Cool summer but good fishing in Upstate NY

This summer has been rather cool and windy in the Northeast, but the low temperatures did not present any problem to the bass themselves.

Here are some pictures of chunky bass and trout that Clint caught in Upstate New York, standing in his Wavewalk 500 –

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And here is Nioca, Clint’s wife, showing a 5.5 largemouth bass she caught while fishing in tandem with him:

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A kayak that’s useful for cold water fishing

Paul Malm is a fishing guide and tackle manufacturer from Iowa , and an expert in fishing for cold water species such as Musky, Pike, etc. In fact, he’s nicknamed the Musky Guy.

I have recently purchased a new type of fishing kayak called the WaveWalk 500 that’s very useful in the waters around here. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying the W. I wish I would have bought one sooner!

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I’m also offering kayak trips for those who just want to get out for the day and enjoy the experience. This particular design is more stable on the water than any other kayak I have seen. Plus the amount of storage of these unique kayaks blows them all away, too. Fishing while standing is no problem at all, and they are very comfortable to spend extended time in. You can actually lay down in this one!
This has been one the most unusual years I have ever been witness to as far as the weather and the fishing goes. In Northwest Iowa the rains seemed never-ending for a while, especially on weekends. Waters are high all over the area, with levels that have not been seen in a few seasons.
As far as the rivers go, these heavy rains have caused a lot of flooding, and as for fishing, it depends on where you live and what you are fishing for. Because of the unstable rivers and muddy waters, the musky and pike bite has been off and on from day to day. Nothing that you can predict with the crazy barometer this year. The bass, crappie, and big bluegills, on the other hand, have been great this year!

I have been fishing out of my new WaveWalk 500 fishing kayak and it has been giving me access to waters that others are not able to get to. As a result, I am able to target fish that are not pressured, and it is working very well. It is amazing how much you can see and learn from such a silent , low-profile craft. Fish swim right under you without spooking. Awesome to see! I am now offering kayak trips and kayak fishing through my guide service. Right now I am only able to take one person at a time for kayak bookings, but I am hoping to change that shortly.

I am also offering bow-fishing trips. You would be surprised how much fun it is to get a 20 pound carp on the end of an arrow. You can’t stop the smile on your face! Once again, from the kayak I can only do one at a time, but there are other options, too.

I am also offering fishing lessons and classes for small parties or large groups. I have been certified by the State of Iowa DNR as an official “Fish Iowa” Instructor. So not only do I get the honor and privilege of introducing many people to the sport, but this also gives me access to many of the materials the DNR makes available for young or new fishermen, promoting our great fishing in the State of Iowa!

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I am proud to introduce the latest in my line of terminal tackle. It is another leader, but geared towards finer fishing. This product came up as a result of a day of walleye fishing where the big pike were biting me off every other cast. Not a major problem, but I was after walleye that day, not pike. But walleye will not take to the sight of a heavy leader and it seems a little silly to cast a curly-tail jig on one too. So I went home that night and came up with what I will use from now on when casting for walleye during aggressive feeding. The snap is of my own design again, with nothing to open or close, changing lures in an instant. Whether you fish for bullheads or musky, it is great just to get out and enjoy a little of what nature has to offer.

As far as safety concerns about tandem use. I am picky about who goes out in the W500 with me. There is a certain way to do things that has been working out very well. Large people are not showing interest in kayaking, they want the bigger boat. Most of the people I have taken in the kayak are not large, so no problems there. The way we work it for bow-fishing, the person in front stands and shoots the bow, the person in back is the navigator. This works great! As far as fishing, the client stays seated and fishes in front while I overlook everything from the rear. I have had no issues at all doing things this way. And I still get to cast myself! I am a big one on safety for my clients, if I thought there was any problem at all, I would not be taking them out. A little common sense can go a long way also. Not much of that left in today’s world it seems sometimes.
I forgot to mention that I have explored the option of other kayaks, even before I bought my W500. I was not impressed by any of them. There are a couple that are no doubt usable, but nowhere near as convenient for one person to handle and move around with. My plan is to add at least one more W500 to my inventory. I am just waiting for business to pick up. I know where I can get cheap kayaks right now, but nothing I would care to have clients in or around. I won’t risk my name on shoddy equipment. Like the old saying goes, You get what you pay for! I am sure it won’t be an extended wait before my W500 fleet starts to grow! I am looking forward to it!

