Pictures of my rigged out 2015 Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130

Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 review

Ever since I started kayak fishing, I was always looking for the perfect kayak. My search saw me fishing from many kayaks from many Manufacturers, most had their strengths and weaknesses and I was never completely satisfied with any of them after prolonged use. There was always a characteristic that was sacrificed in lieu of another. For example, if I went with a super stable kayak it was slow as molasses. If I got a speedy kayak, it wasn't very stable. The last kayak that I owned was a Native Slayer Propel 13. Despite the weight, this kayak was pretty impressive. It had massive amounts of room, was fairly fast (due to the drive system), and was super stable. With this kayak I thought I had found the perfect kayak, that is until I peddled it in the Okefenokee Swamp. Needless to say after spending all day un-fouling the prop from grass and weeds and not being able to turn around without grabbing my paddle because of the super wide turning radius I sold it soon after that trip.

I remember the first time I paddled the Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130, I thought to myself that this can't be true. Did someone actually get the blend of stability, speed, weight, tracking, nimbleness and affordability right? Keep in mind that I have paddled most kayaks on the market today, and have a great idea of what is out there for comparison.

Enter the Sea Ghost, I think the Sea Ghost is the most balanced kayak I have ever paddled. I believe that this kayak will be at home on small rivers, large lakes, ponds, inshore and offshore. It breaks through breakers well, sits high on the water, has a high weight rating and actually comes in at 69 pounds unlike other manufacturers kayaks that weigh a good bit more than they advertise.

So lets take a closer look at the Sea Ghost, its outfitting, specifications and value.

What does the kayak come with?
The kayak comes with a strap in style seat, 230cm paddle, four flush mount rod holders and a rudder installed. The front 20" and rear 8" hatch have positive latches that snug the hatches down on rubber seals to seal them up. This kayak has two of the four flush mounted rod holder in a forward position on the gunwale that are perfect for down lining or trolling multiple bait spreads using planer boards, I know of no other kayak that has this feature. I really like it. This kayak does not really need the rudder to turn or track well as it does these great without it. However the rudder is an awesome feature when traveling distance in a straight line and having to deal with cross or quartering winds or currents. Just trim the rudder to counter the push on the kayak and she travels straight and true.

Length: 13'
Width: 33"
Capacity: 550 pounds
Weight: 69 pounds
Material: Rotomolded single piece high density polyethylene

This kayak has a ton of stability. Not impossible to turn over but stable enough to make the first time kayaker feel confident when paddling. The bigger advantage is that the kayak is more forgiving to your mistakes. What most people do not realize is that most kayak manufacturers use multiple type hulls to create this stability and as a result create a lot of drag on the hull, making for a slow paddling craft. The Sea Ghost achieves this stability without sacrificing speed. 
Another trend in the fishing kayak market is that in order to make stable kayaks they produce kayaks that are in the 80-100+ lb range. This makes kayaks hard to load solo and are boat like in operation and handling. This is not the case with the Sea Ghost, Its not hard to load this baby on a roof rack rack by ones-self with a little caution and technique. 

She tracks straight as an arrow with or with out the rudder deployed. There are options to upgrade the seat and paddle. I would strongly recommend considering the upgraded seat if you are buying your own Sea Ghost.

And the greatest feature is her price tag, The Sea Ghost retails for $799.00
I feel confident in saying that this kayak is in a class of its own in all categories. Pound for pound, feature for feature and cost for cost this is the hottest deal going today. Did I mention that Vibe Kayaks Customer service and warranty is second to none.

Do yourself a favor check out this kayak save some money for outfitting it, catch some fish and make some memories!

Good Vibes, Walt

Press Release - New Direction

As many of you know, one day I woke up and said to myself that I wanted to do what I love (Kayak Fishing) and somehow scratch out a living doing it. I have had many amazing opportunities and have made friends with some of the most amazing people on the planet in a kayak.
I have set goals for myself and reaped the satisfaction from those achievements in a kayak. But most of all, I have shared my passion with others and helped them to experience the joy of kayak fishing.

With that being said, I am no longer working with The Outside World Outfitters. I have joined Vibe Kayaks full time as Operations manager and will be developing their Pro Fishing Team Program, helping design some awesome fishing kayaks, developing some of the operational procedures as the Company grows and making sure that people are able to get out and kayak fish safely, productively and consistently. Be assured that as always, I along with the super hero Vibe Kayaks Team, will break our necks to make sure that everyone has an awesome customer experience and a great vibe about kayak fishing and our company!

Fish on!

The Electronic Angler/ part five "Installing a fish finder on your kayak"

Part Five "Installing a Fish Finder on your kayak"

Installing electronics on your kayak can be intimidating for the first timer. In the fifth installment of this series I want to discuss some of the ins and outs of performing  this task yourself and some of the considerations to keep in mind when doing this install.

