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    I am looking at buying a new kayak to fish the tailwaters around tennessee. I have looked at the native kayaks and I really like some of them. I am looking at one that I can stand up in, and would like to spend less than $1000 dollars. Does anyone have any recomendations on a type and brand of kayak that would work for this? Also does anyone know where I can go and purchase one?

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    Skip the kayak and buy an old $600 aluminum boat with trailer. Add a trolling motor and you are set...

    Also, you will be able to sell the boat to upgrade or change easier than the kayak...
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    Yeah I have thought about that also, but I have little boat experience and I just thought a kayak would be easier. I do already have a trolling motor so it would end up being less expensive Do you know where I could get a boat like that?

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    Heck get both! I don't know about small john boats but i can tell you this having a kayak rigged up for fishing is awesome, you can go where no one else can, you can rigit by yourself very easily with anything from rod holders to cup holders. So many ways to tweak it to suit your fishing, Plus putting into lakes and rivers requires little more than a small break in the tree line, they are light and easily dragged to you secret access spots. Well worth it, plus you can score a sit-in, which i have, for 3-4 hundred dollars check Gander Mt, nice dude works there and will help you see how to rigg it, also check Dicks sports, i have a basic pelican sit-in and I love it, no trailer no moving parts, no worries just throw it in the truck bed or on the roof racks. Fish'll never see ya coming!
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    I've fly fished out of a kayak for several years. I would not stand up in one though. Too dangerous. I know several people with natives and they only stand in flat water. Too many fishermen drown each year to be careless on the river.
    kayaks are great for getting to wadable areas. They are also fantastic for fishing lakes.
    I also use a canoe and I do stand and cast from it but only on the slow moving sections. I am installing outrigger sponsons soon to add to the stability.

    wilderness systems makes 2 great fishing kayaks. The tarpon 120 SOT and the ride 135. Riversports in Knoxville carries them.
    If you go with a canoe, you can add a trolling motor (don't forget to register the boat with twra), anchor systems, removable outriggers, and comfy seats.
    I like my used Mohawk Nova 16. very stable platform for casting and I don't need to pull a trailer or need a boat ramp to launch.
    boats are great but always respect the river.


    buddy Tom in his Tarpon 120

    Last edited by Troutman; 07-21-2009 at 10:41 AM.

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    You've got to register a canoe if you add a trolling motor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajh10567 View Post
    Yeah I have thought about that also, but I have little boat experience and I just thought a kayak would be easier. I do already have a trolling motor so it would end up being less expensive Do you know where I could get a boat like that?
    Check your area on the Craigslist site. Here is a link to the Knoxville area boats: http://knoxville.craigslist.org/boa/

    You just need to add a deep cycle battery and get a good battery charger.
    *Things you can add:
    -Cooler
    -Seats
    -Umbrellas
    -Etc...
    **Plus, a fishing partner can go too... Just alternate directions or anchor and wade...

    Most boats are pretty light without a motor (x<200#) and they are easy to move around with a decent trailer.
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    Check out this web site. www.nativewatercraft.com they sell them at ovis shop in pigeon forge,tn.

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    hey everyone thanks for all the help, I ended up going with a 12.5 ft sit on top fishing kayak. Here is the pic of it.[IMG][/IMG]
    I have used it a lot of the past few weeks up on the clinch, and it is pretty awesome. I love being able to fish places that I was not able to get to on foot. It rides really high up in the water so I am able to get over shallow areas with ease. It has great stability also. My only problem with it is the fact that I have to put in and paddle a couple miles up steam which has become a huge pain. It wastes fishing time because of all the paddling I have to do. But I can not find a good alternative to paddling up river. If anyone ever wants to do a float shoot me an email ahosenfe@utk.edu.
    Thanks again for the help,
    AJ Hosenfeld

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    You could probably check with a canoe/kayak rental place and negotiate with them to pick you up as if you had rented from them. I bet they'd do it for next to nothing.
    "I wish I was fishin'..." -me

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