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Old 04-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright so i have been posting a lot about kayaks on here but have been getting little help so this is my last try and i think this should help me decide what i want. I need a kayak that can handle Lake Michigan would love recommendations and money is an issue so keep the price low, but i will listen to what all of you guys have to say. Hope i actually get some help this time maybe its because im new to this site......
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would not go in The Lake in a cheap yak. You need something like a Wilderness Ride 135 or equivalent to be safe. They are about $900 new. Do not get a sit inside for The Lake. Do not get caught in breaking waves no matter the height in any yak or you will almost surely turtle. Other than these guidelines, I'd do it in a heartbeat! A yankee sleigh ride from a nice king would be killer!
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my choices are:
malibu mini-x(affordable and small for storage)
future beach agnler 160
field and stream eagle talon
prowler 13
Quest 13
ascend 10

If it can handle the "big lake" it can handle anything and thats what i need
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A. You have gotten responses to the 2 questions you asked.
You asked:
1.
"good fishing kayak???"
To which you got solid responses.
One was specific and told you "Everybody has different opinions and needs."
The other told you where you could demo them.

2. Field and Stream Eagle Talon Kayak
You asked about a specific kayak.
Again you got a specific answer:
"Ok then. Buy it. Loaded with stuff. 70 pounds is heavy but the trend."

Do you want a hundred different opinions?
blufloyd kayaks, he answered.
Not everyone has an opinion on which you should buy, if they did you would be more confused than ever!

How tall are you?
How much do you weigh?
How old are you?
A kayak mostly for Lake Michigan will be different than a kayak mostly for smaller ponds.
If you are asking about an all around good kayak you've been given things to consider.

Are you asking what color to buy?
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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6'3" 190lbs 18 years old and im just looking for advice i have no idea what to choose or what to do honestly and yes i am looking for an all around kayak one that can hit up Busse, Des Plaines, Delavon, and Lake Michigan my apologizes for all these posts just looking for a little help
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Long skinny yaks are very fast but not very stable. Short (10' or less) yaks are pretty much useless for fishing. Long wide yaks (30" or so) are ideal for fishing all waters. None of them paddle up stream in any kind of substantial current. Decide what fits best for your abilities. If you are fishing The Lake, get something at least 13' long and 30" wide.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks Choupiquer i really appreciate the advice, but i must disagree with you about the less than 10' is useless because im done my research and while researching about the Mini-x(9'3") i came across a picture of a guy with a marlin on his line in the middle of the ocean on a mini-x and that's one of the reason why im leaning towards it, but again thanks for the advice i will take it to consideration
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I just sold my prowler 13 which did every thing I wanted it to do including lake michigan. If you want specifics, pm me, I'm out of town right now but will give you any info I have when I get back. Look in the classifieds for the boat I just sold.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You will be making a mistake.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just for clarification ...
He will be making a mistake about the Mini-x(9'3")?
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