Kayak Kid wrote:Prof.,
It does my heart good to see someone fishing from a real (kinda) kayak. That 555 would probably be my choice if I were to commence kayak fishing...,unfortunately, a highly unlikely occurrence.
I've owned and used a plethora of kayaks in my life. My first was a canvas covered wood framed "eskimo" style kayak. Tippy (you needed to know how to eskimo roll), light wt (34lbs), and faaaast. Since retiring into full time fishing, I've owned several yaks, including a peddle driven, a flipper driven (Hobie), a couple of wilderness 16 footers, a 14 ft Hurricane, and a triple hulled thingy.
But, my overall favourite was a 17 ft, kevlar, SEDA Revenge. Twenty-five inches wide, 48 pounds heavy, and faaaast, it was a beauty both in looks and in paddling ease. Each stroke of the paddle produces a long silent glide forward until the next stroke commences. The person to whom I gave that boat appreciates it for what it is, and is enjoying it to the fullest.
The fishing kayaks have evolved exponentially during the past 15 to 20 years. The motorised, peddleised, flipperized, equipment and gadget bedecked conveyances of today, bear little resemblance to what I grew up with...,and, for the most part, the paddling one experiences is akin to that of paddling a bathtub.
Watching you searching for reds, as you swiftly move your unique kayak through the water with such ease, reminds me that there are still some folks out there who understand that fishing compromises only one half of the zen like activity we call...,kayak fishing.
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