Viking Kayak Comes to ACK

| February 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

As many of you have seen/heard, we will now be adding Viking Kayak to our lineup. These boats are imported from over in New Zealand and we’re very excited to be the first US retailer to offer them.

Three Viking Kayak Profish Reloads ready to launch!

We plan on carrying 2 of the Viking Kayak models: the Profish Reload and the Profish 400 with 2 color choices per model. The Reload will come in a Yellow/Black combination called Yellow Mist as well as a Gray/Black combination called Shades of Gray. The Profish 400 on the other hand will come in Green/Black called Lime Mist and also Orange/Black called Sunrise Mist.

Viking Kayak Profish Reload

The Profish Reload measures a hair over 14.5 feet, is 29.5″ wide and weighs in a 63 pounds. This kayak is ideal for tackling large bodies of water, but drafts shallow enough to handle the flats with ease. The center console, called the Tackle Pod, comes with the boat and provides an enclosed area for on-board tackle management. The pod also allows for the easy mounting of a fish finder. A recess on the bottom of the pod provides a safe tucked away location for the transducer to ride up in too. A replacement center console can be purchased to replace the Tackle Pod, and it provides a flat deck space with an included child seating area.

The Profish 400 measures just under 13.5 feet, is 31″ wide and weighs in 53 pounds. Unlike the Reload, the 400 has a molded in well in the center of the boat that can be used for gear storage or even as a live bait well. Due to its wider stance, the 400 is relatively easy to stand in and provides a great sight casting platform.

The Viking Kayak Chill Pod

We will also be selling various Viking Kayak accessories that go with the new boats. The Chill Pod is a very easy to open ice box for kayak anglers looking to keep their catch cold. Both the 400 and the Reload’s rear tankwell will accept this cool product. A rudder kit is available for either boat, but it is a little different than what we are used to here in the US. This particular rudder does not extend down past the bottom of the boat, but in no way does that detract from its performance. These boats will turn very quickly due to the surface area of the rudder blade. Other accessories we will carry will be a Viking branded hatch bucket with screw on lid, additional flush mount rod holders, and a clear center pod lid for the Profish 400.

We are very excited to have Viking on board and hope you are too! These are now available for pre-order and will actually start shipping near the end of April. Let us know what you think by commenting below.

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  1. Here’s a tip that may have been mentioned before. I do like to think that I came up with the idea though. Most serious kayak anglers utilize some form of measuring their catch. The means range from “lunker boards” to leashed tape measures. Instead, I utilized something I already had on the kayak. My paddle. I laid out lines, in inches and feet across the shaft of the paddle and painted them with enamel brush on paint. Works great as I tend to lay my paddle across my lap when landing a fish. It’s leashed, and ready to measure at a glance. No grabbing for something elsewhere on the yak! :)

    • Joseph Dowdy says:

      Good point. There’s been a few paddle manufacturers that have had the same idea. The Bending Branches Angler paddles add the measuring lines to all their paddles for example.

  2. Lance Auffarth says:

    Check out this west coast Hobie fisherman, Jared, at La Jolla
    catching an 8′ thresher shark on a Hobie paddle board.

    If you kayak fish the east coast…this [and the other 23] video
    will show you some west coast action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SjxKAiEezQ

    I’m 69, and I fish a Hobie Revolution, w/Torqeedo motor, set up similar to those seen in the video[s].

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