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Old 04-11-2019, 05:40 AM   #1
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Hello All,
We usually kayak when we get to go camping, when we both go we have a double kayak we take but when its just me I take a single kayak. On my last trip I really wanted to fish as well but had done that very little from a kayak so was a little awkward while doing it. I've seen many people on paddle boards but never anyone fishing from one and saw someone on one that was made just for that. When I looked up the cost and the transport aspect made that one not feasible for me so I researched best fishing kayaks and to my surprise the top rated the last two years is a blow up by Aqua Marina, the Drift model, now I own one .
Get to try it out this weekend for the first time, any one on the forum have any experience with this product? I watched some videos and read a bunch of reviews so feel good about the choice. Biggest concern is never paddle boarded before so hope I have the balance for it. LOL

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Old 04-11-2019, 08:06 AM   #2
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Was looking at fishing kyaks earlier this week. Hobie makes a really nice model designed specifically for fishing. No personal experience with them- only what I saw online.
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:34 AM   #3
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With a 38" beam I wouldn't worry about balance.

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Old 04-11-2019, 10:44 AM   #4
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Stand up paddleboarding is a great way to improve balance and core strength. Start out by watching SUP videos and do some paddling and turning before you start fishing. I use my paddleboard for ocean surfing and my wife for just cruising. I taught my wife's cousin to paddleboard when she was 75 and she did not fall in and rented her own board weeks later. Have fun and catch some fish!
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The fishing part is OK. It's the catching part that gets complicated. A fighting fish, a paddle in one hand trying to counter wind and align the boat, a net in the other, holding the rod with a third and winding the reel with a fourth.
I've fished from canoe an from pontoon boats. You need to anchor at both ends to properly control the boat.
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Old 04-11-2019, 11:47 AM   #6
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We bought an inflatable Jimmy Styks paddle board from Costco 3 or 4 years ago and bring it on all our lake side camping trips. The board itself is great as it is rock hard so it doesn't flex on the water. We are not very gentle with it as get tossed around and brought to and from the campsite daily. That said, it is very durable and doesn't appear to leak any air as will holds sufficient air pressure for at least a week. I was a bit skeptical when we bought it, but after a throughout trial I would highly recommend it!

While I would like to tell you I'm a great paddle boarder, the wife and I primarily bring a small cooler and Bluetooth speaker and float around on it (party island). It can handle both of us sitting on it and still stay well enough above the water. I end up paddling her around a lot which is quite tiring so we just bought a couple of the Costco Pelican kayaks a few weeks ago.
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Old 04-11-2019, 12:12 PM   #7
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I got this thing about 15 years ago for trips on the Yellowstone and Missouri. After moving back south I decided two years ago to modify it so I could use a trolling motor instead of a paddle. I picked up a Chinese 12v 100ah lithium battery pack last year but because of shoulder surgery wasn't able to use it last season. I've been testing it the last few days. So far I've done 3 hours and 40 minutes continuous running. It takes me about an hour to get downstream to the Savannah River from the back yard with national forest on one side all the way. Going upstream I have national forest on both sides. I hope to be able to tow this thing behind the 5.0.
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I’ve got a friend who teaches yoga on paddle boards. I guess if you can do yoga on one (or at least some can) then fishing from one should be ok. I haven’t tried either on a paddle board so can’t speak from experience.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #9
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They make SUP's especially designed for yoga. They're usually pretty broad beamed. Deep Cove, at the epicenter of Yuppie paddling, has lots of obvious yoga types (hows that for a politically correct description ) doing things like head and hand stands on their boards. Always fun to watch as I paddle my conventional kayak.

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Was looking at fishing kyaks earlier this week. Hobie makes a really nice model designed specifically for fishing. No personal experience with them- only what I saw online.

While I only fish from canoes, my son in law has a Hobie Pro. Do pay attention to the weight before you buy. His is way more then I care to drag or load.
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