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Seeking pedal drive kayak advice..... 1 month 3 weeks ago #1


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OK. I admit it. Ohio weather has probably shut down my paddling opportunities until the spring thaw.
So now I'm "hibernating" and checking out new gear and tackle (mostly online) and watching fish porn on YouTube. Looking specifically for a pedal drive fishing kayak and would appreciate your input.
This year I found a fishing buddy and we got out quite a lot..... mostly on small rivers, but we did get on some local lakes too. I found that while my Tarpon120 does fine on open lake water, when the wind blows I am constantly struggling to hold the boat in place and fish at the same time.
(Paddle, paddle, cast, retrieve, paddle, cast, retrieve, paddle, paddle, cast.....etc)
It can be exhausting..... and frustrating.
My buddy, who is driving a Jackson Cruise FD, on the other hand is having no trouble holding his boat steady on his target spot hands-free, allowing him to concentrate on his fishing pole and (more importantly) the fish.
Time for me to get a pedal drive.
Suggestions?.....
No, I did not think to trade boats with him for a test drive until after our last lake excursion. Stupid on my part, I know.
My worst day on water still beats my best day at work.....
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Seeking pedal drive kayak advice..... 1 month 3 weeks ago #2


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I don;t have much, actually none, with a pedal drive but I have learned quite a bot about boat control by using a stake out pole or clipping to logs, branches...etc. If I could afford one I might go that route but the rivers here in NE Ohio (your neck of the woods) plus the weed infested lakes I fish would probably make it more of a hassle. I like going vintage as it makes it that much more rewarding when I get on fish. Good luck in your quest.
"Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen," declares the Lord - Jeremiah 16:16
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Seeking pedal drive kayak advice..... 1 month 3 weeks ago #3


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Just break down and get a Torqeedo ;) best investment I made with the kayak! IF I was going to go pedal drive I think I'd get an Old Town Predator PDL or maybe one of the Natives.
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How do you steer a pedal drive and still fish hands free ?
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krash wrote:
How do you steer a pedal drive and still fish hands free ?

You don't...but you can do that with a Torqeedo or other trolling motor!
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I've had a Hobie PA14 since 2014. I changed from my first kayak, a Jackson Cuda 12. Loved the Jackson but for the same reasons you cited I switched to a pedal craft. Got tired of the paddle, paddle, cast, paddle, paddle cast, routine.

At the time the PA was the only pedal power on the market and since then others have entered the game. However, at a prominent kayak magazine the Hobie ranked as the best pedal boat on the market. Granted this was a newer version than mine but Hobie still placed best for speed and most of the handling tasks. It was declared the overall winner.

Not only do you get the pedal power but you also get a great fishing platform with tons of room and stability. However, you also get a pretty good sized price so that might be a barrier.

I wouldn't get anything else if I ever upgrade. Hobie has (in my opinion) the best thought out and designed fishing kayak on the market.

Hope this highly prejudiced answer helps!

Good luck!
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sgvarn wrote:
I've had a Hobie PA14 since 2014. I changed from my first kayak, a Jackson Cuda 12. Loved the Jackson but for the same reasons you cited I switched to a pedal craft. Got tired of the paddle, paddle, cast, paddle, paddle cast, routine.

At the time the PA was the only pedal power on the market and since then others have entered the game. However, at a prominent kayak magazine the Hobie ranked as the best pedal boat on the market. Granted this was a newer version than mine but Hobie still placed best for speed and most of the handling tasks. It was declared the overall winner.

Not only do you get the pedal power but you also get a great fishing platform with tons of room and stability. However, you also get a pretty good sized price so that might be a barrier.

I wouldn't get anything else if I ever upgrade. Hobie has (in my opinion) the best thought out and designed fishing kayak on the market.

Hope this highly prejudiced answer helps!

Good luck!

I hate their reverse system. That and the price is the main reason I'd stay away from a Hobie.
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Seeking pedal drive kayak advice..... 1 month 2 weeks ago #8


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You need to demo what you want to buy. Hobies are great kayaks. They are designed well, but you will pay for it. The Hobie Compass is stripped down, but allows you to do your own mods. I really like the Outback for price and weight. The Pro Anglers are awesome, but they weigh quite a bit and cost quite a bit.
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