Kayak shootout

The kayak shootout is starting to come together. We need imput from you as to how you would like to see the kayaks tested and what you look for in a fishing kayak. We will be testing them in groups of three. Thanks for your imput.:USA


FS East,
This is great and helpful information, keep it coming. I’m compiling all of your input and will launch a survey very soon so we can make the Best Boat Shootout Magazine and TV show the very best we can with the boats you are wanting to see.
Thank you!

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  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,333 Moderator
    A few suggestions:
    1. Without launching into a long discussion about Primary vs Secondary stability: rate how stable they felt when handling rods, reaching back for bait or gear, and when fighting/landing fish.
    2. Speed: it matters, when you see birds dipping or when bait starts jumping, how fast you can get to the action.
    3. Rate the portage experience: we have kayaks so we can launch from any river/beach/ramp where we are allowed, but if you need a small boat trailer to move that kayak... you get the idea.
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  • cprcpr Posts: 9,309 Admiral
    jcanracer wrote: »
    A few suggestions:
    1. Without launching into a long discussion about Primary vs Secondary stability: rate how stable they felt when handling rods, reaching back for bait or gear, and when fighting/landing fish.
    .

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    How much gear it can hold and be stable. wet and dry storage.

    How easy is it to put a fish finder or live well on or even rod holders on.

    Weight vs reliability. It's a PIA to lug a heavy yak but it's better then thin skinned one that can hole easily.
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  • davederbdavederb Posts: 887 Officer
    1. Standability
    2. Storage capacity
    3. Offshore vs inshore capable (realistically speaking) anyone can take any kayak offshore but should they?
    4. Weight rigged and empty. Can it be loaded by one man?
    5. Ease of rigging. Some kayaks are rigged easier than others due to specifically designed hardware
    6. Dryness of ride inshore or ease of drainage offshore
    7. Cost
    8. Speed/Tracking
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  • palmbeachpetepalmbeachpete Posts: 2,620 Captain
  • yak_angleryak_angler Posts: 2,584 Captain
    jcanracer wrote: »
    A few suggestions:
    1. Without launching into a long discussion about Primary vs Secondary stability: rate how stable they felt when handling rods, reaching back for bait or gear, and when fighting/landing fish..

    and perhaps how easy to re-enter after a roll?
    :grin
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  • pjstevkopjstevko Posts: 513 Officer
    Native Slayer 12 vs Jackson Cuda 12
  • pjstevkopjstevko Posts: 513 Officer
    @ pjstevko I'm curious my self...

    I'm 99% sure I getting a Cuda 12 in a couple weeks as my next yak but am curious how people feel about the Slayer......
  • pjstevkopjstevko Posts: 513 Officer
    Any updates?
  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,989 Captain
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  • timmcollinstimmcollins Posts: 849 Officer
    yak_angler wrote: »
    and perhaps how easy to re-enter after a roll?
    :grin

    Your post is WAY TOO distracting!!:cool:
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