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    Smallest kayak for CBBT recommendations for cheap kayak without breaking the bank for fishing the bay

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    I have never fished the CBBT but, I can say that it is easier if you let us know what your budget is.

    If you are on a budget and want a lot of bang for your buck you can look for used kayaks. Another thought is to look at the Vibe Sea Ghost 130. I just bought one and it is impressive what it has on it straight from the factory. http://vibekayaks.com/collections/ka...-kayak-package

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    Expect to spend another 30-50% for incidental equipment such as a paddle, PFD and other essentials.

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    It saved money getting a paddle with the yak like Vibe does. Still, the advice of spending to outfit is right. I just bought my Seaghost and even though I had some stuff on hand I have put a lot into a cart and other stuff.

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    I think we covered this a few years ago but my recommendation is a 12ft minimum for open water. There are a few 10 footers you could get away with that track decently but I wouldn't want to paddle those a long distance. It's 3+ miles to the first island + current + paddling in place to hold you near structure. A short kayak does not track well and you'll expend a lot more energy than a more efficient / longer boat. Also, in that big water you really should be in a sit on top that has unobstructed scuppers (pull the plugs out) in case you take a wave over the side. Otherwise you could swamp and get washed out or flip. You could fish a sit inside but you'd need a skirt and pump and it will limit the amount of gear you can effectively bring. All kayaks have trade offs...
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    The Vibe SG 130 comes with a rudder, paddle, transducer scupper, plus rails for mounting stuff for well under $1,000. I love my SG. With that said I do have a trolling motor for on the bay days. I like to fish, not paddle.
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