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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Though you guys might enjoy this little off-season hobby.  Striper fishing from a yak in NH.

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I met a guy who trolls for salmon in  Puget Sound and does pretty well. He had a nice 20 plus pounder  on  near Brown's Point and could maintain a nice trolling speed,

The simplicity of his operation using no fuel and  hardly affecting his surroundings with no mechanical contrivances was a very pure and peaceful approach. 

We were in a big damn powerboat with three downriggers and usually got  fish  yet I felt the kayaker was much the better fisherman. We used 50,000 dollars of equipment . He had a cheap kayak and  basic  gear yet competed nicely with simplicity as his guide.
post #3 of 29
I once caught a monsterous (30 lb) Barracuda from a 20lb inflatable kayak.  No need for fancy drag when the boat can be towed all over by the fish.  Still one of my best fishing experiences.
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 Cool.  My dad does this too, up in CT.  He files the barbs off his hooks for easier catch/release (once and a while he keeps one).  There have been times where he'll get right in the middle of a hot spot and catch stripers with every cast.

I fish for striper when they come upriver in late spring here in VA (the locals call them "Rockfish" at that point, which caused this New Englander some confusion at first).  Sure is a good eating fish.  

I have yet to fish from my kayak, but my dad keeps telling me it's the way to go.
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.  Couple tips...

Anchor is important.  Does not neeed to be much.  Window weight works good.  I have a commercial folding anchor.

Old phone cords make good paddle  / Rod leadhes

Milk crate or grocery store shopping basket.

Rod holder.  Mine is a Scotty mounted between my knees.
 
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Do you rig an amah?
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Hey just wanted to dig up this thread to say that kayak fishing is one of my main summer activities these days. I usually go out on the Susquehanna River for smallmouth bass. I also have a small fleet so if anybody in Central PA or Maryland wants to try it out just let me know. It does help if you already have some kayaking and fishing experience since you are combining two activities. The fishing experience is probably the more important of the two though.

 

Here is one of my kayaks rigged up out on the river  

 

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Sweet setup. 

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In dry weather when they hole up it's a blast about dusk.  I used to love one tiny minnow and/or a small worm ... yeah I know, drowning worms and all ... with a tiny stick to hold it off and keep it floating.  Went over to a stick because they were getting aggressive with a float.

 

Sometimes fun is stripping the hooks off a lure .. spinner or minnow ... just to watch the attack.  I live real close to the Raritan and it's loaded with smallies.  Fun was watching my kid during winter trout in late November ... he was about 9 ... "Dad, dad, I got a brown and it has to be 15" dad, dad .."  And this 11" smallmouth emerges.  More fight per ounce than anything shy a bluefish?

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How many pounds and I guess it fits well on that Saabaru?

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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

 

Here is one of my kayaks rigged up out on the river  

 

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Hey cool Matt! Thanks for Bringing this up - I have been thinking seriously lately about getting in to this too.

 

Just got this book the other day...  Kayak Fishing - The Ultimate Guide

 

Couldn't believe the size of some of the fish those guys are haulin' in!

 

 

I'm thinking I like pretty much the same boat as yours. The Tarpon 120 Angler.

(Where is that BC.com discount code when you need it?)

 

Do you use an optional rudder at all? Is that the seat that came with or did you upgrade? My low back gives me a lot of grief in a 'yak, I think I am going to try this little inflatable lumbar support belt I have next time.

 

The Columbia River out here is having a pretty awesome salmon run this year... mmmm... alder smoked salmon on a cedar plank.... 

post #12 of 29

When I was young, my dad and I often fished out of our three man Kayak, or our canoe. Motor boats seemed strange to me.

 

The kayak ran so shallow we could sneak over logs that were barely submerged, making it great for sneaking into difficult to access, but very fishy looking, river sloughs and arms of lakes. Unlike the canoe, the keel of the kayak was a semicircular groove recessed into the relatively flat bottom of the boat, and since you sat down on the bottom of the boat, it was far less prone to tipping than the canoe.

 

Dad also used it for duck hunting in Tillamook Bay with great success.

 


You can land huge fish from kayaks:

 

 

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Edited by volantaddict - 7/22/10 at 12:25am
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carlredorig.jpgI enjoy Kayak fishing more than wade fishing.  Cover more territory than wading along with not having to pay close attention to those pesky black tips.  Here is a shot of a local fishing the Cove this spring.  Often in the fall with calm conditions we carry 2 Kayaks in our bay boats to the outside reefs (14miles out), anchor out then fish in the kayaks.

