David0408 wrote:Hey guys,
I think I have my first kayak purchase down to two Old Town choices. The first, the Old Town Sportsman 120 PDL and the Salty 120 PDL. Very similar yaks. The sportsman has a lower profile bow. The Salty has a high bow to handle larger waves. The Salty is $300 cheaper, which means something as I’ll be buying two. I’ll fish fresh water way more than saltwater. Any ideas as to the better option? I’m leaning Salty.
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I have the sportsman and absolutely love it, I think for freshwater the sportsman definitely outshines the salty. That is if you put a high priority on stability. I fish mine standing and drifting quite often in winds up to 15 mph with no issue. There’s no way you’re doing that in a salty. The advantages the salty has is it’s extremely nimble and quick, so if those are high on your priority list go with the salty. I had the same dilemma when deciding on my kayak, but I know I made the right choice for my style of fishing now. I use it in the marsh and it performs decent, a Hobie definitely has the edge here as it can go shallower with more ease, but it’s also much more expensive. The sportsman can peddle in 1ft of water no problem. I will say the turning radius and responsiveness is not great on the sportsman but gets the job done. Hope this helps
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