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Old 06-27-2001, 03:32 PM
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Kayak survey

In lurking ( mostly) over the months, I can't help notice how may SW guys are getting turned on to Kayaks.
Just wondering, how about a quick survey:

What are you paddling and why? ( Type, size, custom touches, etc) Where are you fishing it?
How much has it effected your fishing?

12'1" x28" WSPungo w extra floatation, internal bungies for gear retention and a mini skirt. Like the open cockpit for convienience and safety. Love the initial stability.
Mostly paddling the Westport, Tiverton, LC- Aquidneck Isl areas.
Anything from ponds, estuaries to open bays. Having a ball whether I'm catching fish or not! Transporting the thing is
easier than putting on waders ( using truck bed extender).
Keep your toes up,
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Old 06-27-2001, 03:50 PM
Ted Rzepski Ted Rzepski is offline
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RE: Kayak survey

I fly fish saltwater from my son's plastic touring kayak. Since I usually paddle alone, I'm extremely safety concious. I wear a life vest and spray skirt I00% of the time. Since it is my son's boat, I have not mounted any extras like rod or paddle holders. A clip on deck pack is all I need. If I want to troll, I stick the rod under my life vest. The paddle and rod are on a short leash. I tried an anchor system but abandonned it when I realized anchoring has potential problems.
When I stalk the flats, I tie a bowline to my waist and tow the boat.
A rudder is a definite advantage in steering the boat to put extra strain on the fish.
Finally, I have a yellow kayak which can be seen great distances. Blue and green kayaks blend in too easily.
Terd Rzepski
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Old 06-27-2001, 03:54 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

Now using an sit-on-top Heritage "Fisherman" 14'1" x 29". This has 3 in-built rod-holders, paddle clips, and plenty of bungees. 29" beam makes it really stable in the rips. Use wetsuit for colder water though.
Used it throughout Boston Harbor, essex river, pleasant bay CC and Nauset marsh/inlet. planning trip soon to Monomoy flats.
As for improving my fishing - I can now get to the "big ones" that I always wanted to get to. and as you said even on days when there are no fish it is still a lot of fun paddling around.
Tight lines and toes up

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Old 06-27-2001, 04:22 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

16ft perception captiva, yellow

added paddle holder and fly rod holder.

use life vest but not spray skirt.

often use 1.5lb anchor.

average catch increased since i left the shore. enjoyment factor multiplied many times.
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Old 06-27-2001, 05:09 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I'm currently using a Walden Scout. Its 12 ft. and weighs 53 lbs. The storage is a well with a cover behind the cockpit. Very easy to transport even on my corrolla. I chose yellow as well because of visibility. The gentleman who sold it to me told me the movement of the paddles is whats most easily seen.
I haven't added any extras to it yet. I always wear a pfd,carry a whistle and compass. I don't use a skirt as the cockpit opening is fairly large and my feeling is it would hamper me getting out if I flipped.
Most of my paddling so far has been Joppa flats in Newburyport. The boat traffic can be a bit intimidating at times, especially weekends.
I picked this one for comfort, ease of paddling and the store. The people at Moor and Mountain in Andover did a lot for me even giving me a lesson in paddling.

Tight lines.

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Old 06-27-2001, 05:20 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

If or the past two years I have been paddling "The Ride" from Wilderness systems. It's a large sit on top with a double lobed hull which makes it very stable. Plenty of storage in bow and on stern. The sit on top format is easy and safe for other family members to splash around with as well.

Fish mostly in North river and on Cape (bayside), the kayak is a great way to get to sweet spots along the banks and beaches. Only regret is that I didn't opt for the rudder. Like other posters I am very safety concious, always wear PFD and try to stay near shoreline and away from crazy powerboaters.
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Old 06-27-2001, 05:41 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

Walder Paddler (10');

Why: Cheap
Where: RI estuaries, Vineyard estuaries
Customization: clips for paddle running on the left side, clips for my flyrod on the right.
Pros: easy to cart around
Cons: would enjoy fishing a little more with the additional safe feeling from a larger craft.
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Old 06-27-2001, 05:43 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

Yellow Perception America
55 lbs.

rod holder
float bags
dry bags

Safety Equipment
lifejacket (always worn);
spray skirt (worn when water is breaking over the yak);
VHF radio
extra water bottles
waterproof charts

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you should see how people in Florida and California outfit their yaks

As you can see, I'm hooked and getting in even deeper. My yak has allowed me access to greater numbers and species of fish than I have ever experienced. Yaks are great for inshore and near shore fishing and the Cape has plenty of suitable access points. Well worth the investment but do take lessons and make sure that you know how to use your gear properly.

Is it Tunoid season yet.... :);
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Old 06-27-2001, 07:56 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I have a red perception seirra, weighing in at 50 lbs and 11'6". The kayak has a hatch and bungie cords. I added a rod holder that hasn't worked out that well. I do have an anchor, but rarely use it. I always wear a PFD and do not have a skirt. I use the kayak in bays and protected areas, never straying to far from land. Most of the fishing is in South Shore ponds or the North Shore of Mass.

I bought it because it was light enough to easily handle by myself but was long enough to track well. The cockpit is very big and wide for a recreational kayak. This gives me the room and stability that I wanted.

