Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Like a Light Switch

    Many of us have heard the phrase, “It turned on like a light switch!” when anglers refer to a good bite - the type of bite which goes from non-existent to an all-out frenzy within a matter of seconds. The thing is, these bites are usually short-lived. We can only try to take full advantage of them for as long as we can. Read More
  • Going Weightless With Soft Plastics

    My love of fishing weightless soft plastics came from pure necessity. As a kid on foot, the only lake I could get to and fish daily was ringed with an impenetrable mass of pads, weeds, and stickups. I circled that lake so many times I wore my own groove in the ground on its bank. Locals swore up and down I was wasting my time, and that the weed choked pond was devoid of fish. Read More
  • 2nd Chance Kayak Tournament

    Are you tired of the same old thing when it comes to kayak fishing tournaments? If so, the upcoming Central Kentucky Canoe/Kayak Bass Tournament on October 3 is for you. This event is for any human-powered watercraft and will be a road runner event. Read More
  • Central Coast Slam Down

    The Fourth Annual Central Coast Slam Down, formally known as the Cambria Slam Down, will take place on September 19, 2015 along the San Luis Obispo County coastline. Anglers from all areas of California will be meeting to compete for the many prizes being offered at this year’s event. We can guarantee good times with great people, lots of laughs, an abundance of fish stories, along with a bit of friendly competition for all those who participate Read More
  • Ultralights - One Man's Setup

    Although the definition of "ultralight angling" is probably suited for a lengthy debate during the dead of winter, the most common attribute is probably "lighter than normal line for bigger than normal fish." Read More
  • YakAngler's Inside and Out - Episode 2

    Earlier in the year, The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons attended the Kayak Fishing Boondoggle in the Everglades. We thought it would be cool for everyone to see what goes into making a prime time fishing show. Follow Jameson behind the scenes in YakAngler’s Inside and Out Episode 2 – Behind The Kayak Fishing Show. Read More
  • Tennessee State Championship

    The six major kayak tournament series in the state of Tennessee have come together to pick one true champion for the state through an invitation-only kayak tournament on Sept 26 -27. Read More
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Fenix "HL55" high-intensity waterproof headlamp
 
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"When it comes to launching or recovering the kayak in the dark, it seems like I go through two or three headlamps a year. I’m not easy on gear, plus I’m always looking for newer/better/brighter. I’ll squash one and break it, or waterproof isn’t REALLY waterproof and the salt water takes its toll. I think I have found a lifetime headlamp in the Fenix HL55. As LED technology has continued to improve and drop in price, the brighter Cree-based..."
McAlpine Dam Harrison Ave Ramp
 
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Hobie "Pro Angler 12"
 
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"At the Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake earlier this month I was able to finally fish out of the Hobie Pro Angler (PA) 12. I’ve pedaled and paddled it twice at Outdoor Retailer but never got a chance to fish out of it for a full review. There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the larger Pro Angler 14 and there wasn’t much I didn’t like about the PA 12. There were only a few dislikes about the..."
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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
ranger side shot
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 Poling
ranger side shot
Ranger Paddling
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