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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Kayak Fishing for Striper on the Connecticut River

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

By Rox Davis

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  🙂

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 is a work out machine, just as much as she is a FISHING MACHINE!!!!!!!

Notice, my GoPro Hero2 mounted and ready to record – Enjoy the porn ;)

(Best viewed in full screen mode)

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Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

motorized kayak for striper fishing on pickup truck
Fishing kayak outfitted with an outboard motor, on top of pickup truck

striper caught in stand up motorized fishing kayak - May 2012

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

More information about striper fishing from kayaks >

Florida Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak Review: High and Dry

This is a fishing kayak review recently contributed by a kayak fly fisherman from Florida:

I bought my Wavewalk a couple of months ago after driving up to Palm Coast Florida and meeting with Gene Andrews of “High and Dry Kayaks“. Gene is one of the most accommodating and genuine people I have meet in a very long time. He met with me at a boat ramp where he showed me how to launch the “W” without getting your feet wet.

And the demo went on from there and he let me paddle his yellow boat and I stood up my first time in less than five minutes.

I fly fish on the Indian River Lagoon in South East Florida where I live and the “W” fit my needs almost perfect, but at 64 years old I wanted more stability and such a higher vantage point when I needed it.

It really makes it a one man fishing machine and I absolutely love it.

I had labored over my decision to buy a stand up fishing Kayak for months reviewing almost everything including the [build-in outriggers kayak] line of boats that are sold at our local fly shop here in Stuart Florida.

I knew I wanted the stability of “W” and I wanted to be able to take a passenger on occasion.

I’m going to outfit my W kayak with the cockpit hooks and bungee as I don’t think there is a better more affordable way to keep my boat dry will it is sitting on the floating dock waiting for me to use it. Plus I love the idea that I can deploy it when caught out here in our rather numerous summer rain storms and hide under it until it lets up.

I paddle the boat standing on the platform, and use it that way a lot in the back creeks and small mangrove lagoons.

Thanks,

Ted

Pictures of my “W” outfitted with a leaning post and outrigger pontoon system:

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paddling a stand up fly fishing kayak with passenger on board

Read article and discussion about Ted’s stand up fly fishing kayak with outriggers >

More on a Great Kayak Fishing Trip in the Mountains of South Korea

Here is more about the kayak fishing trip in the mountains of South Korea –

Sungjin is an avid kayak fisherman, and he distributes W fishing kayaks in South Korea. He and his wife went on a three day trip to the mountains. The trip included paddling, stand up kayak paddling and fishing, cooking, visiting local fish restaurants, trekking, and sight seeing:

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Pictures of fish you can catch in the mountains in South Korea:

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fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

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More about this great kayak fishing trip >

Big Guy Fishing Standing in His Kayak, Fishing Kayak Review From California

I took my kayak out for a test spin at the lower lake lagoon at Castaic Lake here in South California. It’s been raining off and on the last two weeks but I finally just went!

kayak fisherman at Castaic lake California

It took about 5 minutes of getting used to the balance of sitting up so high on the center saddle, but after getting used to it, I was fine! I weigh 265, now I can start working out a bit again, paddling.
It was a May Grey day and windy as heck, but I went all over the lagoon anyway. No problem at all except my large profile acts like a sail going straight into the wind, so I leaned forward and that helped a lot!

fisherman paddling his kayak at Castaic lake California

view from a fishing kayak Castaic lake California

I couldn’t stand up in the w kayak in the rough windy center of the lake, but when I got in the calmer waters near shore, I could! The fact is, I just don’t have that good of “sea legs!” I even had trouble standing on the back deck a big fishing boat in Alaska last year when the water got rough.

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I took most of these pics myself so angles are weird, especially standing shots as I could only shoot straight down, but right at the end of the day, I talked a guy on shore into taking a few pics of me doing a short spin out in the water. It had brightened and got calmer by then too!

I’m NOT a guy that likes to just paddle around for fun. Now that I know how easy this thing is to use, I’m going fishing from now on! The guys in the float tubes just drag 4 to 6-inch plastic worms while kicking along (I saw about 5 fish caught), one about three lbs.
I have the two built-in rod holders in my W kayak, but their angle seems better for holding spare rods then for trolling, so I’m going to try the clamp-on holders. I’m going to paddle around slowly dragging a worm myself, and fish!The bass are way bigger in this little lower lake lagoon than in the upper lake they said.

I’m back IN THE GAME NOW. That lower lake lagoon was off limits to me with my big bass boat. No power boats allowed except small boats powered by electric, and I intend to motorize my W fishing kayak. It’s only 30 minutes away…so with launching, it’s only about 45 minutes to world class bass fishing. I’m taking advantage.

Next time I’m going to fish!

Mike Hancock, South California Fishing Kayaks, Simi Valley