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skunkified
02-04-2012, 11:15 PM
First let me say that Skip at Pack and Paddle was the most incredible salesman ive ever met! i really like that they know that they are talking about.

When i got there, they had 3 colors. I didnt like any of them really. I wanted the slate or blue. I was told they were waiting for a shipment and it would be any day now. I was thinking id have to pay for it and go get it when it came in...not the case. The truck backed in just as we went to look at the demo boat which was slate. I helped them unload the 6 cudas including the only slate in that shipmen which is the one i bought.
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After paying for it they began the task of rigging up the "choupique" anchor system that they highly recommended over an anchor trolley. If i remember correctly they only rig boats on Tuesdays and Thursdays but since i drove from Baton Rouge, they rigged it for me the day i bought it. Outstanding customer service! 7706


First impressions- I love this yak! It blows my old ascend right out of the water. Its faster, tracks better and is way more stable. I took it to the Lsu lakes just to see how i was gonna set it all up when it came time to fish. It feels really good to have such a great kayak! I feel more confident in it which will hopefully take my mind off of dodging boat wakes and put it on fishing.

I do have to say that standing up in it will take some getting used too especially for fluffy people like me.

For all you guys new to kayak fishing, coming from a new guy, it really is worth saving the extra money to get a better kayak like a jackson, native, wilderness Systems, or even i guess a Hobie if youre really desperate.

Here are some pics from today. I'll add more to the review as i use the cuda more.

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trout25red
02-05-2012, 03:51 AM
"choupique" anchor system?

skunkified
02-05-2012, 05:09 AM
"choupique" anchor system?

jacksonkayak.com/blog/2012/01/16/a-different-way-to-rig-your-anchors/

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Biggie
02-05-2012, 06:04 AM
For all you guys new to kayak fishing, coming from a new guy, it really is worth saving the extra money to get a better kayak like a jackson, native, wilderness Systems, or even i guess a Hobie if youre really desperate.

If your desperate? Hmmm we all know hobie yaks are fishing machines!!! Lol

skunkified
02-05-2012, 06:39 AM
For all you guys new to kayak fishing, coming from a new guy, it really is worth saving the extra money to get a better kayak like a jackson, native, wilderness Systems, or even i guess a Hobie if youre really desperate.

If your desperate? Hmmm we all know hobie yaks are fishing machines!!! Lol

I know...It was a joke...

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Mudbug66
02-05-2012, 08:23 AM
Congrats on the cuda Revo. As we both have transitioned from Ascends the difference in the two platforms is HUGE. Now go get that thing slimed.

yak-aholic
02-05-2012, 09:23 AM
The article shows an 8lb dumbbell cut in half. Not a bad idea especially if you know someone who can drill and tap the cut end for an eyelet. Another way to go is to get two 5lb dumbbells, stainless hose clamps, and "D" rings to attach your anchor rope.

skunkified
02-05-2012, 01:03 PM
Congrats on the cuda Revo. As we both have transitioned from Ascends the difference in the two platforms is HUGE. Now go get that thing slimed.


Yeah, tell me about it!

tefishmaster
02-05-2012, 01:31 PM
That's a nice looking yak. Like that color !

elementfiftyfour
02-05-2012, 02:22 PM
That anchor system works great for deep water but an anchor trolley and a stake out pole is still the best option for the marsh.

Congrats on the new yak!

skunkified
02-05-2012, 02:55 PM
That anchor system works great for deep water but an anchor trolley and a stake out pole is still the best option for the marsh.

Congrats on the new yak!

Thanks. I was actually considering putting an anchor trolley on the port side for just in case situations.

Prototype
02-08-2012, 07:06 AM
Element you ever use the other anchor system?

I've used a trolley, and for ME it was the worst setup ever. I only fish artificial lures so I'm constantly on the move. I hated carrying a 5-6' pole around and being limited to shallow water, dealing with the current or wind, and weight of the yak pulling the pole out over open water, worrying about a big fish wrapping me around the pole, un-clipping to fight a big fish and returning to the pole. Like I said before it wasn't for me at all. But that's the great thing about kayak fishing we all can rig our yaks the way that's comfortable to us!

elementfiftyfour
02-08-2012, 07:25 AM
I had pretty much the same anchor system on my canoe and it was good for deeper open water where you can cast in whatever direction you want but I much preferred the anchor trolley and a stake out pole for the shallow areas where I do most of my fishing anyhow. I saw when you first posted your video walk through on facebook and like it seems like a really good set up much like the dog leash/drag chain that I have on the Coosa. For my deep water anchor I have 10 lbs of barbell plates that I use as an anchor. I just set them under the seat and when I want to drop anchor I just toss them over the side and then adjust the trolley to whatever direction I want.

