Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

  • Bowfishing - What?

    One thing you will learn about bowfishing: the species you are allowed to shoot will run from you, while the species you may not shoot will lay around like cord wood. I have had carp spook and run from fifty yards away while bass and crappie just cruise around without a care. Read More
  • Waterproofing Connectors

    Water, salt, dirt, and corrosion are the worst components for damaging your cable connectors. Unlike a motor boat where the cable connectors are typically protected from most of the harsh weather conditions, kayaks are completely exposed. Taking salty waves over our bows landing on sandy beaches and constantly getting rained on are routine. For a minimal cost you can protect your cable connectors to obtain the maximum lifespan out of these expensive cables. Read More
  • A pair of aces for targeting laydowns

    Laydowns are prime largemouth bass habitat year round. They provide shade, shelter, concealment for ambushing prey, and food in the form of crustaceans, insect larvae, fish fry and other animals that seek refuge. Normally laydowns are present in man-made reservoirs, but also to a lesser degree in natural lakes. Laydowns are sunken trees that died after flooding, that somehow were artificially located to provide cover, or were located on the shoreline and died or were cut down.  Read More
  • 2015 Homer (AK) Winter King Salmon Derby

    This was the 22nd annual derby for winter kings in Homer, AK. Exceptional weather, road conditions, and number of fish attracted a record crowd. 1,324 anglers on 386 vessels caught 590 King Salmon. All those numbers shattered previous records. Anglers were competing for the top prize of $27,762, plus side bets totalling nearly $25,000 more dollars, making that single fish worth over $50,000! Read More
  • Flamingo Boondoggle – Snake Bight

    At the Boondoggle in Merritt Island in October, 2014 it was announced that the President’s Day Boondoggle would be in the Everglades National Park at Flamingo, FL. This Boondoggle was some fishing, maybe some catching, adult beverage drinking, socializing from campsite to campsite, and a potluck on Sunday evening. I started making plans to fish the Everglades. Read More
  • Soft Stick Baits for Big Bass

    Soft stick baits - the original was the Yamamoto “Senko” - catch lots of bass. I will give some common rigging techniques, and discuss catching big bass with a stick bait. Using a stick bait during pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn has helped catch some monster bass the past several seasons. Read More
  • Wilderness Systems Expands Their Pro Staff

    With the growth of kayak fishing, it's no surprise to hear about Wilderness Systems expanding their Pro Staff for 2015. The Wildly Pro Staff has been beefed up with an additional nineteen kayak anglers representing the company throughout the country in kayak fishing tournaments, kayak shows, and other events specific to the kayak fishing industry. 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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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 Paddling
Ranger Poling
ranger side shot
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