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looking to buy a kayak for marsh fishing around point aux chenes & Madison bay areas. Any recommendations. Looks as though I need to get my own Christmas present from the wife. What accessories do you recommend?? Size kayak? Weight to consider? Red fishing primarily. Other recommendations???? All advice appreciated... Where's the best price???
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   CSG
You should check out http://www.bckfc.org/
Tons of info for beginners and anyone into kayak fishing around South LA.
Good luck.
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Place to purchase I would go to Pack and Paddle in Lafayette or buy a used one off this site. I have several kayaks now and have owned several others. It's a lot of person preference as far as size, shape, style etc.… In my opinion there is no perfect kayak. They all have their pro’s and con’s. I’m just getting into saltwater yakking but I wanted something a little bigger with more storage but still tried to keep the weight down so I went with the Malibu X-Factor and love it. It’s very stable and extra wide this allows me to stand up and fish and I can put a 48 qt ice chest on it. It also has a lot of accessories available that are useful. I have the X-tank live well for it and will soon be getting the X-wing for my lights and GPS/fish finder. In the world of large kayaks its lighter than most and paddles well for its size. When I go into rivers and swamps I use an Ocean Kayak trident. It’s a little lighter and more maneuverable around tree’s and stuff. It’s not quite as stable with a little less storage. If I am just going on a paddle with the kids for site seeing I use an ocean kayak frenzy. Its short, super light, and fun to paddle but has no storage. With any kayak my #1 accessory is the seat! Spend whatever it takes for comfort. I’d rather a cheap kayak with a good seat than a good kayak with a cheap seat.
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   LSUMurse
I'm not sure of your experience with kayaks, so here are some basics:

1) The longer the kayak, the better it will track (go straight when paddling). However, the longer your kayak is, the harder it can be to maneuver, especially in the marsh. I like a 12 foot kayak and I wouldn't go over 14 or under 10.

2) A wider kayak is more stable. It will allow you to stand and sight fish for reds easier. However, it will feel like a tank in the water.

3) The seat can make all the difference. If you're catching fish, you won't notice your butt getting soar, but let the bite slow down and you'll ache in places down there you didn't even know existed. Make sure to sit in a kayak and get a feel for what the seat is like before buying.

Accesories and the like will need to be thought about before buying. I recommend a rudder and an anchor trolly. Try to find a kayak that is rudder ready or has one stock. I made a rudder system for a kayak that didn't come rudder capable and it was a bit of a pain in the butt.

Price is going to be very hit and miss. I recommend buying from a local place, that way we support our own community. Most of them will price match if you find the same thing cheaper online.
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Get a pedal drive. Its worth its weight in gold. I don't care how fit you are. The pedal drives will allow you to go faster, longer, and with less fatigue. Hell last time I was idling out out dock in my boat this dude in a hobie kayak was over taking me. I matched his speed and according to my gps he was doing 7mph!
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   TurtleNO
Demo, demo, demo. Can't stress that enough. I like a lighter kayak that tracks well, I can carry myself and is very stable. There are many good kayaks out there. Mine is a Jackson Coosa HD and I love it. Fish catching machine.
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Ditto the demo suggestion. I have 3 kayaks. My fishing boat is a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. Love that boat. I don't really like to fish in a kayak though. I love to paddle and explore, but I rather fish from a boat. I did see a nice boat called Ascend at Bass pro. Couldn't tell you how it paddles, but it did have some good lines, a great price, and a really nice raised seat. For fishing as said before, it's nice to have a good raised seat. As far as accessories, I think less is more. A milk crate can be customized and strapped down to hold rods and such. I use mainly jigs and tails, so those fit in a small bag. Camel backs keep you hydrated and you can fit your lunch in it. Have fun. Buy a PFD specific to paddling also, and a good paddle.
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Agree with everyone. My wife and I bough a FeelFree Lure fishing Kayaks. Check them out on the website. Super stable and has a standing platform. I dig it. The only thing I wish I did was buy the longest one. Good luck.
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I have a 2015 jackson cuda 12 for sale in great condition with accessories i am selling. give me a text or call at 225 773 9508. Ive only used it like 10 times all to duck hunt and fish in PAC. only selling by i have a boat
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Go check out kckayaks.com I've been on their pro-staff for two years now and fishing out of them since they got started 6 years ago. They're a local kayak company out of Baton Rouge. Very light, stable kayak that drafts about 4 inches of water when loaded down also very very easy to stand and sight fish redfish in. Definitely worth checking out!
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