Kayaking Source https://www.kayakingsource.com Kayaking and Fishing Product Reviews. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:57:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 https://www.kayakingsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-KSWhite120-1_cygdoc_muuqbu_mjm85w_t9t2ly_dffhkq_ozfqxi-1-1_neshgj-150x150.png Kayaking Source https://www.kayakingsource.com 32 32 ECOdept Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack Review https://www.kayakingsource.com/ecodept-waterproof-dry-bag-backpack-review/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/ecodept-waterproof-dry-bag-backpack-review/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2385 This dry bag is a very economical bag to purchase for use on your kayaks. This bag keeps out dirt, waer, and dust. Keeping your items dry and could even save your life when it is cold out.

  • YOUR GEAR WILL STAY BONE DRY. This is a high quality watertight bag that protects your essentials from dirt, dust, mud and water … wet weather, waves or rapids. Available in Foliage Green, Desert Sand and Marine Blue colors, and in 20l, 30l or 40l sizes.
  • YOU’LL BE HAPPY TO CARRY this super lightweight bag. Use the 2 x shoulder straps or use the side grab handle. Big enough to fit everything in for your trip – but it won’t weigh you down.
  • NO NEED TO BE GENTLE! This is naturally durable pvc vinyl material. Tough non-rip material will last for years. Your rugged bag holds up through all your adventures. Seriously solid! If you go near water you need to own one of these!
  • ADVENTURE READY. Drenched in a downpour? Capsized the canoe? Every item in the storage bag remains dry! Dry sack duffel for everything – kayaking, camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, paddle boarding or beach.
  • YOUR PURCHASE IS 100% RISK FREE with our Extended 60-day No Quibble Money Back Guarantee and 12-month Free Replacement Warranty.

Folding the dry bag correctly will create a waterproof seal

Do follow the instructions for sealing the bag when you receive it. Tightly folding down the top 3 times before securing the clips together will keep all the dirt, dust and water out. But please note that the bag is not intended for full submersion in water. Users should also take great care with electronics – it is advisable to use smaller certified waterproof bags for such valuables before carrying in the dry bag.

Colors Options

The ECOdept Dry Bag is available in 3 colors – ‘Foliage Green’, ‘Desert Sand’ and ‘Marine Blue’. The sizes are all large and practical:

Size Options

  • 20L (5.3 Gallons) – 9.2” diameter, 24.4” high (unfolded), 19.4” high (folded), 20.6 oz
  • 30L (7.9 Gallons) – 10.4” diameter, 26.4” high (unfolded), 21.4” high (folded), 23.8 oz
  • 40L (10.6 Gallons) – 11.6” diameter, 28.3” high (unfolded), 23.4” high (folded), 26.3 oz
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Sun Dolphin Aruba 10-Foot Sit-in Kayak https://www.kayakingsource.com/sun-dolphin-aruba-10-foot-sit-in-kayak/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/sun-dolphin-aruba-10-foot-sit-in-kayak/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2583 The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10’s hull is made of a UV-resistant polyethylene. No need to worry about damaging it, scraping against rocks, or getting banged against them; it will pop right back and be no worse for the wear. It weighs in a very manageable 42 pounds, so it’s not too much trouble to lug it to your favorite put-in point.

The Aruba 10’s hull design is classic rec boat, with a very wide cockpit and narrow ends, which gives it pretty good tracking in calm waters. The boat measures 29 inches at its widest point, so it feels quite stable even for paddlers who haven’t spent a whole lot of time on the water. On the downside, due to its wider cockpit it’s more likely to turn sideways in a current. Inside the cockpit is an adjustable padded backrest, though the seat itself is hard plastic. The seat itself is not something you would want to sit on all day, but gets the job done. The boat also comes with padded thigh braces and adjustable foot pedals to create a snug fit for paddlers of almost any size.

At the rear of the boat is a sizable bulkhead storage compartment. However, the compartment’s cover is held down with shock cord and isn’t the most waterproof. You’ll want to put gear that can’t get wet in dry bag. The kayak’s front deck has an indentation that can hold your drinks and you could always put a small cooler inside the kayak.

  • Materials: Rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex® high density polyethylene
  • Model: ARUBA10
  • Brand: Sun Dolphin
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Length: 115 inches / 292 cm
  • Width: 29 inches / 74 cm
  • Height: 16 inches / 41cm
  • Capacity: 250 lbs / 113 kg
  • Weight: 40 lbs / 18 kg

This is a economy kayak that would be great for kids, but not for fishing. Amazon currently has it listed right under $300.00 which is very cost effective price. It doesn’t have a lot of the bells and whistles the bigger kayaks have, but great recreational kayak. I wouldn’t sit in it very long or some parts of you will hurt.

I don’t see anything wrong with having a inexpensive kayak like this. Great for kids or quick recreational trips.

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Coronavirus Time Off Giveaway https://www.kayakingsource.com/coronavirus-time-off-giveaway/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/coronavirus-time-off-giveaway/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 01:00:08 +0000 https://kayakingsource.com/?p=3030 ******** HUGE GIVEAWAY – 19+ Items ************

To Enter Giveaway: https://www.facebook.com/kayakingsource/

Due to the Coronavirus scare, a lot of us will be having a little extra time on our hands.. I have 19 items lined up to give away at the end of March (since so many schools are out till the end of March).. All you have to do is – Share the Post – Tag some Friends – Comment on the post… at the end of March 2020 I will pick a random winner from the post and mail it out to you. I cover everything including the shipping.. No sponsors in this giveaway, just me giving things away…

How to Enter: Share Post, Tag a Friend, and Comment on facebook post. https://www.facebook.com/kayakingsource/
When will you announce winner: March 31, 2020

Included:
Larva 4.5 (Fanatikbaits.comFanatik Baits
BioSpawn VileClaw Red Bugs BioSpawn Lure Company
Raptor Tail 7″ Worms Xcite Baits
Bassdash Hatt – Bassdash Stal Cry Bassdash Fishing Group
Googan Squad Pro Blue #8 Catch Co. Karl’s Bait & Tackle
Westin Fishing Ringteez 5″ 1/4oz – Westin-Fishing Scandinavia
Sabiki – Pink
Sukoshi Bug 2.5″- Catch Co. Karl’s Bait & Tackle
Strobe Strips – Shimmer Shad – Catch Co. Karl’s Bait & Tackle
Yo-Zuri Knuckle Bait – Yo-Zuri America. Inc.
California Classic – Curvy Worm – California Classic
Bass Dynasty – 3″ Dynacraw 2x Red Flake Bass Dynasty
Sweetspot Tackle
TRD Hogz Canada Craw 3″ – Z-Man Fishing Products
Gambler The Little EZ Alewife – Gambler Lures
Ragnar Lure – Karl’s Bait & Tackle
Lucky Craft – LC RTO 1.5 Flake Male Gill – 2 2/5″ 1/2oz – Lucky Craft USA
Strike King – Series 4 – Diver Crank Bait Strike King Lure Company
Mimic Minnow Tuff Tube – Northland Fishing Tackle

*** Correction – Previously I said 18 items would be given away.. I added another item… and might add more before the 31st….. Never know…

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Kayaker Dane Jackson survives 134-foot waterfall https://www.kayakingsource.com/kayaker-dane-jackson-survives-134-foot-waterfall/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/kayaker-dane-jackson-survives-134-foot-waterfall/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2020 21:31:26 +0000 https://kayakingsource.com/?p=2999

Kayaker Dane Jackson Wednesday safely negotiated the 134-foot Salto del Maule waterfall in Chile to complete the second-tallest descent on record.

The death-defying feat was accomplished after five years of planning by a Tennessee-raised athlete widely regarded as one of the world’s best whitewater kayakers.

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Vibe Yellowfin 130T Tandem Kayak https://www.kayakingsource.com/yellowfin-130t/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/yellowfin-130t/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:40:00 +0000 http://kayakingsource.com/?p=421 Vibe Yellowfin 130T

Share the journey with the Vibe Yellowfin 130T.  The tandem kayak with framed hero seats and foot braces means all day comfort, while the rudder ready hull provides maneuverability and performance. Equipped with 3 seating positions, the Yellowfin 130T easily holds 2 adults and a child or it can be paddled solo from the center position.

