Fishing out of a kayak
Not sure where to put this. Figured it would get the most looks here.
I'm in the market for a fishing kayak and I am reaching out to the other kayak anglers on here to get some feedback, advice, and their experiences.
Intend to use it mostly in the western Finger Lakes for walleyes and panfish, Lake Alice for panfish, I Bay for perch in the Fall is a good possibility, Erie canal fishing trips, tribs for browns in the Fall. Depending on how comfortable I get with it, near shore trolling for browns in the big lake on calm days is a wish as well. It will be rigged with a depthfinder. About 90% chance I'll get a trolling motor for walleyes on Silver/Conesus/Honeoye.
I'm a heavy guy, about 240lbs. It's not an athletic build, lol. I know that is a consideration. And right now I'm probably weighting stability above most everything else in my decision. I'm not one of those guys that brings all the gear he owns so I don't need tons of storage. And I don't expect to bring more than 2-3 rods on a trip. My trips won't be 5 mile trips unless I'm trolling, and the electric motor will handle that. I don't fish in questionable conditions. I'll want to stand up and stretch my back now and again, but standing while fishing isn't a main priority. I'm not looking for a pedal boat. I want to paddle.
I owned a 16' aluminum canoe for a long time that I fished out of. Got rid of it 15 years ago because I didn't want to move it when we bought a new house. I have paddled kayaks in the past, but, like the canoe it was 15 years in the past. I didn't like the way the canoe handled solo, and I sometimes got frustrated with it in the wind.
Spent a good bit of the afternoon at Oak Orchard Canoe yesterday and got some good information there. Got to eyeball and get a feel for a bunch of boats. I've got some favorites in mind. the Jackson yaks are damned nice, Coosa HD in particular, but the Mayfly looks like a terrific platform as well even though it was designed primarily to be a fly fishing boat. Nu Canoe Frontier 12 is on my short list. I think I'm talked out of the Pelican Catch 120, but I'm open to being talked back into it.
Long-ish post but I figured I'd try to answer most of what would get asked right upfront. Hoping to hear some pros and cons of the models the rest of you are fishing out of. And maybe some thoughts on things that aren't usually considered.
thanks in advance.