Saving pennies for first yak

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Waylander
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Location: Rotorua

Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:19 am

Hi all, life long fisher both salt and fresh water. No longer have easy access to a boat nor the cash to keep my own running so been looking at getting into kayak fishing. Have done a bit out of TGA a few years back borrowing mates yaks.
Just want to say thanks for the input advise and mostly unbiased tips on this forum. Have been reading for sometime to know what I’m looking for.
Look forward to sharing adventures once I get set up.
Cheers

Caleb
Rotorua
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AndrewRawlingson
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:23 am

Welcome. Assuming you're still looking and want a plastic, paddle kayak, you won't go far wrong with the popular Ocean Kayak (e.g. Prowler/Tridents) and Viking (Reload; Profish) models. After that, it's a question of personal preference. It would be good to try as many as possible before buying. Secondhand is a good option if the pennies are tight. Not much to worry about with a secondhand plastic yak, as long as there aren't holes or very deep scratches in the hull. Also be wary of holes that have been drilled in the hull, especially below the waterline.

Waylander
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:20 pm

Thanks, Yup I’m just Waiting for the right offer to pop up on TM, although Im interested in the “reef kayaks” as I’m not able to test one can anyone offer info on how they compare to say an ultra4.3?(which I have paddled) In terms of getting out in surf etc. Would mostly be used of whakatane, east cape and in rotorua lakes.
I can tell the won’t be as fast but possibly more stable? Just the option to buy new and have some warranty over a second hand and no warranty is appealing.
Cheers
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Schiskafish
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Kayak Make: Stealth
Kayak Model: Profisha 525
Location: Red Beach

Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:41 pm

Do not overlook stealth kayaks. They are a paddlers kayak. The most comfortable seating position Ive ever sat in. Despite what sceptics think they are plenty stable enough. And if you're not convinced... Their looks alone should turn heads :wasntme:
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Waylander
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:17 pm

As much as they do look like nice units, I haven't seen one cheaper that $1.9k pop up. And this puts it well out of my price range. Plus given I'll be doing a lot of rishing on and near rocky, stoney beaches down east Cape the idea of a plastic yak seems safer (could be mistaken here).
Cheers for the advice tho.
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dedant
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:56 pm

Schiskafish wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Do not overlook stealth kayaks. They are a paddlers kayak. The most comfortable seating position Ive ever sat in. Despite what sceptics think they are plenty stable enough. And if you're not convinced... Their looks alone should turn heads :wasntme:
The stealth is the perfect balance between ease of paddling, stability, storage and plain good looks . Compare well in price to any of the “ top” models from anyone else.
That looks like the old green mamba, :)
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Schiskafish
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:43 pm

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That looks like the old green mamba, :)
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Correct! 💚
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dedant
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:01 am

Schiskafish wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:43 pm
That looks like the old green mamba, :)
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Correct! 💚
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Ryan has a blue and white banded Fisha460 that I really want to put my name on. 8)
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Waylander
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:12 pm

Thanks all for your input.
Have managed to grab a great deal on a OK ultra 4.1. Picking up on Sunday.
Any links to how how to kit them out would be appreciated.
See you on the water soon!!
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dedant
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:00 pm

Cool. Enjoy. Drilling that first hole in your new pride and joy is the hardest one to drill. :D
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Waylander
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:35 am

dedant wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Cool. Enjoy. Drilling that first hole in your new pride and joy is the hardest one to drill. :D
Yea, I’m dreading it already ;( :D
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AndrewRawlingson
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:35 am

Drilling a bloody great big hole with a hole saw for a flush mount rod holder :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: :D :D :D

Waylander
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:26 pm

Heading out Sunday morning either Kohi point or Ohiwa, no FF yet so flying blindfish, just be using navionics to find holes, reefs etc.
any tips on these areas would be welcome. :y:
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Waylander
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:28 pm

Just got given and older Humminbird FF, 450tx.
Father in law just upgraded his boat to a lowrance 7.

Anyhow.
How much do you loose mounting the transducer inside the hull? Know I’ve got the scupper but was just wondering for ease of install.

If you loose a bit of response I’ll look at getting the scupper kit instead.

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Casualtyward
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:22 pm

Waylander wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:28 pm

How much do you lose mounting the transducer inside the hull? Know I’ve got the scupper but was just wondering for ease of install.

If you lose a bit of response I’ll look at getting the scupper kit instead.

Plenty of people install their sounders to shoot through the hull so I think the loss is minimal. There's lots of advice on the forum regarding the best ways to do an inhull installation.
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Schecter
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:14 pm

I feel a little bad for posting this. I had a small renovation job and our client's were selling their house, as well as selling their kayaks. I overheard a conversation that our client wanted to sell their kayaks so I approached them, made an offer and bought a near new Viking Reload with accessories for $1750. Pretty stoked.

I'll pass my Viking 440 to my nephew.

Now I have to find another client that wants to sell their Stealth, PDL or Jetski :lol:
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:47 pm

Schecter wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:14 pm


Now I have to find another client that wants to sell their Stealth, PDL or Jetski :lol:
Chase the Stealth, bro, you won’t regret it 8)
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Waylander
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Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:57 pm

So the paddle I got with my yak is pretty rubbish, a local sports shop is having a closing down sale, as a result they have some Viking paddles going cheap.

Is it a sin to paddle a OK with a Viking paddle??

Alternatively are there any recommendations for a half decent paddle under $100
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dedant
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Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:19 pm

Waylander wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:57 pm
So the paddle I got with my yak is pretty rubbish, a local sports shop is having a closing down sale, as a result they have some Viking paddles going cheap.

Is it a sin to paddle a OK with a Viking paddle??

Alternatively are there any recommendations for a half decent paddle under $100
No , and no :)
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Schecter
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Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:22 pm

The viking paddles are solid! My paddles are around 10 years old and have racked up dozens of trips. They're a little heavier than the carbon fibre paddles but they've never let me down.

Unlike the carbon fiber paddle I currently use |( . It broke on my 3rd trip. Finding a replacement part was very difficult to find.

dedant wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:19 pm
Waylander wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:57 pm
So the paddle I got with my yak is pretty rubbish, a local sports shop is having a closing down sale, as a result they have some Viking paddles going cheap.

Is it a sin to paddle a OK with a Viking paddle??

Alternatively are there any recommendations for a half decent paddle under $100
No , and no :)
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PB: Snapper=79cm. Rogers Road, 26/10/14

PB: Gurnard=34cm. Orere Point, 17/06/15

PB: Kingfish=75cm. Omaio, 13/02/16


Manurewa Marlins RLFC. The Home of Joe Galuvao, Henry Fa'afili, Greg Eastwood, Daniel O'Regan, Jesse Bromwich,
Kenny Bromwich, Peter Hiku, Ligi Sao, Siliva Havili.

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