Dimensions and Specs

Length 13′
Width
35″
Capacity 500 pounds
Weight 80 pounds
Paddlers Two person tandem kayak + center seat for child or solo paddling
Material Rotomolded single piece high density polyethylene
Package Includes x2 Vibe Hero Seats, x2 Vibe Journey Paddles

Features

Comfort
  • 2 Vibe Hero Seats
  • 4 easy grip carrying handles
  • 2 built-in cup holders
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • Rudder ready
Gear Mounting
  • 2 capped flush mount fishing rod holders
  • 2 side bungee paddle parks
  • 2 mounting points for Scotty®, RAM® and Vibe® mount accessories
  • 4 mounting points for optional gear tracks
Cargo
  • 2 sealed hatches with bag inserts
  • Rear tankwell with adjustable bungee
  • Bow cargo bungee system
  • 4 tackle tray holders: Fits PLANO™ 3600 tackle tray
Construction
  • Rotomolded single piece polyethylene
  • 12 scupper holes (plugs included)
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Rheos Sunglasses https://www.kayakingsource.com/rheos-sunglasses/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/rheos-sunglasses/#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 04:47:14 +0000 https://kayakingsource.com/?p=2970 Once the sun comes out and the weather starts getting warm, we all head to the water. We get rid of our winter gear and bring out our warm weather clothes. Part of that wardrobe is a good pair of sunglasses. The sun is nice and bright and we need something to cover our eyes. There are a lot of sunglasses out there, but while on the water we need something special. We can take our good pair from the car, but we all know how that is going to end. When you go kayak fishing, it is only a matter of time before you drop your sunglasses in the water. With most sunglasses, they just sink to the bottom of the lake. Now if you are like me, you have lost a lot of money. With the Rheos Floating Sunglasses, you are saved by the technology.

Now when you drop your sunglasses, you can just circle back around and pick them up.

While reviewing the sunglasses, I found that they provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. Premium polarization filters the light from all angles, cutting glare and enhancing visibility. While looking into the water, I found the lens to be polarized just right. The frames were lightweight and very comfortable.

Michael Bourg

Rheos provided a pairs of shades for me to test out — a pair of Bahias. I found that they are a great fit for me and I had a lot of compliments. I really liked how the Bahias had holes in the back of the arms for a head strap. While they do float, I like to be able to take them off and on quickly.

Do they float?

Yes, our test showed that they do indeed float. They were dropped in the water and stood above the water enough for me to easily grab them. Depending on the color you pick, it may be hard to see on some water colors.

Comfort

For me a big deal is if they are comfortable on the face. I would have to say that they are comfortable. The first thing you will notice is that they are very light. Rheos claims that they are up to 30% lighter than other sunglasses and I would have to agree with that statement. Only thing that I wish is that there was some type of rubber padding on the nose piece. I had to remind myself that they were so light that I didn’t really need to nose piece.

Lens

Rheos states that the lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. They have premium polarization filters the light from all angles, which cut down glare and enhances visibility. Wearing them to the lake, I could tell that they did provide a lot of protection. I was able to see clearly out of them and felt that they were comparable to my higher end sunglasses.

I was a little worried about the lifetime strength of the lenses. Rheos stated that they are anti-scratch armored lenses with dual-sided oleophobic oil protection. I am not sure what the technology is behind that and I was really afraid to test it. Side note, I wanted to keep wearing the sunglasses so I didn’t want to destroy them.

There is a anti fog technology in the sunglasses that I really did like. I tested them on several different ways and had very limited lens fog.

Style and Options

I was really surprised at the different styles and options Rheos has. Rheos has eight different styles of sunglasses with each one having between four and ten different combination color frames/lenses. Having so many different styles and options gives each person the ability to get one that they really like.

Price and Warranty

This is a section that Rheos did really well in. Starting price of $50.00 is a great price for a pair of premium sunglasses. Rheos does stand behind their products. Their customer service is fast to respond and work with you. They provide a lifetime limited manufacturer’s warranty on the frame and lenses. The frames are part of the 1 year Saltwater Promise replacement program. If anything goes wrong with your sunglasses, they will send a replacement for only the cost of the shipping and handling (approximately $9.00). Of course if you throw them out the car or shoot them, they won’t be covered.

Disclaimer: This product was provided to Kayaking Source for sole purpose of conducting a independent review of the product. No promise of any kind was given on the results of the product review.

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Great places to kayak in Florida https://www.kayakingsource.com/great-places-to-kayak-in-florida/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/great-places-to-kayak-in-florida/#respond Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:11:45 +0000 https://kayakingsource.com/?p=2912 Today we are looking at great places to kayak Florida.

When we think of kayaking, a lot of us think about the relaxing waters of Florida. The Sunshine State has some of the most beautiful waters in the country. We can go from the crystal clear ceruleon ocean to the breath taking everglades. Going to Florida can give some you some of the best tours that you will always remember.

Rock Springs Run Tour At King’s Landing

Location: Launch point located at 5722 Baptist Camp Rd, Apopka, FL.

Just past the floater’s paradise known as Kelly Park, this tour will make you feel like you’re kayaking through the Amazonian rain forest. The emerald hues of the water are perfectly accented by the dense coastal landscape, creating a truly relaxing feel.

Silver Springs State Park

Location: 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488

Located in central Florida, Silver Springs State Park is an hour and a half from Orlando. Only a short distance from the hustle and bustle of Disney, Florida’s current number one tourist attraction, yet Silver Springs feels like a lifetime away.

Explore the beauty of Natural Florida by paddling along the Silver River and Fort King Waterway in a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board. Watercraft rentals are available from Paddling Adventures at Silver Springs State Park, the official onsite outfitter. Also, check out the new clear bottom kayaks!

Silver Springs State Park is open from 8:00 am until sunset 365 days a year. Park admission is $2.00 per person.

Comb Jelly Bioluminescence Tour

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – Titusville, Florida 32796

In the cooler Florida months, bioluminescent Comb Jellies congregate in the protected waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Living in the most bio-diverse estuary in North America, Comb Jellies are clear, glob-like creatures that, despite their name, do not sting! So as you paddle the calm waters laced with mangroves and palm trees, you can catch and hold these gentle glowing creatures. They’re right at your fingertips while having a safe, awe-inspiring kayak adventure with those who share your enthusiasm for new and unique experiences.

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Shimano Curado 150 DC https://www.kayakingsource.com/shimano-curado-150-dc/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/shimano-curado-150-dc/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2020 08:03:00 +0000 http://kayakingsource.com/?p=316 Shimano Curado 150 DC

Redefining performance, the Shimano Curado 150 DC Casting Reel blends all of the winning attributes of the Shimano Curado 200K with Shimano’s Digitally Controlled braking system, resulting in one of the most dependable and technologically advanced reels on the market. Offering easy, trouble-free, long distance casting throughout a range of conditions and baits, the Shimano Curado 150 DC Casting Reel features an externally adjustable braking system that is measured and controlled by a microcomputer every 1/1000 of a second, so it applies the optimal amount of braking pressure, virtually eliminating backlashes and maximizing casting distance.

Living up to the legendary standards that have been set forth by previous generations of Curado reels, the Shimano Curado 150 DC Casting Reel leverages Shimano’s MicroModule Gearing to provide seamless and efficient rotation. Built tournament tough, the Shimano Curado 150 DC Casting Reel relies upon a rock-solid Hagane Body to eliminate flexing and warp, while providing lightweight, yet  rugged performance. Showcasing the most refined technologies that Shimano has to offer, the Shimano Curado 150 DC Casting Reel sets a new benchmark for performance and provides competitive anglers with an unwavering dependability.

