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Hi Guys,

I have already posted this in beginners questions but was told this might get a better response here.

I live in Cairns and I have fished all my life, last weekend I borrowed a mate's kayak and paddled down one of our freshwater creeks fishing for Jungle Perch, Sootie grunter and Tarpon and I tell you I am so keen to get into this awesome form of fishing!
I have been looking on a few websites at a few different Yaks and I'm not 100% sure what I am looking for. I'm 6 foot tall and around 85kg if that helps.
I mainly want to fish some of our freshwater creeks and Tinnaroo Dam as crocs are a pretty big issue in our estuaries but I would also like to (on REALLY good days) be able to paddle out to some of the islands off our coast (Double and Scouts hat).
I have found a 2.7 meter one that looks ok (http://www.kustomkayaks.com.au/Swordfish_p/1k02.htm), but again I am new to this so I'm not to sure!
If anyone could give me some feedback on this, that would be fantastic.

Thanks Guys,

Josh
 

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The Swordfish looks like another Mantra Noa clone. They're a great little yak for skinny waters. Personally, I go something longer (3.4-4.3m) for taking it offshore, even if its a good day. Just my opinion though.
 

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Hey Josh,

For offshore, the minimum length most people go for is 4 metres with 4.5 being pretty standard.

Here's a bit on kayak design to help you try & work out what you are really after. If it is pretty much just skinny water, a short kayak should be just fine. If you are looking at open water where you want to cover distance, you really should be looking at something longer.

http://ftlauderdaleyakfishingclub.org/yakdesign101.html
 
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