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Post Posted: 08:13pm - Jan 26,10 
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http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templ ... rm1&Go.x=0

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/store ... 0_225-15-3

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/produ ... Id=3929360



Those are the ones Im looking at... For small ponds and smller lakes.. Which one would be better?

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Post Posted: 09:16pm - Jan 26,10 
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None. The emotion is the best one you posted, get a Ocean Kayak Trident.

I have a pelican canoe.. not the best purchase I have made.

Even this one is not too bad if price is an issue.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/store ... rchResults

I would stay away from a Sit in.. every one I know that bought one wishes they got a Sit on top.

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Post Posted: 10:58pm - Jan 26,10 
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I 2nd, what Twade said. I got my new Trident in the price range of of the 3 you listed. Shop around and research and read reviews.

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Post Posted: 01:19am - Jan 27,10 
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Out of those three, if I had to choose I'd also probably go with the first one. But I think you'd be happy with any of them. While Pelican would not be one of the manufacturers I'd consider if shopping for a canoe, I think their kayaks look pretty decent.

Native Watercraft/Liquidlogic has some nice stuff too http://www.nativewatercraft.com/index.cfm . In March there is a great paddling expo in Madison called Canoecopia. Discounts on all their stuff including boats. Old Town is there too, so if you're considering that one the 10-15% off might be worth the trip. Plus you get to sit in them and look at lots of options and talk to people who really know their boats.
http://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/page.asp?pgid=1046

Here are some reviews:
Emotion Mojo http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showRev ... ?prod=1707

OT Vapor 12xt http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showRev ... ?prod=2459

Pelican Pursuit 116 (closest I could find) http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showRev ... ?prod=1715

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Post Posted: 09:14am - Jan 28,10 
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Hi guys; I'm a Lake Mich troller, SuzyQ. Just bought a kayak, Old Town Derigo. Planning to get a second kayak .
What's your view on the Derigo? It has two rod holders on the back and one up front, with a storage cup for drinks or dry goods. I love fishing for smallies in the kayak, it's a blast. LL Bean has a great selection and I'm thinking of getting the second one there. The pelican looks intersting but does it have rod holders.
P.S I pop rivetted the front rod holder in.

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Post Posted: 11:07am - Jan 28,10 
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I haven't paddled a Dirigo but I've sat in one and it seemed very comfortable.

Installed a Scotty rod holder in my WS Pungo 140 too. A drill, some screws and some silicone and it wasn't too tough.

Lots of options out there, whether sit-in or sit on top, which will provide great fishing setups. Pluses and minuses to both styles.
It's been a trend the last few years, with manufacturers recognizing the kayak fishing market segment and coming up with nice fishing packages.

The Wilderness Systems Tarpon series is another nice option.
http://www.wildernesssystems.com/produc ... cts/angler

And Feelfree kayaks have a sit on top with a wheel built into the keel, making it easier to transport the boat alone across a parking lot or down the street, etc. http://www.feelfreekayak.com/products/moken12-angler/

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Post Posted: 05:04pm - Jan 28,10 
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The Pelican SOT sells for $379 at The Academy which is a sporting goods store down south. The nearest one is in Tennessee. Unfortunately, they won't ship. For that price it is hard to go wrong. I'm going to wait until that yak goes on sale at Dick's to under $500 and get it. I've read quite a few reviews and I'm comfortable with what I read. While there are better yaks out there, cost is an issue and the Pelican is in my budget. Good luck.

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Post Posted: 11:22am - Jan 29,10 
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Which Pelican SOT? a "Castaway"?
Check this out - $650 with shipping & handling (& a paddle) included! http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.as ... =C&topnav=

I've never been in a Costco, didn't know they sold stuff like this.

