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  1. I have both the Malibu Kayaks Stealth 14 and the eXtreme. I use them both for different kinds of fishing. I've had the Stealth 14 much longer and have fished it in just about every situation from fishing for smallmouth bass in high gradient streams to miles out into Lake Ontario trolling for trout and salmon. I love the Stealth 14 for its storage features and stability and use it as my main platform for when I am fishing around shorelines and structure. I use the eXtreme for longer distance paddling and for trolling because it edges out the Stealth in speed and weighs a bit less. For a kayak of its size, the Stealth is no slouch - I have been able to paddle it upstream in fast river currents when paddlers in same sized kayaks from other makers had to get out portage. If you're going to be going long distances and will be primarily trolling, I'd go for the eXtreme. If you want a general purpose kayak for fishing different types of water, I recommend the Stealth 14. If you have any questions about particular features that you were wondering about, I'd be happy to answer them. What kind of fishing do you plan on doing?
  2. We went out on the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park, NY, last Sunday for some late season smallmouth bass fishing. The water was up about 6" compared with when Kevin, Yakviper, and I fished it in August. There was a big difference in water temperature too, at 43 degrees F. This has become our favorite local destination, and despite that the smallies were a bit tight-lipped, the river didn't disappoint! We got to kayak through several chutes and there was NO dragging through shallow areas for me today :twisted: The bite was VERY light and we lost several fish, but ended catching seven between the three of us. We downsized to 1/8 oz tube jigs and Gitzit tube and found the fish more concentrated in the deeper and slower moving water at the middle to tail ends of pools. Here's some pics of our fun and fish of the day: Going in... ...up and out.
  3. I decided to take a break from the trolling in Lake Ontario for trout and salmon due to unpredictable weather and to catch up on some of the bass fishing that I missed earlier in the season. I had a fun time fishing two very different bodies of water. First was a wetland/pond complex and fished topwater - Spro frog and caught a number of bass in the slop. I also caught an evening bite at a beautiful Finger Lake fishing tubes in deeper water on the bottom - 30 ft - off of points and coves with great success. Here are some of the highlights of both trips. I capped the evening off with this nice smallmouth. It was a neat experience fishing two completely different bodies of water on back-to-back trips, one eutrophic and the other oligotrophic to mesotrophic, and which required drastically different approaches to catch fish.
  4. I don't own one, but plan to add one to my fleet in the near future. However, I have paddled one. I'm a big guy and was pleasantly surprised how high and dry this boat keeps me - I've had wet rides in much larger kayaks from other manufacturers. It paddles nice for such a short kayak - much like you would expect from a sit-inside recreation kayak of similar length. It is a perfect light-weight and sturdy sit-on-top for pond hopping or bigger water in calm water. I will use mine to get to places I'd rather not drag a larger kayak, and for floating streams.
  5. I was prepared to chalk up my first success at trolling for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario a few days ago as beginners luck. However, Jude and I went out Friday for just under four hours and had some success during mid-day and reportedly slow fishing conditions. I caught another king salmon - a bit larger than my last, but not much. Jude caught a nice rainbow trout. We caught these both about 2.25 miles out in the lake north of Sandy Creek in 150 feet of water. We were using 001 Dipsy Divers trolling 100 ft down with Northern King 4-in spoons. Nice rainbow trout that Jude caught. Another small king salmon - I'm told the big ones will be showing up soon... We went out again early morning yesterday. Jude caught two similar-sized king salmon right off the bat about 2 miles out. I didn't catch anything until we were about to head in and had paddled over 10 miles. I was happy to pull in this nice brown trout after all that work in rough water and steady easterly winds. I love to paddle and fight powerful fish. I'm finding this type of fishing to be challenging and a heck of a lot of fun.
  6. Thanks everyone. I'm heading out again in the morning. I added a temperature/depth gauge and a new Daiwa AccuDepth Linecounter combo to my equipment. I can't wait to hook into a 20lb+ King!
