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Woah! The XFish “Recon” Goes Beyond a SUF Kayak!
Kayak reviews are always fun and the XFish “Recon” review is NO exception! The XFISH is a hybrid blend of a standup fishing kayak but adds a great sit down factor as well! The fiberglass XFISH series are pretty mean fishing machines. Lets face it, we all know that kayak fishing can get uncomfortable when fishing and paddling for long distances. The X Fish Developers made some serious changes to eliminate that discomfort. The 360 degree swivel chair not only makes fishing comfortable, its easier to stand up when you need or want to. Plus, being 18 inches above the water, your fishing visibility improves considerably, as you paddle along or….. WAIT.. is that a trolling motor?
Purists may not like the fact that an optional trolling motor can be used to get you where you’re going but, there are plenty of folks out there, some perhaps with limited mobility that will love the trolling motor feature for getting to your spot.
It’s not just any trolling motor either, its the WATER SNAKE, providing 64 lbs of thrust with a unique steering system located at your side on the seat. Florida Sportsman Magazine called the XFish Recon a “total fishing weapon.”
The XFISH inventors, take pride in its stability in the water and the fact that no detail has been compromised. There are davit rings if you want to keep it at your dock. Handrails for easy climbing aboard, a cooler compartment that holds a 54 gallon Igloo cooler snugly. The battery sits in a custom box with water proof connectors and a switch. Rod holders where you want them.
The 12 foot 39inch beam XFISH Recon holds up to 350 lbs on the deck and is super stable and hard to tip, even if standing on the edge. It only draws 4 inches even fully weighted. Its got to be the most innovative comfortable fishing kayaks out there.
The RECON, decked out sells for $3450 complete and are manufactured in Sarasota Fl. Want one? Contact us! Dealer inquiries welcome!
Product testing has got to be one of the best parts of publishing! Specially when the product is a kayak. Not just any kayak either… a new Standup Fishing Kayak: The Diablo Adios, manufactured in Texas by Diablo Paddlesports.
Derick Burgos from Phatfish Kayak Charters graciously allowed me to use his 12’5″ Diablo “Adios” on our recent fishing excursion in Tampa Bay. Derick fishes for Team Diablo, and also Team Slot Limit Radio as well. Derick is well deserving of his Diablo sponsorship, He’s a champ kayak angler.
Derick’s angling partner Shawn Neurath, also fishes on the Diablo Kayak Team and joined us for a 7 AM launch from Gandy Blvd across from the power plant.
My first thought was WOW it’s RED! Fitting color for the devil kayak. The Diablo Stand up Fishing Kayaks are made from ABS not rotomolded polyethylene. It’s actually a two part thermoformed body and has a much glossier finish, looking a lot like fiberglass. The extra width stands out immediately. Non-slip grippers are applied in the standing area. A strap attached to the front of the cockpit allows you to pull yourself right up when you are ready to sight fish. The Adios is the first of two Diablo Stand up Fishing craft. The newest version is the 10’5″ “Chupacabra.” The Chupacabra will appeal to smaller anglers and it appears well appointed just like the Adios.
I’ve been kayak angling for years in my trusty Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. But one thing is for sure, I don’t try to stand up in it. I just cant make the transition from being seated low to standing up, and as stable as my Tarpon is when seated, It is just too narrow to expect the same stability when standing.
The Diablo makes it easy. You just grab the strap and you’re up. If you fish from a chair like the one that Derick provided me, you don’t even need to grab the strap at all. Once standing, it’s kind of amazing how comfortable it feels. The non skid area is at least 18 inches so its not like you have to stand in one spot. you can literally move around a bit. The view “up there” , as in the fish spying view, is fantastic. Plus, you can easily either paddle or pole yourself about. If you fly fish, you’ll love the Diablo series.
It was surprisingly nimble. With the stability that Diablo has built in you’d think there has to be some kind of tradeoff. There is, but its worth it in my opinion. Its not quite as light on it’s feet as a rotomolded boat, but the quality of this boat stands out immediately. We paddled about 4 miles during the course of the day and there were no issues with maneuvering or tracking. It might have taken a bit more power in the stroke but glide factor was fantastic. It’s such a slick finish and moves easily through the water.
Coming in from Weedon Island we had a stiff breeze at our back blowing us across to our vehicles. I stood up the whole way and the wind just blew me through the waves. I corrected my course occasionally with a paddle stroke here or there but it felt like I was a sailboat and I was the sail! Talk about fun! Sort of reminded me of that scene from Titanic, arms raised wind blowing and wanting to yell “king of the world” or something!
I loved the Diablo Adios. It had great fishing features, big foot braces, rod holders, a very roomy forward dry hatch, and a perfect sized rear well for storing gear. It was stable beyond belief, a dry boat too. The scupper holes are recessed and not much water comes through them into the boat.
Thanks so much to Derick from Phatfish Kayak Charters and Captain Shawn from Mission Fishin’ Charters for showing me a great time and letting me try out the Diablo Adios. The actual fishing story, I’ll tell another time. But if you are hankering to go fishing, with a couple of REAL pro anglers, call Phatfish or Mission Fishin! links are above!
Drew Gregory, designer of the new Jackson Kayak “Coosa” will be on TV twice tonight. Both America’s Funniest Home Videos, and When Vacations Attack are airing a clip of Drew getting attacked by a goose while fishing. It’s pretty funny. The link to the travel channel version is below. The original video is here as well
The geese have been hanging out around Drew’s kayak for about an hour. Drew is mildly telling him to go away or he’ll get hooked. The Goose apparently didn’t like his tone.
Here is Drew’s original YouTube video with the WHOLE story of Drew Gregory, fishing in his kayak, and the attack.
Jackson Kayak has long been known for their whitewater boats. This is their first foray into the fishing kayak realm but it looks like they have a definite winner!