  • SUPERIORITY – The Curado DC low-profile reel is the most advanced of all Curado models. Augmented with Shimano’s all new Digital Control Braking System that builds on the Curado’s legacy of durability, dependability, and versatility
  • CAST SMARTER – Shimano’s new Digital Control braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance
  • EASE OF USE – Anglers of all skill levels will appreciate less thumbing and trouble-free casting no matter the lure, or the weather conditions. The 4 easy adjustments on the side plate allow the brakes to be adjusted to your preferred setting letting the reel do the work
  • INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE – Utilizing the impressively smooth Micromodule Gear System and X-SHIP system, you will experience the seamless reeling and the smoothest cranking unique only to Shimano Reels all while being protected by the overwhelmingly strong and highly rigid HAGANE Body
  • SPECIFICATIONS – Max Drag: 11 lbs. / Gear Ratio: 8.5:1 / Weight: 7.9 oz. / Line Retrieve: 26-36″ / Retrieve: Right / Bearings: 6BB + 1RB – PowerPro Line Cap: 20/150, 30/135, 40/105 – Mono Line Cap: 10/120, 12/110, 14/90
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Joylog Smart Sonar Fish Finder https://www.kayakingsource.com/joylog-smart-sonar-fish-finder/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/joylog-smart-sonar-fish-finder/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2019 05:02:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2736 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Fish Finder Smart Sonar Depth Finder with iOS & Android Phone APP for Kayak/Ice/Boat Fishing

As of March 15, 2020, the website and android app for this product is not active. I would not recommend you purchase this item until this is resolved.

JOYLOG smart sonar fish finder integrates high-precision miniature sonar system which can detect the location, size, depth and other underwater fish feelings within the range of 40m underwater, as well as underwater topographic map, water depth, water temperature and other information. JOYLOG APP enables you to grasp the underwater dynamics in real time on your mobile phone.

The depth range is from .6 meters to 40 meters (1.97 ft to 131 ft). The frequency is a set 125 KHz with a detection angle of 30 degrees. The detection angle of 30 degrees is smaller than most portable sonar systems. The communication method is bluetooth which will limit the total range and cause issues if there is not direct sight of the system between it and the phone. The range is stated at 164 foot, but that can be limited by a lot of different factors. Some of the factors are any item between you and the device or even what type of phone you have.

The battery is a 3.7V with 1000mAh and is rechargeable by a USB cord. We found the battery size is a great aspect of this sonar device. Most people found they can use it all day without any issues. Even with the size of the battery, the device only weighs in at .19 pounds.

The app is on both Android and IOS. The setup is simple, but the manual does not go in great detail each function. We do like how it shows the strength and allows you to enlarge section of the screen.

The detection angle limits the overall use, but can be worked around. The biggest issue I have seen is the customer service. If you have a problem with the product, there is no one to contact. Maybe they will see this review and will contact me. If that happens, I will update the review, but I must wait till that happens.

Another issue I had was the linking with the phone. This device uses Bluetooth which causes issue if the device is out of your sight. When I had it out on the water testing it, it would easily loose signal with the up and down motion of the waves.

Specification:

  • Color: White
  • Package Size: 4.3*4*2.7 inch
  • Size:Diameter 2.6 inch
  • Net Weight: 0.19 Ib
  • Gross Weight: 0.51 Ib
  • Battery Capacity: 3.7 V, 1000mAh
  • Sonar Frequency: 125KHz
  • Detection Angle: 30︒
  • Detection Depth: 1.96 ft-131 ft
  • Working Temperature: – 20℃-70℃
  • Communication Mode: Bluetooth
  • Communication Range: 164 ft
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Feelfree Dorado 125 Kayak with Overdrive Pedal Drive https://www.kayakingsource.com/feelfree-dorado-125-kayak-with-overdrive-pedal-drive/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/feelfree-dorado-125-kayak-with-overdrive-pedal-drive/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:51:00 +0000 http://kayakingsource.com/?p=714 Michael Bourg on the Green Camo FeelFree Dorado 125 Kayak.  Fishing for catfish with his dog Charlie.  The Feelfree Dorado is a very stable kayak that allows for a lot of options.

 

The Dorado Overdrive Kayak Features an integrated Overdrive, Stern Navigational Lights, a Bow Storage Area w/Bungee System & Transducer Hole, a Cathedral Hull design that is Fast, Stable & has Optimal Tracking, Oversized Bow Electronics and Storage Console, Rod Tip Holders, FeelFree’s Patented Adjustable Gravity Seat, Raised Blow Molded Gunwale Rails, Bow Uni-Track Rail System, Gunwale Storage Areas, Intuitive “8 Ball” Steering, Integrated Oversized Rudder- Patented Gravity Seat with Forward/Backward Adjuster- Pre-wired Electronics System, Dedicated Utility Battery Box w/Wiring System and AUX Port (Requires 12v Battery), Four Flush Mounted Rod Holders, Cockpit Lights, Oversized Stern Tankwell w/Bungee System, Stern Uni-Track Rail System, Stern Light, Patented Keel in the Wheel, Molded in Kayak Handles.

Feelfree Dorado 125

Feelfree Dorado 125
Feelfree Dorado 125

The Feelfree Dorado is a new Kayak that was announced to start being delivered in September of 2018.  This was shown in ICast 2018 and was a great hit.  This Kayak has a electrical system built in as a standard feature.  It also sports a Cathedral Hull system that should give it great tracking and speed.

Here is a video from KayakDYI.

Pros

  • Pedal Drive System / Motor Option

The Feelfree Dorado 125 comes with a fin driven system called the Overdrive System.  This system is in the same range as the Mirage System from Hobie.  Feelfree has created a system where the drive comes standard for pedal drive, but also has a added feature to become a motor drive system quickly and easily.  The motor option slides into the Overdrive system and can be engaged at any time.  There is a computer system that quickly shows you how much power you have and how long you can go at your current speed.  The motor option does come at a extra cost which adds to the price tag.

There are a few issues with the motor drive option. The first issue is that it is loud compared to a lot of different drive systems. They state this is because of the gear ratio in such a small package. The other issue is that there can be a lot of issues if the “brain” gets wet.

The Overdrive motor does come with a hand held speed control and a screen that will show you how much battery and time you have left at your current speed.  The motor gives a good 40 pounds of thrust.

  • Transducer Port

The Feelfree Dorado comes standard with a transducer port that has the ability to place your transducer below the boat, but easily retracted by hand at any time.  This allows you to leave your transducer in the hull into you are safe to use your fish finder.  This is great for when you are in shallow water, rocky bottom, or shoring your Kayak.

Feelfree Dorado Nav Lights

Electrical System

The Feelfree Dorado comes standard with a electrical system already wired.  There is a battery compartment directly behind the seat with USB and switches for lights.  There is deck lighting and navigation lighting already setup.  This allows for use of the motor option without having to install lighting.  Battery is not included.

  • Stability

With a cathedral style hull and a width of 38 inches, this is a very stable Kayak.  To turn over a Kayak like this, you have to be really trying hard.

  • Customer Service

This has been Feelfree best feature. The customer service at Feelfree is great. Any problem you have is easily and quickly taken care of by “Joe” at Feelfree. This quick and easy response has saved them from a lot of mad customers for problems that shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

Cons

  • Price

Like the Hobie line, this is a high end Kayak.  With a starting price of $2999.99 and a optional $1400.00.  This puts this Kayak in a different ball park compared to a lot of other Kayaks.  While the Overdrive motor is optional, it is a great feature to easily motorize your Kayak.

  • Weight

The standard weight of this system starts out at 100 pounds.  This is something that limits a lot of people that can’t carry that much weight around.  This will also reduce the overall speed due to the weight.

  • Rudder Location Weak

Our tests have shown that the rudder location is very weak. In our tests, a impact at this location will tear off the rudder and leave a large hole. Feelfree has not responded to our request for a solution for this issue.

Michael and Kristal on the Feelfree Dorado

Like the Hobie, this is a Kayak that has its own niche. If you have the money and love the design, this is a great kayak. Feelfree has made a kayak that stands out and has a lot of great features. The build in electrical system, motor option, and stability are key features of this kayak. The largest downside is the weight.

If you want a kayak that will stand out and get you places, this is a great option!

  • Seat

The seat is very nice in a lot of ways. You can sit in this all day and have no issues. The problem we have found is the strap is low on the back of the seat. If you lean back too much, it puts a lot of stress on the lower part of the back. This has caused the back rest to bend and break easily.

