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i am lookin at a SIK for around the hawkesbury and creeks. i already hav one but i hate it , we got it for free so what do u expect. lol well anyway i was thinking an australias barra kayak they are very nice my friend has one and i loved it. but i had been paddling mine all day lol. wat wud u recommend???

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Hairymick's your man for SIKs. I can understand why you would go for a SIK as opposed to a sit on top if you are just fishing skinny water.

You don't get wet & there would be some good options for you. Have seen some that are quite open, sort of like a cross between a kayak & a canoe.

If you go for fibreglass, you can get something that's relatively light, tough & will glide through the water better than plastic too.

I think I am coming around to Hairy's way of thinking: a kayak for every purpose, (looks that way from the pictures of his shed anyway). :wink:
 

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Salty Dog said:
If you go for fibreglass, you can get something that's relatively light, tough & will glide through the water better than plastic too.
Adam I agree with your quote after seeing meoldchina in his SIK at Wivenhoe recently, it was quite an eye opener in weight and performance on the flat water
 

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i want a SIK because u stay dry and everything else stays dry. Also i hav padled both and prefer a SIK. i wont be fishing in rough conditions only in the nepean and creeks.

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Heya Jay,

Australis Bass is a fine little boat. tough as all get out, pretty cheap and will ALLWAYS be able to re-sell if you want to upgrade one day.

Perception Minnow - similar.

Dagger drifter Similar

In fibreglass,

Roscoe TK1 is a very good boat but a seat upgrade is a big help.
Roscoe tidemark also very nice

If you can get them down your way, A Natureline Wanderer is an exceptional skinny water boat. Quick as hell, quite stable, a dry ride, very comfortable (for a SIK) and a very good boat to fish from. Carrying capacity is rated at 120kg and they will do that easily. I speak more about this particular boat because I own one and love it to bits. they are a delight to paddle with genuine glide that goes on and on and on. A 20 mile paddle is not a difficult task in such a boat and once you get started, the hardest thing to do is turn round to come back. :oops:

Oh, and fibreglass is definately quicker, with better glide and is much lighter to carry.

What ever boat you decide on, look for one with a bigger than normal cockpit entry and a hatch if possible. It makes it easier to get in & out of at sttep banks and to store stuff and give more room to poke your fish.

good luck mate. :D :D
 

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i like the Perception Minnow does it come with all the accessories listed on the website? also do you know how much?

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dont worry i found out it doesnt come with all the accessories. so at the moment im still going for the barra kayak. its got a keel so it will go in a straight line easier. is that right?

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Hi Jay,

Yeah mate a keel will make it track straighter. It will also make it a little less manouverable. In such a short boat, it is probably a good idea. If you have paddled one and like it - go for it mate :D
 

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yer i hav paddled one before and liked it very much. i think i will and the tops relitivly flay so i can mount stuff easily

Jay :lol: :lol:
 

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jay590 said:
yer i hav paddled one before and liked it very much. i think i will and the tops relitivly flay so i can mount stuff easily

Jay :lol: :lol:
Jay I met a young bloke who takes his Minnow offshore through the GC Seaway when conditions are right and trolls a 40lb handline and lure; he was a very happy bloke with the rig and just had a Berkley adjustable rod holder centred on the front deck, with the line trolling behind over his head
 

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Jay, I've got a Minnow that I've had for 12 years & still enjoy using on the very rare occasion I take it out. Mainly used as a guest kayak these days. I have caught quite a few fish (not big) from it, mainly by trolling. Not long after I got it I caught a fairly large flathead & finding room to place a fish like that is a real hassle in a SIK & I ended up losing that fish while I dithered about trying to find room for it. Needs better preparation than I used.

Best thing I ever did for fishing was to buy my SOT - a Perception Swing. Yes, you sometimes get wetter on a SOT but that's alleviated by using appropriate clothing but the convenience factor makes a SOT a far better choice for me. And you say you won't be fishing in rough conditions so not likely to get wet anyway. A pair of lightweight waterproof pants (over thermals in cold conditions) keeping the water and sun off my legs does it for me.

Having said that, the best advice is just to buy any kayak and get out there fishing. You'll soon work out the best way to use whatever you're in/on and whether to change/upgrade to a different style of kayak.
 

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I have a Dagger Drifter that the boys use. It's a great little yak. Just added a couple of rod holders.
 
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