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fishn2huntn

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Thinking about getting a new fishing kayak.  Looking at the vibe seaghost, nucanoe frontier, bonafide ss127.  I am looking for thoughts, recommendations, experiences.  I like the fact that the chair rotates on the nucanoe.  I think I would like to stand and fish a bunch as well.  Probably be using on the Greenbrier and the New.  

Thanks in advance.

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My lady has the vibe seaghost 120... had I seen it in person before I bought my coosa HD, I’d have bought the vibe... many guys in here use the vibe... it gets my vote.
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fishn2huntn

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price definitely makes it a strong contender.  a lot of kayak for the money
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Purchased the Vibe Yellowfin for my wife last year.
Excellent little boat. Great layout for fishing and handles my weight fine as well

I'm  a die hard canoe guy but if I were to buy myself a kayak, Vibe would be at the
front of the line.

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Honestly, they don’t make a bad kayak these days so you’ll be fine in whatever you get. If you can try any out, highly suggest doing that just to see which fits you best. They’ll all be fine stability wise there will just be differences in speed, tracking, setup/layout, etc.

I personally like and own a couple Vibes, getting ready to get another this spring, most likely. They are the best bang for the buck in my opinion but the others make a good boat too.

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While researching take note of the yak’s weight. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, loading and unloading on/in/behind a vehicle. Second, getting to and from the water over steep rough terrain. Another area and you mentioned it already is the seat. Make sure it has good reviews.
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I got a 10 ft. Journey kayak for my birthday.  I like it fine but it had no seat, only the padded back, There are two holes directly under where you sit where water comes in.   Can you purchase a seat for this kayak.  I have looked in Dunhams, Walmart, and Dicks and none have them?
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fishn2huntn

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Just found out the fella in Winfield( Gunthers Logo and Yak Shack) carries Nucanoe, Bonafide and Wilderness Systems.  Gonna arrange some test drives and then get with Brookie to drive the Vibe and then I can make a decision.

Also checked out the place in Poca that has Jacksons and Hobies.  Wasn't too happy with them at this point.
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Originally Posted by fishn2huntn
Just found out the fella in Winfield( Gunthers Logo and Yak Shack) carries Nucanoe, Bonafide and Wilderness Systems.  Gonna arrange some test drives and then get with Brookie to drive the Vibe and then I can make a decision.

Also checked out the place in Poca that has Jacksons and Hobies.  Wasn't too happy with them at this point.


I know the owner Jeremy personally in Poca... if there is anything about his shop or the people working there that you didn't like, I'm sure he would get it fixed for you... I have known Jeremy since 1997...
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fishn2huntn

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No it is nothing personal.  The little girl behind the counter didn't seem to be able to answer many questions.  Nice shop though.  Will definitely be back for some of his Zman stuff.
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I'd say it was a high school helper or something...
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slimpickens

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Not to high-jack the thread, but what do you like more about a fishing kayak than a one-man canoe?  Tracks better?  Closable compartments? 
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Not to high-jack the thread, but what do you like more about a fishing kayak than a one-man canoe?  Tracks better?  Closable compartments? 


I’m really a canoe guy... have a Coosa HD... love it... I like the fact that fishing kayaks are designed for fishing and that’s it... they are stable, designed around a person fishing, allow for some storage, integration of fish finders, rods, boxes, bags, accessories, etc... they are just fishing machines... I’d like a nice one person 15’ swift canoe... just to paddle... there is nothing better than paddling... I really do love it.
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They make canoe/kayak hybrids like the Wilderness Systems Commander. It’s a nice looking boat.

