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I'm looking at getting into kayak fishing. Anyone have any experience with a Pelican Icon kayak? Would it be good for a beginner or is it something that I would be looking to upgrade from right away? Any suggestions appreciated.
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i fish from a 14 ft pelican. its my first one and im overall happy with it. i dont see the need to upgrade right now. i have taken it off shore in texas and i fish the marshes here. (im from TX stationed here). i can sit side sadle in it and stand up without worry. i hope this helped.
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   FAFishing
Thanks for the input. What are the must have items for rigging it?
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   Yak-a-Lou
* PFD - preferably worn. Cannot be stored where you cannot access it easily.

* A white light that's visible for one mile on a dark, clear night if you're going to be on the water before legal sunrise or after legal sunset. A LED flashlight is sufficient for legal requirements. Suggest water proof. Water resistant is usually okay for a year or three. Headlamps with white and red options are popular.

Those are your two legal required pieces of equipment in La.

Strongly suggest you add a whistle to your PFD.

As to rigging…

I always did most of my rigging on my milk crate. Stop at 3-5 stores and ask if you can have a milk crate. Someone will give you one. Add to it: A PVC rod holder that holds three rods. You can zip-tie it to the crate. I cast right handed so I like my spare rods angled back and off the port side so as to reduce the chance of snagging one on a back-cast. You can make your own PVC rod holders if you so desire. (I don't like the built in rod holders when fishing salt water. Eventually a wave or wake will wash over your reel(s). Use PVC to make rod holder extensions. Keep your reels high and dry.

Some folks use an ice chest instead of a milk crate. If you do, move the hinges so it opens sideways. You can mount a triple rod holder on the side of an ice chest too. Use all stainless hardware including fender washers. Add Marine GOOP to each screw or bolt before inserting them into or through the ice chest.

You can add another piece of PVC to hold:
* lip gripper
* hook remover / pliers
* safety flag (orange bandana on a piece of bamboo)

My landing net (w/ float attached) lives in my starboard side built in rod holder. No extension needed since I hope to get it wet many times each day.

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   FAFishing
Thanks for the response Yak a lou. I will definitly use these ideas. Hopefully, I will be rigged up and fishing soon.
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   NOLAJim
I have the Perseption Sport Pescador 12. I have been very happy with it. It tracks really well and is pretty smooth in the water. I would definitely reccommend it for a first yak. The only problem with the Pelican brand is that they are made from two separate pieces of plastic instead of one molded piece. If you ever get any separation between the two pieces you will sink very quickly. The Perception is only a little bit more and also sold at Acadamy Sports. Good luck.
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   niteboy82
I bought 2 of the 12 foot Perception Sport models from Academy and am very pleased with my purchase. The only thing I have not attempted yet is standing in them, but otherwise I find that they track well and seem to be very solid.
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   FAFishing
Thanks for all of your input thusfar. I stopped by Bass Pro today and saw the 2014 Ascend FS12T. It looks like a really nice rig for the price ($549). Anyone fish out of one or have opinions?
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