• Colors Available:

  • Blue Camo
  • Desert Camo
  • Lime Camo
  • Winter Camo
  • Fire Camo
Length:12 ft 5 in / 3.78 m
Width:38 in / 96.52 cm
Weight:96 lb / 43.54 kg
Capacity:450 lb / 204.12 kg
Leg Room To Peg:37.5 in / 95.2 cm
Leg Room – Total:44 in / 111.8 cm
Number of Paddlers:1 – Single/Solo
Type of Kayak:Sit on Top
Hatches Incl:2 (No Hatch to Inside)
Material:Polyethylene
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Tightline K4x Anchor https://www.kayakingsource.com/tightline-k4x-anchor/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/tightline-k4x-anchor/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2019 06:01:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2365 Tightline Anchor K4x Anchor is an anchor specifically designed to meet the needs of the sport fishing kayak and canoe crowd. It is made of 18 Gauge stainless steel, fastened together with MILSPEC Monel rivets. The P-Line #7 shark swivel is attached to a loop on 7×7 strand, stainless steel cabling that runs the length of the anchor. The Tightline Anchor K4X Kayak Anchor is compact, collapsible and weighs in at under 14 Oz. This aggressive grapnel anchor ensures the quickest and deepest anchor bite in any submarine surface condition.

When placed with a anchor wizard, this is a lightweight easy option. The breakaway system is quick to setup by attaching the anchor line to the tip of the anchor and then to the main swivel loop.

The standard K4x Anchor is $59.99 or you can upgrade to the premium Cerakote finish for $71.99. To get the optional colors, you have to upgrade to the Cerakote finish. The standard version is sold on Amazon and TightlineAnchors.com. The
Cerakote finish is available on TightlineAnchors.com.

Optional Cerakote Finish Colors:

  • Sniper Grey
  • Corvette Yellow
  • Zombie Green
  • Smith & Wesson Red
  • Sea Blue
  • Noveske Bazooka Green
  • Brown Sand

Specifications:

  • Quick, Secure Anchoring: Specially designed for kayaks, canoes and light watercrafts, these small boat anchors quickly moor your vessel in any underwater condition! It’s all thanks to an aggressive grapnel design, which ensures a reliable bite.
  • Designed for Durability: With a P-Line shark swivel attached to a loop on a 7×7 steel cable, our kayak fishing anchor delivers strength you can count on! If it’s ever hung up under water, breakaway eyelets allow you to rig it for quick retrieval.
  • On-the-Go Convenience: At 6” in length and weighing less than 14 ounces, these mini anchors are compact for hassle-free portability! They easily collapse for space-saving storage in your vessel or when packed away with your other outdoor gear.
  • Made in North America: Proudly made in Ontario, Canada, our kayak anchor system reflects our commitment to quality! Each unit is constructed with 18 GA stainless steel and fastened with sturdy MILSPEC Monel rivets, ensuring safety and strength.
  • Veteran-Owned and Operated: At Tightline, we stand behind each one of our products! If your canoe anchor system fails under normal use or has a material defect, simply let us know and we’ll replace or repair it in time for your next adventure.

In summary, this is a great anchor for Kayaks! At 6 inches and 14 ounces, it is light enough to be easily stored in any kayak. The anchor is built out of stainless steel and MILSPEC Monel rivets for great strength. If you upgrade to the Cerakote finish, you will get a great looking anchor.

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Best Fishing Tackle Backpack https://www.kayakingsource.com/best-fishing-tackle-backpack/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/best-fishing-tackle-backpack/#comments Sat, 26 Oct 2019 21:08:43 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2851 Everyone needs some type of way of carrying their fishing tackle. While sometimes a normal fishing tackle box will work, sometimes you need more. If you are a real active outdoorsman, sometimes you need a good way to carry your tackle when your on the move. As a person that kayak fishes, I needed something that I can move around easily. A fishing tackle backpack was an option that fit that need.

Bassdash is a company that designs a lot of different fishing tackle products. I have previously used a few of their products and had trust that their product would be made of good quality material. Bassdash has been known to stand behind their product and that says a lot for their reputation.

Best Fishing Tackle Backpack for Kayaking

Dimensions of the bag are approximately 15.7”(L) x 7.9”(W) x 19.7”(H). The main compartment is adjustable and can be divided into 2 separate inner compartments with movable clapboard in the main compartment. The top compartment is to store personal items; Lower compartment holds up to 3 large 3600-size (10.71” x 7” x 1.65”) plano style tackle boxes.

There is a total of 9 different compartments in this backpack. A key one to me is the sunglass compartment. This is a hard shell compartment specifically designed to hold your sunglasses and keep them protected. The sides have matching compartments that can store fishing gear that can be easily reached. I personally like the bigger compartment on the side because I can fit a compact firearm. The top compartment is a large compartment that can be used for bigger items or clothes if you are going camping.

On the back top compartment, there is a rain cover that allows you to quickly cover the backpack up if it starts to rain. The backpack is not waterproof, so I have replaced the plano boxes that came with it with waterproof boxes.

A key aspect for any backpack is the straps. I found the straps to be great quality. The stitching seemed to be strong and a lot of them were double stitches where they should be. The straps and the part where your back hits the backpack is padded. There is a pull straps to tightening the straps. There is a middle clip that keeps the straps from moving around. I am a little worried on the quality there. The clip is very small and might easily break.

I was disappointed that there wasn’t a place to attach a fishing rod. I am sure this is something that could be modified to attach it with a little velcro strap.

Overall, I believe this is a great quality product. The backpack is made of great quality material and will last a long time. It has a lot of features that will meet the needs of most fisherman. I am glad to own this product.

  • Premium 600D polyester construction; Dimensions of the bag are approximately 15.7”(L) x 7.9”(W) x 19.7”(H)
  • Adjustable main compartment can be divided into 2 separate inner compartments with movable clapboard in the main compartment: Top compartment to store personal items; Lower compartment holds up to 3 large 3600-size (10.71” x 7” x 1.65”) utility boxes (included) – the 3600-size box can be modified to create anywhere from 6 to 18 different compartments with pre-cut dividers to hold and organize your tackle and accessories
  • Generous front pockets and large side pockets have been sized to fit most box styles and measurements or to accommodate other accessories or personal items
  • With hard molded sunglasses compartment & Daisy chain webbing at front offering attachment points
  • Ergonomic, breathable and padded back design; Adjustable padded shoulder straps with Molle webbing exterior & D ring gear attachments & Adjustable elastic chest straps with a whistle buckle
  • Built-in rain cover at the back zippered pocket – keep your bag contents safe
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Bassdash Fishing T-shirt https://www.kayakingsource.com/bassdash-fishing-t-shirt/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/bassdash-fishing-t-shirt/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2019 21:51:38 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2819

When it started getting hot out this summer, I decided to get a new shirt to help me from getting sunburned. While on Facebook, I was contacted by Bassdash who asked me to do an independent review of the Bassdash Fishing long sleeve t-shirt.

I size I got in was a “Large” and it did fit perfect. Being about 190# and 5’7, I was a little worried about it being too tight, but I was glad I got the large. When I got the shirt in, I was amazed at the quality. The main part of the shirt was white with red lettering on the sleeve that says “Bassdash”.

On the back it has the spandex mesh fabric about half way down. It allowed me to stay cool on those hot days on the kayak.

The label showed that it is knitted UV protection 84% Polyester and 16% Spandex fabric. It shows that it has a 50+ UPF protection from the sun rays.

One thing that I have learned is that you have to have dedicated fishing apparel when you are fishing. I personally live in the south, so it gets hot. While a short sleeve t-shirt would work, I would be sweating and burn like crazy. A light material long sleeve shirt that allows me to stay cool is very important. This shirt meets those needs.

One problem that I had with the shirt was getting stains on it. I am hard on my shirts and it does show. The material is very forgiving in the way that you can get the stains out. I did have to wash it twice and let it soak in water to get the “catfish” out of the shirt. But amazingly it did come out. Having a white shirt scares me sometimes.

Below is a video I made where I was wearing the Bassdash T-shirt.


  • Made from advanced knitted UV protection 84% Polyester and 16% Spandex fabric
  • Long sleeve design and 50+ UPF protection shield you from the suns harsh rays
  • The moisture wicking fabric manages the perspiration to assist in keeping you dryer and comfortable on a long day’s fishing
  • The breathability enhanced with the Mesh Back / Under Sleeve keeps you cool when active in heat
  • The elastic material allows for a full range of movement, perfect for the action out by the shore or on the boat
  • Great for casual wear in most places, not just on fishing adventures – it will look great at a BBQ, casual lunch or at your local fishing club presentation; Unisex fashion – looks great on both male and female anglers

In summary, this is a product that I would personally recommend. It is great quality and is sold at a great price. When you are in an area where the sun will beat you down, you need something like. It allows your skin to breath but keeps the sun off you!

