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Posted by Dgreen
7/7/2019 11:05 AM
I'm thinking about buying a kayak. I want something that I can fish out of comfortably in small rivers and streams like the Sequatchie, Hiwassee, and Elk rivers. I also want something that is comfortable and capable of going out exploring new water. I'm looking at the Old Town Predator MX. It seems to be a sort of hybrid with the ability to raise the seat or fold it back for fishing and lower it for more stability when pedaling. I would appreciate your thoughts/comments.
Posted by Buoy-Master
7/8/2019 10:43 AM
Jackson Big Rig HD is a great choice too.
Posted by SpurHunter
7/8/2019 3:00 PM
Head up to Frontier Outdoors in Kingston, they seem to be selling a TON of boats, if they dont have it, you dont need it.
Posted by basspsycho
7/8/2019 6:18 PM
Another place is check out is battlefield outdoors in Fort Oglethorpe. If you want a fishing kayak they got it. Forget the big box guys. I can tell you what I own and why I love it, but it depends on what your looking for and price range. Google best in that range, compare and read reviews. Demo-ing is always a plus.
Posted by basspsycho
7/8/2019 6:20 PM
Or depending your location, sportsman’s corner in manchester tn
Posted by Mudman
7/9/2019 3:24 PM
I’m not into kayaks ( too lazy) but if I bought one it would be the new Johny boat. Saw a guy talking about it on a video. It has everything u could ask for. In a10ft long boat. I think it w as about $900
Here is a link

Edited by Mudman 7/9/2019 3:26 PM
Posted by Tight_Lines
7/9/2019 4:01 PM
check out the VIBE series!! they have really good kayaks for a decent price and really nice storage and access hatches if you want to add stuff to your yak in the future!!! the VIBE ghost is a really nice stable kayak (12 ft i think) and its really nice for i think under $1000.00. academy has some nice yaks as well as sportsman's warehouse. those would be my suggestion. and correct.. we have alot of nice creeks and rivers all within a couple of hrs to float. tho i dont think i would do a SOT on the hiwassee. tho not a very tough river, it does have some places that can really give you trouble on a SOT if your not paying attention. i dont think it would be a very relaxing trip. i would stick to flat water with a SOT(Sit On Top)... just my two cents...
Posted by ezebassn
7/10/2019 5:29 PM
Ten foot kayaks are easy to manage yourself. I had a 12 footer for a short time and it was very awkward to load and unload by yourself. I have recently purchased a new ten foot ascend sot but have yet to try it. Kayak with a good seat is the most important aspect of kayaking in my opinion. I would start cheap and buy something nicer if you enjoy it. I know a few people who purchased a Jackson kayak and regret the amount of money invested. They are very nice but not a $1000 dollar difference in my opinion.
Posted by McJunkins
7/11/2019 9:54 AM
If you are looking to save some money Walmart has a a good one called the sun dolphin boss. I believe it’s like 495 and for the price I don’t think you can beat it.
Posted by JEEPnFISH
7/11/2019 12:51 PM
Lifetime Tahoma/ Tamarack and I think the newest is called the Yukon. All have positive reviews. I have the Tahoma and it's great. 10 feet long and about 65 lbs. I added a better seat, anchor trolley, depth finder, and upgraded the paddle. Of course I kitted up the obligatory crate.
Posted by Dgreen
7/12/2019 12:07 AM
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions you guys are a fountain of knowledge and info. I'm going to look around at some of the ones y'all mentioned this weekend and see what I can find. I'm not in a big hurry so if there are ours who want to chime in please do so. Thanks again!
Posted by Jacobmango
7/12/2019 12:59 AM
BONAFIDE. Purely a fishing kayak company and they e tweaked every feature to perfection. Only thing they don’t make is pedal drive. I hope they do one day
Posted by basspsycho
7/12/2019 6:42 PM
Bonafide makes a great product. I currently own the vibe seaghost 130 that was mentioned. Love it. The 2 shops I named carry both these brands and also do demo days
Posted by Dgreen
7/13/2019 9:46 AM
Went to Rock/Creek yesterday planning to go to Battlefield outdoors today. Seriously thanking about the Jackson Coosa HD. Thoughts/opinions?

Edited by Dgreen 7/13/2019 10:00 AM
Posted by basspsycho
7/18/2019 3:40 PM
And the winner is.........!
Posted by Badbass Lures
7/18/2019 11:21 PM
Having jumped into the kayak game in the last year, I have no regrets purchasing my Lifetime Tamarack 100. As Jeepnfish mentioned, the reviews are great and price is unbeatable. Last week Walmart had them on sale for $230. Very stable (I'm 215lbs), easy to upgrade, and a great way to get into kayak fishing. Many features offered here that are typically seen in kayaks much more pricey There are a lot of nice kayaks mentioned above, but after doing lots of research I couldn't justify an extra $700 plus for a non pedal driven yak. Just my opinion of course, but check out Lifetime. Good luck with your purchase

Edited by Badbass Lures 7/18/2019 11:38 PM
Posted by Dgreen
7/19/2019 1:34 AM
99% the Coosa HD just trying to get it at the best price. Right now the best price I've found is at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle $1439.20. Hoping Rock Creek will beat it. Should find out tomorrow.
Posted by Dgreen
7/19/2019 11:08 PM
Well we have a WINNER! I bought the Coosa HD at Mountain Outfitters. I called them today and ask for their best cash price and they reduced it 25% off the 1799.00 MSRP. I couldn't pass that up. They have another Jackson Coosa HD and two Liska's if anyone is interested in a good deal on a higher end kayak. Thanks to everyone who responded. I appropriate all of your opinions.
Posted by Buoy-Master
7/20/2019 12:25 AM
Hell Yea! That's a great rig!

Now when ya'll start to get too many, hit me up on a trailer!
Posted by Dgreen
7/20/2019 9:17 AM
Buoy-Master - 7/20/2019 12:25 AM

Hell Yea! That's a great rig!

Now when ya'll start to get too many, hit me up on a trailer!
Will do!
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