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Kayak for duck hunting sloughs

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  1. calling4life

    calling4life Elite Refuge Member

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    I use a beavertail final attack, you could run it with a little outboard too, I pad fish for largemouth out of it, musky fish, pike fish and so on, and I don't have what I'd call good balance, but I fish standing.

    My little 1971 3 1/2hp Montgomery ward got 10 or so mph one day (call it 7-8 normally), but my normal motor is a '98 evinrude 2 stroke 8hp which is probably overkill for what you're doing. I have a motor bracket that allows me to lift the motor too, I can run with the skeg of that 8hp at/above the bottom of the boat, she runs insanely shallow.

    Anyways, certainly more stable than kayaks. Got mine on sale when cabelas had them for like $250.

    Otherwise, something like the four rivers SOBADS would be a safer option
     
  2. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Those are cool little boats. I used to have a Stealth 2000. They are more stable than a kayak, for sure! Downside is, paddling a barge would be easier. They just want to go straight. I ran an 2.7HP air cooled motor on the 2000.
     
  3. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    I have a 10 foot cheapie, and a 14 foot predator. Although it sounds big, it is very versatile, and the ability to hold lots of equipment makes that 14 footer my go-to kayak, for anything from potholes to lakes. It paddles a lot nicer than the 10 foot, and there is no problem with storage. It is deep enough to use a layout in the flooded fields as well. Check the used market and see if you can find one . They did make an 11 foot version as well. Old Towne Predator.
     
  4. BDavis

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    E402F8D6-A5A5-4112-A891-C9836AC3576B.jpeg I use an Emotion renegade XT . It’s a 10 ft sit on top and is very stable. I probably overload it but have never felt uncomfortable in it. It’s usually me in waders, blind bag, gun, and a decoy bag with about 18 dekes. Sometimes I’ll tow a jet sled with it too. It’s a light kayak so it’s easy to drag around, downside is it does not have much of keel and tracks poorly. Have used it for the past three years and it’s been good so far.
     
  5. noweil

    noweil Elite Refuge Member

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    The 10' aqua pod and the 14' Predator are both great advice. I personally feel that 9.5-10' boats are childerns toys. Maybe in a boat that small you need a sit on top. In a 14' predator sit inside you have a wide open cockpit. You can haul decoys, dog, 5 gallon bucket, and your gun.
     
  6. tcc

    tcc Elite Refuge Member

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    How about a canoe? I've got a 15' square back Grumman and while I haven't hunted out of it yet it's pretty stable, carries a load well, and fairly easy to paddle.
     
  7. Uncle Fuzzy

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    This might be of interest to you guys. My son and I built a couple of them for hunting in "short grass" sloughs. They are just under 8 ft long and will carry meat 230 lb plus a dog and decoys, gun, and other necessities. Weights about 60 lbs and moves real well with a trolling motor. I can provide details of construction if any one is interested. Boat 050.jpg Boat 049.jpg
     
  8. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    Did you tape joints on these boats are just fasteners and glue?
     
  9. Uncle Fuzzy

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    Epoxy glue the joints and then coat the whole thing with epoxy.
     
  10. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    Is hull stich & glue?
     

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