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Hi Ladies and Gents,

The decision has been made to purchase a kayak and the upperhouse committe in charge of purchasing has approved (in principle) said purchase, though no budget has been set.

I'm 175cm tall, 107kg's and will flick plastics around with a view to swoffing as well further down the track.

Given that i'm not a handy man, what yak should I be looking at that is pretty much already fitted out to a sufficient level and would be suitable for the conditions we have on the bay around mornington... which is slowish current, but plenty of wind and chop that can spring up at any moment.

The Hobie's look great, but pricey, however having the option to pedal is very attractive.

Also, living only a kilometre from the water i'll probably wheel the yak on a buggy to the beach. Which is handy coz my lil two door sports car isn't really built for carrying yaks or other items on it's roof.

Thanks for the input.

Ivan
 

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Ivan,

I have a Prowler 13 and it’s perfect for those conditions IMO. I also use a cart to get mine to the water. The main reason I picked the P13 was because of the large front hatch which you can store the cart out of the way. They come fitted out with rod holders. All you need to add is the milk crate and you’re away.
 

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Thanks Greg,

Looks like a good option.

I'll have to do a search for a distributor here in melbourne.

would you say it's a quick or a slow yak? what's it like to handle when launching and landing? keeping in mind i am a complete novice :)

Cheers

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Ivan,

If I had my way again and didn't have a budget i'd go the way of a Hobie, there nice and quick under pedal and you can always swap and paddle for a while.

The hands free thing is great especially when trolling of flicking around plastics. They have excellent in built storage compartments as well.

There's a whole group of us the catch up for a paddle every now and again. Once you sorted out, come down to Beaumaris for a fish and paddle with the "Melbourne Mangoes"

Milt,
 

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Milt.. Thanks for the heads up.. If I can stretch my budget a Hobie Adventure Fishing Kayak could be the go... I work in cheltenham, so summer after work could be the go down in Beauy! :)

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Ivan
 

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Gideee Up :D

Best of luck with the purchase.

Milt,
 

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OK Guys.. I've chosen my yak, namely the Hobie Revolution. What I'd like to know know is what I should be doing to fit it out.

Experience will help, no doubt, but while I impatiently await delivery, I thought I might seek some guidance on what are essentials for the yak fisherman.

The Hobie's come very well decked out with fishing related gear, such as a Scotty Rod Holder and various gear carrying thingies.

Naturally I'll get a pfd, but what else should I look in to?

Here's what I've been thinking of:

Gaff + Net
Straps to hold on to rods etc that go overboard.
Sounder
Another scotty

Any other suggesions? Are there many swoffers out there in yaks that might add their opinions?

In the end I'll be happy to just get out and fish.. but u know how it is... :)
 

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Congrats on the purchase, Evarn. I am sure you will really enjoy your yak. Just a coupla points. I got a Trek PDF after reading about em on this forum. It is good for various reasons and can take a fresh water bladder so ya don't go thirsty. I haven't put a bladder in mine yet but will do so now that summer is here, almost.

Have you thought about a cold bag or esky for ya fish? I don't always take one, but I always have one in the car. If only out for a quick paddle and fish, I don't worry about keeping em cool, but anything longer (and in hot weather) and I think putting em on a bit of ice is crucial to keep em fresh.
 

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Thanks troppo... A good watering system will have to go on my list and some way to store my catch.. In all the excitement i'd forgotten about that!

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Hi Evarn,

congrats on the purchase. The best advice is to get out there and see what gear is appropriate for you. I prefer the minimilist approach myself whilst Poddy likes to pack the kitchen sink. :p

In this photo my yak is fully rigged for a session. It consisted of

2 rods
tacklebox
net ($5 from Big W)

I also store a catchbag in my rear hatch.

SP's, pliers, knife, line cutter go in my pfd along with my water bladder.

This works well for me :)

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G day Evarn, Congrats on the Hobie...Viva la Revolution!! With setting her up I reckon ya might want to paddle her around a bit and slowly bring her up to ya own fishing style. Plenty of ideas about, and HV's brain would be a good patch to work over :wink: :D
 

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Evarn enjoy the Revolution when it arrives mate; of the Hobie models its the one I most like if I was after a peddley :wink:
 

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Hey boys guess what is out and about and for under 1k, designed in melbourne , gee i wonder. Oh yeah i have pics , pics and pics too :shock:

OCCY You Listening?
 
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