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Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS Kayak Review https://www.kayakingsource.com/sun-dolphin-journey-10-ss-kayak-review/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/sun-dolphin-journey-10-ss-kayak-review/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:28:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=1627 Today we are going to look at one of the cheap kayaks that you will find at Walmart.  We will look at what you get at that price and help you decide if you want to purchase that kayak.

Walmart has been selling Kayaks for a little while now.  This is great for Kayakers because Walmart(s) are everywhere.  Now people shopping Walmart can easily pickup a Kayak and get out on the water at a cheap price.  But do you really want a Kayak that is that “cheap”?  Lets take a look at what you are buying.Walmart Kayaks

  • Length: 10 feet
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Depth: 11 inches
  • Weight: 44 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds

The Sun Dolphin Journey 10 SS is a 10 foot sit-on-top fishing kayak aimed at the person that is just getting into kayaking.  It is small and lightweight, so it is a great at just tossing in the back of the truck and going.  It has a low weight capacity at only 250 pounds.  That weight limit includes you and all your gear, so that is something to really think about.

Features

For a compact kayak, there is a lot of storage features.  There is two storage areas with bungee cords.  There is one at the bow (front) and one at the stern (rear).  There is also a large dry storage hatch behind the seat.   There is three rod holders located on this Kayak.  Two are flush mount and one is a swivel mount.  As another benefit, you have a cup holder that is located directly in front of the seat.

Walmart Sun Dolphin Kayak

Weight

The Sun Dolphin Journey weighs in at just 44 pounds.  With the length only being 10 feet, this Kayak is great a transporting.  You could easily place it car top or in the back of a truck.

Comfort

The Sun Dolphin Journey is designed for fishing, not comfort.  There is no padded seat and would start hurting very fast.  There is a padded back rest, so that will help a little.

Sun Dolphin Kayak decked out

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Stohlquist Edge PFD Review https://www.kayakingsource.com/stohlquist-edge-pfd-review/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/stohlquist-edge-pfd-review/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:36:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=1569 Today we are looking at the Stohlquist Edge PFD from Stohlquist Water Ways.  This PFD is a low profile vest that has a small “footprint” to help ensure you can move around easily.  The PFD is made of a rip stop nylon which seems to be very strong.    The quality seems like it would last a long time.

The specifications shows that it has a flotation of 15 pounds and 8 oz.  The flotation material is a soft foam that will not impact moving around.  The chest size will range from 33″ to 54″, which is a pretty good benefit.  The specifications state that it has a “Wrapture” shaped torso, but we arn’t sure exactly what that is.

Features

  • “Wrapture” shaped Torso
  • Adjustable straps on the Shoulder, four side pulls, and a waist buckle
  • Low cut with a zipper entry
  • Large arm openings
  • Padded shoulder straps that are contoured to fit
  • Reflective 3M reflective accents
  • Front pockets that have a lot of room
  • Mesh sides
  • Rip stop nylon with a 200 denier oxford liner

Type III PFD Buoyancy ratings:

  • SM/MD – 15 pounds 8 oz Buoyancy Rating
  • LG/XL – 16 pounds 8 oz Buoyancy Rating
  • XXL – 17 pounds 8 oz Buoyancy Rating

USCG and Transport Canada approved

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5 Best Pedal Kayaks for Fishing Reviews 2019 https://www.kayakingsource.com/5-best-pedal-kayaks-for-fishing-reviews-2019/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/5-best-pedal-kayaks-for-fishing-reviews-2019/#comments Sat, 07 Sep 2019 04:47:09 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2792

Finding a pedal kayak which is both comfortable enough to ride and stable enough for fishing can be a difficult task, as many have a reputation for being wobbly and easy to capsize; you’re trying to catch the fish, not swim with them! With the increasing popularity in recent years of pedal kayaks, however, a number of brands have begun to focus on improving the designs of their pedal kayaks to make them more reliable and trustworthy whilst also offering a host of other features. Trying to find the right kayak for your needs can be difficult when you have to choose between all of these new pedal kayak innovations, which are why we’ve compiled a list of our favorites to help you find the right pedal kayak for you.

What Is A Pedal Kayak?

A pedal kayak is a recent innovation which merges traditional kayaking with cycling. Pedaling a kayak makes for a smoother kayaking experience and allows you to glide seamlessly through the water at a controllable and stable speed. The pedals also allow you to move faster through the water than traditional paddles allow, making crossing large bodies of water or large distances easy.

Since pedal kayaking allows you to free your hands—which would have to be holding onto your paddle on a traditional kayak or canoe—it is particularly favored among fishermen and other kayakers who intend to do multiple tasks whilst on the water, such as wildlife photography.

The thought of a pedal kayak may seem a little strange, especially for people who have been paddling for a long time and are used to using a paddle to ease their kayak through the water. However, pedal kayaks offer a number of benefits in regards to the experience of kayaking, including the additional comfort it provides for your shoulders and your back and the more natural movement through the water when compared to the somewhat stop-start motion that is seen in traditional paddle-powered kayaks. The pedal system also allows for movement back and forth, which is particularly useful for fishing against a current or for when you’re tackling larger fish.

Pedal kayaks are notably more expensive than a traditional paddle kayak, usually in the range of $1000 right up to $4000. They are also heavier than normal kayaks, so before buying one, you must take the time to work out how you will transport and move a pedal kayak into the Water.

Which Model Of Pedal Kayak Is Best?

Choosing the right pedal kayak for your needs will depend heavily upon where you’re intending to use your kayak and for what purposes. A wider kayak will be suitable for people wanting stability for fishing; however a narrower vessel is more streamlined and will move through the water easier, allowing for faster travel. A longer kayak will be heavier but will offer better tracking than a shorter one (i.e. under ten foot). The right kayak for you will also have to be able to carry enough weight to support all of your

gear, as well as you and any passengers you may be taking with you. In general, it is recommended that your kayak should have a minimum weight capacity of 250 pounds.

Native Watercraft Slayer Pedal Kayak

Native Watercraft Slayer Pedal Kayak

At only 10’ in length and weighing a mere 62 pounds, the Native Watercraft Slayer Pedal Kayak is a small but incredible sturdy little model. Its lightweight nature makes it easy to transport and load onto your vehicle, which is often forgotten when making a decision on which kayak is right for you and your storage. Despite its lightweight nature, however, it is a wonderful kayak to handle which responds well and is hence effortless to maneuver through still waters. Within built rod holders, it is also perfect for fans of hands-free fishing and is stable enough for you to enjoy a quick drink whilst waiting for fish to find you. The kayak’s foot paddles are also set up to allow for forward and reverse paddling which comes in particularly useful when trying to fight against a current or navigate towards the perfect fishing spot.

Pros

  • Top speed of 3.5mph
  • Great for fishing
  • Comfortable to ride on
  • A whopping 500 pounds of storage
  • Easy to handle (lightweight)

Cons

  • Not fast enough for a racing foot paddle kayak
  • Short length may make the kayak have poorer tracking abilities
  • Wilderness Systems Pedal Fishing Kayak

The Wilderness Systems Pedal Fishing Kayak

The Wilderness Systems Pedal Fishing Kayak is designed for optimal power from a minimal effort on the part of the kayaker. Its 6 to 1 gear ratio ensures a large acceleration and power output with each turn of the pedals. One of the major benefits of this feature is that longer kayaking and fishing trips can be arranged without the risk of feeling excessively fatigued afterwards, and who wouldn’t want to be able to kayak for longer at a time?

Despite its sturdiness, this Wilderness Systems Kayak has also been designed to be highly maneuverable and speedy in the water, meaning that you can control it perfectly no matter what speed you are travelling at.

Pros

  • Sturdy enough for fishing
  • Speedy enough to make quick work of long distances
  • Easy to maneuver despite it weighing only 47.5lb
  • 325 lb storage
  • Flat platform for standing fishing

Cons

  • Short length means that it may not track as well as some longer kayaks

Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Pedal Kayak

The Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 Pedal Kayak is sleek and stylish and is a good all-round model due to its small, fast, and lightweight body which still manages to offer impressive sturdiness in the water. As such, it can be used for all types of pedal kayaking activities. The Kayak also comes equipped with all of the storage space that one would expect from a larger model of kayak and uses the Mirage Drive pedal technology to make your kayaking experience as enjoyable as possible. For a touch of customization, the kayak is also available in three colors to tailor to your preferences.

