I paid $649 for mine, but they were brand new on the market a few months ago and hard to find. Once I decided what I wanted, I was too impatient to shop around. I've seen people on the Pelican forums reporting sale prices around $500.
The river was up and muddy, so time to head back in the creeks and fish for bass. Both of these bass hit 5" Senko worms. Watch the "fly-by" at the end. Ha Ha. I over estimated the size of that bass and he nearly took me out
Caught a bunch of stockers an some nice Browns on Monday at Jones Bridge. Water was really running fast, but I can paddle the little 10ft Pelican up to the base of the shoals at Jones bridge pretty easily.
I've had that old Cardinal 3 since the mid 70's. It's caught literally thousands of fish. Thanks to the internet you can buy bail springs to keep them running. I've got several of every size up to the Cardinal 7.
I kick myself every time I realize I should have bought a fishing kayak 4 or 5 years ago when I first started to get interested in them. I'm 100% happy with the Pelican. I would recommend the Catch series to anyone looking for a fishing kayak.
I've heard about Hickory Log Creek, but haven't had the chance to go there yet. That's one of the awesome things about Kayak fishing: It will take me years to fish all the waters within 2 hours drive time.
I've been trying to snipe a Cardinal 3 off ebay like yours for weeks. I had one back in the day but it got lost. They go for $80-$120 lately and I was bidding too low. Need a great UL reel for my dock shootin'/trout/bream rod.
The JDM Daiwas are KILLER. Way better than Shimano IMO. Kinda high unless you look hard. Got one on the way from ol' JP.
Back to Morgan Falls on Sunday. I have no trouble paddling upstream to the gates in the Pelican Catch 100. After my first season of fishing I can honestly say I don't think I could have picked a better Kayak for my local fishing opportunities. Absolutely stable, fast enough, easy to maneuver, and the light weight and small size makes it a breeze to load and unload and to tote in one hand down uneven, rocky banks to drop in the water. It's been over a lot of rocks and the hull shows only superficial scratches. The seat is comfortable, but I think I'm going to raise it 2" to make it even more better I'm 6'2" 225lbs and it has plenty of room and weight capacity.
Couldn't get the stripers to bite in the tailrace, but I did manage some shoal bass in the floodgate pond.