If you are a new or existing member and have joined this forum because you like the idea of fishing from a kayak but have yet to decide on which yak to spend your hard earned on. Then come along to one of our meets. Our members have most of the popular fishing kayaks and are more than welcome to let you have a try (we admin always carry spare PFD's and waterproof gear). It's always best to try a yak first to see if you like it rather than buy one because someone else says its good. If you do decide to come and join us, just drop one of the admin a pm or e-mail before hand and we will give you all the directions etc you will need and also make sure we have someone to welcome you when you arrive.
Hi All, Tim that is a very generous offer and I would take you up on that if I were closer to North Wales. I have had some great advice, a big thank you to Zebra and with his top class advice, I am either going to buy a Malibu Pro Explorer or a Malibu X Factor, as I think they will fit my needs. Anyway It's nice for newbies like myself to get such so much help and advice which is very much appreciated. ATB. Reeco
Hi. The two yaks you are looking at are like chalk+cheese. Both ideal for different situations..Be sure you know what you want. Try to make the meet and try a few yaks. you will probably find something completely different that suits your needs better. Saves wasting a lot of money on something unsuitable. Good luck. Steve
Long, short, narrow, wide, wet ride dry ride, stability, storage. They all have good and bad points. The more you try out the more you will realise how important it is to get i right. When i first started looking i picked out 3 and bought something completely different. I went to an open day at sale marina where you could try hundreds. I bought a manta ray 10. nice yak. now have a prowler 13 angler. longer and quicker. tracks better Good luck Steve
Hi guys! I am new to the forum. I've decided to join the forum after I met some of you at the Canoexpo2008. That's me with you ruffle Manta12 kayak:
I was convinced that the Manta 14 will be my first kayak until I had a go for the first time on a real kayak at the Herefordshire and Borders Canoes and Kayaks shop. Paul Hale(the owner) let me try a Prowler Elite 4.5:
It was very windy and I found it very tippy and difficult to control. I managed to capsize in the cold water. But I didn't give up and in 10 minuets I was paddling it - sort of ;D
Paul gave me to try The Big Game and I found it very stable and easier to paddle and turn.
Paul told me that because of my weight - 112kg The Manta Ray 14 may not be suitable for me. It will sink under me. What do you think? I intend to take you on your kind offer and come to your meets to try the Manta14 before I buy it. Thanks!
The first member of the Bulgarian Kayak fishing club!
Hi degs! That is what I wanted to hear, because I really liked the Manta. On your avatar you are in a Hobie Outback. This is the other model of kayak I consider to buy after trying it, hopefully. How does it compare to the Manta Ray 12?
i have both manta and hobie-they are 2 totaly different yaks. the hobbie is a great yak with the mouldings around the side of the yak being the best design i have seen,the quality of the build is fantastic and the deddle system is amazing-it is so fast with little effort,i am 13st and when in the hobie i feel it can take a much heavyer weight without any problem,it also comes with a rudder system wich also is well thought out-as you can with the turn of a little lever (that is at your fingertips)lift the rudder out of the water so when you are coming in to bech you will not damage it-it also comes with a paddle as standard. my manta is a great yak for me-just my preference thats all great design nice and light and is a fast paddle-not the fastest but faster than a lot of them out there but i look at it as im not in a race,it is a good paddle and tracks very well,can easily be lifted by myself-saying that i put mine in a van ;D not on a roofrack