Pros

  • Molded-in rod holders for fishing
  • Spacious storage despite the kayak’s small proportions
  • 11ft length will mean that the kayak tracks relatively well compared to shorter models
  • Mirage Drive feature
  • Dual purpose kayak

Cons

  • Small sized kayak may not be suitable for all users

Hobie Oasis Tandem Pedal Powered Kayak

Making use of Mirage Drive technology for its pedals, the Hobie Oasis Tandem Pedal Powered Kayak is comfortable to use thanks to its padded seats and exceptionally high quality manufacturing. Made from roto molded polyethylene, it is stronger than other kayaks and is thus more stable as well. This premium pedal kayak is also incredibly generous when it comes to storage availability, making it perfect for carrying large amounts of equipment and supplies.

Pros

  • Rotomolded polyethylene material
  • Maximum weight capacity of 550 pounds
  • 14 feet in length
  • Enough storage space for overnight fishing excursions

Cons

  • Very expensive—premium model of kayak so unsurprising that the price tag is higher

Hobie Mirage Outback Pedal Drive Kayak (Ivory Dune)

The Mirage Outback Pedal Drive Kayak is optimized for a quick and speedy ride, with its nimble and streamlined design making it a fun kayak for those who enjoy a little more excitement. The kayak has a drain plug for removing any collected water in the hull and the Mirage Drive feature makes the act of foot paddling easy. Furthermore, the kayak comes with an additional paddle for easy maneuverability in shallow waters.

Pros

  • Drain plugs
  • Paddle for maneuverability
  • Large quantities of storage space
  • Good length of 12’1”
  • Impressive 400lb weight capacity
  • Streamlined and fast design

Cons

  • Too unstable for fishing use

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Deep Tail Dancer https://www.kayakingsource.com/deep-tail-dancer/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/deep-tail-dancer/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 03:20:00 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=1286

A great fishing lure I got my hands on is the Rapala Deep Tail Dancer.  This lure is one that will keep you catching fish.  There are three different sizes of the Deep Tail Dancer.  The versions are the TDD07, TDD09, and TDD11 (See specifications below).  The price range is generally under $12.00.  The depth ranges from 15 feet to 30 feet.

I found that the treble hook was sharp and well made.  This allowed for easy hook ups that keeps the fish on the line. Action on the Deep Tail Dancer allows it to do a little wide wobble due to the deep diving lip and banana shaped body.  There is a lot of variation in the wobble.  At times the lure will take a very sharp turn/jerk that makes a great attraction for fish.  There is a thumping vibration due to the displacement of a lot of water. The Deep Tail Dancer comes in a range of colors that include colors like Bleeding Tiger, Clown Flash, and Pink Tiger.  The colors help you when you are in muddy water and low light times.  In clear water there are a lot of flashy colors that catch the fish attention.

The focus fish for this lure is the walleye, but other fish will hit this lure.  Catches of smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and northern pike are not out of the question. Try this lure out and let us know what you think.

Model Number Running Depth Body Length Weight Treble Hooks
TDD07 15′ 2-3/4″ 5/16 oz. Two No. 5
TDD09 20′ 3-1/2″ 7/16 oz. Two No. 3
TDD11 30′ 4-3/8″ 3/4 oz. Two No. 3

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Vibe Maverick 120 Hybrid Kayak https://www.kayakingsource.com/vibe-maverick-120-hybrid-kayak/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/vibe-maverick-120-hybrid-kayak/#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2019 11:25:00 +0000 http://kayakingsource.com/?p=707

Conquer more water with the new Vibe Maverick 120 Hybrid Kayak. The stable, no-flex open deck provides superior stability, comfort and maneuverability. This versatile, lightweight board is easy to carry and get out on the water. And for those chasing down their next catch, it’s packed with features, including; five gear tracks, multiple paddle parks and front and rear bungee tie-down systems. The Vibe Maverick 120 Hybrid Kayak is ready to answer when adventure calls!

Dimensions and Specs

Length 12′
Width
33.5″
Capacity 475 pounds
Weight 72 pounds
Paddlers One or two person
Material – Exterior
Rotomolded single piece high density polyethylene
Material – Interior
Sink proof pressure-injected foam
Package Includes Vibe Roamer paddle

Features

Comfort
  • No-Flex solid deck
  • 5 Easy grip carrying handles
  • Comfort grip deck padding
Gear Mounting
  • 5 integrated gear tracks
  • 2 side bungee paddle parks
  • 6 cooler or seat tie-down points
Cargo
  • Flat, open deck design
  • Front and rear bungee tie-down systems
  • 8″ sealed hatch (not waterproof)
Construction
  • Rotomolded single piece polyethylene
  • Sink proof pressure-injected foam hull
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Quick Release Terminals A901 https://www.kayakingsource.com/quick-release-terminals-a901/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/quick-release-terminals-a901/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2019 04:39:37 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2725 Being that I personally use Kayaks, I constantly take my battery in and out of my Kayak. My Feelfree Dorado comes with electronic wiring built in which includes standard battery terminals. I found myself constantly using a socket to remove the terminals and wanted a easy way to take them on and off. I purchased three of the Quick Release Terminals A901 from Amazon at $10.99 each. I installed them on all three of my kayaks at the same time. They were easy to put on, but I did have a problem with the clamp to attach the main battery wire. It kept slipping off due to not being able to clamp down strong enough. I ended up having to bend the connector to make it work. I found the part that slid onto the battery was the right side, but a lot of customers say they have received some that did not fit. The quick release part allows for you to push the plastic part down to clamp down. You will hear a click and the terminal will be on there tight.

So I used the terminals for about a week. After about two or three uses, two of the quick release terminals were broken. When I clamped them down, they did not “clamp”. This allowed the connector to just fall off the battery.

I contacted the company and they said they would send out a new one, but they failed to ever do that. I believe they were just waiting for the amazon return period to pass by.

Heavy duty quick release car battery clamps / terminals A901

As a reviewer, I see a lot of good quality products and bad quality products. I believe the concept of this product is a great one, but the quality of the product is lacking. The product is poorly made by a manufacturer that sells it to a lot of different companies. These companies sell it under a lot of different names.

I am unable to recommend this product due to two of the three products breaking so fast. The company does not stand behind their product.

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Werner Camano Premium Fiberglass Kayak Paddle Review https://www.kayakingsource.com/werner-camano-premium-fiberglass-kayak-paddle-review/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/werner-camano-premium-fiberglass-kayak-paddle-review/#comments Wed, 22 May 2019 04:46:01 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2594 Werner Paddles

Today we are looking at paddles from Werner, the Werner Camano Premium Fiberglass Kayak Paddle. The Camano paddles are designed with a lot of options. The shaft is a carbon blend that has a weight between 24.5 oz to 29.0 oz. The length ranges from 205cm – 260cm and has a shaft design of straight or bent. The design allows for smooth flow in the water while paddling.

I got a email today that they came out with a new paddle color scheme. Being a veteran, this means a lot to me. Now if I can just find a kayak to match!

  • Premium Performance uses material choice and manufacturing skill to allow for a perfect combination of light swing weight and stiffness. Fiberglass blade construction gives you a compromise between swing weight and value.
  • Mid-size blades fit the widest range of paddlers. Standard diameter shaft accommodates hands 7 inches and larger. When measured from tip of middle finger to base of palm)
  • Dihedral allows for smooth and stable forward paddling.
  • Optimized flex and strength. Countless hours of testing have led us to a feel that is unmatched on the water. Choose our carbon blend Straight or carbon weave Neutral Bent shaft in Standard Diameter or Small Diameter.
  • Brightly colored translucent fiberglass laminate blades in solids or HD Graphics.
  • The Smart View Adjustable ferrule is the most simple, precise fitting on the market. The solid feel of a 1-piece paddle and nothing to snag your gear.
  • Light swing weight reduces fatigue.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Shaft OptionPiecesWeight GramsWeight OuncesLength Range
Straight1 Piece695g.24.50oz.205cm to 260cm in 5cm increments
Straight2 Piece761g.26.75oz.205cm to 260cm in 5cm increments
Straight4 Piecen/an/a215cm to 260cm in 5cm increments
Bent1 Piece824g.29oz.210cm to 240cm in 5cm increments
Bent2 Piece824g.29oz.210cm to 240cm in 5cm increments

The Werner Camano paddles features their most popular, award winning, Low Angle mid-sized blade design. Providing the perfect combination for paddlers who want gentle power and use a relaxed all around touring stroke. The Camano offers the best balance of light swing weight, durability and performance.

