Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Winter Girls from Louisiana

    After a couple of weeks of some freezing temps and lots of rain, the short spell of sunshine and warmer weather was a relief. I decided to take advantage of the situation and get on the water. The day was forecast to have a very light wind out of the southwest. I chose my spot for the day accordingly. Read More
  • Review Your Kayak Fishing Gear Contest

    Love it, hate it – let us know what you think about those kayak fishing products! YakAngler is assembling the ultimate kayak fishing review site, and we need your help. Starting in February, we will be giving away a $25 Austin Kayak gift certificate every month for the next four months. All you have to do to enter is review your gear. Every new review you post each month is another entry for a chance to win. Read More
  • Kayak Shad Fishing

    It seems to start around mid-January: the urge to take the kayak up to my local river and catch some migrating shad. They are fun to catch, providing awesome rod-bending action and the occasional aerial display. Also, I can keep some shad for the freezer, eventually using them as cut-bait for catching catfish and red drum. Read More
  • Fishful Thinking

    With the weather acting schizophrenically, I've used the cold days to do a lot of reorganizing, rigging and prep for the upcoming tournament season. I'll only fish a handful of events but I want to at least make it worth the time and effort. Trying to figure out, by reading maps, old notes and revisiting way points has me trying to "guess" where the fish will be. Read More
  • Freddy York - The Pedaling Pirate

    Let’s say you lived in the NY/NJ area and loved to kayak fish saltwater, but didn’t have anywhere to go fishing or anywhere to store your kayak. So you sell your kayak and after a while you begin to really miss it. What would you do? You would bicycle from your home to the Bahamas, right? “Yeah, that’s what I would….SAY WHAT?” Read More
  • Florida Anglers Strike Back for the Extreme Crown

    Not your average kayak folk competed last weekend in the nation’s exclusive Sailfish Smack Down 2015. This second-annual event brought sixty one anglers to Pompano Beach, FL from all over the US and Canada, and once again the tournament proved to be one of the best events for saltwater kayak anglers.  Read More
  • Fishing with Braid: My Line of Choice from a Kayak

    After seeing SpiderWire® advertised in 1994, I picked up a spool of Cabela’s “Ripcord” braid - a “super” line advertised as ‘stronger than steel’ - because SpiderWire® was just too ridiculously expensive. For monster Kenai River kings, this seemed like just the ticket. 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 Paddling

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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 Paddling
Ranger Poling
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