For those that hunt with their Otter Stealth duck boats, have you ever used them for ocean fishing, like an ocean kayak? I am planning on purchasing one this weekend for duck hunting but I live a 5 minute walk to the beach where there are some good fishing and diving spots. It would be nice to double as a an ocean fishing/diving kayak. Also, how does it move around, compared to a kayak, I'm sure it woulnd't be as quick but how do they compare to a kayak and would it be OK for a long paddle? Any experience / thoughts would be appreciated.
I wouldn't want to paddle my stealth 2000 very far. I have fished out of it in fresh water but that was with a trolling motor attached. It is a mule to paddle though. Doesn't track great and what you gain in stability you lose in response paddling it. I paddle about a mile when I hunt out of it and that takes about 25 minutes and is pretty tiring.
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I have a Stealth 1200 but I've only used it once so far. I bought a 2 hp Honda for it. I was a little concerned when I first took off because the motor puts a small wake over the back compartment on the boat but the compartment stayed dry as it was designed to do. It was a little weird getting used to the motor being on the side of the boat but I got it figured out pretty quickly. If I was to take it on the ocean it would have to be on a calm day for sure. I don't think you could sink it if you tried but it if the wind picks up then be prepared to get wet on the ride in.
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I talked my buddy into going to Leo Carillo this past summer to drop in the Stealth 2000 for some sand bass fishing in the kelp beds. The fishing was great. We caught tons of small fish on just about every cast using spoons and plastics. After 2-3 hours of fishing we got bored and called it a day. By this time it was about 11 on a Saturday and the beach was loaded as usual. We waited for the surf to die down and paddled in. I had this big ol smile on my face as this little 1 1/2 foot wave started pushing us in until it turned the boat sideways about 20 feet from shore, rolled over and made a yard sale of our gear. I dove under the water to get out of the boats way and spent the next 10 minutes trying to locate all of our gear in the surf in front of 100's of people.