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Hello, first tandem fishing pedal kayak recommendation

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Hello all!

I am looking at buying my first kayak in the next 6-8 weeks and have found that the 2 person kayaks do not have as much choice as other kayaks, and would appreciate some expert thoughts.

My use will be mainly fishing. I have not used a kayak before and have not fished in probably a decade but grew up on the WA coast with a dingy and bait fishing. Moving to Brissy shortly from the ACT and would like to hit up bass and bream and flatties in rivers, lakes and estuaries.

I have a young one I would like to get involved and interested, currently approaching 3, I would like him to have his own seat, and the ability to watch tablet comfortably while action not on. Dont really want to deal with capsizing although likely inevitable. I would be looking to use solo too. Want to learn to spin properly but also drop a bait or two.

The ones that stand out are;
  • Hobie Oasis
  • Hobie Compass
  • Feelfree Lure 2
  • Baysports pedal pro tandem

I feel like none of these are actually perfect and all have significant drawbacks, but also positives.

The Hobies;
  • More expensive
  • Seem more geared towards recreation rather than fishing use
  • Faster
  • Forward and reverse peddling
  • Paddles seem better than propeller

Lure 2;
  • Cheaper
  • Stable
  • Slower (some reviews say like trying to drag a barge through the water)
  • Overdrive propeller system seems to go forward and reverse
  • Some say single person use unbalanced with weight at rear

  • Cheapest
  • Looks good (IMO)
  • Forward peddling only

Have I missed any big brands out there? Can the experienced among you throw your opinions?

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If you're looking for a tandem fishing pedal kayak, here are some recommendations that you can consider:
  1. Hobie Mirage Outback: This tandem kayak is equipped with MirageDrive 180 propulsion system, making it easy to pedal even in rough water conditions. It has ample storage space for your fishing gear, and its stability makes it suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers.
  2. Native Watercraft Titan Propel 13.5: This kayak has a unique tunnel hull design, which provides unmatched stability and enables you to stand and fish with ease. Its Propel pedal drive system is also efficient and allows you to move through the water quickly.
  3. Old Town Sportsman Autopilot 136: This tandem kayak comes with a powerful 45 lb thrust Minn Kota trolling motor, making it ideal for anglers who want to cover a lot of water quickly. It also has a stable, open deck design and ample storage space for your fishing gear.
  4. Perception Pescador Pilot 12.0: This kayak is equipped with a Pilot Drive pedal system that provides excellent maneuverability and speed. Its spacious cockpit and comfortable seating make it suitable for long fishing trips, while its stability allows you to stand and cast with confidence.
Ultimately, the best tandem fishing kayak for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. It's important to consider factors such as stability, maneuverability, storage space, and propulsion system before making a purchase.
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Running a 2016 oasis. Had it since brand new and works perfectly. Much better than 2016 outfitter when i tested 7 years ago. Faster and better stability imo.
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