One reason I like my kayak (Coosa HD) is that the scupper holes drain the water. In a canoe, the water accumulates until you bail it out. And the kayaks, like Bum said, are just made for fishing. There are places specifically designed for your rod and fishing tackle.
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I’m a bit late posting in this topic but I’ve got hands on experience with 2 of the 3 kayaks that you specifically mentioned. As the owner of a Frontier 12, I can say that you absolutely cannot go wrong with anything Nucanoe. They make an exceptional product. And if you are a bigger fella like myself (5’11” - 315lbs) then it’s stability you are after and no one does it like Nucanoe. Standing up is a breeze on the F12. As for accessories, if you’re looking at Nucanoe then you already know that it’s loaded. The Nucanoe 360 seat is killer. It’s super comfy and being able to swivel around is an extremely valuable asset. Both sizes of the Frontier are awesome and the Pursuit is super cool as well (just a little long imo). The F12 tracks exceptionally well (because of it’s length) so that makes life a little easier. My wife even has a Nucanoe Classic that we’ve rigged up with some accessories including a super comfy bass boat seat and hell it’s just as good as any kayak out there and it cost less than half of my Frontier. Also the new Nucanoe Flint looks like an amazing value of a boat.
A good friend of mine bought himself a Sea Ghost 110 last year in the spring and we fished together several times. It’s a great boat thats super fast, tracks great, it’s loaded with accessories and has a very nice seat. The Ascend seat might not swivel 360 degrees but it’s comfortable as all get out. The Sea Ghost is a super light boat too, which is always a plus. After a long day of fishing carrying a heavy kayak up a bank can really suck. That leads me to my personal only negative about the Nucanoe Frontier, I’m not complaining but it’s a heavy boat. I think the F12 comes in at 69lbs empty. But hell, it’s never empty so we’re generally talking probably close to 90lbs or so with the seat in and your blackpak plus whatever you might have in the hatch.. It’s not so hard that I can’t load/unload alone, but having a buddy there to help you out is very valuable. The weight of the F12 isn’t nearly enough to make me regret buying a Nucanoe though, it’s gonna take a lot more than just that. One thing to note with these two boats in particular is that the boat width does and will play into your paddle selection. Where the Nucanoe is 41” wide you will be better off with the Nucanoe 160-180cm extendable paddle. I tried several other paddles but due to the boat width, I was staying wet all the time and it wasn’t because of a bad paddle stroke technique. Since I bought the Nucanoe paddle I stay as dry as a bone. The Sea Ghost isn’t as wide so it’s a little more forgiving, allowin you to choose frok a wider variety of paddles but depending on your heighth - you’ll still want to stick around that 160cm mark imo. Both the Frontier and the Sea Ghost are fantastic boats and I can guarantee that you’ll love either one. You should try to test them both out before you make a purchase. I’m not sure if we have any Sea Ghost dealers locally. My friend bought his online from a place out of Louisiana and they shipped up to his place in Logan via freight...for free! I bought my Nucanoe from Sammy Pugh at New River Trophy Outfitters as he is a full line Nucanoe dealer and a member of their Pro-staff team. They are located right off the Sandstone exit just east of Beckley. He has everything Nucanoe and if for some weird reason he doesn’t have what you need, he’ll get it for you fast. AND he offers demos of any/all Nucanoe products. The New River is literally right beside the store so it’s easy as pie to demo a boat in the nice calm Sandstone pool. Call Sammy at 304-575-2918 or swing by the store and check it all out. I hope I was able to provide some insight. Best of luck in your decision. If there are any other specific questions that you need help with please feel free to reach out to me.

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Does anyone have an opinion on the cabelas angler 120 fishing kayak.
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Originally Posted by mesaray
I’m a bit late posting in this topic but I’ve got hands on experience with 2 of the 3 kayaks that you specifically mentioned. As the owner of a Frontier 12, I can say that you absolutely cannot go wrong with anything Nucanoe. They make an exceptional product. And if you are a bigger fella like myself (5’11” - 315lbs) then it’s stability you are after and no one does it like Nucanoe. Standing up is a breeze on the F12. As for accessories, if you’re looking at Nucanoe then you already know that it’s loaded. The Nucanoe 360 seat is killer. It’s super comfy and being able to swivel around is an extremely valuable asset. Both sizes of the Frontier are awesome and the Pursuit is super cool as well (just a little long imo). The F12 tracks exceptionally well (because of it’s length) so that makes life a little easier. My wife even has a Nucanoe Classic that we’ve rigged up with some accessories including a super comfy bass boat seat and hell it’s just as good as any kayak out there and it cost less than half of my Frontier. Also the new Nucanoe Flint looks like an amazing value of a boat. A good friend of mine bought himself a Sea Ghost 110 last year in the spring and we fished together several times. It’s a great boat thats super fast, tracks great, it’s loaded with accessories and has a very nice seat. The Ascend seat might not swivel 360 degrees but it’s comfortable as all get out. The Sea Ghost is a super light boat too, which is always a plus. After a long day of fishing carrying a heavy kayak up a bank can really suck. That leads me to my personal only negative about the Nucanoe Frontier, I’m not complaining but it’s a heavy boat. I think the F12 comes in at 69lbs empty. But hell, it’s never empty so we’re generally talking probably close to 90lbs or so with the seat in and your blackpak plus whatever you might have in the hatch.. It’s not so hard that I can’t load/unload alone, but having a buddy there to help you out is very valuable. The weight of the F12 isn’t nearly enough to make me regret buying a Nucanoe though, it’s gonna take a lot more than just that. One thing to note with these two boats in particular is that the boat width does and will play into your paddle selection. Where the Nucanoe is 41” wide you will be better off with the Nucanoe 160-180cm extendable paddle. I tried several other paddles but due to the boat width, I was staying wet all the time and it wasn’t because of a bad paddle stroke technique. Since I bought the Nucanoe paddle I stay as dry as a bone. The Sea Ghost isn’t as wide so it’s a little more forgiving, allowin you to choose frok a wider variety of paddles but depending on your heighth - you’ll still want to stick around that 160cm mark imo. Both the Frontier and the Sea Ghost are fantastic boats and I can guarantee that you’ll love either one. You should try to test them both out before you make a purchase. I’m not sure if we have any Sea Ghost dealers locally. My friend bought his online from a place out of Louisiana and they shipped up to his place in Logan via freight...for free! I bought my Nucanoe from Sammy Pugh at New River Trophy Outfitters as he is a full line Nucanoe dealer and a member of their Pro-staff team. They are located right off the Sandstone exit just east of Beckley. He has everything Nucanoe and if for some weird reason he doesn’t have what you need, he’ll get it for you fast. AND he offers demos of any/all Nucanoe products. The New River is literally right beside the store so it’s easy as pie to demo a boat in the nice calm Sandstone pool. Call Sammy at 304-575-2918 or swing by the store and check it all out. I hope I was able to provide some insight. Best of luck in your decision. If there are any other specific questions that you need help with please feel free to reach out to me. Tight lines!


