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Want to get into "Yaking", have questions.

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Ive been living on the island for most of my teenb years up until now. Due to lack of funds i have been fishing mainyl from shore, magnolia pier, surf fishing long beach, and various places on the south shore. I want to get into kayaking but have some questions first. First off how much is a kayak going to cost me to get ourfitted with everything i need for safety and to fish? I would be looking for one of the most stable models as i dont feel like taking a dunk. Where do you store your equipment on these things? IS there as baggage compartment or something? Also where do the rods go? Are custom mounts needed to be created? How far does one travel from his launch site? Are you guys paddling out several miles or staying in the general vicinity of the place you launch? I would mostly fish reynolds channel. probably the back swampy areas using light tackle with bucktails or a fly fishing setup, not sure yet. Also, any tips you could provide to me in addition to the questions i have posted would be greatly appreciated. I have read posts from the last few weeks and i can see this is the next step for me to enhance the fish i catch and to make the day more fun. Also Where are the dealers? I am in Franklin Square by the way so is here any close to me, in the long beack, island park area? Please email me or post pics of your setups as well. I can be reached by replying here or emailing me at [email protected]

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I bought my Ocean Kayak Drifter from Empire Kayak at a real low price because it was in the fall season. At this time of year it will be very hard for you to get a good bargain on any kayak. Its prime kayak season now. So expect to pay between 700-1000$ on a kayak with all the safety and fishing accessories you'll need. Things you'll need to get with the kayak are: paddle,paddle leash,STS fishing seat(best kayak seat around),PFD(a must),kayak carrier(for the car),dry bag and a first aid kit. Then you could include or add these on at latter time: Kayak cart,paddle clips,drift sock,anchor 3lb,rod holders,fish finder,cold weather wear and you can make your own rod/reel and gear leashes. Theres a whole lot more I could add but thats another story.
But before you go out and buy a kayak try a few of them out before you make a decision. Heres a small list of some to try before you buy.

Cobra Fish n Dive
OK Scupper Pro TW
OK Scrambler XT
OK Drifter
WS Tarpon
WS Ride

Good luck with your search.

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