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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 4 months ago #1


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SO everything I have read reagarding fishing from a kayak points towards a SOT.

The only thing I dont understand regarding the SOT are the scupper holes. I do not want to get wet when I go kayak fishing, and sitting my but in a puddle of water while im paddling around doesnt sound very fun especially when its cold out. And my understanding is if you have scupper holes, you will get wet. I understand you can get scupper plugs...but am wondering to myself, would I be better off with a SOT and using scupper plugs? or just getting a SIS.

Probably worth mentioning that I would also like something lightweight so I can do a short hike in with the kayak. It seems the SIS are lighter or easier to carry?
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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 4 months ago #2


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I'm a dinosaur and prefer a sit inside for fishing from a kayak and kayaking in general. I have to have one (two with the wife's) that my old-fart back and shoulders can lift to the roof rack, but I also paddle for distance sometimes and so a relatively narrow 12.5' kayak gives me waterline/speed/tracking.

VERY nice sit on tops out there. No question. Just not what I go for. I also like the option of getting my legs out of the sun.

And there's something to be said for the lower center-of-rotation.

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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 4 months ago #3


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I'll never do a sit inside kayak again. A good quality sit on top with a stadium style elevated seat is all I'll ever fish out of. They are so much more comfortable, stable, and room for storage. Only downfall of a SOT is the weight of the kayak.
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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 4 months ago #4


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A SOT with a nice chair is the way to go. No "swamp butt." :)
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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 4 months ago #5


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this guy in this video talks quite a bit of jibberish. But I am leaning towards getting a cheap SIS like this guys here, just for the simple fact its ligthweight and you can toss it around like he does. Should be fairly easy to hike in with.

at the beginning of the video, you can see just how easy it is to handle.

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Another thought would be where you intend to kayak. I do rivers more often than lakes and to have to pound upstream against a current or else shoot some riffles (or portage a dam/thin water) on the way down to a second vehicle, I think, favors a sit-in kayak that can do kayak things and not just be a rod and seat-holder.
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thats a great point. I plan to fish Diamond Valley lake with it, and just found out that their rules require the kayak to be a SIS minimum of 10 ft.
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I never heard of a restriction like that. Good thing you checked.

I guess they want to mandate some dignity and keep that other type off the lake. :lol:
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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 3 months ago #9


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Nice insights. Thanks for the info.
I got the perfect tonneau cover for safely storing my fishing equipment on truck bed. It's so accessible to use unlike what I got before.
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SIS or SOT for fishing? 1 year 3 months ago #10


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You have a great photo! I envy you! I also wanna kayaking with my dog in a calm way like you do!
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