The Lure 11.5 has been a staple in the kayak fishing industry for years. A few new design changes and some new colors have solidified the 11.5 V2 as one of the top premium fishing kayaks on the market.
The Lure 11.5 is the medium option in the Lure series of kayaks at 11.5 feet. It comes in standard and Overdrive ready configurations and is loaded with all the features you have come to expect in a fishing kayak. I decided to load it up and hit the water to show you guys what the Lure 11.5 has to offer.
The best part of the Lure 11.5 is the roomy fishing area. It has plenty of room for a sub-12 foot boat for storing gear, moving around and standing up. I like to keep my Crate Bag in the rear storage area, but keep frequently used tackle and things under the Gravity Seat.
As I mentioned in the post about the Lure 10 V2, it has the same cockpit size, but the added length gives you some more storage room in the rear of the boat as well as the hatch storage in the front. Perfect for longer days on the water, or indecisive fisherman like myself. The additional length also helps with the tracking in windy conditions or covering large bodies of water.
The maneuverability of the 11.5 V2 is good without the help of the Beavertail rudder system, but I am a huge fan of the rudder, and have it on all the kayaks I take on the water - especially when fishing areas with current. It is super handy for getting the kayak into the right position to ride the current and cast along the way without having to fiddle with positioning.
The subtle changes to the new version of the Lure 11.5 V2 do make a pretty big impact. For instance, the removal of the cupholders behind the seat was done to increase the stiffness of the beam of the boat to reinforce the standing area. You will also see rod tip protectors on the front of the boat to keep your rods from snagging on hanging limbs and new twist lock adjustable foot pegs.
Another great feature on the Lure series of boats, as with all the Feelfree fishing kayaks, are the Uni-Track rails. They allow you to attach a wide variety of accessories from rod holders to electronics to the boat for use on the water with the newly updated Uni-Track Accessory Mount. I typically use mine with a Rail-Blaza star port for securing GoPro cameras to.
Overall, the Lure 11.5 V2 is a slightly improved version of a trusted kayak fishing platform. It's stable, maneuverable, roomy and looks darn good on the water. Check out the short video of my adventure on the water to see it in action, and as always, let us know if you have any questions about this, or any of our boats.