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Found 8 results

  1. Stable kayak?

    Hey everyone, just looking into kayaks a little. I see a lifetime tandum posted below which looks very stable. Does anyone have any recommendations for SOT ones that dont flip easy and handle nicely? Something what doesn't break the bank since most are 600+.
  2. I was wondering if anyone here has made any modifications to their kayaks with the purpose of fossil-hunting in mind? Having just received a new tandem kayak, I find it lacking in attachment points for gear. It has a good amount of cargo space, but most of it is inside the hull and only accessible through two, 6-inch ports. So, you can only put small-diameter objects into the hull storage. During my previous hunting trips on a single kayak, I always found myself a little short here or there on storage space for my gear : backpack, shovel, screen, probe/walking stick, machete, loot bag, drinks/consumables, and the usual keys/wallet/phone/etc. The result is always a kayak that resembles something out of the Beverly Hillbillies : stuff awkwardly strapped to every surface and poking out in all directions. So, after looking all over the web at various websites about kayaks, building kayaks, fishing with kayaks, etc, I have yet to see anything closely related to fossil hunting. Some of the modifications made for fishing could prove useful, but I am curious if my fellow fossil-hunters here have done anything to their own boats with an eye towards improving the fossil hunting experience.
  3. New Tandem Kayak

    Got this early Xmas gift. It's a tandem kayak. It hasn't touched water yet, but I hope to break it in sometime shortly before or after Xmas. It can be used in a solo or tandem configuration. The two 6-inch deck hatches give access to plenty of storage room inside the hull - lots of space to stuff fossils. Now I just need a break in the rain and for this holiday madness to be over with. I'd love to take it out before Xmas, but I don't know if my schedule will allow it with the upcoming holiday and family things going on. The first water it will touch will likely be the Peace River (Florida) looking for Meg teeth and Pleistocene megafauna.
  4. Hello all, I am delighted to inform you that I am not dead, although my horrendously lengthy absence from this forum may have suggested otherwise. I am fully aware that I had already committed to being more active after taking a short hiatus a little while back, but I simply fell out of the habit of logging in and posting on this site, mostly due to my extremely busy senior year schedule. I have truly missed posting and sharing my experiences with you all, and I could not be more glad to return. Although I may have been inactive on this forum, I was certainly NOT inactive whatsoever in terms of fossil hunting. I have been on several trips since I last posted. In fact, I've probably nearly doubled my collection. At the beginning of the summer, I decided to purchase a Pelican Mustang 100x Kayak in order to reach remote areas of the Calvert Cliffs that are so frequently cited as remarkably productive. I affectionately named the kayak the H.M.S. Serra, after my favorite prehistoric shark species, Hemipristis serra. Over the course of the summer, I took her out on the Bay many times in search of large shark tooth fossils. I may have failed to find a Meg, but I found some incredible fossils that I gladly added to my ever-growing collection. Below you can find pictures of some of my finds from my various kayak trips to the Calvert Cliffs over the summer, as well as a picture of my beloved Serra. Some of my best finds from all these trips include large Hemis, a perfect 2-inch hastalis (pictured in my hand), lots of cow shark teeth, a crocodile scute, a large Lemon straight out of the matrix, and my first ever Ecphora! I truly had a very productive summer! I couldn't be much happier with all of my finds (unless of course I found a Meg...) and I can't wait to continue hunting in the coming months. The H.M.S. Serra likely won't be out on the water until it gets warm again, but there's still plenty of hunting to do at local sites on foot. In fact, I've already been on a few trips since putting her away for the colder months. I will make trip reports for those soon, and you won't want to miss them! Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll enjoy my future posts! Hoppe hunting! ~David
  5. I went on a 6 1/2 mile kayak adventure with a couple of friends on the North Sulphur River. We started off the day at 7AM by seeing 2 bald eagles and almost getting one truck stuck in the mud. We managed to get the truck out and started our adventure. As soon as I got down by the bridge I found one of my best artifacts to date and a nice piece of mastodon tooth enamel. We got a mile or so in and something made me ask my friend if he had the keys to his truck that was parked 6 1/2 miles downstream? Lol he had left them in the other truck without thinking. He went back and got his keys and the adventure begin. We saw very little footprints the entire trip. We didn't find many artifacts but I filled up a 1 gallon ziplock with mosasaur bones and other random fossils. One of my friends found his first shark vert, mosasaur vert and point so he was really excited. I gave my new hunter friend all my lower quality items and didn't bother taking pics of them. The water was low in some places so we had to drag the kayaks a lot but it was fun. We were finding so much stuff that we realized we would never make it the other vehicle before night if we did not quit hunting and paddle. It was so hard passing by untouched bars lol. We managed to make it back to the bridge by 7PM which was 12 hours later. Getting the kayaks up the steep bridge at the second location took all 3 men and a long rope. I got home at 9:30 PM. I'm sore but found some great fossils and artifacts. My phone died early in the trip so I missed out on some great pics. For some reason I can only post a few pics at a time since the latest update.
  6. APB-red truck stole my kayak at Heard Bridge.

    If anyone sees a gentleman with a red truck and a blue dolphin S.S. kayak, please contact me(813-514-7730) Stolen right out from under me today...at least he dumped all my fossils out first. Great apes have some some messed up habits. -J
  7. Hello fellow fossil hunters,. I am looking for one or two volunteers to navigate unexplored river ways in New Jersey and Connecticut for Triassic/Jurassic lacustrine cycles for dinosaur footprints and other trace fossils. The sites I have in mind are hot leads and require kayaks or a canoe to explore and are inaccessible by land. What we find we can split up. You provide the canoe or kayak and I will provide the leads. One car for drop off and one car to pick us up. Who is up for an adventure this fall? I will be planning more trips to the CT Valley this fall and seeing if anyone would like me to tag along at some cool dinosaur track sites. I am looking in particular for Eubrontes tracks or reptilian footprints from late Triassic/early Juraasic periods. No rock is too big to haul or break loose with the right techniques. I help you you help me we both get to take some fine specimens home. Who wants to go?
  8. I purchased a large, unwieldy, rotomolded sit-on-top fishing kayak recently but haven't had a chance to try it out until today. A friend and I launched in heavy rolling chop and paddled out past Chesapeake Beach and headed south toward Randall Cliffs. Every bit of awkwardness this boat has on land melted away in the water. She rolled up and down the waves easily, barely weather cocked and despite the size, handled well. Best of all, I can load this boat down with all the collecting tools I want, which I couldn't do in my more high-performance boat. We have had a lot of rain and as we skimmed near the cliffs, we saw a lot of newly fallen rock. I found a beachhead and turned the kayak's nose toward it. Rolling waves on the way out meant surfing on the way in, and we hit that beach at a high enough speed to almost completely get the boats out of the water. I'm very respectful of newly fallen cliffs and overhang, and my friend mentioned a desire to NOT be buried alive, so we kept close to the water and walked the shoreline. I had packed the trusty litter box scooper. I'm a little disappointed that there wasn't more sizable teeth to be found, but maybe I didn't have the luck today. However, there were quite a few almost whole scallop shell remains and the bull shark tooth wasn't a bad find at all. I'm always amazed when a shell can survive the pressure of a fall. Tough little things. I wish I was able to take a few pictures on the way back into the waves. The Eastern Shore of Maryland had a huge, very bright rainbow arcing over it from cloudbursts that were ranging up and down the Chesapeake, but the chop was too much to try and test my photography and paddling skills simultaneously. We made it back to the launch in a full sun shower. My friend scooped up a nice little sand tiger specimen as we landed. I'm looking forward to taking this boat out again for a more serious hunt.
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