Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • It's Topwater Time

    It’s that time again, the time when top water action heats up! This past week I went out to Calcasieu Lake (Big Lake) and although it was a little slow, I managed to pull out a few specs and redfish. The nice thing about it was, except for one flounder they were all on topwater. I did attempt to throw other things, but the surface action is what they wanted. Read More
  • YakAngler Pro Interview - Justin Carter

    I have known Justin Carter since 2009, when I started struggling with kayak fishing. Justin and Tommy Samuels are considered two of the pioneers of kayak fishing here in South Carolina - especially the Lowcountry of Charleston. He is an Eastern regional ProStaff member for Hobie, where he conducts several kayak fishing seminars for Hobie dealers and the local tackle shops in the Lowcountry area. Read More
  • Wilderness Systems Kayaks Officially Hands Free

    Kayak fishermen rejoice Wilderness Systems has jumped into the hands free fishing market. Wilderness Systems fans now have the option to upgrade their current “A.T.A.K”, “Thresher” and “Tarpon 130x” fishing kayaks.  Read More
  • 2016 Battle in the Bahamas

    The 2016 Battle in the Bahamas tournament is in the books, and Joe Hector sent along the results of the third-annual event. Read More
  • Confluence Outdoor Taking A New Direction

    Evan Lyendecker, Director of Marketing Communications at Confluence Outdoor, says the company will be getting out of the kayak industry and heading into a new direction. Read More
  • Kayak Wars - the Ultimate Kayak Fishing Experience

    Now here’s a whale of a fish tale! It’s about the perfect blend of an extreme sport and the modern equivalent of a bunch of guys sitting around a camp-fire sharing stories about their greatest catches. Let us introduce you to Kayak Wars, a fishing tournament dedicated to providing the ultimate kayak fishing experience for anglers in both freshwater and saltwater. Read More
  • Six Tips to Help You Land Big Fish!

    As an angler, you never want to tell your friends a fishing story that starts with “You should’ve seen the one that got away!” If you’re having trouble landing bigger fish, you’ve come to the right place! Understanding certain principles and learning the fundamental skills of landing a fish after you’ve hooked it will increase your success. Here are some tips that are sure to help you land a big fish soon. 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 Paddling
Ranger Poling
ranger side shot
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