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Got Stripers 02-27-2016 03:40 PM

Joining the Yak ranks
 
I bit the bullet today at the RISSA show and put a deposit down on a Hobie PA14, so now I have to figure out what options I need and what the hell I need to purchase in the way of clothing and safety gear. I suspect these things aren't crazy wet, but I doubt they are bone dry either, so I have to figure out the clothing thing for various seasons. Fresh water will be easy, it's the salt that I suspect will be wetter, although I've bass fishing lakes where the wakes from skiers and nut jobs will rock even an 19 footer.

Hope to hook up with some fellow SB yakers this year too. I certainly will enjoy the Westport River and know it well and Barnstable in May I think is a must have. I'd would like to hit the black sea bass in early spring, but will need to find some closer ramps, not like I'm launching in Wareham and making that long paddle out to fish outside the west end of the canal or up by bird island.

Guppy 02-27-2016 05:10 PM

Good luck with her Bob, Westport Watch Out!!!

BigFish 02-28-2016 07:21 AM

Thanks goodness.......I need more guys to yak fish with!!!:jump: Congrats Bob and check your messages!

Got Stripers 02-28-2016 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Guppy (Post 1094694)
Good luck with her Bob, Westport Watch Out!!!

Westport is ideal yak fishing, stripers are in that river in the spring, as are Tog and obviously you can get a really good fall run of mixed bag out front of the river. Just can't be paddling out front on an outgoing tide with 20mph SW winds or you might have issues getting back in. Two mile ledge out front is within a short paddle and you can get some early season tog and stripers out on that ledge. I remember about 5 years ago a friend and I launched and I must have left a spot light on by mistake, so dead battery. We launched anyway and ran out to two mile on my 101# thrust trolling motor and both limited out on tog with my 4" split tails, with a bonus 40" striper, going back in would be a lot quicker in the kayak after a day on the trolling motor:).

chefchris401 02-28-2016 11:04 AM

Excited for the Westport river myself, love that area, spent a lot of Time down there when I worked in Westport
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Rockport24 02-29-2016 01:21 PM

Congrats! You will enjoy it! You will actually be pretty high and dry in the PA unless you go out in the slop. Still, like I always like to preach, you want to be ready in case you go into cold water.

johnny ducketts 03-07-2016 09:35 AM

Hi Guys, well I'm finally doing it, taking the plunge and getting a yak. Watching my buddies pile up 30+ albies this fall from my neck of the woods clinched it for me. I'm as green as can be but, I'll start shopping in a few weeks.. wish me luck!

johnny

BigFish 03-07-2016 10:26 AM

Best way to shorten the learning curve is do a few "Scrambles" with the "Yak Rats"! Getting out with a group is a safe and great way to learn a few things and ask questions and have them answered!!! Congrats! Hope to see you! :kewl:


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