Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Top 10 Mistakes of Beginning Swimbait Anglers

    Swimbait fishing is one of my true passions, and something I have devoted the majority of my fishing time towards over the last four years. I will launch an ongoing series on swimbait fishing from a kayak fisherman’s point of view. Although a “Kayak Swimbait 101” crash course is on the way, I find that mistakes teach more than lectures. These Top 10 mistakes are all hard-learned, hard-earned topics I hear echoed by other experienced swimbait fishermen. Read More
  • New Season Yakangler Resolutions

    Welcome to a new kayak fishing season in 2016! We all have our own rituals, habits, favorite places, and go-to tackle while out on the water. I'm guilty of it, too, and rarely will I stray from my norm. I'm sure what you're doing is working just fine, but I have a challenge for you: break out of the box, and try some different things this year. What do I mean by different? Check out my ideas! Read More
  • YakAngler's Inside and Out goes Boondogglin'

    In episode 5 of YakAngler’s Inside and Out, Jameson heads down to the bayou for the fifth annual BoondoggleX. Huge jacks, bull redfish, trout, Ro-Sham-Bo, raffles, good times, and more from Fontainebleau State Park in beautiful Mandeville, LA. Read More
  • YakAngler Pro Interview - Jameson Redding

    Jameson Redding hosts Yakangler’s Inside and Out, and represents many companies in the kayak fishing industry. From the time I met him he has always been willing to help, no matter how tough or thankless the job. He is a constant study with his camera craft: learning and pushing limits to make a product anyone would be proud of. He is a heck of a Yakangler and I am honored to call him a  friend. Read More
  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Start Kayak Fishing

    As falling gas prices make owning a powerboat more affable than ever, we wanted to see why we have not seen a drop in new users joining the YA Nation. We asked our users why they decided to buy a kayak and jump into the world of kayak fishing. Here are the top 10 reasons they started kayak fishing. Read More
  • Unboxing Lucky Tackle Box - December 2015

    My December Lucky Tackle Box arrived just before Christmas. Due to a bit of a hectic work and life schedule, I wasn't able to do the unboxing until after Christmas. I finally got some time yesterday to sit down and bang this out. Read More
  • 2015 Top Events In Kayak Fishing

    On this New Year’s Eve we take a look back at the highs and lows in our sport: kayak fishing. Sometimes looking back is the only way to truly appreciate the unparalleled growth and community kayak anglers share. Here is our list of top things to happen to kayak fishing in 2015. 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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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
ranger side shot
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