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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: May 01 2008,06:26

Some of you may have noticed a distinct lack of posting by moi - after maybe 6 years of frequent, fascinating and facile missives.  Here's the deal...

There's only so much to say about kayaking.  Honest.

It's not nuclear science, it's a kayak fer gawds sake.  Kayaks and paddles - and kayak fishing for that matter - have been around for thousands of years, and some of the best designs come from that era, designed out of necessity and proven by effectiveness and survival, not computer analysis.

What you have now are are bunch of marketing mavens - in search of more and growing markets - who have almost no interest in overall performance, but every interest in increasing sales and profits.  Ergo the fat, "stable", high-primary designs created to accomodate accessories, reel-destroying flush mounts, flimsy footrest, a jungle of bungies, clips, hatches, handles - you name it.  A Hilliary Clinton kitchen sink strategy.

All designed to attract the newbie who doesn't have a clue.  And you simply can't overestimate the gullibility of the kayak-naive buying public.  Great all-around designs - like the Scupper Pro - have gone by the wayside to be replaced by the OK Big Pig.  What a joke.  I have covered this trend in great detail.

And there's simply not much more to say.  

You know it's reached the point of information saturation when a sites like KFS actually has over 300,000 posts and a single thread that has been going over a year with over 3,000 posts and 40,000 views alone.  And almost all by the same five or ten posters. A real waste.

The little truly valuable information is buried in monkeyshit.  And I refuse to allow that to happen here.  I've said what needed to be said, all intended to educate and inspire - and I know when to shut up. No dead horses beaten here.

The site will remain, it's all yours now.  I will no longer spent my valuable hours posting "interesting" but nonessential factoids and bits to simply entertain you.  Now I will post from time to time, but only when something truly valuable and new comes along (like a new kayak sail Kayak Jeff allowed me to test), or to answer questions directed to me.

In closing, I have been amazed to find that the number of hits and views have actually increased over the past couple months, and I continue to get email from learning newbies.  So this site continues to have value and will be left up.

It's your resource now if you wish to use it.  You can rest assured many people continue to check it and read it.  Good luck - and here's to our mutual health!!


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phoneman Offline
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Posted: May 21 2008,11:33

Thank you for stating this little site. It was my first introduction to yak fishing and I met some of my friends from this site, keep up the good work or don't, I will stop by from time to time anyway.

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Posted: Aug. 02 2008,11:11

Just noticed this. It was your review of the disco that caused me to get one. Lucky me. I learned in a current designs and owned a kirton inuk. Had I gone with a true 'fishing' kayak, err barge, I would have been really disappointed in performance. I honestly do not know how people carry so much equipment around. The boats must weight a ton. I am fit and still I hate to lift my wet disco onto my car when used to a carbon/kevlar boat. What I am saying is thank you!!! Your careful and considered review was most helpful.
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critterdog Offline
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Posted: Aug. 04 2008,14:26

Jimbo said
---------------------------------------------------All designed to attract the newbie who doesn't have a clue.  And you simply can't overestimate the gullibility of the kayak-naive buying public.  Great all-around designs - like the Scupper Pro - have gone by the wayside to be replaced by the OK Big Pig.  What a joke.  I have covered this trend in great detail.

-----------------------------------------------------------AS advertized disco is for small to medium builds.I don't fit that.I am not a newbe to yaking either.I have a Trident now and still have a Drifter,Malibu II.I take Big Pig as a personal insult. There is no need to insult someone on thier preferences of kayaks,I'm sorry the RTM and Scupper pro isn't for everyone.

 The only Draw back to the Trident are the extra lines on it ,so I took them off.As for the hatches I use every one of them.I take alot of stuff cause I use it.I'm a big guy and don't have a problem paddling or loading it.

  In the last couple of weeks I have had  several Tarpon and a few bull sharks on,only brought one small bull to the yak.If I were in a Disco I would have been swimming in some very unfriendly water.I caught a Lady fish let out a few ft of line to get my other rod ready before I started paddling and a Tarpon well over 100lbs grabbed my bait and came out of the water about 8 ft away,allmost pulled me over.

 I was with someone who caght a Tarpon and it went under his yak fast ,and I saw him have to really keep from being pulled over,as his rod bent under the yak.

 I don't think it is good idea to recommend 1 yak for everyone,I know a few people who were insulted also.Don;t get me wrong RTM's are great for the right people,I'm just not one of them.In his defence ,I'm not your normal fisherman either,I like huge fish and someday it may be the death of me .Knock on wood.

 I still come to this sight for fishing posts as with a few other sights .As for for KFS
florida forum you have to take it for what it is.I think some of the posts are funny as h-;l maybe not fishing related,mostly Hobie bashing and yes it is useally by the same posters.1 or 2 think they are funny but the others are a riot.Comedy relief only

 Capt you have a very good sight and it was the 1st one I logged onto and posted on for a few years.Keep it up,should try a tourny also,the good thing about the internet these days,you can enter a 1 fish in several tournys

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Posted: Aug. 04 2008,16:50

Hey Critter (one of Ft. Lauderdale's great yakfishers)... please, but please don't take anything I say personally.  Actually, I think your Trident is one of OK's more reasonable designs, all considered and especially considering your very large target species.  I'm also a fan of the old OK Drifter as a good design for big guys and/or big game.

The "Big Pig" that I take glee in holding up as an example of "Barges Gone Wild" is OK's ridiculous "Big Game", a kayak that begs - and seems able to accomodate - an electric trolling motor.  Over 70 lbs bare, incredible hull slap, slooooow, lots of windage, waaay oversize tankwell, turbulence creating "stingers", you name it.  A kayak Hilliary Clinton - and her kitchen sink strategy - would love.  A true oinker.

I do think the trend toward hi-primary barges has pretty much run its course.  I believe that OK - noting the rise of the RTM Disco and Tempo/Pro - has brought back probably their best all-time design, the Scupper Pro TW.  I won't say I told ya so, but....

Thanks for the post, my friend...


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