Does size or cost really matter:
This will be debated till the end of time, Here I will just give you my opinion. For most kayaks and Anglers it is not nearly as much about the size of the screen as it is about having a useful, accurate tool that you can depend on to give you information to catch more fish. Lets face it, technology has come light years in just a couple of years. You can now get a color, high resolution screen, broadband sonar with GPS/Chart plotter for the same amount of money that a sorry grey scale unit with poor resolution with no other features would have cost you five years ago. People were using those inferior units and successfully catching fish back then. Do I need to be able to see if a fish has an "I love mom" tattoo above his right fin to catch him? It really is about learning to interpret what you are seeing. One thing I will submit here is if you are regularly fishing unfamiliar waters or fish big water a unit with GPS is an incredible tool. Other than that you really do not need an electronics array like a modern battleship, we're hunting fish not enemy submarines.

When installing a fish finder or combo unit on your yak you need to be sure of the location. What I mean by this is when sitting in your seat; can you reach, see and adjust comfortably? Some kayaks are limited in locations that a unit may be mounted and if you have to lean too much to adjust, you may find yourself upside down one day. Also if you have a combo unit with GPS/ Chart Plotter You will be switching screens more and playing with the many more features that your unit can do. At the same time you want to make sure that the placement of your unit will not interfere with a full paddle stroke.

On pedal driven kayaks I prefer to install on the Gunnel within easy reach. This is accomplished by using factory installed rails or aftermarket rails on the gunnel. The Lowrance Elite series are awesome in this aspect as you are able to replace the factory mount completely with a Ram replacement the attaches directly to your track. Others may be mounted on a board that attaches to the track with track hardware.

On paddle kayaks you can use the dash board method (personally I don't like this one because it clutters my cockpit and creates more snag issues), or you can mount on center hatch for those kayaks with Pod type access to your hull between your legs, however once again you have a cluttered cockpit again, making it hard for you to get in and out of your yak because you have to swing your leg over your unit not to mention hard to re enter your yak in deep water self rescue.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea, make sure that the location and method that you chose to use allows easy access, doesn't clutter your cockpit and cause difficulty when fishing.

Transducer deployment:
This is another area where there is some differing opinions as to the best place and method to mount your transducer.
Scupper hole mount: Personally I do not like the scupper hole mount, with the exception of the Lowrance/ Hobie system; The transducer is covered and above the line of the hull. Some kayaks are molded with a scupper hole that is designed to hold a certain Manufacturers unit. Whether that be Lowrance, Hummingbird or Raymarine, the size and method of securing my transducer to the scupper hole may be limited if I wanted to use a unit other than the kayak was designed to take.
Shoot through hull mounting: This method is best if you are just using a traditional sonar. This method requires that you glue your transducer on the inside of your hull and the signal is transmitted through your hull. I prefer this method as it allows me to have a nice clean install with minimal wire and clutter in my cockpit. Where this becomes a problem is when you use a Down scan or image unit as the signal is degraded in these type of units when shooting through the hull and will work better with the transducer in the water. Side scan also needs to be in the water.
Transducer deployment arm: This method uses a mechanical arm to hang your transducer over the side of your kayak into the water. A ram ball and clamp arm can also be fashioned to hang your transducer off the gunnel or stern of your kayak. However always be sure that you are not drilling holes below the water line.

Passing wires through hull:
To install your transducer in the hull and or place your battery inside your hull you will need to pass your wires from the outside into the inside of your kayak. No reasonable kayaker would want an open hole in their kayak that will allow water to enter the kayaks hull. So any pass through of wires must be sealed. There are plenty of decent wire seals on the market that will allow you to pass your wires through your hull and seal them up. You will just have to get over your fear of drilling 1 inch holes in your kayak. The alternative is having about six feet of transducer cable and a battery in your cockpit.

Most people have been using a 12 volt Sealed Lead Acid battery that is commonly used as an alarm system battery back up. Today They have AGM batteries which cost a little more and don't really have any more life or do not save on weight either. I get asked all the time about what size battery to use and this is just a general guide line. For the regular color four inch screen I always recommend a 8 to 10 amp hour battery. If you step up to a 5" or 7" screen it will draw more power. I would opt for the 10 to 12 amp hour battery. If you are also running lights or other accessories then I would opt for a 12 to 14 amp hour battery. You can pick up these at any batteries plus bulbs store.

My Dad always said to "measure ten times and cut once, No matter how many times you cut that board it will still be too short" That's  kind of the idea here, to be darn sure where and how you want to attach and deploy your electronics to your kayak before you actually do it. Sit in it, paddle it and simulate all conditions before actually drilling your first hole.