  7. Since I got my Malibu Kayaks Stealth 14 last year and had a plastic vessel capable of going onto big water, I've been eager to take it out into open water to deep-troll for some of the salmon and trout species that are abundant in Lake Ontario. I got my chance yesterday when a couple of my fellow Western NY Kayak Fishing Association friends, Andrew and Jude, caught the trolling bug with me. Andrew and Jude had gone out on charters the week previous and had a general idea of recent reports about where the fish were. Other than what I have read about trolling in Lake Ontario, I had no experience or idea what to set up or how to set it up. So, I took an old Quantum baitcast Bill Dance catfish combo that I had laying around and converted it into a trolling rig. I put a detachable line counter on the rod and spooled it up with 200 yards of 40# Sufix Performance Braid, tied on 001 Luhr Jensen Dipsy Diver, added a snubber with a 6-ft 8# fluorocarbon leader, and tied on a 4-in dimpled trolling spoon by Northern King Lures. I made sure that I brought along my fish finder and gps unit so I could pay attention to depth and speed. Jude was already out on the water when I launched from Sandy Creek at about 5:30pm and joined him about 1.5 miles out in 60-100 ft of water. Andrew joined us soon after and we soon commenced to trolling side-by-side in a half-fast manner. The first thing I noticed, to my amazement, was that I could actually see the thermoclines on my beat-up old Humminbird PiranhaMax 160 fish finder. I really had no idea about how deep my Dipsy Diver would go with braided line, but I had read about a general rule of thumb to let out three times the amount of line as the depth you want to go. So, I let out 180 ft of line, set the drag, and commenced to paddling. We spotted baitfish and marked some fish 60 ft down in about 80 fow. After a couple of ~300-yd passes in 80-100 fow, I felt a tug and my drag started letting out. I grabbed the rod, popped the Dipsy, and reeled in to find that my 8# leader had been snipped off clean. This time, I tied on a 20# Yozuri Hybrid leader and a new lure and trolled about 100 yds before I got the next hit. Despite my general skepticism about having any success on my first time out, I had a fish on and managed to boat a King Salmon. It was a dink, but legal (barely), and my first salmon ever. What a beautiful and brilliantly colored fish! Jude told me that it appeared to be a wild-bred fish because all of the stocked fish have their adipose fins clipped. I released it after Jude photographed us. My first Lake Ontario King Salmon. I set back up and trolled halfway through my second pass before I got another hit. This time, I could tell it was something bigger. This fish was a bit more of a fighter and I was surprised to see that I had a lake trout. Not my first lake trout, but what a strong fish! I must have been trolling deeper than I thought, because these guys are generally found closer to the bottom. Lake Ontario Lake Trout. We wanted to get back to shore before dark, and while I had a couple of what I thought were hits on the way back, I reeled up nothing else. Though I spent about 3.5 hrs on the water, time spent actually fishing was much less and I am very pleased with the success of my first attempt to do this type of fishing. I love to paddle, and I found that I could easily keep my trolling speed between 2.2-2.5 mph that I've been told is ideal. I can't wait to get out and try again!
  8. I put together a collection of highlight still images and videos from my summer kayak fishing exploits... XcaYgFZ9IDM&feature=player_embedded
  9. Sweet! I love my Malibu Stealth 14 too. It's quite the fishing platform...
  10. Persistence paid off yesterday. To some, the three dinks that I caught might not count for much, but I had fun figuring out a way to catch some post-frontal bass after an unsuccessful start. I started the day early on Canadice Lake with my son (YakViper). A visible moon, bluebird clear sky, and distinct chill in the air after a cold front had me concerned about our chances for success. I cranked a chatterbait along wood and over vegetation and drop-shotted outside of weed edges and deeper water off of points. No dice. Another friend of mine, an expert angler on this lake, came off the water at the same time and he said that he "couldn't buy a bass" either. Why is it that I'm easily comforted by the failure of others after my own? :lol: Despite being able to rationalize why I was skunked, it still didn't set well with me. I spent much of the rest of the day analyzing what I could have done different from techniques to location. I put these thoughts into action in the evening. I chose a different location, Honeoye Lake and started at the warmer and shallower end of the lake. Cloud cover had moved in and I started throwing Yum frogs. I had a couple of weak blow-ups, but nothing I considered serious. The fish seemed to be sticking to the bottom. So, I pressed beyond some impossibly thick weeds and algae hoping for some fishable water in the shallower inlet channel. I reasoned that if there were fish in the inlet, they might too be on the bottom, but in shallower water where I could closer to them. I would be able to focus on fishing for them in a confined space. I was immediately rewarded with some fast action. I caught three dinks and had another seemingly good fish ditched my hook. I wanted to keep fishing into the dark because I knew that even better water and perhaps bigger fish existed farther upstream, but I respected my daughter's desire to head for home. I was not necessarily pleased with the quality of fish that I caught, but added yet another experience in fishing from a kayak in places where larger boats could not follow. My new Malibu Stealth 14 performed flawlessly and surprisingly well for a larger fishing kayak in such close quarters. At one point, I had to cross over a log jam in about five inches of water and was able to scoot right over. -Paul
  11. Tried a friend's lake kayak. Years later bought my own kayak, tried it, read about how to kayak, and kept going.
  12. Thanks! See below... We went back to the honey hole yesterday for another five-hour session. This time we brought along our friend Kevin. We again had a 100+ fish day! My son caught 47 largemouth by himself including this 4lber... We caught more dinks than we did on Friday, but also quite a few fish like the one above in the 2-4 lb range. Another great day. We'll probably give this spot a rest for awhile now. On to the next unexplored body of water!!!
  13. More pics from Andrew... Typical bass that we caught there... Bass heaven? We only caught bass but saw sunfish and lots of minnows. Also, with the exception of one fish, these fish were all very fat and healthy looking and showed no sign of disease or parasites. However, when Andrew caught this fish, we wondered what else might be in the water... Here was the only way in and out of the water... Also, based upon a map, the area includes a series of connected wetland ponds totaling in the vicinity of 20 acres or more of water! We found some additional areas that we have yet to explore... -Paul
  14. My friend Andrew called me today and asked if we'd like to hit a body of water that we've never tried before. I knew about this place and planned to fish there sometime but didn't know how to access it. Andrew figured out how to get to it and so my son and I met Andrew today at 3pm. The weed-choked "pond" was surrounded by cattails and tall shrubs except for one overgrown but 4x4 drivable path so we were able to get close to the water. There was also only one narrow path with tall grass to the water's edge where we were able to put in one at a time. We immediately began hauling in fish using topwater popper and Zoom frogs and lizards. We caught over 100+ fish - all largemouth bass - in the five hours we spent there. I estimate that 80% were over 2lbs or better with the largest being over 4lbs verified by a scale. It was a blast and our arms were tired from catching fish by the time we were done. Here is a small sample of the fish we caught... My son caught two fish at the same time on a popper! Awesome afternoon!