Bic Bilbao Angler test.
Posted 24 June 2007 - 10:17 PM
Posted 24 June 2007 - 10:22 PM
You have had your Bilbaos on the water since last summer and it is only last month you first fished from one.
It could well be that you have not yet found the limits of this kayak.
If you came along on some of the trips I make I feel you soon would. I haven't paddled your craft.
That is my opinion, this is an internet forum.
Location: East Dorset
Posted 24 June 2007 - 11:39 PM
Don't take it personally, Martin is a nice chap and I am sure he is not knocking the kayak, just the review
I think the review was just a short look at the kayak and how it handled on a few brief trips. I have seen one (same colour actually) and the guy paddled it away happily (St Bees head Martin, your old stomping ground ha ha) We can be a sarcastic lot sometimes, yes, I am guilty of that sometimes, but we are all quick enough to hold up our hands when needs be mate
Don't jack it in bud, I would miss your posts, they have been good to see Get some yakking in, catch some fish and get the photo's posted!!!
All the best
Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:24 AM
Posted 25 June 2007 - 08:09 AM
That is quite clearly ludicrous
I did not say it was rubbish , I did say it was not for me!! I did post up a review which extolled its virtues as well as its limitations. Happy paddling
Edited by Martin Hurst, 25 June 2007 - 08:09 AM.
Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:57 AM
I remeber proudly posting a picture of my ocean drifter only to be told it looked like a big yellow skateboard
Did I take a huge offence, no!
It works both ways, people are entitled to their opinions.
I have never tried a bic kayak so I cannot comment on them
Location: Overlooking Carmarthen Bay
Species Hunt: Bass, Bream, Bull Huss, Coalfish, Dogfish, Flounder, Grey Gurnard, Mackerel,
Pike, Pollack, Pouting, Whiting
OK Drifter Angler
Cool Otter Impulse
Posted 26 June 2007 - 12:07 PM
Posted 26 June 2007 - 01:21 PM
Have been following this thread with interest, especially as I own two Bilbaos and have done for the last two years, one for myself and one for my teenage son. They have been excellent learning vehicles and, as the last review states, they are stable and track well, excellent for short trips, easy to rig for an anchor with the lifeline rings along the side, and tough as old boots. Fishing from them? No problem! Lean and fast they are not, but then they are not designed to be such. I live close to the coast, so wake up, calm conditions, load it up off I go, more than F3 don't bother. Know they are heavy but I have no trouble loading it onto the roof myself.
Now thats an excellent , well balanced review Not disimilar to the extract i posted.
Becoming more adventurous so have brought a scupper pro ......... horses for courses as they say. Will I be selling the Bics? No, too useful and too much fun
Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:06 PM
Iím new to kayak fishing been buying up cheap gear ebay/lidl/etc,started off by getting a bic scapa,now Iíve limited kayak experience Iíve been in CAPELLA, DAGGER and a Yak Board, also went on a weekend sea kayaking training course, so I donít have a lot of experience to compare the scapa with, but I find its relatively fast ,tracks really well at sea, it can feel slightly tipy at first but this just forces you to relax the hipís more, its also a reasonably dry kayak although if thereís a lot of chop you will end up sitting in a puddle but the scupper holes work a treat when your paddling and make a pleasing whirl pool as the waters sucked away, plenty of room for a crate and all my fishing gear, and feels very stable when fishing, and its comfortable too, so no need to buy additional seat backs like a lot of kayaks, I know bic doesnít seem to have a great reputation on some of the forums, and they are relatively new to branching out into kayaks, they should get credit for being one of the best surf board designers and do have years of experience that they are now trying to bring to kayaking and I can appreciate that new bic styling and choice of superior materials, may make the less forward thinking run for the comfort of something more familiar