When my teenage daughter, Dasha, and I go fishing, she inevitably takes one kayak and heads south and I take another boat and head north. If I fish the east side of the creek, she’s on the west side. My little bird is leaving the nest and I’m okay. Really.
Feelfree Lure II Kayak Specs
Weight: 92 lbs
Capacity: 500 lbs
Well, I’m ashamed to admit I have at times resorted to subversive tactics to spend quality time with my young adult. I’ve tried long trips in the car, secretly blacking out the WiFi and even preparing her favorite vegetarian meal in hopes of a family dinner. I’ll do whatever it takes to tie her down for a few minutes.
Recently, I came up with a foolproof plan to capture my kid—fish out of a tandem kayak. Looking at the long list of two seaters to review, I picked the Feelfree Kayaks Lure II Tandem, a Cadillac of two seaters. I borrowed a Lure II from the good folks at Appomattox River Company in Hampton, Virginia and started to lay my dad plan.
I waited until a boring day, about a week into summer vacation, to catch Dasha as she emerged from her bedroom to forage food.
“Hey, you want to go fishing?” I asked.
After a long sigh and two full eye rolls, she agreed. I waited until we were loading the truck to spring my tandem trap.
“Where’s my kayak?” Dasha asked when she saw only the Lure II in the truck. “We can fish out of this together,” I offered then started the engine and pulled out of the drive before she could escape.
What Can You Expect From Feelfree’s Lure 2?
The Lure series is Feelfree’s top-of-the-line with a ton of unique features and rock solid construction. The Lure II is just over 14 feet long and 36 inches wide, plenty of room for any two people. The specs on Feelfree’s website lists the weight at 92 pounds, but those numbers must not include the Gravity Seats and other accessories. The boat feels heavier fully rigged.
Feelfree’s famous Wheel In The Keel is a welcome feature when moving the Lure II Tandem. According to my friends at Appomattox River Company, the wheel in the stern is Feelfree’s most popular selling feature. I’d not been a big fan of the wheel. In the water, I’ve always felt it would create drag affecting the Lure’s performance. I have changed my opinion of the wheel in the keel with the Lure II. The convenient wheel makes it possible to roll the boat to the launch while the teenager sits in the truck sending selfies. Totally worth it.
The Feelfree Lure II Tandem Kayak Features
The heavy-duty, molded handles in the bow, stern and both sides offer comfortable grip for lugging around the big boat.
A round day hatch in the bow provides dry storage for small items. The tankwell is small, only big enough for a 13- by 13-inch crate. To maximize storage, I added Plano’s new V-Crate, which has a small base and large upper storage compartment allowing me to fit a ton of gear in the cramped space. Two flush-mount rod holders behind the back seat are not angled for trolling, but they provide a convenient place to stick rods between fishing spots. Gear tracks run along each gunwale providing plenty of accessory options for both anglers.
With a 500-pound maximum capacity, there’s plenty of flotation for two anglers and gear
The Lure II can be configured and adapted for a variety of uses. Dasha and I had the boat rigged with two Gravity Seats. As an alternative, remove the front seat, and paddle the boat as a single. I could see the Lure II loaded to the gunwales with camping and fishing gear for weekend getaways. With a 500-pound maximum capacity, there’s plenty of flotation for two anglers and gear.
Another option is to remove both seats altogether. The long, flat padded deck offers acres of fishing room. Add Feelfree’s 45-quart cooler as a standing platform for a super-sized standup hybrid.
For more outfitting options, the Lure II comes with two removable pods. Use the pods as dry storage. Another option is to install a fish finder display on top of the pod. The battery lives inside and the transducer below for an easy-to-install electronics station. As I expand my horizons, the rear pod can be replaced with Feelfree’s Overdrive pedal and motor system for hands-free operation.
Stable Fishing Kayak
On the water, the Lure is surprisingly nimble for a big, heavy kayak. With two paddlers, the boat scoots along quickly. The 14-footer is easy to turn and spin, Dasha and I had fun testing the handling and synchronizing our paddle strokes.
I was pleasantly surprised with the stability. I expect a 36-inch wide kayak to remain solidly planted on the water. But the Lure II has looser primary stability than I anticipated. This is good, in my opinion. The hull allows the boat to roll and pitch over waves. While it is initially a little wobblier than some kayaks, the tri-hull’s secondary stability kicks in to keep the kayak upright no matter how hard we tilted to one side or the other.
In no time, Dasha and I were paddling and fishing like tandem pros. I would paddle while she fished. She paddled while I fished. We fished together standing up, with confidence. I even turned to face the stern so we each had plenty of room to cast and retrieve.
After a few minutes together, I stopped cracking corny dad jokes and Dasha quit rolling her eyes. We slipped into casual conversation. That day our casts didn’t produce many fish, but it didn’t matter. Feelfree’s Lure II Tandem is a keeper.