The kayak has significanlty added to my enjoyment of fishing and significantly expanded my options.
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Old 06-27-2001, 10:10 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I use a PUNGO
I mounted a rod holder behind me,great for trolling
I use a safety strap on the paddle. Just drop the paddle and fish.
I never use an anchor always use a life vest
As far as enjoyment, there's no comparison to shore fishing. I just can't do it any more.
I fish ponds and ocean. Boston Harbor(Winthrop);
When I'm at the cape on weekends I fish the sound between
West dennis Beach and the Herring River.
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Old 06-27-2001, 11:13 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I have a WS Alto that is 16 feet long. It is fast and steerable due to the surf rudder and I've build a paddle holder and flyrod/spin rod holders.

However, this boat sucks for fly-fishing due to the small opening and inability to move around in it. It is designed more for trekking.

Anyone looking for a sea kayak, please make an offer.
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Old 06-28-2001, 10:23 AM
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RE: Kayak survey

I built a stitch and glue plywood/fiberglass boat from Chesapeake Light Craft. At 17 feet x 24" and less than 50 pounds, it's fast, light and stable. I've added two rod holders behind the cockpit to hold fly and casting rods. It's got watertight storage areas in the front and back, but I throw in a couple of inflated beach balls for guaranteed flotation. I use a paddle leash and wear a PFD and skirt at all times. A pump and paddle float are kept under bungies just behind the cockpit. I wear a wet suit in spring and fall. I carry a knife, compass and whistle in a pocket of my PFD. I don't bother with a light because I don't use it at night. Spare fishing gear is stored in a deck bag.

With this setup, I'm very comfortable fishing in waves up to 3 or 4 feet high. My biggest concern is drunk yahoos in powerboats and jet skis. It seems like they steer towards you to get a better look.

I think the other posters have it right - even when the fishing is poor, just paddling around is a heck of a lot of fun.
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Old 06-28-2001, 01:16 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I picked up a wilderness systems ride angler sit-on-top outfitted with a rudder system. It is a very stable kayak and tracks well. Prefer the open cock pit. Allows a place to strip the line into.
I use it mainly to get to certain shore points that I can not get to by land due to private beaches and parking issues. I usually beach it and wade when I reach my destination. I have not trolled with it yet.
I use a paddle leash and a rod leash. The fly rod rests perfectly between my legs when paddling.
Recently I have been exploring great island and Gris point at mouth of CT river. Things have slowed down although night time has been OK. I will be checking out Monomy and some other spots on the cape.
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Old 06-28-2001, 03:08 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I'm paddling a blue Pungo. I picked it up as a faster, lighter alternative to my old canoe. As it's a sit-in with a sprayskirt, its also an improvement in terms of being drier and less wind-vulnerable. It certainly has opened up a lot of water that was unreachable from shore. And, it allows for more surgical (timewise) and stealthy outings than my powerboat.

I've been using it in Narragansett Bay and on the salt ponds. I'll also use it up at Cape Ann.

I've added a Scotty rod-holder behind the seat which can take the flyrod or a spinrod. I can troll a second rod by dropping the handle in the space behind the seat. I've done far more spinfishing from the yak than flyrodding. The flyrodding success has come mostly when the fish have been nicely concentrated (schools of blues, worm hatches). I'm less likely to blindcast with the flyrod from the yak.

I got out off of Jamestown last evening (with little success), and saw another guy bring in a nice big schoolie trolling a black tube & worm! So much to try and so little time!!!!!
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Old 06-28-2001, 04:17 PM
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RE: Kayak survey

I built 2 CLC stitch & glue kayaks (Chesapeake 17 &
Chesapeake 17LT). Of the two, I like the LT slightly
better because its lighter and a bit faster. I use them
mostly on the Westport River, Allens Pond, and around
Gosseberry, as well as the Apponagansett (I have
deeded access to the river behind my house). On both
I've mounted flyrod holders (sbd side just behind the
coaming ring) that hold the rods pointing towards the
stern and just out of the way of the rudder (I love the
rudder, btw. Best $125 I spent).

On my first boat I mounted a deck compass just
forward of the front bungees, but on the second I
installed one on the forward hatch. I'm leaning toward
the first setup more, since its easier to read being a
foot closer to me.

My paddle leash clips to an eye on the front deck; I just
drop the paddle in the water when casting. My spray
skirt makes a decent stripping basket.

Behind the seat I store pump, sponge, water bottles,
etc. My PFD has a strobe attached, although I avoid
paddling much after dark unless I'm in really protected

I've tried different Rube Goldberg type solutions for an
anchor, buit have yet to hit on a setup that really works
well. I'd love any feedback from guys who've got it
worked out.

All in all, a kayak may be the best thing for exploring
flats, tidal areas, rivers etc. I can be on the water and
fishing in less time than it takes to hook my trailer up to
the pickup. The only problem was that I had to build two
so that I'd always be able to go out with a buddy!

One last thing: if you've got a few basic tools and a
couple monthls of weekends, definitely look into
building a CLC boat. I went from plans only, but they
offer kits as well. They're light, fast, STRONG (trust me),
and dern pretty.


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