Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Goin' Camping - Watching Your Weight

    There are few things in life that get me excited more than the thought of camping - the sights, the sounds, the smells... Ever since I was a very young child, my parents would take me and my brother camping. We usually went four or five times a year, and waited anxiously between campouts. The minute the truck backed into our spot and stopped, we would jump out and cover every inch of whatever state park we were visiting.  Read More
  • Getting There and Back – Bed Extenders

    For those of you truck owners looking for a way to transport your kayak, there may be no simpler way to do it than with a bed extender. The handy bed extender has been my method of transportation for the last three years. As with anything in life, there are pros and cons. Read More
  • Skinny-water Stealth Fishing

    Ever fished with someone who took silence to another level? Who would look at you like they’d beat you up when you’d try to make conversation, or believed any little noise would scare the fish? Maybe you’re like that? I don’t know that I am, but I do believe that stealthiness on the water is important. I don’t know that a little conversation will scare fish, but I do believe that a paddle not being put down gently enough will. Read More
  • Battle in the Bahamas 2015

    Anglers from China, Canada, and all over the United States came together to fish last week in the Extreme Kayak Fishing “Battle in the Bahamas 2015”. With live bait being hard to come by, the sixty anglers had to resort to old tactics from when Extreme Kayak Fishing first began - catching their own bait, and using anything they could find to win $10,000! Read More
  • Topwater Technique - “Let It Pause”

    I am a big fan of topwater, especially the “Skitterwalk” by Rapala. A while back, a friend asked what techniques I used other than changing the retrieve speed of walk-the-dog type lures. I immediately chimed in, “Don’t be scared to let it pause.” Read More
  • 8 Great Springtime Bass Lures

    For many kayak anglers around the country, water temps are quickly on the rise, and they have one thing on their minds - springtime bass! Most bass in the southern states have completed their spawn, and other northern states have just started to see them bed down. Here are eight lures that will help you catch those springtime bass. Read More
  • Bowfishing Part V -Why?

    This is likely to be the most controversial piece I have ever written. For whatever reason, proponents and opponents of bowfishing tend to be some of the most colorfully passionate people I run across. There are folks that want to completely shut down bowfishing, and I think that would be a major mistake. Read More
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Malibu Ranger

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Malibu
Model:
Ranger
MSRP ($):
1,299.00
Length (ft):
15.5

The “Ranger 15” is Malibu’s foray into the canoe/kayak hybrid frontier. With a large open deck perfect for fly fishermen, the Ranger 15 give kayak fishermen plenty of options. The Explorer seat and adjustable foot track system provide all-day comfort, and the Ranger has ample bungee-secured storage fore and aft.

Features:
  • Spider Angler Seat set
  • Arm rest pads
  • Adjustable foot track system
  • Bow & stern handles
  • 2 rear rod holders

Specs:

  • Width: 32"
  • Weight: 80 lbs
  • Height: 15"
  • Capacity: 600 lbs

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Ranger Poling
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Malibu Ranger 15 Review

I received the Ranger 15 just last week, and it was with great anticipation. I was intrigued with the first glimpses of the kayak and wondered how it would handle. Coming in a single seat (15.1) and tandem models (15.2), the Ranger 15 is Malibu's entry into the hybrid kayak market.

With the high free board and width, The Ranger 15 takes a wider and higher stroke from the seated position compared to my other Malibu kayaks. It’s a bit wetter from paddle drip and the higher angle of attack with the paddle. While it tracked well into all different wind directions, I think a rudder would help. I found it equal to my Stealth 14 for speed.

I found it very easy to stand up from the seated position, and the stability was good. With a tunnel hull your feet are stuck in one position, which I didn’t like. I’m more used to my Stealth 14, so I guess it would take some getting used to. When standing, the bow is pushed down and the stern is forced up a little out of the water. This causes the kayak to “weathervane” into the wind, making it a handful to keep on a straight course. I found that deploying my anchor (in the folded up position) would help keep the stern from swinging around into the wind.

The seat attaches to a plastic seat tray, which in turn is connect to adjustable side rails. This tray is bolted into position and requires the proper wrench to make adjustments on the fly. In front of the seat is a support bar, which at first glance you would think would be in the way. This was not the case. In fact, the bar helps with standing, and also gives you a place to rest a fishing rod At first I thought this bar should be located behind the seat, and a smaller one located up front towards the bow. This still might be a good idea, giving the hull more stability.

The area behind the seat is rather large, but plenty big for a milk crate or cooler. The problem is, there is no way to secure anything in place. The area that serves as a rear tank well area is to far aft in the single version, but is reachable in the tandem configuration.

With no paddle holders installed, I had to stow my paddle and push pole down inside the kayak. The side pads are installed a bit too far aft, but would be good if the seat was moved back a few inches.

ranger side shot
Ranger Paddling
Ranger Poling
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