Composite Fishing Kayaks

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Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by surfkayaks.com » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:35 am

Are there any ?
Pro's and Cons?

Your thoughts please.

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Re: Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by snapper » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:57 pm

In the UK there are Kazkazi and Stealth.

Pros and cons much the same as plastic v. composite with normal kayaks though there is also the advantage that they're both South African designs with more attention paid to speed and 'surfability', something lacking with most of the others. This is a very, very limited and basic reply i'm afraid as I have to get to bed now.

Kaskazi are more like a conventional kayak in design and Stealth come from surfski and surfboard heritages - the former being desigend for Cape waters primarily and the latter for Kwazulu-Natal where you're either trolling for gamefish or launching through big surf, both are deisgned for dealing with large fish :-) I used a surf-launch one for the following video last year:

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Re: Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by The Shiner » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:55 pm

Interesting post Malcolm, could this be a new fishing kayak design on the horizon?

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Re: Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by surfkayaks.com » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:04 pm

Just looking for some feedback , ideas , inspiration etc

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Re: Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by The Shiner » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:56 pm

This might be a good place to start? - http://anglersafloat.proboards.com

You may find some inspiration by having a look and see what people are doing with their rigged kayaks, what their requirements are, etc etc.

I haven't tried either of the South African brands, but have to say that they looks the dogs!
Both manufacturors really do seem to have really thought about customer requirments, I suppose it helps that the guys that build and design them are kayak anglers themselves.

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Re: Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by Skua » Tue May 28, 2013 10:17 am

The Kaskazi s were also wave tank tested before going into production. The Pelican was our first open cockpit touring kayak, a touring and training kayak, we had the Raven surf ski already but we quickly realised thelimitations of surf ski design for fishing purposes. The Pelican was suiting the spear fishers and anglers at the time. The open cockpit Skua was considered, but it is a bit long for easy manoevering and the guys wanted more cockpit space - so they adopted the Pelican. They soon asked us if we could design a more angling/spear fishing orientated kayak because dealing with big fish was awkward on the Pelican - having to lift the aft hatch at sea and put the fish in there, where they slid about and it was impossible to get the non gelcoated hatch clean afterwards - you could smell which ones were used for fishinig without seeing them!

The Dorado was designed from a blank sheet of paper, but using the paddling attributes of the Pelican and introducing specific angling requirements. The Pelican was also reworked in the cockpit department as kayak angling took off. The aft hatch was reworked too to take a custom made crate. After all, many touring paddlers like to do a spot a fishing, many anglers like to go camping to fishing spots. That is a quick potted history of how the Kaskazi Dorado and Kaskazi Marlin came about - they both have a hull that surprises sea paddlers with just how they handle like a traditional sea kayak, yet posses the stability and buoyancy in the right places to perform their angling duties, like sitting side saddle to fish even in breaking waves.

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The Marlin (with ARX deck fitted)

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Open cockpit - deck removed.

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Compare Dorado and Marlin

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Re: Composite Fishing Kayaks

Post by Hakale » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:05 pm

I realize this is an old thread, but I keep running across these old discussions and finding I have suggestions or better info to offer

I don't know what exactly you want to do, and being as this is your first fishing kayak, probably you don't either. Don't get a "Fishing" kayak. I never have and I've been riversmallie fishing from a
kayak since 1997 in 4 different boats. The most modification I've done is a rod holder installed in my Wilderness Tarpon and drag chain/anchor set-ups on all my kayaks. This, BTW, consists of a jamb cleat on my left, one or two eyelets riveted to guide the line and a carabiner clicked on to the front kayak handle to be the front guide. Because it is more free to move than mounted hardware, when I retract it, it pulls the chain further up on the deck with a tight line.
But that's it. I always looked at it as a supplement to wade fishing. I've progressed with it since then, but before you get a bunch of stuff and head off in unknown directions, just use it as a way to get out into the water and do what you did from shore. I'd say get a sit on top. Try them out if you can. Ask around. Face-to-face is always best, but someone here should have a helpful idea. If I was going to get a kayak NOW (my Tarpon's only 3 this year) I'd get the Jackson Cruise. It's the same "frame" as the Cruise, so its designed to allow for standing, something my Tarpon does NOT. If you cartop or have to carry or handle it much, you'll want to pay attention to the weight. About 70 lbs is all I want to try to manage. 12 ft is good for me. Hopefully you can find the help you need and, just as good, the kayak you want at a good price. Don't compromise very much. You'll just spend time and money buying another one next year.

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