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  1. #91
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    Jackson Bite FD

    Pros:
    Quality construction
    Pedal drive
    Open deck space
    Cuts water well
    Pedal drive moves boat well
    Paddles good

    Cons:
    Not real comfortable to pedal (i just canít find the sweet spot)
    No in hull storage
    Limited gear tracks and space to put them
    Price
    Rudder not very responsive

    This is my first pedal yak and this is after 2 outings. I hope I can reduce some of the cons off of my list after a few more trips which I can report back.



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    Field & Stream Blade 120

    Hard to find any info on this 12' model, so after a 20% off sale at Dick's I decided to just get it and find out for myself what its like. At $250 there wasnt much risk.

    Pros:

    -price
    -sturdy
    -good initial stability. Not sure about secondary just yet
    -decent speed once rolling
    -good tracking
    -feels light when carrying

    Cons:

    -sturdy, but does seem to scratch easily
    -seat a little uncomfortable
    -seems a little slow out of the gate until you get it going

    To me, this boat feels just like the Quantum 124 only with a higher top speed. I like the Quantum, so I like this one as well. Speed compared to my Hobie Revo11, this one a tad slower. But this one doesnt need a rudder to track well. For $250 an absolute bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjeepjk View Post
    Hey tracker, I'm on the fence looking at this for my next yak. How's the weight, Pro or Con?
    Sorry for the late reply. I went with the outback over the Pro Angler to save weight. Its still heavier than other Kayakas I have owned but manageable for me and Im not spring chicken at 67.

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    Lifetime Teton

    Price 320.00
    Sturdy
    Not wide enough to stand
    Tracking is not the best but I have been in worse

    It has a nice Stadium seat that is very comfortable. The back legs of the seat sit in a 1- 1/2 " channel. Lift up the back of the seat and a 2x4 fits perfect in it so I sit up higher.
    I designed a transom that fits in the same channel and sticks out to the side. I attach my trolling motor and positioned my battery in a milk crate, on the opposite side for counter balance. It works great and no paddling until i get close to my fishing area.
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    Decent kayak and sounds like you’ve done a good job with it. That seat is worth gold!

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    Yes it is. I can sit all day with it

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    Vibe Sea Ghost 110 2017

    Pros
    Tracks well
    Lots of room
    COMFORTABLE SEAT
    Came stock with rudder and paddle
    Lots of track for mounting accessories
    Transducer mounts in well with cover.
    Great fishing yak.

    Cons
    About 65 pounds
    Price was $850
    Paddle is not great. Stock is a 230 which is too short for me.

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    Found a nice used FeelFree Lure 10 kayak that we gave our son (Layne) for his birthday in February and it has quickly become his favorite way to fish. (He likes the independence and adventure of calling his own shots and going after fish on his own.) Took just one or two trips for him to really get a feel for it and be comfortable on the water. Nice stable kayak and comfortable to fish out of for extended time on the water. Haven't had it out on the main body of the lake yet, just been staying back in the coves where it is more protected to give him more experience.

    Ran across a good deal on a pair of used Jackson kayaks earlier this spring and finally got to pick them up last week. Both are 12', with the Kilroy being a sit-in model and the Cuda a sit-on for a little higher ride. Got both on the water yesterday just to try them out, but haven't fished out of them yet. Friends have a big black lab that liked going along for the ride in the open cockpit on the Kilroy. The Kilroy is set up to fish, but I need to get some rail mounts and accessories added to the Cuda now.
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    Got out on the water last weekend and had a chance to fish out of the Jackson Kilroy (sit in) kayak for the first time. Layne prefers his Feel Free where he sits up a little higher. I liked the feel of the Kilroy, though, especially with the high/low seat options. Didn't have a lot of gear out on the water, but did like that it could all be down inside the kayak. Didn't use the internal rod storage tubes, but can see where those would be convenient, too. Still have a lot to learn, but slowly getting all three kayaks set up like we want them.
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    "Kids don't remember their best day of television."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proud_Dad View Post
    Got out on the water last weekend and had a chance to fish out of the Jackson Kilroy (sit in) kayak for the first time. Layne prefers his Feel Free where he sits up a little higher. I liked the feel of the Kilroy, though, especially with the high/low seat options. Didn't have a lot of gear out on the water, but did like that it could all be down inside the kayak. Didn't use the internal rod storage tubes, but can see where those would be convenient, too. Still have a lot to learn, but slowly getting all three kayaks set up like we want them.
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    Nice rig! I had a Tripper 12, which is a stripped down Kilroy. I picked up a Bonafide EX123 for a great price and sold the Tripper to a friend. I’m already missing the Tripper and planning to pick up another one, or even better the new Kilroy HD.
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