Buying a Kayak?

Hi 

Thanks for making contact with KAYAKFISH. You came to the right place. Wether buying a new Fishing kayak from KAYAKFISH or used one from anyone.

There is a lot of information to enquire about before buying just any fishing kayak.

Most Importantly are you speaking to the right people for that advice.(People with years experience on the water. not just anyone owning kayaks but actual time spent at sea (sea hours) and pictures and videos of experiences to back it up.

When choosing a kayak, its’s best to base your decision on which model kayak for fishing at the spots you will be fishing 99% of the time. 

UNDERSTAND WHERE AND WHAT U HOPE TO GET OUT OF THIS NEXT PURCHASE:
 
  1. Are you buying the kayak for mainly fishing or paddling or surfing waves? or a bit of everything? (NB – you can’t have the best of all worlds unfortunately. But you can get damn close with a Stealth Surf Fisha 470 or a Stealth supalite BFS. 
  2. Where are you going to be kayaking mostly? Are you doing long or short distance paddles most of the time, or both?
    If you are not doing long distance often and you are prepared to suck it up and spend a few more minutes catching up with the faster kayaks when necessary then maybe look at something more versatile than just fast.
  3. What is your budget? kayaks range from 15-19K
  4. There are used Kayaks around for between 6K-13K. (We sometimes have used ski’s available)
  5. Can your store a 5m+ kayak and do you have roof racks
  6. Bear in mind if u are starting out u need something stable and not just sexy and fast.

“At Kayakfish we all have a passion for Kayak Fishing! We all have tried most fishing kayaks and in our opinion Stealth is currently the best brand to go for. Other brands have come and gone whilst Stealth keeps on evolving their ski’s.Stealth is the only brand that has numerous models ski’s to suit all types of Kayak Fisherman and ski level. The brand is so popular that even used ski’s get snapped up quickly by budget conscious individuals, looking for a great start. Our Passion for the sport far outways the brand for us however. If something new becomes available that is a better platform to fish off, KAYAKFISH would market that product too.

But dont take our word for it, ask almost anyone what is the top selling brand of fishing kayak. Also the brand choice of 99% of kayak fisherman around.

Quick compare –  see below or follow this link http://stealthkayaks.co.za/compare-kayaks/

This information below is from our personal experience and not influenced by anything else other than that…

Surf Fisha 470 

http://stealthkayaks.co.za/kayak-range/fishing/surf-fisha/surf-fisha-470/

walkthrough video – Surf Fisha Walkthrough Video

scores:

  • Experience vs min/max weight
  • complete novice (no paddling experience) = 40 -90kg
  • rookie  (some  paddling experience) = 90-100kg)
  • experienced (2or more years paddling experience )=  100kg+
  • surfing waves 10/10 
  • stable  9/10
  • inshore fishing(wave environments)  9/10
  • 20m+ depth offshore fishing 9/10
  • trawling 8/10
  • maneuverability  9/10
  • surface noise 7/10
  • weight  9/10
  • speed 7/10
  • gliding ability 8/10

Fisha 460 
 http://stealthkayaks.co.za/kayak-range/fishing/fisha/fisha-460/

walkthrough video – Fisha Walkthrough Video

scores

  • Experience vs min/max weight
  • complete novice (no paddling experience) = 50-70kg)
  • rookie  (some  paddling experience) = 80-90kg)
  • not recommended for someone over 90KG
  • surfing waves 6/10 
  • stable  7/10
  • inshore fishing (wave environments)  7/10
  • 20m+ depth offshore fishing 9/10
  • trawling 8.5/10
  • maneuverability  8/10
  • surface noise 9/10
  • weight  9/10
  • speed 9/10
  • gliding ability 9/10

Fisha 500

http://stealthkayaks.co.za/kayak-range/fishing/fisha/fisha-500/

walkthrough video – Fisha Walkthrough Video

scores:

  • Experience vs min/max weight
  • complete novice(no paddling experience) = 50-90kg)
  • rookie  (some  paddling experience) = 90-100kg)
  • experienced(2or more years paddling experience )=  100kg+)
  • surfing waves 6/10 
  • stable  10/10
  • inshore fishing (wave environments)  7/10
  • 20m+ depth offshore fishing 9/10
  • trawling 9/10
  • maneuverability  8/10
  • surface noise 9/10
  • weight  9/10
  • speed 9/10
  • gliding ability 9/10

Pro Fisha 475 

 http://stealthkayaks.co.za/kayak-range/fishing/profisha/475/profisha-475/

walkthrough video – Stealth Pro Fisha 475

scores:

  • Experience vs min/max weight
  • complete novice (no paddling experience) = 40-55kg
  • rookie  (some  paddling experience) = 60-80kg)
  • experienced (2or more years paddling experience )=  around 100kg+ but not advisable.
  • surfing waves 6/10 
  • stable  6/10
  • inshore fishing(wave environments)  5/10
  • 20m+ depth offshore fishing  9/10
  • trawling 10/10
  • maneuverability  7/10
  • surface noise 10/10
  • weight  10/10
  • speed 10/10
  • gliding ability 10/10

Pro Fisha 525

 http://stealthkayaks.co.za/kayak-range/fishing/profisha/profisha-525/

walkthrough video – Stealth Profisha 525 re-entry drill

scores:

  • Experience vs min/max weight
  • complete novice(no paddling experience) =  40 -70kg but not recommended
  • rookie  (some  paddling experience) = (70kg – 100kg)
  • experienced(2or more years paddling experience )=  110kg+
  • surfing waves 5/10 
  • stable  7/10
  • inshore fishing(wave environments)  5/10
  • 20m+ depth offshore fishing  9/10
  • trawling 10/10
  • maneuverability  6/10
  • surface noise 10/10
  • weight  10/10
  • speed 10/10
  • gliding ability 10/10

Pro Fisha 575

http://stealthkayaks.co.za/kayak-range/fishing/profisha/profisha-575/

 walkthrough video – Stealth Kayaks ProFisha 575 Review | final Paddleguy.com

Stealth Pro Fisha 575

scores:

  • Experience vs min/max weight
  • complete novice(no paddling experience) =  not recommended
  • rookie  (some  paddling experience) =  not recommended
  • experienced(2or more years paddling experience )=  60 -100kg+
  • surfing waves 4/10 
  • stable  6/10
  •  inshore fishing(wave environments)  5/10
  • Offshore fishing  10/10
  • trawling 10/10
  • maneuverability  6/10
  • surface noise 10/10
  • weight  10/10
  • speed 10/10
  • gliding ability 10/10

NB! should u want to order any new Kayak / REEF gear & wetsuits / kayaking gear/ Fish finders and Roof racks or RailBlaza products, KAYKFISH are agents for many brands and have great prices on all! (should you find it cheaper elsewhere we will either match or beat any written quote. (terms and conditions apply)

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Any other info or advice needed we are always happy to help!