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Gurth
#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:22:00 PM
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Joined: 11/8/2016
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Location: Madison
The rains have left me frustrated at times this year and I also like chasing other species, so I got a new toy...




It's an entry level fishing yak, but should suit my needs well.

I don't plan on using it much for trout, but there are a few larger streams near my home that are mud bottomed with marsh/grass lined banks that I hope to get deeper access to.

Mostly gonna use it for warm water ponds and lakes though. Looking forward to exploring some small water and going after bass or whatever else will bite.


Anyone else have one/use one?
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
EddieRivard
#2 Posted : Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:55:26 PM
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Joined: 7/27/2012
Posts: 1,116
Location: New Brighton MN
I have a sit on top Hydros Angler eight and a half foot kayak. After using both sit on top and sit inside kayaks I determined that sit on top are far superior for fishing. Here is a video review I made of this kayak.



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NBrevitz
#3 Posted : Wednesday, July 19, 2017 8:54:51 PM
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Joined: 3/17/2013
Posts: 1,130
Location: Lake Elmo, Mn
I have a Kayak, though I rarely use it for actual fishing. I'm a rather large guy, and though its a tight but workable fit to sit in and use my kayak, it doesn't leave much room for tackle boxes, rods, and the like to be accessible. That said, I've used it as a tool to access several spots well off the beaten path. Big, northern Canadian river systems are where I've given mine the most work, but as you said, lakes and ponds are always doable as well. A yak or canoe is a huge advantage when you're at the road's end, literally. I'd link my trip report on here, but unfortunately photobucket has removed the photos from the post, making my crazy story sound like the drunken rambling of a lunatic...
That said, here are the photos I still have saved from that trip and the previous trip with Mr. Rivard, the far northern end of Lake Superior is sweet











"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
Gurth
#4 Posted : Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:49:36 AM
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Location: Madison
^ Looks like a pretty epic trip.

I've only been as far as Grand Marais on the North Shore. Someday...


Well... got out with the yak for a little trial run at a small old quarry/swimming hole near my house.

Only got some of these oddly stunted giant head largemouths, but they were somewhat fun.




The great part is that I loved fishing from the kayak and now so much more local water is open to me.

How relaxing to sit while I fish without sweaty waders and fighting through tall grass and steep banks. Flapper
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
NBrevitz
#5 Posted : Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:18:25 AM
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Joined: 3/17/2013
Posts: 1,130
Location: Lake Elmo, Mn
Nice! Seems like a good break in/ tune up for future expeditions.
But yeah, without the kayak none of those fish would have been caught, it's a huge game changer. Grand Marais has a ton of kayak fishing options for Pike, Brookies, Rainbows, Splake, Smallmouth, and even Lakers and Pink Salmon. If you get up that way, I can hook you up with some cool spots.
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
Gurth
#6 Posted : Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:08:34 PM
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Location: Madison
Will hit you up for those spots. Thanks!

Well... since it was a few days without a piss-pounding downpour, I guess we were due.

This is exactly the time that I'll be happy to have the yak and won't be limited to trying to find fishable trout water.

Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
draik11
#7 Posted : Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:30:27 PM
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
Those brookies look great, NBrevitz. ThumpUp
madguy30
#8 Posted : Monday, July 24, 2017 1:57:59 PM
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Joined: 2/24/2013
Posts: 177
I bought a 12 foot rec. yak last year and really like taking it out and having it for more options in spots up north and such.

A good seat is important for longer excursions.






William Schlafer
#9 Posted : Monday, July 24, 2017 7:40:39 PM
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Joined: 7/25/2011
Posts: 2,711
Location: Sussex Wisconsin
NBrevitz wrote:




Bet that's a bit tricky to wade! Woot


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
Gurth
#10 Posted : Monday, July 24, 2017 7:47:13 PM
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Joined: 11/8/2016
Posts: 396
Location: Madison
Looks like a great holding lie.
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
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