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Been pondering this question for a while - to the extent of buying a kayak last month ...
I have been hankering over a rib for a few years - only something in the 3 to 4m range with a centre console so I can trailer it around the south coast, jersey and ireland (I have a 4x4 golf v6 which is ample for towing duties) I tend to mostly hit inshore stuff and estuarine waters - nowt going out too far ...

I do like the kayak but find it quite solitary as I tend to like fishing with friends - plus a rib would be more comfortable and I can take non fishing friends out wakeboarding!

The million dollar question is do I keep on with the kayak and spend the cash on guides / charter boats or take the plunge?

Probably tempting myself too much by going to the boat show to check out ribs and alu boats in Jan ...
 

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i bought a kayak this year and its the best thing i ever did im so happy with it i sold my seahog a few weeks ago.with the kayak i can put it into the van and im gone with the boat i needed someone to help me launch it etc.plus we just didnt get the weather again in ireland this year id say i was out in the boat 10 times this year.the thing i love about the kayak is you can get to spots where i could not get before.im really excited about next year im checking new marks out and visualising myself in the kayak and hopefully catching a few bass roll on the spring.
 

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Hi Alex

I fish from a kayak , Prowler 15 . I used to own a Hardy 24 fast fisher I sold it a four years ago and bought the kayak

I've caught more fish from the kayak than i ever got from the boat .. you'll get places in a kayak that you'd never get near in a boat plus you have the added advantage of stealth
 

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I sold my Quicksilver 500 and got a kayak, best thing i ever did, i go out now with 4 or 5 guys who have kayaks so its great fun....summer time, tent and food in the front and just cruse the coast plugging and camping on the beach, totally awesome...

I am going to be taking small groups out for the weekend in the summer months, Going to get dropped off on friday eve and get picked up about 30 miles down the coast on the sunday, camping and plugging, such great fun with a good bunch of guys or women for that fact. :horsesword:
 

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A Jetski?

No stealth approach there then Alex!

I just don't use my Orkney 21 as much as I should, I prefer the kayak TBH.

I fancy a little 5ish meter RIB instead of the Orkney now, but the prices are a bit scary!

We are seeing more and more French ribs coming over to Alderney from France for a days fishing now, their ribs do look the business.
 

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Ahhh - even though some will do 70 knots jetdrives are shallow and quiet ... noisy when you razz it but can get in closer and shallower than a rib and just as fast and reasonably seaworthy ...

Well I am volunteering to test the theory out next year ... pop across to Jersey for lunch? no problem :d
 

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Ahhh - even though some will do 70 knots jetdrives are shallow and quiet ... noisy when you razz it but can get in closer and shallower than a rib and just as fast and reasonably seaworthy ...

Well I am volunteering to test the theory out next year ... pop across to Jersey for lunch? no problem :d
Worth checking out http://www.jetskifishing.co.nz/ if you have'nt already Alex.
Just sold my kayak so and Ive been thinking about this approach for a while verses boat fishing. It does look like it would get you into places boats couldn't, just not sure how noisey they would be ( i do hate the sound of ski's). I suppose they would work on the drift ok. I thought that they would be thristy but according to this site they can be frugal depending on how they're driven
 

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Yup - picked that site up great resource and I know there are alot of PWC fishermen in the Stateside too, its like anything drive it hard be it boat, car or PWC and it will drink; 70 knots to get to a mark could be useful but that is an excess and will beat you up (ever ridden motox? like that but on water!). For me it's logical - it can fit in my garage and I have a few slips near me I can launch from (Thames included). My kayak is great but for a particular mark I need to paddle for an hour plus just to get to where I want to fish :(

Be good to pioneer it in the UK and see how it goes - nothing ventured ... nothing gained as they say!
 

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I have also been thinking about this, not a fan of jet ski's, well normally the inconsiderate people which ride them I haven't done anything about it.

The other concern I had was stability whilst stationary, the jetbike looks good as it sits low in the water as you stop, almost skishing ;)

Be really interested to see how you get on Alex
 

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Phwoarrr, they look great fun!

Really economical too with only a 30Hp motor.
 
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