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||Posted - 03/14/2012 : 7:48:30 PM
So I am now just getting to it but my maiden voyage went well on the Wando. So I did not catch any fish but I did learn some stuff. The most important thing is when moving the anchor trolly from the stern back to the middle of the yak to always now where the anchor line is at. Did not go in the water but came close. I am thinking about trying the Stono this Sunday is it anything like the Wando like the current and tide change. Here is a photo just before the start of the day.
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||Posted - 03/16/2012 : 6:16:00 PM
Go to the East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival at James Island County Park going from 20-22 April. You can test paddle most major brand of kayaks to see what works best for you. Talk to DolphinD, TooBusy and the rest of the guys out there on the forums and get the pros/cons of different yaks.
The new Ride 135 is a little heavier, but a very good all around kayak for fishing. If you'll be fishing in calmer waters, maybe a Native Ultimate 12,super stable and a great seat. Although, I would not take an Ultimate out in questionable weather conditions since it's not self bailing.
If you like fishing, you'll love kayak fishing, and it's a great community.
Wilderness Systems Ride 135
||Posted - 03/16/2012 : 4:41:29 PM
To haul a kayak in your truck bed all you need to do is buy a truck bed extender. It plugs into your hitch receiver and extends your bed out another 3' or so. I just bought a ride 135, and it is a bit heavy but, if you strap on a cart (wheels) on it and then slide it off the bed, that may work for you. Go see DolphinD (Dave) at Time Out Sports. They rent many different yaks so you can try it before you buy it. I tested a 115 and a 135 today. The 135 paddled better though I would not rule out the 115. Anyway, go talk to Dave, he can give you all the info you need.
PS: If you are physically able to get out and mentally have the fire to stay active, DO IT! You don't have to go far or fast, just go.
||Posted - 03/16/2012 : 02:44:52 AM
I have playing with the idea of getting a kayak. I just turned 70 on the 7th and aint in no kind of shape. I have a ford ranger. I was wondering how much a ride 135 weighs and if ya'll think I might be able to handle it. I was also thinking about renting one to see how I could do paddling it. I saw one that I looked up that someone on here was talking about. I like it but it weighed 70 lbs which I dont think I could lift in or out of my truck.
I DONT HAVE A BOAT
BUT LOVE TO FISH> HINT
||Posted - 03/15/2012 : 9:49:14 PM
Good to know, thanks!
||Posted - 03/15/2012 : 9:10:39 PM
Doug, I have a Manta - its a very good yak - very fast. I call it "the battleship". I would probably rather have a Ride135 because you can stand in it (and I have heard many, many + reviews of it).
2000 SeaPro 180CC w/ Yammy 115 2 stroke
1966 13' Boston Whaler w/ Merc 25 4 stroke "Flatty"
||Posted - 03/15/2012 : 8:22:21 PM
DFreedom no its a Redfish 14' which is made by Native Watercraft that also makes the Manta Ray.
||Posted - 03/15/2012 : 6:46:59 PM
Is that a Manta? That is one I have considered. My son and I are heading down that way tomorrow to test out a Ride 115 and a Ride 135. I really like the size of the 115 but feel like I ought to at least check out the 135. I am trying not to further complicate matters by throwing any other kayaks into the mix. With any luck I'll be heading home with a new yak in the back of the truck.
||Posted - 03/15/2012 : 07:51:20 AM
The Stono has about the same tide change as the Wando. Some places the current isn't bad, other it's ripping pretty good.
Most important thing to remember... Where your head goes your body follows. Keep your head inside the center of the yak and you won't go swimming. Don't pay attention and lean outboard to get something and she'll slide out from under you.
Pretty Redfish. It will look good covered in pluff mud and fish slime.
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||Posted - 03/15/2012 : 05:27:36 AM
Congrats on your maiden voyage...stick with it - you'll have the new boat slimed before you know it.
WS Ride 135