Vibe Sea Ghost 110 Review
A Close Look at the Camo Fishing Kayak that You’ve Been Seeing Everywhere
Kayak fishing has perhaps never been as popular as it is right now. That’s because the best modern angling kayaks have more stability and function than they ever have, paired with a host of new advanced materials and construction methods that make them more durable, more stable, and even more affordable.
The vibe sea ghost 110 is one of the most popular fishing kayaks out there, and for good reason. We’re going to take a look at exactly what makes this kayak tick, and why it has managed to edge out many of its competitors to become so widely used.
About Vibe Kayaks
Although they are a relative newcomer to the water sports industry, VIBE KAYAKS has managed to create a name for themselves by offering premium quality boating sport products at a number of price points, so that experts and newbies alike will be able to take to the water with safety, confidence, & comfort. They’ve even managed to become one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies according to Inc 500.
They call themselves “The Vibe Tribe”, and by purchasing one of their products you are invited to join them for what they describe as “more than just another outdoor company.”
The SEA GHOST 110 is perhaps their signature fishing kayak, and we’re here to take a look at how well it can handle the waves, so to speak.
Vibe Sea Ghost 110: The Bottom Line
When it comes to fishing kayaks, you will be hard pressed to find an entry-level rig that is as comfortable and easy to control as it is versatile. What you are getting is truly the best of both worlds: speed and stability.
While the Sea Ghost is long enough and fast enough to make longer-distance fishing trips a reality, it also manages to be stable enough to host some of the most strenuous fishing excursions without capsizing.
In terms of an angling package, everything you need to fish from your kayak is here. This is in stark contrast to some kayak manufacturers, whose base models require significant upgrades to make them truly ready for adventure.
Although it seems like VIBE might have a little bit more design work to do with the spring-loaded pedal rudder system (the springs are not securely installed) the 11 foot VIBE SEA GHOST kayak still manages to be one of the best angling packages available.
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What a Fast Fishing Kayak Needs: a Great Rudder
One of the premium features that truly sets this kayak in its very own league is the inclusion of a built-in rudder system. This is not something that you are going to find on entry-level kayaks or recreational kayaks, though it is usually an option to install one after the fact.
So how does it perform? In a word, wonderfully. The optional nature of this extendable rudder keeps it out of the way in tight waters or times when high maneuvering is necessary. Then you extend it and can save an incredible amount of energy paddling back inland at the end of the day.
Vibe Sea Ghost 110 Review Evaluation Criteria
Here’s exactly how the SEA GHOST stacks up against its competitors.
This is where the SEA GHOST 110 truly shines. Simply put, it is one of the most stable angling kayaks that we have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Not only is re-mounting an absolute breeze, but it is actually possible to reel in a sizable fish from the standing position, something that not every fishing kayak can do, as some people might want you to believe.
It didn’t take long for us to realize that the Sea Ghost 110 is a true fisherman’s kayak. It features some of the deepest-set rod holders that we have seen on fishing kayaks, and the result is an incredibly stable hold that you don’t have to worry about as you cruise along with your lines running behind you. The rod wells are capped as well, allowing you to prevent the entry of water and debris when not in use.
We’re big fans of the stern flush-mount style. They are easily accessible from the seated position which makes fishing in all kinds of waters possible. You can even use them in addition to the one in your hands, maximizing your chances of making the catch.
Seating / Standing
The Sea Ghost features one of VIBE’s most valuable assets, which is the patented dual position HERO SEAT. It’s not as adjustable as some of the more specialized (read = expensive) kayak seats that are on the market, but its base level comfort is far ahead of many.
As far as the standing area goes, there is not a whole lot of extra room here, but for a one person fishing adventure it should be more than adequate. The Sea Ghost is certainly stable enough to allow for stand-up angling.
Accessories / Mounts
This is another area where the SEA GHOST really shines. Because the base model comes standard with integrated gear tracking, the kayak is basically ready to become your go-to fishing vessel right out of the box.
Two flush mount rod holders are an expected feature, but our team appreciated the depth of the rod holders; very secure indeed.
If we are being honest, it could use one more rod holder to make this the perfect fishing rig, but because there is the immediate option of utilizing the gear track mounts for third party rod holders, we will write this off to us just being picky.
Storage & Cargo
The ability to organize, store, and access your fishing gear is perhaps the number one thing that separated angling kayaks from recreational kayaks. It seems like VIBE already knew this, because they were smart enough to include two sealed hatches which are secure enough to keep water out.
The center console is large enough for most fishing and the rear bungee storage area is big enough for a multi-day trip. As far as tackle storage is concerned, there are two built-in tackle trays for that very purpose.
It is true that the SEA GHOST doesn’t offer quite as much on-board storage as some of its competitors, but it is also significantly more stable, so it’s a trade-off that needs to be considered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the Sea Ghost 110 need any upgrades in order to be a great kayak?
A: One of the things that we loved most when writing the Vibe Sea Ghost 110 review was that the package included everything you need for a high-performance fishing experience, that is, minus the poles and the bait.
Because the SEA GHOST comes standard with rod mounts, bait compartments, and a spacious center console, it is pretty much ready to go right out of the box.
Q: Why is the Sea Ghost 110 so popular for fishing?
A: If we had to guess, we would say it’s the STABILITY. It is hard to find a fishing kayak that provides this level of stability while still being an easy-to-paddle kayak. That’s the thing about stability: it is so often sacrificed for speed and tracking, but with the SEA GHOST the distinction is irrelevant. That balance of speed and tracking, we think, could be the reason for its popularity.
Q: What kind of water conditions are best for this kayak?
A: The SEA GHOST really does its best work on flat water and rivers, and it can handle small bodies of water remarkably well for an 11 foot kayak. Handling and control would become more difficult with inclement water and large waves, and yet the stability would remain and honestly it probably wouldn’t do too bad.
Q: Does it come in multiple colors?
A: VIBE offers four different colors for this Kayak, which makes it possible for everyone to find a boat that matched their personal style. They are all a variation of the SEA GHOST’s iconic camouflage paint job, which can come in HUNTER GREEN, ORANGE, SMOKE GREY, or BLUE CAMO.
Decision Time: Should You Buy this 11 Foot Kayak?
Shopping for fishing kayaks is no easy task, and it would perhaps be a whole lot easier if you could just line the boats up and take each one out on the water. Sadly, these kinds of test runs are rarely possible, so it is important to be diligent in your research before purchasing.
Our honest opinion? After writing the vibe sea ghost 110 review, it clearly offers an incredible balance of features, making it the perfect option for anglers in a number of different water conditions. It’s more premium than entry level kayaks and recreational kayaks, however it manages to remain significantly less expensive than top-of-the-line models from other manufacturers. We love the retractable rudder and any angler would agree that it’s one of the most stable boats in its class.
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