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I bought the Castaway 100 a week ago. They were the last one ever to be on the shelves. I took it out on the lake the next day, and it was good for about 6 hours. I'm a heavy guy and weigh 234 LBS, (Castaway's limit is 250) and only had a little water to drain.
Today I went out on a river with mild rapids, but the rapids had some pretty good drops. The kayak was stable, my friend who is 180 LBS never tipped, although I tipped somewhere about 7-9 times. I don't have good balance though.
Pros: Overall I'm pleased with the performance of this kayak. I have taken it over shallow spots and dragged, gone white water 'yaking, sat in it for 6 hours at a time, I can even use it as a SUP board and stand in it and got a goal to lose weight for.
Cons: It makes my butt sore after sitting in it for 4 hours.
It does track straight and goes at a decent rate when not loaded down. any additional weight in the back will cause a lot of drag but pre-planning can quickly help that.
It's surprisingly stable because of how low you sit in the Yak. I saw a comparable newer model at Dick with a different haul design that shows much more stability. (Angler Boost 100) I have never dumped over. I came close three times but managed to stay upright. Once when a drunk in a Bass boat ran over me on trolling motor and another time when a couple of speed boats zipped past me leaving a big wake. lol. For a typical lake I have little concern. I would not take it out in the surf however. if you're looking for a starter and do not want to spend a lot.
This is a good starter fishing kayak however I would suggest the Angler Boost 100 instead because they are a bit more angler friendly. Also buy the seat Upgrade!
For a beginner, it's a great quality vs cost option. Its strengths are its cost, light weight & angler features. Its weaknesses are lack of hull access and hatches (I've since added a 6" day hatch to mine just in front of the seat similar to the Pelican Tidewater model as well as a zig-zag cleat for anchoring & stringing fish).
I use mine primarily in rivers, some lakes & ponds, and saltwater flats. I haven't braved the Gulf, inshore or off as I suspect it wont fair well in rougher currents. It is stable to sit but standing isn't feasible for me, I've tried and rolled both times, maybe a stand assist strap would help but I doubt it. It's more maneuverable than my friends Perception Sport but doesn't track nearly as well. The backrest is handy and while I thought the lack of padded seat would be a problem, it's not until I'm on the water for a 6+ hour trip which doesn't happen often.
Very pleased with my purchase but now looking to upgrade to a larger (12-13ft) kayak.
The Kayak is well equipped with accessories for a beginner. such as an adjustable rod holder and two recessed rod holders. It also came with a crisscross bungee lashing system for the rear deck to help hold down items securely. The kayak is very light weight and I can easily toss it in the bed of my truck. and since it is only 10 feet long I do not require a bed extension system to transport it. I just use a couple of ratchet tie downs and the boat is secure. I was a bit worried that the plastic construction might be weak but so far it has held up to the abuse that I have given it due to my low handling skill as a novice.
I recommend this Kayak for a beginner or as a gift to a Youth that wants to get into Kayak Fishing due to it's affordability and factory options.
I have used it on ponds and slow moving rivers. It handles well for what I do with it. I haven't done much fishing out of it, and have since bought a larger kayak that I fish out of.
The only complaint I have about this kayak is that there are not any dry storage hatches. It is stable, but I have never tried to stand up in it. It is also light weight (40-50lbs I think) and easy for me to load on my SUV.
Overall very happy with purchase, just wish recent weather would have co-operated more so could use more.