Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Bowfishing Part V -Why?

    This is likely to be the most controversial piece I have ever written. For whatever reason, proponents and opponents of bowfishing tend to be some of the most colorfully passionate people I run across. There are folks that want to completely shut down bowfishing, and I think that would be a major mistake. Read More
  • LED Light Installation

    Since there are many different brands of LED lights for kayaks, it’s nearly impossible to cover all the ins and outs of installing them all. Instead of trying to tackle that, I’ve opted to give you some “tricks of the trade” from a guy who has installed more than a dozen kits for different kayaks. At the end of this article, I’ll link to an installation video from one of the more popular LED companies, Super Nova Fishing Lights. Read More
  • Titusville IFA Kayak Fishing Tour

    Sixty-eight kayak anglers participated in the Titusville IFA Kayak Fishing Tour in search of a bull red and a gator trout to win this event. I decided to be one of those anglers and traveled to Titusville, FL to fish the legendary Mosquito Lagoon. I’m always hearing reports and seeing photos of bull redfish and trout caught in the Mosquito Lagoon that dwarf a South Carolina redfish. Read More
  • Bowfishing Part IV - Where?

    Just like game fish, “rough” fish have favorite haunts and locations where they hang out at certain times. Finding these places is the difference between shooting fish or not. Like we talked about in the “when” segment, these can change due to water temperature or spawning season. The beauty is, what you learn about bowfishing for rough fish also benefits you for catching game fish with traditional gear. Read More
  • Update on #kayakfishingforjames - the ATAK is back!

    If you have been following the fishing media about the James Lebowitz Memorial Cal Poly Pomona Scholarship, you have already seen some incredibly generous acts of kindness. Multiple manufacturers have donated kayaks to help raise money for the fund. Read More
  • 2015 Hobie Fishing Wolrld Championship

    The 2015 Hobie Fishing World Championship event will be held in Changshu, China this November. There will be four qualifying events held in the US, starting in May. Read More
  • Arkansas Kayak Fishing Tournament Benefits Families in Need

    The first annual Kayak Attack on Hunger fishing tournament will be held May 9 at the Cranfield Recreation Area and campground on Lake Norfork near Mountain Home. All of the proceeds from the non-motorized, catch-photo-release tournament will go to the Mountain Home Mercy Mall, a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and personal care items to families in need at no cost. 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 Poling
ranger side shot
Ranger Paddling
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