’t convince myself to choose a fin drive over propeller.

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