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Post Posted: 01:26pm - Jan 29,10 
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thx Great info guys . Now I will go over to Dicks , LLBean when they come in and check them out. The sit ons seem to be more popular because of safety facotr.??
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Post Posted: 01:39pm - Jan 29,10 
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I'm interested in checking out the expo in Madison called canoecopia. If anyone has more info on it drop a line or will look for it on the web. Thanks, Bill

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Post Posted: 01:44pm - Jan 29,10 
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Willysol wrote:
thx The sit ons seem to be more popular because of safety factor.??
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I don't think it's the safety factor, although some SOT's emphasize that you can stand in them in calm water and cast. I think it's the fact that you have spaces where you can place a box or crate and have easy access to it - especially behind you. Heck, you can store a tank and go SCUBA diving from some SOT's! Mine is a recreational, sit-inside boat but has a big cockpit so I have some space in front of me. If you had a regular touring kayak - with a spray skirt etc you'd be the safest in the case of rough water and big waves - but you'd be limited in your fishing setup. There is no perfect boat, but there are boats very well-tailored for whatever you use it for. Mine is good enough for fishing and good for all-around paddling and moves pretty well...a compromise I decided on when I bought it.

The best boats? I guess those would be ones we actually get to use! :)

One more to look at, just for fun: http://www.freedomhawkkayaks.com/ Talk about different!

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Post Posted: 05:29pm - Jan 29,10 
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Howard Sprague wrote:
Which Pelican SOT? a "Castaway"?
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Yeah that is what I meant. I didn't realize he linked The Pursuit. But I still think the Castaway is good deal for $379.

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Post Posted: 10:27am - Jan 30,10 
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Willysol wrote:
I'm interested in checking out the expo in Madison called canoecopia. If anyone has more info on it drop a line or will look for it on the web. Thanks, Bill


Here's the site: http://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/page.asp?pgid=1001

The speaker schedule should be up pretty soon, it's always an outstanding lineup. I believe the list of vendors is up.

My attempt to post pics on this site, a few shots I took of Canoecopia last year:

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Post Posted: 12:15pm - Jan 31,10 
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Nice shots, I will make time to see the show.
If prices are good I may buy an Ocean Kayak sot or a Hobie depending on price. I understand the Hobie starts around 1,300 to 1,500 ouch.
I looked at boats at Bass Pro, they carry Old Town and Ocean Kayaks.. Both brands of fishing sots look pretty good. Although the sales guy insists the Hobie is in a class of its own. Keep the bits of info going for guys like me . Good info always helps.

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Post Posted: 05:03pm - Jan 31,10 
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Howard Sprague wrote:
Which Pelican SOT? a "Castaway"?
I've never been in a Costco, didn't know they sold stuff like this.


I go to Costco all the time and have never seen one in the store. It might be available online only.

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Post Posted: 08:47am - Feb 2,10 
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The speaker schedule is up now for Canoecopia ....some interesting presentations. http://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/spea ... edules.asp

And the vendors: http://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/exhi ... asp?exid=2

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Post Posted: 10:23am - Feb 26,10 
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Decided to buy a Trident 13 Angler made by Ocean Kayak.
Hope this works out . Can't afford the Hobie Angler, but Hobie offers a Trolley anchor system that's pretty good.
Did a lot of checking on U-tube. Noticed the Trident and Prowler is used quit a bit in salt water and looks pretty stable.
Just waiting for the weather to break.

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Post Posted: 10:39am - Feb 26,10 
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You are going to be VERY happy with that Kayak.

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Post Posted: 02:06pm - Feb 26,10 
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I have the Pelican Castaway, didnt get it from Costco. Would'nt recomend it to somebody thats not familar with a kayak, its a bit tippy getting in & out. once your sitting its pretty stable. I had another no name yak that was so stable I could stand in it so there was a little getting used to the Pelican. Its heavy 2. I have another yak that you sit in opposed to on & its half the weight & very stable.

Thats just my 2 cents, I am far from being any type of expert.

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Post Posted: 04:14pm - Feb 26,10 
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u will love the ok trident.... i have a p13

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