Striper Kayak Fishing Trip on the Connecticut River

By Rox Davis

Rox is a bass kayak fishing expert, and a steady contributor to the W kayak fishing blog >

Epic, That’s what this day was……Epic. :D

I took the W500 out for my first solo Striper fishing on the Connecticut River In Windsor Locks, CT.

My buddy Mike was already on the water, I launched at 12:00 noon.

I took the 1.2hp Gamefisher outboard since I knew I could count on it running well.

My first slam came at 12:25, but the fish came unbuttoned.

I was drifting and casting my top water lure and working it slowly back to the W500, when BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fish on, and it’s a big one………………..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Off goes the drag, and the sleigh ride began.

It was an awesome Battle, she circled me twice, and shot up river, still towing me ………….. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

I start to tire her, and get her yak side, went to grip the lip with my boga, and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ she wasn’t ready.

Now she is tired, I get her yak side one more time, reach with the bogas ………… and SHE IS MINE!!!!!

You could here me hooting for miles I’m sure.

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

29” Fat and Healthy, 14 1/2 lbs of fighting fury.

Many more Battles happened after that.

Today was one of the Best Fishing Days of my LIFE!!

I landed 3 keepers, and 9 smaller Stripers.

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

I had some awesome blow ups, and Lost 4 Bigger Stripers, but That’s okay, that’s why its called fishing. :D

I can’t Thank You enough Yoav, for this wonderful yak, The W500 Rules the water.

Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

kayak angler standing with big striper in stand up fishing kayak, Connecticut river

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

big striper in fishing kayak, CT

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The W kayak worked great, again.

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The W fishing kayak intrigues all sportsmen.

Ray

Texan kayak fisherman fishing in Mountain Fork river, Southeast Oklahoma
Texas kayak fisherman fishing in Oklahoma
Texan kayak fisherman fishing in Mountain Fork river, Southeast Oklahoma
Fishing kayak in Mountain Fork River, Southeast Oklahoma

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Skye, the Kayak Fishing Pup From Connecticut

By Rox Davis

I took Skye out today for a little fishing trip at a Pond not far from my house.

dog puppy with a fish in a kayak - Connecticut
Skye looking at a bass caught in a kayak fishing trip

I promised her I would, since I left her home to chase some Stripers on the Ct River with my Buddy Mike yesterday.

Fishing was very tough, water is high and Muddy On the Ct River.

I did manage to land a nice fat Striper, I cast my 3/8 oz. jig rigged with a Berkeley Hollow belly in blue herring up next to a lay down close to shore and BAM…………………. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Pole bending and my tip is bouncing as this bad girl made her run down river, then I was reeling like a mad woman as she turned and swam back up river..

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ………….I finally gain some ground and get her boat side.

Mike got the lip grippers, and she’s in the boat.

My first Keeper of the season, 29 1/2” and 14#, fat and healthy.

big striper caught on Connecticut river

She swam away strong to fight another day.

Next Week, I’m taking the W500 out for my first Striper trip, My buddy Mike will be out in his Bass boat

keeping and eye on me, I can’t wait.

The pond gave up no big fish today, but that doesn’t matter, it was nice just being out on the water in my W500, fishing with my dog.

Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

dog puppy in fishing kayak - Connecticut

dog puppy in fishing kayak - Connecticut
puppy in fishing kayak

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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:

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish caught by kayak fisherman in mountain trip, South Korea

fish cooking in a pot- kayak anglers' lunch in the mountains of South Korea
Cooking fish

two fishing kayaks beached in mountain lake, in South Korea.jpg

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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.

fisherman standing in twin hull kayak

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, Simi Valley