Kayak Fishing for Striper on the Connecticut River

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

By Rox Davis

Well, after my first Connecticut River W500 kayak Striper trip, you know I had to get back out there  🙂

I Hit the river at 9:00am. First drift, at 9:39am, the first Schoolie was in the boat. The Bite wasn’t as good as my first trip, but with 2 stripers a 32″ and one at 32 1/2″ I’m one Happy Friggen Yaker  🙂

The best part of my day was having a striper hit the top water lure, sending in the air, then coming back and hitting it again with a tail slap, when I realized, it was 3 Stripers fighting over it.

When Finally it Happened, I Had a Double on, and it was 2 Good size Keepers, they were rolling and fighting when one popped off.

But the one I got in the boat was the 32 1/2″ fatty. I ended up with 10 Stripers, ranging from 24″ to the 32 1/2″.

I headed for the ramp at 12:30, I was pooped out, didn’t think I could reel in another fish :)

Plus, I was soooooooooo tired from standing and fishing all morning.

That W500 is a work out machine, just as much as she is a FISHING MACHINE!!!!!!!

Notice, my GoPro Hero2 mounted and ready to record – Enjoy the porn ;)

(Best viewed in full screen mode)

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Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

motorized kayak for striper fishing on pickup truck
Fishing kayak outfitted with an outboard motor, on top of pickup truck

striper caught in stand up motorized fishing kayak - May 2012

Standing up in the W500 kayak, showing this big striper

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kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

kayak angler showing large size striper caught on Connecticut river

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Kayak Fishing After a Long New England Winter

I have already taken my W300 fishing kayak out of mothballs, but I still just don’t have “anything to write home about”.

While not impressive, the attached shows a recent bass caught with an emmrod fishing pole.

Massachusetts kayak fisherman with bass

I was hoping to get some decent pics to send along, but I have not gone out for more than a few hours, as work is keeping me busy…

Because there was not much ice this Winter, I made a few outings when the air was in the 40′s and water in the 30′s in March. Dry launch and landing in a W fishing kayak make this possible.

Chris from Central Massachusetts

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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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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