- Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:18 pm
My two cents:
I began paddling wood frame-canvas covered kayaks when I was nine. I guess the joyous feeling of slipping silently through the water with the least amount of effort never left me. Having fully retired in 2003, I replaced my enthusiasm for business with that of kayak fly fishing.
Plastic sit on top kayaks were new to me in 03 so, shopping around for a lightweight, sit on top boat, was no easy chore. I found that the most popular kayaks were much heavier than I was used to, and didn't accelerate through the water as had the kayaks of my youth. The carbon paddles, however, were far superior to the wooden paddles I was used to.
The first SOT I purchased was a Wilderness sixteen footer. I combined that with a Werner carbon twist grip paddle. Although quite heavy, and requiring a rudder for wind travel, it served me well for my first year on the water. This first year of kayak fishing...,along with the following 17 years...,was greatly enhanced due to my membership in P.A.C.K. A great bunch of guys from all walks of life who share a love for kayak fishing, primitive camping, and the camaraderie that accompanies such activities.
An old Eagle Scout's ideal place to be.
During my second year 'on the water' I read about a kayak made by SEDA in San Diago. It was the SEDA Revenge. It featured a well regarded 17 ft. by 25 in. kevlar ocean cruising hull, a comfortable sit on top self draining cockpit, and an overall weight of 40 pounds. Reach forward to engage the water with your paddle blade, initiate a proper return stroke...,the kayak glides forward and your properly stroked paddle blade ends up at the point where your stroke began...,the boat gliding through the water as if it was on ice..
I actually found a used one in a kayak shop in the Woodlands and purchased it on the spot.
This was not a boat for everyone. One rather famous Gulf Coast kayak guide paddled it around for fifteen minutes, came back, and when I asked him what he thought about the boat, he replied, without hesitation, "your crazy!". It was, however, the boat for me. I relished each moment I spent on the water with that kayak. The youngsters couldn't figure out why they couldn't keep with the old man. It was the kayak stupid, and the paddle, and knowing how to paddle effortlessly.
Along with the SEDA, I've owned at various times, about five different kayaks for different reasons. My kayaking days came to an end about a year ago, but I only recently got rid of the SEDA.
My point in sharing this is to pass on that kayak fishing is many things to many different people. Why it is, and what it might become to you, is probably not known at this time. So, rather than see how many gidgets and gadgets you can add onto your boat, perhaps you should first attempt to see how few additions you can add (a rudder is a necessity due to our Coastal winds).
Why put on an anchor trolly when there is an easier, more effective way way?
Why put rod holders everywhere when you only need one?
Why purchase a trailor when there are inexpensive gizmos that enable you to safely carry your yak in the bed of your truck?
And why read ads for kayak gizmos when you should be reading about kayak safety, and fishing locations.
Have fun, catch fish, and be safe.