Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam, Part 1

    Local angler Carl Torresson topped a tournament-record fleet of 170 kayaks last on Saturday, June 27, 2015 to win the Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam Part 1 out of Pompano Beach, FL. Read More
  • YakAngler.com Launches New Web Series: “YakAngler’s Inside and Out”

    YakAngler.com - your ultimate kayak fishing resource - is launching a new web series titled “YakAngler’s Inside and Out”, hosted by well-known kayak fishing personality Jameson Redding. Jameson will travel around the country capturing kayak fishing events, tournaments, manufacturer tours, fishing with local celebrities, and bringing you the inside and out of the kayak fishing industry. Read More
  • NuCanoe's "Pursuit"

    The folks at NuCanoe have just released the latest addition to their line of versatile kayaks. The new “Pursuit” is the answer to people who want the stability of their previous models in a sleeker, faster, and easier-to-paddle version. Read More
  • Trolling Tips

    Trolling is a technique I employ for just about every fish I target - even for fish typically not associated with this technique, like halibut. My primary target for trolling is salmon. I fish the waters of Alaska, and though not everyone will be targeting salmon or halibut I believe these techniques can be modified for a wide variety of species. Read More
  • MNFKA Mankato Bass Classic

    June 20 was the official tournament day for the 2015 Mankato Bass Classic. We had thirty four registered entrants from around the state of Minnesota. The event unofficially began on June 19, when the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association board met at Lake Francis near Mankato, MN to do a little informal fishing. Read More
  • Cashing in at the “Bank”

    During the annual frenzy of the spring trophy striper season when the tactics are mainly deep-water motorboat trolling with heavy gear, anglers can be rewarded with a fish of a lifetime. As spring nears an end and summertime temps start to creep up, the focus moves to other tactics and gear. Trolling stays in play, while jigging, chumming/chunking, and live-lining get in on the act. For me, the fast-paced action of light tackle along the shallow shores and marsh banks is the ticket! Read More
  • Bits of Advice for the Kayak Fishing Tournament Newbie

    WHAM! Something had just hit the white spinnerbait I was tossing along a line of lily pads, and my drag wasn’t set high enough to keep the fish from pulling line out. Needing this fish to score my first entry in an online kayak fishing tournament, I tightened the drag a bit and got the net ready. 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
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 side shot
Ranger Paddling
Ranger Poling
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