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    How worth it is an upgrade to a pedal yak? - 26 Feb, 2021

    Pretty much what the title says. I've been fishing on and off out of a Hobie Kona sit on top paddle yak for a while now, but recently I've been getting much more into it. I have a good bit of money to spend on fishing at the moment (compared to previous years at least), and was thinking of buying and rigging a used pedal yak, since it seems like such an enormous bonus to be able to fish and move with your hands free most of the time. 

    I don't mind shelling out $1000 or more to buy and rig a decent vessel, but before I do that I wanted to make sure I wasn't getting overly excited. Is the upgrade worth the price? Curious to hear all opinions. Would mostly be using this to fish Sarasota Bay and some connected creeks/bayous/canals, but I might take it off the beaches for some nearshore mackerel or tarpon action if the weather is kind.