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CenlaMikePA
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Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
I’ve fished traditionally forever but this seems like the new popular thing. I’ve watched some videos from pack and paddle in lafayette and have a few friends who have done it. I’m 6’7” and am worried I’m too tall but I see many have adjustable pedal distances. Any advice appreciated. Thanks!


AlxTgr
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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Where do I start?

With The Kayak Thread


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AlxTgr
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Oh, and
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Alexandria, LA
I have three styles at my house if you want to borrow one to try out.


PillageUrVillage
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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I’m 6’7” and am worried I’m too tall but I see many have adjustable pedal distances. Any advice appreciated. Thanks!


I know a guy that's 6'5" and almost 400 lbs that fishes out of a kayak. Don't worry about that.

Definitely make your way to the kayak thread.

And yes, it is a blast!


Success
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Go to one of Massey’s or pack n paddle’s demo event and try them all out. See what you’re comfortable in. Also buy once cry once. There are very good deals on used kayaks out there


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jorconalx
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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I have three styles at my house if you want to borrow one to try out.


I do as well. Alx's are probably nicer than mine though


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YOURADHERE
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
If you're free on Saturday Pack & Paddle is having one of their big demo days. You'll be able to test out practically everything they sell.


Tiger Prawn
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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If you're free on Saturday Pack & Paddle is having one of their big demo days.
Don't forget about Beer & Gear at P&P this Friday


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baldona
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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I’ve fished traditionally forever but this seems like the new popular thing


Welcome, to 2001! Lol. Been around for a long time my friend.

Great sport if you have readily access to water that is not accessible by boat ramps very near by.


Drunken Crawfish
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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CenlaMikePA


I am also located in Cenla and I would be glad to meet you somewhere if you wanted to try out my Predator PDL.

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Where Do I Start?


First I would decide how much you want to spend on getting a kayak. They make both traditional paddle kayaks as well as pedal driven kayaks. Traditional yaks can be anywhere from $400 to $1,500 (new) where as pedal yaks will be in the $1,500 to $4,500 range. Paddle kayaks can get in skinnier water and are obviously cheaper, pedal driven boats extend your range, "fishability" by being hands free, but are more expensive. You can also find some great deals on kayaks on Facebook Marketplace.

Once you decide that, I would demo as many boats as you can. You can go to the Kayak Thread and get a lot of old reviews or you can let us know what boats you are looking at get opinions from the posters there.

One of my favorite things about kayak fishing is being able to custom rig my boat. Start small, spend some time on the water, then add accessories as you go.

Another thing I had to get used to is the limited range vs. a boat. I know it sounds really obvious, but not having the luxury of jumping spots was hard for me to get used to. When I am fishing in my kayak I get to thoroughly fish a 3 square mile area all day. This has led to me catching fewer fish on my trips but it is infinitely more enjoyable in a kayak.

The absolute best thing about kayak fishing is the community of anglers. I am not sure what it is about the guys who fish out of a yak, but they are less territorial than other anglers. They are more willing to share techniques, spots and advice in general which is refreshing.

Feel free to shoot me an email to Drunkencrawfishtd@gmail.com with any questions.


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CenlaMikePA
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Thanks for the info. I definitely want to try some out before buying anything. I’m obviously late to the party!


LSUlefty
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Rent a kayak at PAC


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AlxTgr
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Don't overlook the seat. I had to sell my first one due to tailbone pain. Loved every other aspect of that boat.


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Drunken Crawfish
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Real Kayak Anglers, Real Reviews

Here is an article Louisiana Sportsman where they compiled reviews of popular kayaks. Note: the experience levels might be inflated


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RagingCajun3195
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Fort Worth
Member since Aug 2014
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
I would watch YouTube video to get familiar with things. One good point I learned is it’s better to have a medium heavy or heavy rod with braid because when you set the hook, your kayak is going to move in the direction of the fish, so if your line stretches and/or your rod has more give, you’ll set the hook with even less force.


Elusiveporpi
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
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Where do I start?


With a 12ft jon boat with a 15hp!


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sawtooth
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Member since Jul 2017
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
I have been fishing out of kayaks for over 15 years. Last year I purchased a brand new 18 ft skiff and still prefer to fish out of the kayak due to the simplicity of it. I would definitely recommend trying out a few kayaks before you purchase. I currently use a Hobie Outback. By far the best fishing kayak I have ever used for size and maneuverability. I have easily traveled over 10 miles in it on a single fishing trip and not feel like I was run over by a truck. (I am 45) Very comfortable seat and I can easily stand in it. Plenty of options to look at though. You may want to look Bayou Coast Fishing club for some additional ideas. Best of luck.


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weagle99
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
This is what I use.

Hands free.



CenlaMikePA
Louisiana Tech Fan
Alexandria, LA
Member since Jul 2009
984 posts

re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
Thanks again for the recs guys.

I might just take you up on that offer DrunkenCrawfish.


PinevilleTiger
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Pineville, LA
Member since Sep 2005
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re: Kayak fishing: this looks like a blast. Where do I start?
My kid goes to La. Tech. He’s been killin the big bass at Caney out of his yak this week. He also fishes the Gulf in it every time we go to Gulf Shores. The kayak is super versatile and you don’t need a boat launch. Highly recommend


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