Things have been a little slow lately because of the weather. Hot and humid, just like a normal Iowa summer. People tend to think that fish cannot be caught right now. It’s tough to get across that fish can be caught almost all the time, you just have to adjust tactics, time of day, or try another species! I had my youngest son (22) out in the W a couple days ago and he had an absolute blast. He wants to go out again soon. We were bow-fishing, but we were laughing so hard.

Paul Malm

Malm Fishing Services, Northwestern Iowa

The Return of Rox vs. Stripers – Another Epic Battle Between Kayak Angler and Big Fish

Stripers are among anglers’ favorite fish species in the eastern regions of the United States. Eastern anglers simply love stripers, and there’s even an annual celebration in New England called “StriperFest” (Striper Festival), named after this venerated fish…

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Well, after my first Connecticut River W500 kayak Striper trip, you know I had to get back out there. I Hit the river at 9:00am.

First drift, at 9:39am, the first Schoolie was in the boat.

The Bite wasn’t as good as my first trip, but with 2 stripers a 32″ and one at 32 1/2″ I’m one Happy Friggen Yaker :D

The best part of my day was having a striper hit the top water lure, sending in the air, then coming back and hitting it again with a tail slap, when I realized, it was 3 Stripers fighting over it.

When Finally it Happened, I Had a Double on, and it was 2 Good size Keepers, they were rolling and fighting when one popped off.

But the one I got in the boat was the 32 1/2″ fatty.

I ended up with 10 Stripers, ranging from 24″ to the 32 1/2″.

I headed for the ramp at 12:30, I was pooped out, didn’t think I could reel in another fish  😀

Plus, I was soooooooooo tired from standing and fishing all morning.

That W500 fishing kayak is a work out machine, just as much as she is a FISHING MACHINE!!!!!!!

Notice, my GoPro Hero2 mounted and ready to record – Enjoy!  😀

(Best viewed in full screen mode)

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Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

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Standing up in the W500 kayak, showing this big striper

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kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

First Kayak Bass Fishing Trip of the 2012 Season, By Rox Davis

Rox is undoubtedly one of the finest bass yakkers in America. Read more about kayak fishing for bass >>

I finally got out in my W500 for the first trip of the season in my yak.
I launched at 10:30 am at lake Congamond in Southwick Massachusetts.
Today was a picture perfect day.
Slight wind with sunny skies, I was hoping for some clouds, but they didn’t show up until the end of my day.
Water temps were 43 degrees to 47.8 degrees, and gin clear.

Long story short, I threw everything but the kitchen sink.
Though I had 3 Bass follow my jerk bait all the way to the boat, but they just wouldn’t commit and bite it.
I caught 5 pickerels, and only small bass.
I called it quits at about 3:30pm.

I was paddling through the flats, an area where the water is 2’ to 8’ deep, and decided to give one more lure a try.
I had a little mepps inline spinner in brown trout color, tied onto 8’ test floro.
I cast it almost to shore and retrieved it back to me slowly.
That picked me up a couple more small Bass, but not what I was looking for.

I made a cast up shallow next to a dock, and as the spinner came past the very end………….BAM!!! Fish On!!
I had a head shaking fool, running for deep water.
Now I’m getting my first tow of the season, as she turns and heads straight at me……………
I’m reeling in the slack line as fast as I can to catch up to her, and up she comes for my first tail Dance of the season.
She dives under my W500 and Pops out the other side, my pole dipped down under water hoping she would pop off.
She surges back out for the shallows on the dock I pulled her from.
I pull her up towards the surface, back towards my yak, and into my net.

Now this is what I was Looking for, 3.5 lbs fat healthy Large Mouth Bass.

large mouth bass - first kayak fishing trip of 2012Called it a day after that, and headed home.
A side note, I picked up another motor, a 2003 2hp Honda 4 stroke.
After it gets a tune up, I’ll be making another video.

Life Is Good.

Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all.
Rox