Many experienced anglers have bought this particular sit on top fishing kayak to use for family recreation while camping or as a second option to use when company arrives. This one is wider than most and as such, is no speed demon on the water.
Many buyers report that it is most suitable for use within a short distance of the launch point since it moves slower than the sleeker – considerably more expensive models – on the market.
Lifetime is fairly new to the national marketplace and currently specializes in making kayaks with a focus on low-price for use as a family. The two seats are molded into the design and are fairly comfortable for an hour or so but buyers recommend a padded cushion for your rear end, if you plan to be out longer than that.
Made of hard shell plastic in two sections (which is common for plastic kayaks) the unit comes with a seam down the center of the hull making the hull hollow. The reason that there are locations that may take on water – sometimes the seam, sometimes the hole in the rod holder – is because the boat would split apart when it gets too hot if air was not able to circulate to the interior.
Since the Lifetime 10-Foot Sport Fisher is designed to carry up to three people (2 adults and 1 child), it’s no surprise that the weight capacity is so high. Buyers have reported that they have had many people on the boat and it still was comfortable.
The molded-in seats are designed to stay as high off the water as practical and the seat backs are padded to help support your back. If you plan to be on the water more an hour or two, you may prefer to invest in another seat or at the least, a pad for your bottom.
In front of each seat, there is a casting platform for each passenger to stand up and stretch or to cast and fish. If you bring a child or pet, one of these platforms would be used as their seat.
The front bungee corded area is for securing a crate or sealed container to hold whatever gear you wish to load. There is also a small hatch behind the second seat.
Additionally, there are tie-down points for adding additional storage containers and fold-down paddle clips to keep your paddles on board while you are at rest.
There are two flush mounted rod holders and one rod holder next to the front seating area.
Even though there are only 2 scupper holes, Lifetime provides you with 5 scupper plugs in case one or two get lost.
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Is This Fishing Kayak for You?
If you are looking for a fun fishing kayak to share experiences with your family, this one will meet your needs. If, however, you are looking for a kayak that can be used in river with fast water, ocean or large lakes, or for competitive fishing, pass this one by.
It is difficult to paddle with the free paddles that are included. So, if you are going to use it every weekend during the spring, summer, early fall, do yourself a favor and invest a hundred bucks in a good paddle that will be more efficient and save you from wearing out.
Many who use this yak like it to use for camping and hunting trips with their family and speak of packing a lunch and doing some leisurely fishing. One experienced yakker who purchased this unit for family outings, did advise others that the yak will take on water but if you pull the scupper plugs in the back, the footwells will drain of water as you paddle.
One buyer did mention that he took his senior mother who has mobility problems out for a day of fishing and she had no problem using the rear entry and sitting down. She needed help standing up but was able to do so with excess movement of the yak or indication of tipping.
This fishing kayak is designed for ponds, small lakes and small streams with few if any fast moving currents or waves. Even though it would be safe if waves developed, it would make moving back to the shoreline very, very slow.
It never fails that some angler forgets to pack something to protect him/her when clouds move in and it starts to rain, which brings us to another tip that every angler should keep in mind. If you hear thunder, you are way too close to lightning – and water is a conduit of lightning.
The first time you hear thunder – no matter how far off it may seem to be – get to the nearest safe location possible. “Safe locations” are not under trees! Trees act as lightning rods so you need to get inside a building until the storm passes.
Always wear your life vest since you never know what is going to happen when you least expect it. Even a good swimmer getting knocked off by a branch can be temporarily out of it and get confused about which way is up.