Originally Posted by schiff
I agree. I don't have a problem with the paddle either. It sits across my lap when not in use. It doesn't get in the way there and is always ready. I like the sit-on-top yak to cover distances when jumping from spot to spot on the lakes I fish.
I also agree, I never have a problem with the paddle either, cover a great distance, stand up paddling for sight fishing, casting and fighting the fish while standing up, even maneuvering the kayak into the open water while fighting a fish by paddling with the left wrist.
Shallow water? No problem, with only 2 or 3 quick stroke you will glide into your spot without disturbing the water below you.
Cargo wise, my Ocean Kayak Trident 13 sit on top can carry everything I need. I could bring my kayak cart along with a rolling gear bag, anchor, GPS fish finder, net, etc. I could bring number of rods in their tubes and place them in the hull.
Going camping? No problem, put your dry bag, sleeping bag, food, tent etc into the front compartment and paddle away.
On a lazy fishing day, I could put 5 Scotty rod holders, rig the spinning setup with nightcrawler or powerbait, anchor down, cast them out and take a nap.