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Hello all,

I am not exactly new to kayak fishing, but I'm getting back into it after a few years of hiatus. Some advice would be appreciated as I begin shopping for a new boat. I'm sure there's other topics I could glean some information from, so send me some links if I'm retreading old ground. For example, the link to KayakBasics in the stickied "how to find the right kayak for you" is 404'd.

So, previously I owned a cheap pelican that I used on the rivers and lakes of central Texas. Unfortunately, it was lost in a flood after I moved to Houston, hence the hiatus. Now, while a cheap craigslist boat was perfect for the man that I was, the man that I am wants something NICE to mess around with on the coast. However, googling has caused some serious analysis paralysis to set in, so I'd like to make a shortlist from suggestions here to go out and paddle around in.

The main activities for this boat will primarily be saltwater fishing inshore with some river/lake fishing on occasion. I'm 6ft, 240 lbs (on the downward trend) with no disabilities to worry on. I'd spend up to $1000 on the boat, plus whatever rigging needs to be done. If you can make a case for spending more, I'd listen.

Thank you for your time/advice.
Welcome back to the sport.

If your priority coastal fishing then I recommend something which will paddle efficiently and has decent tracking. What rivers are you planning on fishing? Lager ones such as Brazos or Colorado? Given your build you'll want one with about 400lbs weight capacity (here's a post I made about determining weight capacity of kayaks: Click). I would recommend something around 13 feet in length as I feel that's a good all around length for a kayak.

In this day in age buying new for $1000 is somewhat hard. Some new options I'd recommend would be the Vibe Sea Ghost 130, Wilderness Systems Ride 135, Old Town Topwater 120, Viking Profish 400, Ocean kayak Prowler 13, and the Perception Pescador on the low end of the weight capacity. Going used opens up quite a bit more.
I have a Viking Profish Reload I’d sell you for $1000 :) it’s rigged and ready.

Choosing which kayak to buy is pretty tough. No boat is perfect, it’s all about prioritizing what’s most important to you.

Stability usually means a wider boat; wider boats are typically heavier and harder to paddle; longer skinnier boats are better paddling boats but less stable, etc.

Another BIG factor that a lot of people overlook is transportation. Are you going to car top it? Is it light enough for you to manage by yourself after a long day on the water? How are you going to get it from the car to the water across the mud or sand?

For me, I liked what the wider, heavier kayaks had to offer, but I REALLY didn’t want something that was a beast to transport and paddle. Those spontaneous “throw the kayak on the car and go fishing for a few hours just because” trips would be less frequent because of the hassle.

Best of luck out there.

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I'd suggest buying used to get more for the money and if you want to move to something else next season, then subtract $100 and sell it.
Ocean Trident/Prowlers are nice all-round kayaks. Most Ocean, Wilderness, Viking, or Jackson kayaks can do you fine so long as you follow above guidelines on wide/narrow/fast/stable.... With Neumie, I think 13ish ft is a nice length for versatility.
You might contact Rockport Ryan at Rockport Kayak. He's replacing his Viking rental fleet with new boats and has Profish 400's(13.5 ft) and Reloads(15 ft) for sale, very reasonably priced. Unless you're going with a pedal kayak, one of Ryan's fleet would serve you well. If I was buying another kayak, I'd be all over one of those 400's. The Reload is a fantastic yak, but it's too big for me. I paddled a Reload Z at Roy's Demo and it was a rocket ship! Like Ron said, the T160 is also a great yak.

Good luck shopping. TexasJim
If your plan is to fish inland and inshore, I'd find a used T160. For all around use, mine has served me very well. I can load it onto the top of my Sequoia by myself for those spontaneous trips previously mentioned, it is fast and stable, tracks well, and has endured hundreds of hours in the salt with no problems other than the normal oyster rash. I rented several other paddle kayaks before buying the T160 and found that it suited my needs and wants to a "T".

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