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Got got my first fishing kayak and can't wait to get fishing in it. What I've done so far is I got a flyrod holder and laid a thick rubber mat down for stealth. I'm going to get an anchor wizard for it but im not sure what location on the yak to put it. If anyone has suggestions on that matter I'd like to hear about it and you reasoning behind it. I'd appreciate it.
 

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I am looking into getting my first kayak also. I don't have a very large budget which makes it tough researching different models. I'm 6' and about 235lbs, I was looking for something in the 10' range with a weight capacity 275lbs - 300+lbs. So far i looked at the Lifetime Tamarack and Sun Dolphin, the weight capacity on the Sun Dolphin is only 250lbs, and the Lifetime is 275lbs.
 

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Nice lookin yak there seekeroftyngmat!!

I have an Ocean Malibu XL2 Angler. It's around 13' and weighs 61 lbs. It's a tandem & can be paddled solo or tandem. I mainly use solo but like the feature of taking an xtra person by just moving seat. Has a weight capacity of 450-500 lbs. I mainly used for crabbing. Very stable in any freshwater application plus handles bay chop very well. Going on it's 9th year & love it! I see Ocean Kayak is still manufacturing the Malibu XL2.





 

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Nice lookin yak there seekeroftyngmat!!

I have an Ocean Malibu XL2 Angler. It's around 13' and weighs 61 lbs. It's a tandem & can be paddled solo or tandem. I mainly use solo but like the feature of taking an xtra person by just moving seat. Has a weight capacity of 450-500 lbs. I mainly used for crabbing. Very stable in any freshwater application plus handles bay chop very well. Going on it's 9th year & love it! I see Ocean Kayak is still manufacturing the Malibu XL2.





its cool that you crab out of it!
 

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I am looking into getting my first kayak also. I don't have a very large budget which makes it tough researching different models. I'm 6' and about 235lbs, I was looking for something in the 10' range with a weight capacity 275lbs - 300+lbs. So far i looked at the Lifetime Tamarack and Sun Dolphin, the weight capacity on the Sun Dolphin is only 250lbs, and the Lifetime is 275lbs.
the kayak that I have has capacity of 450lbs and I think the leg room will be good for you as well. look at Dicks sporting goods
 

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I am looking into getting my first kayak also. I don't have a very large budget which makes it tough researching different models. I'm 6' and about 235lbs, I was looking for something in the 10' range with a weight capacity 275lbs - 300+lbs. So far i looked at the Lifetime Tamarack and Sun Dolphin, the weight capacity on the Sun Dolphin is only 250lbs, and the Lifetime is 275lbs.
I have the Lifetime Tamarack. I've only fished out of it once. I'm six feet and 220 and it works for me. It's a good basic kayak for fishing.
 

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Looks great. Will you be using it in streams or lakes? How much does that weigh?
Thanks Hunter, it weighs 97lbs. 90% percent of the time it'll be lakes. Simply because it takes two people/vehicles to fish streams/rivers.
 

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looks like it`s a well built kayak. hope it works well for you and good luck fishing in it
Thanks npc, I'm having an absolute blast in it. Here are some other things I've done with it. This is a drag chain anchor, if you're not familiar with it here's the skinny on it. In a river/creek this will drag along the bed and slow you to the current speed and allow time for another cast or two to those sweet spots. With this you can also adjust faster or slower depending on how much line you have out. I've used this system on the Susquehanna with great success. I made mine out of 1' sections of 3/8" chain that I slid into a bicycle tire tube zip stripped on. (that was an interesting experience) You can adjust this anchor system by adding or removing sections accordingly. This also keeps you tracking straight while floating downstream, a huge plus.

This is an anchor trolly system, with this you can change anchor points depending on wind direction and keep you facing the way for best casting. you can go from a rear anchor point to the front and anywhere in between in seconds and you do not have to move to do it.

I chose a 6lb. down rigger ball for my anchor. For line storage/retrieval I bought a divers reel, I use this for Stillwater fishing. It doesn't catch or tangle on anything on the bottom yet holds position very well. The floats are for in case I need to disengage the anchor for what ever reason and still be able to get it back.

For gear storage I went to Weis and got two milk crates. I wanted to maximize the space so I cut one down and zip stripped it to the other the width of the kayak floor behind the seat. I used a piece of black plastic ribbed flexible pipe to hold the sections of chain. This gives easy access and prevents them from getting buried. This has worked out very well.

Also, so I don't end up ---- creek without a paddle:grin2: I have a paddle bungee.

On the front hatch I have a GoPro mount installed along with a dummy cord attatchment (the smaller cordage from inside parachute cord) so I don't end up crying in the middle of a lake somewhere in PA. :crying:

I have had the best time with this kayak and look forward to next year where I'll be making it a point of bothering as many trout as possible in as many lakes as possible...
 

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Looks great!! You look to be ready for the fast approaching fishing season!!:smile2:
Thanks! I'm working on it...>:)

I like the drag chain anchor. That's a great idea!
Bar, if you've not tried one of those in a river you are in for a real treat. I couldn't believe how well it works, you have complete control over your drift speed and you track like an arrow floating downstream. It made floating the Susquehanna a breeze! I highly recommend making and trying one out.
 

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The four rods pictured above in the yak are two bait casters and two spinning rigs. Nothing makes you feel better than having the equipment you used in your 20's brought back into service after a 30+ year hiatus called "vintage" gear. Had to strip the bait casting reels down to clean them,(wouldn't flip worth a dang) gears and all and during this lost track of the order of a few of the more important pieces. While looking it up I discovered that little piece of info...:)
 
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