North Wales Kayak Fishing

The Bic Bilbao Fishing kayak

this is my first impresions review of this kayak
the first thing you wil notice with the bilbao is the quality of the build its superb evert thing about this kayak is well thought out
from the tri shape hull design to the placement of the handles
the kayak comes surplied with the following

Integrated footrests * Seat EVA foam cushioning
Front EVA foam cushioning * Safety grab lines
Stern protector + wheel * Drink holder
Reserve buoyancy * Inserts for backrests
Bow protector * Rubber carry handles
Mooring straps * Accessory stowing mesh
Nestable watertight front hatch * Nestbale watertight rear hatch
Rear rod holders x2 * Paddle leash
Self draining scuppers x 2

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This first photo shows the bilbao with a deluxe angling seat this seat is an add on
Please note the drain plug is above the waterline so no chance of any water ingress
The bilbao is 9ft10inches long and 31 inches wide it weighs 50lbs .
It is made from high quality thermoformed polyethylene and its maximum load is 264lbs

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The sleek designed hull is very quick through the water .
The bilbao boasts a host of clever design features such as the small cargo net at the front this is in an ideal position for tucking your paddle blade in to while fishing .
There are 2 drain scuppers in the cockpit area one under the seat and another by your feet so any water quickly drains away

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The front carry handle is central so carrying or pulling this kayak is very easy

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2 caped rod holders are fitted to the kayak and we found them easy to reach
Also note the clever cross straps these not only make sure your hatch can not come off they are also elasticised so tackle boxes can be slotted under them for safe keeping

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The deep cockpit design gives a lot of leg space and plenty of room to handle your fish while fishing

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Note the fittings used to secure the net these are very neat and the handy hatch at the front

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In the large rear tankwell is another surprise the seating area has a closed cell foam all around it this is an additional safety feature which is your reserve buyancy should the kayak fill with water it still would not sink
Note the raised hatch cover frame this is to stop any water ingress through the hatches

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The wheel and black rubbing strip at each end of the kayak can be re-placed should the need arise

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The incorporated rear wheel is very handy for moving the kayak to and from the beach

All in all I think bic have a superb kayak here it has been very well thought out.
It has a lot of features for kayak under 10ft we found it very stable and really enjoyed paddling it.
The kayak tracked very well and turned on a dime the quality of the build is superb
And very robust the kayak retails for £529.00 and is very good value for that.

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