People always have to ask about the W fishing kayak… and I tell them to get one. I now have rigged a Minn Kota electric trolling motor that works great for positioning an runs to a spot or back to dock.
“This seat sits a little higher, and it’s much more comfortable than the rigid seat I had added before.”
Great toolbox for convenient storage of Ray’s fishing tackle
Here is a couple of pictures of the lures and hooks I use, and have had great success with.
The Yum Dinger, shown in both pictures, range from 6″ to 3″, and the 1/4 oz Jigs are in the top row of the picture.
As you see, I am also a Big Fan of the Chatter Bait.
Maybe you’re fishing your jigs too fast – don’t hurry…
You have to make sure that these lures reach bottom, remember the 1/4oz jig takes a little longer getting to the bottom. Your lure has not reached bottom till you see your line go slack.
Then make short hops, and long pauses, with a twitch here and there.
And always keep contact with bottom, your line and jig.
You can pop it hard, just follow it back to the bottom with your tip, and be ready to set that hook!
Any kind of line movement, could be a strike, when in doubt, set that hook.
Most strikes will happen on the Fall, so always keep a close eye on your line as it sinks to the bottom.
A Bass can grab and spit that bad boy out before you even realize you missed a strike!
The Yum Dinger, can be fished many ways, as a jerk bait, finess, whacky rigged, placed on a ball jig, chatter bait (killer pike bait), or Dead sticking it.
Same as the jig, you must reach bottom, always watching that line for any signs of a strike on the fall, most will happen then.
But when the fish are in a negative mode, let it hit bottom, with long pauses between a pop, pop, pop, reel your slack line, and repeat all the way back to shore or
You can also add a small finish nail, or small screw to the butt of the dingers.
This will increase the fall rate, but not hurt the action.
Toss the dinger in 3′ of water and count it down till you reach bottom, then in deeper water you’ll have a better idea when it will reach the depth you want to fish.
Fishing with a topwater or surface lure is lots of fun. Out of a W kayak, it’s down right exciting, since you are so close to the action. The equipment required is fairly simple and there are many topwater lures to choose from. For the purpose of this short article, we will look at hard baits (also known as “plugs.”) These are lures made of wood or plastic that float on top at rest. When fish attack them, it looks like a giant hole just opens on the water and the bait disappears.
The basic types are: walking, popping, minnow, and prop baits. These lures have been around for years and still consistently catch large numbers of fish. There are variations, but these are the ones most commonly available. All four types can be used in freshwater or saltwater and for a large variety of game fish. Let’s take a look at a few examples.
The best example is a Zara Spook. A newer version is the Spit’n Image. The angler provides the action this lure has on the water. This plug looks like it could have been carved from a broom handle, and, indeed, the originals were. Worked properly with a side to side wiggle, fish will blow them right off the surface in their effort to grab them. This bait requires practice to use. The angler must work their rod hand wrist and turn the reel handle in cadence to create the walking motion. It will wear you down at first, but the results of practice time are well worth the effort.
POPPING BAITS OR POPPERS
These lures are just plain fun. With a large exaggerated mouth on them they pop and gurgle when the angler pulls their line. Some of the cupped mouths on these baits throw water a few feet in front of the plug as they move. Classic examples are the Chug Bug and the Rebel Pop-R series plugs. To work these lures, you cast out to a likely spot and let the lure settle down. Then “pop it” and hold on for the strike.
These lures are best represented by the classic floating Rapala minnow. The history of this lure could fill a book-suffice it to say it’s every bit as effective today as it was 40 years ago. These lures have a slim profile and resemble a minnow. They have a small clear plastic lip that allows the lure to dive a short distance on retrieve. Their life-like wiggle is very attractive to game fish. To work the bait, throw it out let it sit for a moment. Then begin a slow retrieve, briefly pausing from time to time.
These lures are some of my all time favorites. Propellers are located at the front and/or back ends of these fun lures. Simple to work, they are represented today by the Devils Horse, Tiny Torpedo, or, in handmade excellence, by the Lil Zip from Sam Griffin. They can catch fish just sitting there. The moment they are moved, they get crushed by aggressive game fish. Work them by throwing to a likely area and allowing the bait sit until the water calms down from the splash. Then begin working the bait back in short, soft jerks until you find a pattern the fish like.
The equipment you use for topwater water fishing can be any that throws the lure properly. Spinning, casting, or spincasting gear will all work just fine. Line sizes can range from 8 to 20lb test (depending on the angler’s preference) and good old monofilament line is fine for these lures. The best piece of advice I’ve ever had for fishing topwater lures came from Sam Griffin himself. He told me “give the fish time to read the menu.” In other words, fish them slow for the best results. This is the best way to start out– you can always speed things up later if the fish are ready to order. So, this season, try a topwater water lure and prepare for excitement.
Jeff McGovern is a life long angler and fishing equipment expert, a professional consultant in the fishing and kayaking industry., and a distributor of Emmrod fishing rods.