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Florida Teen dies after kayaking accident near the Sanibel Causeway https://www.kayakingsource.com/florida-teen-dies-after-kayaking-accident-near-the-sanibel-causeway/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/florida-teen-dies-after-kayaking-accident-near-the-sanibel-causeway/#comments Tue, 14 May 2019 05:04:22 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2577 FORT MYERS, Fla. – A kayaker died late Saturday night after an accident near the Sanibel Causeway.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said they, along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and US Coast Guard, received a call around 11 p.m. that a kayak with one person on board, now identified as 16-year-old William Jenkins, had not returned after paddling out a short distance away from the shore.

FWC said a good Samaritan took another kayak to Jenkins’ location, where they found him unconscious in the water.

The Samaritan brought Jenkins back to shore, where bystanders immediately began giving him CPR. The Coast Guard soon arrived at the scene and took over CPR until EMS arrived.

Jenkins was taken to Health Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Family members said Jenkins was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and that his father had told him that he wasn’t allowed to go kayaking alone because of his condition. They said Jenkins was shark fishing with a friend and was sitting on the causeway when he saw a bite and went out in the kayak to get his catch.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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Shoreline Marine Portable LED Clamp on Navigation Light Combo https://www.kayakingsource.com/shoreline-marine-portable-led-clamp-on-navigation-light-combo/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/shoreline-marine-portable-led-clamp-on-navigation-light-combo/#comments Mon, 06 May 2019 05:35:05 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2513 The Shoreline Marine Portable LED Clamp on Navigation Light Combo is a simple solution to having the lights on your kayak without drilling holes. In most areas, you need navigation lights when you put any type of motor on your kayak. This product will give you the 360 white light and red and green stern or bow lights. The light bulb is a LED light, so it will last a long time. The total length on the 360 light is 24″, so that is about what most need for a all around light.

Shoreline Marine Portable LED Clamp on Navigation Light Combo

I made this purchase as a cheap and simple solution to getting a kayak on the water at night. The lights only take three (3) AAA batteries that were not included. They are easy to mount with simple clamps. The 360 light and the bow/stern lights are separate, so you can put them where ever you like. The total weight is only 14.4 ounces and breaks down easily when you don’t need it.

The main thing that I did not like on this combo was that it is cheaply made. While the price allows you to replace them easily, they may not last long. On the one that I got, the bulb casing did not fit right on the 360 light and was loose.

ShoreLine Marine


This product is made by Shoreline Marine which makes a lot of accessories that can be used on boats of all types and sizes.

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Best Fishing Kayaks of 2020 https://www.kayakingsource.com/best-fishing-kayaks-of-2020/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/best-fishing-kayaks-of-2020/#comments Sat, 13 Apr 2019 06:00:24 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=1506

Top Kayak Reviews of the Most Stable, Quality Made, and Most Features for your Money

Lets us introduce you to our picks for best Kayaks of 2020.  Kayaks are getting more and more popular with fisherman, adventure seekers, and outdoors people.  Because of that, manufacturers are putting out new Kayaks very often.  In this article we are going to look at some of the top 2020 Kayaks when they come to stability, quality, and cost effective.

Kayaks are being made specifically for fishing to help fill the gap between short fishing and big boat fishing.  The kayaks today are made for catching a fish without tipping over.  Some modern fishing kayaks are made stable enough to stand in.

One thing to think about is that there isn’t a one size fits everyone product.  There are a lot of different variable to think about.  Price, size, weight, length, features, speed, and quality are some things to think about.  Everyone has different things they like to think about.  For me, I look heavily on the seat.  If I can’t sit in in for a period of time without hurting, I won’t fish long.

This guide is looking at some of our favorite kayaks in a few different categories.  I will help you see some of the different features of each.  I will explain why we picked them and what that means to you.

Featured Fishing Kayak – Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 110 and Sea Ghost 130

Top Pick

Popularity: High

For the price, the Sea Ghost 110 and Sea Ghost 130 is the best value out there.  These Kayaks are made by Vibe Kayaks.  These Kayaks have a lot of great features that you will only find on more expensive Kayaks.  For the money, I would not look anywhere else.

These Kayaks are both designed specifically for fishing anglers.  They are a sit-on-top Kayak that has a lot of stability, speed, features, and quality.  These Kayaks are made by the same company as the Skipjack and Yellowfin, but a giant leap in design over both of them.

Both the 110 and 130 have a lot of room and features to help you catch fish.  Due to the rudder, you have great tracking in any type of water.  The Kayaks have a lot of speed that will get you where you want to go.  The 110 is a little shorter, so it does do better on rivers and the 130 is better on open water.

Pros

The Sea Ghost line is a great line of Kayaks.  Both the 110 and 130 have features that make them the top kayak.

  • Foot Controlled Rudder System

Sea Ghost RudderA key feature in this Kayak is that it comes standard with a rudder.  This is a feature that you will find mostly on more expensive Kayaks.  A rudder is a feature that allows you to stay straight without having to use your paddle all the time.   This Kayak allows you to control the rudder with a foot controlled system.

  • Vibe Hero Seat

Vibe Sea Ghost Hero SeatLike I said above, a seat is a very important feature in any Kayak.  It gives you padding, back support, and a lot of space so that you are comfortable during those days where you are on the water a long time.

  • Transducer Port

Sea Ghost Transducer PortThis is something that made us look really hard at the Sea Ghost line.  Each Sea Ghost comes with a transducer port under the main hull of the boat.  This allows you to install a fish finder without having to drill any holes if you don’t want to.  The transducer can be easily screwed into the bottom of the boat without making any extra modifications.  This is something you will not find in other Kayaks in this price range.

  • Weight

The Sea Ghost 110 and Sea Ghost 130 are both light when compared to other Kayaks in this range.  The Sea Ghost 110 is 62 pounds and the Sea Ghost 130 is 75 pounds.  This allows for car topping if you want to.

  • Manufacturer Customer Service

This is something to not take lightly.  Vibe is a great company that will stand behind their product.  They go beyond what most companies will do for you.  If you call them with any issue, they will likely resolve it for you without any issues.

Cons

  • Price

This is something that I could really put as a pro or a con.  The cost is close to one grand for either Kayak.  A lot of people starting out Kayaking do not want to pay the price, but that is a mistake.  If you buy one of those cheap big store Kayaks, you will end up upgrading very quickly after you understand what you really want.  A benefit of this Kayak is that this comes with a starter paddle, so that is one item that you won’t have to buy.  For the value, this is really not a “con”.

Overall

Aside from the performance advantages in this Kayak, the Sea Ghost’s has a leg up on room.  There is a lot of room in front and back for your gear.  The width of the Kayak allows for enough stability to stand up easily without tipping over.

If you are the type that likes to attach a lot of gear, this Kayak is setup for that.  There is already four integrated gear tracks.  The front compartment is also a great place to install a fish finder or a rod holder.  For those that want a quick place to place your fishing rod, there is two flush mount rod holders directly behind the seats.

If you are looking for a good priced Kayak that has all the features you really need, this is the Kayak for you.  Unless you are in the market for a pedal drive, this is the Kayak you should be looking at.

Amazon is a great place to purchase a Sea Ghost due to delivering to your house and you don’t have to pay tax in some states.


Best Quality

Hobie Mirage Outback 

Popularity: High

Every person that is into Kayaks knows about Hobie.  The Hobie line is one of the best lines of Kayaks, but they are also one of the most expensive Kayaks.  Even with the price, they are phenomenal Kayaks.  They have won so many awards that they have to be in any Top Kayak List.