IFishInMySleep
02-08-2012, 08:08 AM
I used to have a similar setup on mine, Two 8 lb down rigger weights front and rear (with sliding floats incase of a quick release for slay ride). It turned out to be too much hassle trying to work two anchors to position yourself perfectly.

I love using the stakeout pole since I do mostly shallow water fishing. Once my stakeout pole is set, if I'm not in the perfect spot, I just stand to cast. I also have a drag chain system I use when I am on the move and just need a little bit to slow things down in current. The chain actually works pretty well to hold you in place in a regular current. If I have to stay still in heavy currents I clip an 8 lb. down rigger weight on the end of my drag chain system.

All of the above systems are good. It all comes down to experimenting to find out what works for you.

BTW Pack and Paddle sells those little half dumbbell anchors with a loop welded onto the small end. Pretty slick.

Prototype
02-09-2012, 01:32 AM
@Element you guys must be in some serious current with 8lb and 10lb weights?

elementfiftyfour
02-09-2012, 05:01 PM
That was when I was fishing the Rigolets on the east side of lake Ponch. They have also come in handy when I was fishing the MRGO Rock Dam with some tidal movement.

On my Coosa drag chain set up I only have 18" of chain and a 2 lb drop shot fastened to the end for extra weight.

skunkified
02-18-2012, 04:24 PM
I just got finished with my ff install. Here are a few pics.

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Battery box containing 8aa batteries and an inline fuse. Blue tape will come off as soon as the goop is set.

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The wiring and battery box inside the tub insert.

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The center console with gps and fish finder.

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DIY anchor

branden0k
02-29-2012, 08:08 PM
Gotta love it when everything is shiny and new, but love it more when it gets wet.

skunkified
02-29-2012, 09:41 PM
Gotta love it when everything is shiny and new, but love it more when it gets wet.

Yeah....sadly though, I don't think my boat even knows what water or fishing is except for the rain...

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skunkified
03-10-2012, 05:14 PM
More Pics...799279937994799579967997799879998000800180028003800480058006800780088009

dsquared
03-10-2012, 07:25 PM
Nice ride. What did you use to wrap the bed extender to protect you yak?

Shankapotomus
03-10-2012, 07:59 PM
I spy Funyuns!

Kurt_Loup
03-10-2012, 09:19 PM
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DIY anchor

I'm going to steal that idea. Did you weld the ring to the weight?

skunkified
03-10-2012, 10:34 PM
Nice ride. What did you use to wrap the bed extender to protect you yak?

I put one of those over sized pool noodles on it then wrapped it with duct tape.

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skunkified
03-10-2012, 10:34 PM
I'm going to steal that idea. Did you weld the ring to the weight?

Yep.

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Kurt_Loup
03-10-2012, 11:04 PM
Where did you get the ring?

skunkified
03-10-2012, 11:34 PM
Where did you get the ring?

I do field work for a metal fab shop. I went to the shop and had them hook me up. They had the rings laying around. I asked one of the guys to weld it for me and he hooked me up.




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skunkified
03-10-2012, 11:34 PM
I do field work for a metal fab shop. I went to the shop and had them hook me up. They had the rings laying around.




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Long Range Provider
03-11-2012, 06:53 AM
Looks like you should get the metal shop to weld up some more and bring one to PP so I can buy one

Belize Buay
03-11-2012, 08:07 AM
Chris Haley w Cajun Paddle Tools makes custom yak accessories, weights and anchor trolleys with old dumbells like this. He drills a hole in the handle instead of having to weld anything. Check his stuff out at cajunpaddletools.com, I think pack and paddle sells carry Cajun Paddle Tools style of anchor weights too.

Long Range Provider
03-11-2012, 08:35 AM
I don't see much on his website

skunkified
03-11-2012, 04:45 PM
Looks like you should get the metal shop to weld up some more and bring one to PP so I can buy one I'll see what i can do.

chackadaux
03-29-2012, 08:20 AM
What size AO fish bag is that in your pic. Skunkified?

skunkified
03-29-2012, 08:24 AM
What size AO fish bag is that in your pic. Skunkified?

I believe its a 36 can or quart or however they measure them.

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skunkified
04-02-2012, 09:15 PM
Today i changed my handles. I never did like the original handles.

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AFTER
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Scupper transducer mount
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My previous anchors were too big and the back one was dragging in the water. Here's my solution taken from an older thread on this forum.
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redfishnick
06-03-2012, 04:55 PM
what did the cuda run price wise

skunkified
06-03-2012, 05:05 PM
1200 no rudder, 1400 with rudder.

Fisher Cutbait
06-04-2012, 07:45 AM
(less 10% member discount if you buy from club sponsors)