This is my first fishing kayak and I'm quite impressed. Sitting side-saddle was no problem, and even as a new kayak I was able to stand up on my first time out. I definitely felt a little wobbly, but I think I would have fallen out long before I tipped the kayak - it's decently stable. Whether or not I'll be able to fish while standing is another question, though. Stability usually means less speed though, so know what you're getting. However, I recently went with a friend who had an electric trolling motor on his pontoon boat and I was able to keep up with him on his fastest setting. The dry storage area remained dry even though I purposefully swamped the boat and tried a water entry (which was very easy thanks to the handles!). Also, compared to other kayaks I tried, this one had a lot more leg room, which was important to me since I'm 6'2". Also, at 50 pounds, it was easy for me to load and unload on the top of my SUV. If you fish for long, you may want to order a cushioned seat. This really was the best deal that I found in fishing kayaks. You'll have to spend a lot more to get anything as good or better. I'm very impressed and glad to have a kayak that is made right here in the USA!
Shopped for a year, this is the best for money for fishing. Handles look strong but I'm careful based on other comments. Plug the drain holes under seat and forward of seat or you will get wet sitting down. Should have come with plugs. Very stable but seat back is flimsy and will fold over above the strap on you if you are in the 200 lb range like me. Rod holder nice, don't let it go, I doubt it will float.
This is a good, solid angler kayak. I got it in red which is very hard to find. It is stable and easy to fish from. It works well on rivers and lakes. I like that it only weighs 50 lbs because it makes it easier to carry to and from the water. You don't have to buy one of those expensive kayak carts. It also fits inside my van (barely), so I don't have to hook up a trailer to transport it down to Florida. I'm thinking of getting a second one for my wife and strap the 2nd one on top of the van. That way I can transport two kayaks without having to use a trailer.
I just couldn't justify spending $800 or more on a fishing kayak. I mean they are all made out of the same material (polyethelene) and the fish don't know the difference, right? I got mine on sale ($499) plus shipping ($60) so it came in at less than $560. I'm sure that if I get tired of the sport I can resell it and get most of my $ back.
It is a comfortable ride, but I added a $25 padded seat (bought at a local kayak dealer) and I reinforced the straps on the seat back. I researched this kayak before buying and saw that a couple of people said it was not as comfortable as other (more expensive) kayaks they had tried but I think that is because they had the seat back adjusted wrong. When paddling a kayak you need the seat back angled a little forward. That puts the effort on your core and thigh muscles instead of your shoulders and upper back. I would highly recommend this kayak as a great deal for the price and a good way to get out on the water and start fishing. It is easy to transport this kayak to and from any body of water
I bought this same boat at Sport Authority a few weeks ago... and I LOVE it... It is not built for speed, for sure. It is a bit heavier than many kayaks and has a much broader keel, but this helps the stability... which makes it an awesome fishing kayak. I can quietly go anywhere on the lake and settle in to cast. This is my first kayak, and it is exactly what I always wanted.
Recently bought one of these at a discount store for $199.99. Have used it one time on a 10 mile paddle so far. Very stable, tends to want to go straighter facing backwards in currents. 2 dry hatches are one long well underneath, making it perfect for extra storage space, seeing as I do 2 or 3 day trips.may replace seat and dry hatch covers. They don't seem like they will seal completely at times. Overall, I think this is a great kayak for beginners and anglers. Would highly recommend.
Im no much into reviewing things...but im bored ...so I will keep it simple
-overall: my first kayak and I like it for fishing, but the next will be a faster one.
-Very stable ( I'm 150 lbs ). -Not comfortable for 3, but it works for two. I many single it. -This is not a fast kayak. Not good for covering distances quickly. -great floating diving board for kids (very stable) -I can use it like a paddle board and have spotted fish that way.