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YEEE - HAW!   BIG fish on!

Honestly I think I would chicken out and cut the line if I ever hooked anything like this from a Kayak!!!

 

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great-white-shark-kayak.jpg

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How many pounds and I guess it fits well on that Saabaru?


I think it's about 45 lbs. I trailer though because I usually have 2-4 yaks to haul. 

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Hey cool Matt! Thanks for Bringing this up - I have been thinking seriously lately about getting in to this too.

 

Just got this book the other day...  Kayak Fishing - The Ultimate Guide

 

Couldn't believe the size of some of the fish those guys are haulin' in!

 

 

I'm thinking I like pretty much the same boat as yours. The Tarpon 120 Angler.

(Where is that BC.com discount code when you need it?)

 

Do you use an optional rudder at all? Is that the seat that came with or did you upgrade? My low back gives me a lot of grief in a 'yak, I think I am going to try this little inflatable lumbar support belt I have next time.

 

The Columbia River out here is having a pretty awesome salmon run this year... mmmm... alder smoked salmon on a cedar plank.... 


Just get the regular Tarpon and rig it yourself (after you use it a while and know where you want what). It's cheaper and better to customize the placement of things. Give Appomattox River Company a call and ask for Tom (Farmville store). They are the biggest canoe/kayak dealer in the country and can usually ship cheaper than you can buy anywhere else. They usually have some demos available too. Tell him Matt, the owner of Smallmouths.com sent you.

 

If you have the budget the new Ultra Lite Tarpon is awesome. 

 

The Tarpon 120 is my "small" boat. The other one is a WS Ride 135 which is wider, more stable and I can stand up to fish which is great. 

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http://www.thomaspeschak.com/kayak-great-white-sharks-/

 

Fun read on the big fish photo linked above. 

 

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Dolphin-surfer.jpg

 

This ones pretty cool too.  I think this one is a dolphin and not a shark.  Still makes me think about who is on top of the food chain in the ocean.

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Pretty cool to see how dolphins also enjoy surfing. 

 

In terms of any floatie-type thing that places you close to, or in, the water, one great part about the experience is that the lack engine noise and hull slap seems to cause a lot more wildlife, of all sorts, to hang out closer to you. 
 

post #21 of 29

howdy

 

funny isnt - my best day fishing was when i went out in a ten foot tinny on a perfect flat day to spot x, that i usually fish in a 19 foot boat.

hooked straight into 3 real nice snapper- and then hooked into what turned out to be a 30 lb kingfish which went round the anchor and burley pot.!

all on 8 kg line, so had a battle on my hands but managed to pull up the berley pot and unhook the line , then pulled up the anchor warp(real easy in the tinny compared to the big boat). Then the kingi towed me around for 15 minutes or so.Eventually landed amid much screaming and yahooing.

 

When got back into the ramp there was the big 40 ft local charter boat, which had 3 customers in the boat looking rather quiet.

 

The punters paid out on the captain !  there was me in a cruddy tinny with a bin full of fish. (all in 90 minutes) . guess what the carter had caught zip. 

 

stealth fishing is unreal.

would have posted a pic but haven't got that facility it seems but never mind

 

tight lines

 

sb 

post #22 of 29

Try again!  I'm game for a fish story.  Hopefully a bit less threatening than some of the big ones in this thread.

 

BTW, welcome to ExtremeTV, the newest insider to EpicSki.

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hey there 

 thanks for the welcome on in- stoked to be a part of the coolest site going .

also appreciate the help with cut and paste 

have tried to attach 

 

 

 

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Steve, I think you meant this:

 

post #25 of 29

wicked 

that is a mean as crab

thanks heaps for the steer on th epics

have just uploaded some new ones and hoping for a whole lot more from a couple of extreme sport photographers we are working with - and more from heli challenge 2010

 

enjoy that crab - the snapper went on da smoker- too big to cook

speak real soon

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Update -

 

Here is what I am fishing out of this summer. It's a Jackson Coosa. A river fishing machine!

 

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post #28 of 29
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This is how we do it out West.  eek.gif

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/13/kayaker-catches-shark_n_897618.html


And like this

 

 

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by jaytierney View Post

This is how we do it out West.  eek.gif

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/13/kayaker-catches-shark_n_897618.html


And like this...oops someone already posted this above. Amazing enough for a re-post though!

 

 

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