If you need a Nucanoe dealer up north, stop by Sportsman Emporium, Greenbag Road, Morgantown.  He can let you demo at his place on Cheat Lake.  Great folks!

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fishn2huntn

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Thanks for the info guys.  I plan on trying out some of the nucanoes and the bonafide this weekend.  I will either try Brookies vibe or go to Bobs up the creek soon.
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I'm partial to Vibe, it's hard to beat their price, the Owner's Group page, and customer service if you would ever need it.  Their seat is crazy comfortable and it's very stable even for the big guys.
When I purchased my kayak I ended up buying a new life jacket (NRS Chinook), and some other accessories so that is something to consider also if you are factoring heavily on price.  You are welcome to demo my SG130 as mentioned. It tracks well and isn't a barge. The 110 may be ideal for you though.

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Anyone have any experience with the Ocean Kayak Prowlers?  

https://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/angler_kayaks/prowler_13_angler/

There's a good deal on one nearby me, wondering if anyone had any input.  
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fishn2huntn

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Might finally get out to test some kayaks this weekend.  Tough decision.  One nucanoe/bonafide or 2 vibes.

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Anyone have any experience with the Ocean Kayak Prowlers?  

https://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/angler_kayaks/prowler_13_angler/

There's a good deal on one nearby me, wondering if anyone had any input.  


Good boats. Personally I wouldn’t buy a fishing kayak without one of the new elevated seat systems. It’s hard to overestimate how much more comfortable they are - especially if you are going to fish for more than a couple of hours.
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I had an older Ocean Kayak 10'. Very comfortable, stable and maneuverable. Items were easy to reach and it did well on class 1-2 water. Never had it on 3 and don't think I'd want to.
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I was in the Sportsman Emporium in Morgantown a week ago and they were carrying a new brand of fishing kayak.  I didn't recognize the name and can't remember it.  But the kayak is competing with Jackson Coosas and the like (similar price).  I have a Jackson Coosa HD.  And if I had seen this when I was in the market for a new kayak, I would have purchased this instead of a Jackson Coosa HD.  Everything on it was top quality and well thought out for a fisherman.  It looked to be 11.5-12.0 feet and I think Brent aid it weighed about 70 pounds.  Excellent seats, hatches, etc.

If you are in or around Morgantown, you might want to check it out.
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Good boats. Personally I wouldn’t buy a fishing kayak without one of the new elevated seat systems. It’s hard to overestimate how much more comfortable they are - especially if you are going to fish for more than a couple of hours.


This ^^^^^

My wife said she didn't need one of those seats when we bought her WS Ride 115 two years ago.  She thought we were saving $ by getting one with an older version seat.  Guess what...   She asked for a new WS aftermarket seat for Christmas this past year.  It was somewhere between $200-$300.  Bite the bullet and get one with a good seat from the start.
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Found out last week that Barboursville was getting a Vibe dealer (Rich Outdoors) by Ben from MSKA . Confirmed it tonight on the vibe site.  Should have them in the next week or two.

Great news for me because i wanted to demo the kayaks that I was interested in.  
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Found out last week that Barboursville was getting a Vibe dealer (Rich Outdoors) by Ben from MSKA . Confirmed it tonight on the vibe site.  Should have them in the next week or two.

Great news for me because i wanted to demo the kayaks that I was interested in.  


And to think we drove 5 hours to get my wife's Yellowfin.

Could have waited a year and driven 5 minutes. [crazy]

Rich is actually stepping up their game and carrying some nice fishing gear.

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We drove up above Pittsburgh last summer to buy Emma's Sea Ghost... dollar for dollar I think her Kayak is the best value in kayak fishing... I love my Coosa HD... but at almost 1,000 dollars more, she got a way better value.
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fishn2huntn

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Went and demo'd the frontier 12 and bonafide ss127 on Friday and looked at the vibe sea ghost on Saturday.  Couldn't demo the Vibe, they don't have demos yet.  The vibe  is a very nice boat and will probably get one for my boys.

Even though the frontier is one of the widest boats going, I found it a little tipy.  I'm going with the Bonafide and will pick it up on Friday.  When I figure out how to post pics again, I will post a pic of it.

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Congrats... The Bonafide was the kayak I referred to in my post above, although I couldn't remember the name.  That's an awesome kayak.
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