Hey all, just joined, not many users here but I'll post the question anyway. I'm an older guy (62) but in pretty good shape, I'm getting ready to retire in about 3 years and will be moving to the North Carolina coast, currently I live in southern New England.
I'm getting ready to make my first Kayak purchase and need some advice as to which kayak would be best suited for my needs to buy. It's a big decision and I don't want to make the wrong decision when spending that amount of money for a piece of plastic.
I would like the kayak to work well in both fresh and salt water. I'm going to use it primarily for fishing in brackish water just off the coast of North Carolina (when I retire) where a major river forms a bay that is protected by barrier islands and dumps into the ocean.
I would also like to use it up here in New England before I retire. I have the same situation here in Connecticut where I live just a few miles away from several rivers that form a bay and dump into the Long Island Sound. I also have several decent size lakes just a few miles away that are fresh water.
A lot of guys up here in Ct love the Hobies with their Mirage drives for fishing for stripers, blues, and fluke in the Long Island Sound, but I'm not sure I can justify the expense. I understand that being able to be out on your kayak and fishing hands free is a BIG plus, but again, I'm not sure it's a big enough plus to justify the expense, and there are many "Yakers" up here that do just fine without the mirage drives.
Yesterday I saw a 2 year old Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 for sale for around $800, I've also been looking at the Jackson Kayaks Big Rig but would have to order one new if I wanted it. I know Ocean Kayaks makes some nice fishing kayaks as well as others.
Any help sorting this out would be greatly appreciated. Making a mistake is one thing, making an expensive mistake is a whole other kind of pain, LOL. Thanks, Dog