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Old 05-20-2016, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Economy Tackle/Dolphin Paddlesports - Kayak Classes

looks like they have an intro class and demo days as well as sell used kayaks....thanks again for the tip
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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You can find used quality brands on Craigslist and websites dedicated to kayak fishing. I've had a few Ocean Kayaks and friends were pretty happy with their Wilderness Systems kayaks.

You are right, though, that the quality brands tend to hold their value best but basically they are just plastic boats so I wouldn't automatically dismiss the less expensive ones. I've almost sold mine a couple of times but I can't stand the idea of giving it up! People customize them for fishing and it can get ridiculous. I do have a rudder on mine, which I like, but it adds a bunch of weight.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:04 AM
 
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Dicks sporting goods just started their boat sale.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Key Biscayne in Miami. Go to bear cut preserve, go see the Half Moon shipwreck. It's something I always wanted to do. I have never kayaked before but I plan to next month in Minnesota. I have cousins who kayak and Key Biscayne and Oleta park is where they go.
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Experienced kayakers: do you have a GPS system or use your phone to navigate? Big concern is getting lost.....guess better stay on the "beaten paths" to keep from getting lost.
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You can find used quality brands on Craigslist and websites dedicated to kayak fishing. I've had a few Ocean Kayaks and friends were pretty happy with their Wilderness Systems kayaks.

You are right, though, that the quality brands tend to hold their value best but basically they are just plastic boats so I wouldn't automatically dismiss the less expensive ones. I've almost sold mine a couple of times but I can't stand the idea of giving it up! People customize them for fishing and it can get ridiculous. I do have a rudder on mine, which I like, but it adds a bunch of weight.
Looked at a new Ocean Kayak today.....have a call out to Cragslist seller on a Wilderness System......hopefully I'll get a call back and be able to pick it up quickly if available.
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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I used to use a Garmin walkie that also had a GPS mapping ability. I know other people don't use them but, if you are going to fish where there are islands, little coves, big coves, etc., I recommend it. Until you get to know an area VERY well, it's easy for one shoreline to look like another and you can get lost. If you can mark your launch point on your phone app, that is the most important thing.

A good paddle that fits you is worth the expense and a good seat that provides support is worth even more.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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okay -thanks for the tips....probably will upgrade both paddle/seat whichever kayak I pick up
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:24 AM
 
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Appreciate all this info! It will be my first purchase once settled in for a few months.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I was just out today in Hillsborough Bay.......very delightful. ......and I rarely use the word delightful.
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