Pros

  • Pedal Drive System 

This is a standard feature that everyone knows.  The Hobie line of Kayaks that have the pedal drive system is outstanding.  The advantage is that they have the Mirage Drive System.  The Mirage Drive system has fins that go back and forth.  This allows for fast speeds with limited weeds getting caught up.  The only thing that we don’t like about the system is you do have to switch it in and out of forward and reverse to go either direction.  In the propeller type system you just reverse your pedaling.  Even with that disadvantage, you can’t overlook that the Mirage Drive is the best system out there.

Hobie Mirage Drive for the Hobie Mirage Outback

The Mirage Drive weighs in at under eight pounds.  The two fins pivot in 180 degrees to provide fast propulsion.  The fins allow for quick shallow water access and shore landing by pushing one pedal forward to move the fins to the upper position.

The Mirage Drive gives you a lot of speed and ability to move around while giving you hands free for fishing.

  • Guardian Retractable Transducer Shield

Mirage Outback Transducer Guardian The Guardian Retractable Transducer Shield is a new feature that has come out at the end of 2018.  This new feature is a game changer when it comes to protecting your transducer.  In the Hobie Outback, the transducer can be lowered below the boat to allow for side scan radar.  On impact the transducer retracts into the hull for protection.  This is a simple design that other Kayaks currently do not have.  This transducer location also has a pre-installed thru-hull cable slot for quick install of a fish finder.

Cons

  • Price

This is the main drawback of a Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak.  The Hobie line of Kayaks are on the high end of the price range.  The one thing to note is that most people that purchase a Hobie Kayak do not regret the purchase.

  • Weight

The weight of a Hobie Mirage Outback starts out at 85 pounds.  Fully loaded is around 103 pounds.  This is due to the high quality heavy duty hull and the pedal drive system.  The weight does reduce the overall speed of the Kayak.

Overall

If you have the money, the Hobie line of Kayaks are a great way to go.  The Mirage drive performance and high quality hull makes for a life long Kayak.  Another great feature is that the Kayaks hold their cost value very well.  If you ever decide to sell the Kayak, you are able to get a lot of your money back.


New Kid on the Block

Feelfree Dorado 125

Feelfree Dorado 125
Feelfree Dorado 125

Popularity: Low

The Feelfree Dorado is a new Kayak that was announced to start being delivered in September of 2018.  This was shown in ICast 2018 and was a great hit.  This Kayak has a electrical system built in as a standard feature.  It also sports a Cathedral Hull system that should give it great tracking and speed.

Pros

  • Pedal Drive System / Motor Option

The Feelfree Dorado 125 comes with a fin driven system called the Overdrive System.  This system is in the same range as the Mirage System from Hobie.  Feelfree has created a system where the drive comes standard for pedal drive, but also has a added feature to become a motor drive system quickly and easily.  The motor option slides into the Overdrive system and can be engaged at any time.  There is a computer system that quickly shows you how much power you have and how long you can go at your current speed.  The motor option does come at a extra cost which adds to the price tag.

Feelfree Overdrive Motor FeelFree Dorado 125 Overdrive

The Overdrive motor does come with a hand held speed control and a screen that will show you how much battery and time you have left at your current speed.  The motor gives a good 40 pounds of thrust.

  • Transducer Port

The Feelfree Dorado comes standard with a transducer port that has the ability to place your transducer below the boat, but easily retracted by hand at any time.  This allows you to leave your transducer in the hull into you are safe to use your fish finder.  This is great for when you are in shallow water, rocky bottom, or shoring your Kayak.

  • Electrical System

Feelfree Dorado Nav LightsThe Feelfree Dorado comes standard with a electrical system already wired.  There is a battery compartment directly behind the seat with USB and switches for lights.  There is deck lighting and navigation lighting already setup.  This allows for use of the motor option without having to install lighting.  Battery is not included.

  • Stability

With a cathedral style hull and a width of 38 inches, this is a very stable Kayak.  To turn over a Kayak like this, you have to be really trying hard.

Cons

  • Price

Like the Hobie line, this is a high end Kayak.  With a starting price of $2999.99 and a optional $1400.00.  This puts this Kayak in a different ball park compared to a lot of other Kayaks.  While the Overdrive motor is optional, it is a great feature to easily motorize your Kayak.

  • Weight

The standard weight of this system starts out at 100 pounds.  This is something that limits a lot of people that can’t carry that much weight around.  This will also reduce the overall speed due to the weight.

Overall

Like the Hobie, this is a Kayak that has its own niche.  If you have the money and like the design, this is a great Kayak.


Summary

We have looked at the Vibe Sea Ghost line, Hobie Outback, and the new Feelfree Dorado 125.  Depending on what you are looking for, there is a Kayak out there for you.  Look at how much money you want to spend and compare that against what features you want.  If you are on the fence, wait a little while until you have the money to spend on the better one.  You will be happier in the long run.

On a personal note, my wife and I have three Feelfree Dorado 125(s).  We have two with the motor drive and one without.  We decided on the Dorado(s) for the stability and the motor drive option.  The main disadvantages for me is the weight and lack of compartments to the inside of the kayak.

That being said, we would have no problem using a Vibe Sea Ghost.  I believe for the money and the features, it is our top Kayak of 2019.  The Kayak has a lot of great features and has a company that stands behind its product.

Buying Guide

Here are some things to think about when purchasing a Kayak:

  • What size cooler, bag, or crate do you want to carry with you?
  • Where do you want to mount your fishing rods and tackle?
  • Do you have places to put accessories?  How many rails come pre-installed?
  • Do you have enough room for how many fishing rods you will be using?
  • Is your Kayak strong enough to last?
  • Does the company stand behind their Kayak?  Check out their customer service.

Just remember that a Kayak is an investment that you want to keep in good condition.  Buying a cheap Kayak may sound easy, but you may regret it later.

Author:
Michael Bourg
KayakingSource.com


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Man killed, young girl taken to hospital after kayak capsized https://www.kayakingsource.com/man-killed-young-girl-taken-to-hospital-after-kayak-capsized/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/man-killed-young-girl-taken-to-hospital-after-kayak-capsized/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2019 06:21:14 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2473 WARRICK CO., IN (WFIE) – Indiana Conservation Officers say a man was killed and a young girl was taken to the hospital after their kayak capsized.

Family members called police around 7:15 p.m. after the two did not return from the Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife area at New Harmony Road and Klippel.

Conservation officers found the kayak upside down in the water.

We’re told an adult male was pronounced dead at the scene. A young girl was taken to Deaconess.

Conservation officers found life jackets but neither of the two victims were wearing them.

Several first responders are searching for two missing kayakers.

The Boonville Fire Department, Elberfeld Fire, Chandler Fire, The Warrick County Sheriff and Conservation Officers are helping with the search, along with the dive and rescue teams.

The two went missing near New Harmony Road and Klippel Road, near I-69 in the Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area.

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RAD Sportz Wall Hanger Pro Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Rack https://www.kayakingsource.com/rad-sportz-wall-hanger-pro-kayak-and-stand-up-paddle-board-rack/ https://www.kayakingsource.com/rad-sportz-wall-hanger-pro-kayak-and-stand-up-paddle-board-rack/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 07:03:09 +0000 https://www.kayakingsource.com/?p=2397 The RAD Sportz Wall Hanger Pro kayak and SUP rack is one of the easiest, safest ways to store your stand up paddle board or Kayak. Your kayaks and paddle boards rest easily on foam padded arms and secure with quality nylon straps and clips. The yellow powder coated finish keeps your racks protected and good looking year after year. Keep your water toys up out of the way and off the floor securely and safely with the RAD Sportz Wall Hanger Pro.

  • Convenient: Holds up to 125 pounds! Enough for the largest kayaks or paddle boards
  • Safe and Secure: With the included nylon straps and clips, your kayak or stand up paddle boards will nor fall out of the rack.
  • Options: Easily mounts to a walls, posts, benches and other applications.
  • Durable: High quality yellow powder-coated steel will hold up to years of use.
  • Useful: Get more space by getting the kayak off the floor

In summary, this is a great deal if you are trying to get your kayaks off the floor.  Other products are easily double the price and less quality.  The key is getting into the stud when mounting this on the wall.  With a maximum weight of 125 pounds, you will be able to support most kayaks.

The only downside I could find was that the strap is on the weak side.  If you have a heavy kayak, you may want to switch it out.

We believe this is a good deal and have not found anyone that says any different.

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