Ok, here's my (twenty) two bits.
A long, long time ago I decided to motorize my canoe and take it out to the Chicago lighthouse for those monster jumbos that are hard to get from shore. (that's 1 mile from shore and a 1/2 mile from the tip of Navy Pier). I posted my idea on a fishing forum and got a ton of these as responses.
I thought it through, especially in the event of an emergency or encountering waves. I remembered the disaster at Busse where me and my dad rolled a canoe in some very icy water. We never did get it uprighted and he drank a lot of that water and choked quite a bit. I remembered seeing a grampa and g-kid dump their canoe in fast water on the Fox. They lost everything including their paddle and sat stranded on a small island.
I imagined myself flipped and swamped, maybe sunk a mile from shore and gave up on my hot idea. I decided on a kayak instead and became the first Chicago area kayak fishing guy that I or pretty much anyone else ever heard of. I bought one, geared it up and was out there Aug 1st, the very first day of the season re-opening.
..still a crazy idea for a first fishing trip with zero experience. Many good voyages followed. I got stuck a mile from shore once with huge winds and 5.5 ft waves. (weather was calm with 0.5 ft waves at launch). Landing was a capsize that even my added outriggers couldn't save me from. In a canoe, well, you know what it would have been like. Another time I launched in Waukegan. I raised my outriggers to make better time and unexplanadely rolled it in 35Â° water. Wetsuit was a lifesaver. I made it back to shore, towel dried my hair, switched my coat and paddled out 2.5 miles, shot a video and caught a boat load of perch.
But that was it. After two times in the drink @Lake Michigan, I decided I needed a sit-on-top kayak and picked an Ocean Trident Angler 13. Eleven years later and it's never failed me. It's never sent me for a swim. I don't ever even have to think of staying balanced. Moving forward, I ended up doing things with it I never even conceive like trolling Lake Michigan and night time walleye trolling. So it all depends on what your plans and wishes are, but I have no use for a canoe or sit-in kayak for my fishing and paddling. Up until two years ago, I had never kayakked where the intent is not to go fishing. Now I use mine for exercise too on the Fox or laps on a local pond. Usually I still start out with some fishing, then the laps.
and leash your paddle.
I keep a spare short paddle below deck.
If you get the Tetra, you can open the middle hatch and store one there along with extra rods, gear etc.
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