Neumie wrote:To build on to SWFinatic. As he mentions it's best to stay at 70%-75% of the weight capacity of a kayak. This seams simple enough, but brands such as Native Watercraft, Ocean Kayak, and Old Town do not account for the weight of seats, hatches, etc. Ocean Kayak and Old Town list both a weight capacity and usable capacity; Native Watercraft does not. Other popular brands such as Bonafide, Hobie, Jackson, Perception and Wilderness Systems advertise an honest weight capacity.
Again, as SWFinatic mentioned, you'll need to research the capacity of the frame seats found on many kayaks. Hobie lists their Vantage seat for the Pro Angler 14 at 350 lbs. However, the vantage seat for their Outback is just 275 lbs. You'll probably need to reach out to each manufacturer to determine the seat capacity.
Most kayaks are going to be in the 12 to 14 ft range, so think about how you're going to store and transport it.
So accounting for that here are kayaks I'd recommend researching:
Hobie Pro Angler 14
Jackson Big Rig FD or Big Rig HD
Ocean Kayak Big Game II
Vibe Sea Ghost 130
Wilderness Systems ATAK 140
If you're not going to pack a lot of weight (lots of tackle or cooler full of ice) you may be able to get away with a little less capacity:
Crescent Lite Tackle
Feel Free Lure 13.5 V2
Hobie Pro Angler 12
Jackson Big Tuna
Wilderness Systems Ride 115
Watch the used market as well. The Wilderness Systems Ride 135 (discontinued) is another good option.
Kayak Instruct in Rowlett has many ACA certified paddling instructors who offer courses. They also sell Jackson kayaks as well as their own "house" brand. Mariner Sails in Dallas carries nearly all the brands listed above and will do demos if you give them a heads up. Very knowledgeable staff there. Mountain Sports in Arlington carries Wilderness systems and Jackson and they too have a very knowledgeable staff and will do demos.
The conservation lake behind the Walmart there in Canton is a phenomenal bass lake perfect for kayaks.
Tazhunter0 wrote:Lived out here about 10yrs now and never knew that lake was back there. Going to check on it this weekend and see what I need to do in order to fish it.
Had a guy on a hunting forum I’m a member of, offer to sell me a Nucanoe Prusit with a few extras for $1k. Going to look at it this weekend also. Might also just save up some more money for a Nucanoe Ultimate. Looking at the specs they look to be the widest ones on the market.
Thanks for the help and keep the suggestions coming.
Tazhunter0 wrote:Got to check the lake out and it’s nice. Wife even said she might be willing to get one now and go with me. Looks like I will be getting the Nucanoe Prusit. Looking for a life vest now that will fit someone that wears 4xl shirts. Thanks for everybody’s help.
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