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Post Posted: 01:32pm - Jun 13,18 
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My kids want me to get a couple kayaks for fishing and fun. What to get to start out? Sit in? Sit on? Whats more stable? Easy to handle?
What do you think?
Thanks in advance, Dave.

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Post Posted: 05:14pm - Jun 13,18 
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My buddies and I have a tremendous amount fun in the el cheap o sit-ins . I’ve only ever flipped once and that was because I was pushing my luck in the wind. The seats aren’t very comfortable, but if you get a couple water proof pillows you can easily remain comfortable all day.

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Post Posted: 09:00am - Jun 14,18 
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Sit on’s are the way to go , my family and I have a blast on ours . They have some nice inexpensive ones out there that won’t break the budget as the kids grow. If they tip over you don’t have to worry about dumping the water out when you get back on plus most of them are super stable. That’s just my opinion though.

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Post Posted: 09:12am - Jun 14,18 
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https://bestkayaks.reviews/good-for-beginners

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Post Posted: 10:56am - Jun 14,18 
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If you're serious about fishing from one, pony up for a SOT with the lawn chair-style seat. It's definitely worth it.

There are two types of stability. Primary stability is the kayak's resistance to rocking. High primary stability makes the boat feel more steady. Secondary stability is how much the boat will rock before it flips. High secondary stability will make a boat more maneuverable, but isn't really necessary for most fishing. I love my Big Rig because of the high primary stability. I can easily stand up to fish and I'll fall off it before I flip it. Wider, squarer kayaks have higher primary stability, but you may need a longer paddle.

Kayaks have come a long way in the last few years. Even the inflatable and cheap hard boats are pretty respectable now. I'd hit up craigslist and try to find a couple cheap SOT kayaks in the 12-13 foot range.

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Post Posted: 10:28am - Jun 15,18 
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dto219, check your messages.

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Post Posted: 02:09pm - Jun 29,18 
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https://paddling.com/gear/category/fishing-kayaks/

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Post Posted: 06:42pm - Aug 15,18 
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I started with a sit in kayak (8 years) and just moved up to a sit on top and it is night and day! do not waste the time, pony up and get a nicer sit on top and you will be happy. i have not used them but some of pelicans fishing models look really nice
its much easier to set up a sot kayak for fishing if you ask me. fish finder and anchors etc

me and my wife both have jackson products and love them
hope this helps

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Post Posted: 04:16am - Aug 16,18 
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I've got a Pursuit from Nucanoe and ditto on sit on over sit in. Their 12 ft Frontier model is a beast, 650 lb capacity, seats 2, but not as maneuverable. Stand up is a snap and very stable.

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