Duster_BB wrote: ↑Tue May 17, 2022 1:20 pm
Thanks for the recommendations. Of those mentioned here, which ones would be the most stable if I had to stand up?
Here are the one's I'm researching:
WIlderness Tarpon 140
Perception Pescador Pro 12 or 14 if I can find one
Perception Search 15
Ocean Kayak Trident
Hard question to answer without knowing your build and your balance. I've found standing up in a kayak mostly overrated and not necessary. It is nice to stretch the legs once in a while but I get out of the kayak to do that. Standing up sight fishing for reds often results in spooking the fish. In reality many times it is harder to sneak up on a red standing up in a kayak vs sitting down. That said the Pescador 12 will have some good stability for standing. The Profish and the OK Trident would probably be the last ones I would try to stand up in. The Reload doesn't have a flat deck it is sloped to allow your legs to fully rest and makes for a comfortable ride but also makes it hard to stand.
If standing is a requirement you may consider a Wilderness Ride 135. Paddles well and has really good secondary stability. You should be able to stand in it with ease. There's was a Ride 135 on Craigslist (either on the San Antonio or Corpus CL page) for like $550 which is a good price.
If standing isn't a requirement and something you can get used to in a more narrow kayak than the top 2 should work fine. Note the Tarpon 120 & 140 is basically the same hull as the Pescador 12 and 14. Made at the same place. Honestly not sure about standing ability on the Search and Cuda 14.