Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Yesterday Roger and I launched from the beach into some big waves towards Destruction Island. Roger flipped on the way out and we both flipped on the way in. The waves were 6-7 feet and fast movers and the swell was 5 ft at 8-9 seconds.

Eventually we paddled to Destruction Island off the coast of Washington. The island is visited by more birds and sea lions than people. We fished the north, south and east ends of the island. There is a long reef extending from the north but since the conditions were not so great we didn’t pick up too many fish there. I suspect it would be better in calmer seas. We picked up a lot of black rockfish, lingcod and cabezon.

For an end of summer adventure I think it was worth it but if you’re not used to surf launches then you should consider trying a different fishing spot.

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing from rayborbon on Vimeo.

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

Destruction Island Kayak Fishing

King and Silver Salmon off Long Beach

We launched out of Warrenton,Oregon and traveled down the Columbia River beyond buoy 10 to fish for king and silver salmon off Long Beach. The fish were biting but many short strikers were not hooking up. Eventually we got our limits. The main setups were flashers and Coho Killers or spinning cut plug herring behind a banana sinker.

Coho Salmon Long Beach

Coho Salmon Long Beach

King salmon Long Beach

King salmon Long Beach

It’s worth mentioning that the whole hype about the dangers of the Columbia River bar are true. Watch it in windy conditions and when the incoming tide hits the river. I’ve traveled between the Astoria bridge and Chinook many times under poor conditions and even one incident when we wondered if we could make it to the harbor in Chinook. However this trip was even worse on the way back in. There were 6-8 foot swells, the occasional 12-16 footer and breaking waves mixed in. You should take a seaworthy boat, life jackets, and monitor the radio for reports from the Coast Guard about bar conditions… Website for Columbia River bar conditions.

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing is what I do on lazy summer weekends. This past weekend I toured around Mercer Island and then fished the east channel to the north. I also picked one up at Champagne Point. The only lure I used was the Rapala Tail Dancer. Bass fishing on Lake Washington during the month of August can be very productive. Trolling, casting spinners plugs etc, drop shotting, or even using a Texas rigged worm will catch fish. In the mornings you can pick up bass near grass lines, lily pads using a popper or frog.

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing

Kayak Fishing Makah Bay at Hobuck Beach

I was just out for a day kayak fishing Makah Bay from Hobuck Beach. I met Jerrett who was eager to try out some heavier fishing equipment and put more fish into the kayak.

We headed out twice on Saturday and were fishing primarly between 35-55 feet of water about a mile from the beach. We took Copper and Black Rockfish, lingcod, cabezon, greenling and Red Irish Lords. There were salmon jumping in the bay from time to time. We also had a pod of porpoise run between our kayaks a couple of times. Overall a great day in sunshine for me.

Porpoise in Makah Bay from rayborbon on Vimeo.

Kayak fishing Makah Bay

Kayak fishing Makah Bay

Kayak fishing Makah Bay

Kayak fishing Makah Bay

Kayak fishing Makah Bay

Kayak fishing Makah Bay

Kayak fishing Copper Rockfish

Kayak fishing Copper Rockfish

Kayak fishing big cabezon

Kayak fishing big cabezon

Kayak fishing big cabezon

Kayak fishing big cabezon

Juneau Alaska fishing kayak and motor boat

I spent a few days fishing with a good friend out of Juneau, AK from the kayak and the motor boat. We landed Pacific Cod, Chum salmon, Pink Salmon, rockfish, flounder, halibut, greenling, Coastal Cutthroat trout, and did a little bit of crabbing.

Kayak Fishing Juneau

Kayak Fishing Juneau

Chum salmon Juneau Kayak fishing

Chum salmon Juneau Kayak fishing

Chum salmon Juneau Kayak fishing

Chum salmon Juneau Kayak fishing

Fly fishing Eagle Beach Juneau

Fly fishing Eagle Beach Juneau

Rockfish Juneau

Rockfish Juneau

Pacific Cod Juneau

Pacific Cod Juneau

Mendenhall Lake Kayaking

Mendenhall Lake Kayaking

Halibut Juneau

Halibut Juneau

Kayak Fishing Berner's Bay

Kayak Fishing Berner’s Bay

Kayak Crabbing Juneau

Kayak Crabbing Juneau

Kayak Fishing Auke Lake

Kayak Fishing Auke Lake

Kayak Fishing Auke Lake

Kayak Fishing Auke Lake

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Chum Salmon Kayak Fishing

Chum Salmon Kayak Fishing

How to catch bass from a kayak

I just want to share information on how to catch bass from a kayak. Catching bass from a kayak is no different than doing it from a boat but it might offer a better experience or even feel more rewarding.

The first thing I think about when fishing for bass is habitat. Bass often like to hang out where they can ambush their prey. This includes ledges, drop offs, lily pads, milfoil, rock piles, docks, pilings, and just about anything where bass can conceal themselves from potential food. Bass need an ample food source so don’t waste too much time fishing in places where there doesn’t seem to be much food. If you can find baitfish on a sonar/fishfinder and think the habitat might be right, then take a chance. Bass like to eat bugs such as crickets, flies, and other crawling critters so don’t rule out fly fishing if you have the skills. They also like to feed upon small mammals such as frogs and rodents. Another food source for bass is fish. When you start targeting bass you may want to consider the time of year and what food sources might be available in conjunction with good habitat.

bass on popper

Smallmouth bass on popper among the lily pads

bass frog

Largemouth bass on frog

Right now it is the middle of summer when largemouth bass and smallmouth tend to be in 20 feet of water or less on the local lakes. Some of the lures I might use to catch bass are as follows

  • Inline spinners
  • Buzz bait spinners
  • Crankbaits up to 3.5 inches
  • Texas or Carolina rigged worms or other rubber critters
  • Top water popper, frog or similar lure

Typically I try to fish for bass in spring, summer and fall. I’m too busy targeting other fish in winter time. My favorite areas are lily pads and shallow water. There are two main approaches I use from the kayak, trolling and casting. When I decide to troll I usually do so when the water depth is greater than ten feet and I will often use a crankbait such as a Rapala jointed shad or a spinner tipped with worm and a large hook to avoid catching yellow perch that are extremely aggressive. I troll using 12lb test lead core line and a 10-50 yard top shot of 10lb monofilament. In shallow water or areas where it isn’t ideal for trolling I normally focus on casting. In water less then 5 feet of depth I will use an inline spinner or floating crankbait often paddling the kayak to within 20-30 yards of shore and casting towards the very edge of the shoreline or the edges of milfoil and lily pads. I have caught many largemouth bass in less than three feet of water this way. When it’s a little deeper or when it appears very weedy from milfoil or even lily pads I will often use a Texas rigged worm, a top water popper or a floating frog like the Captain Ken’s Designer Frog (Clone Series); which ever one seems most appropriate and least likely to catch weeds. If it is absolutely thick with lily pads I use the frog but if it is not so dense my favorite lure is the Texas rigged worm because it seems to entice the strike quite well.

When casting I like to have a rod holder so that I can set the rod in when I paddle between spots that I target. If you have a rod holder or somewhere to place your rod for that moment when you need to paddle between positions it will help. Not only that it will be helpful when landing a fish with the net. My favorite rod holder is the versatile YakAttack Zooka Tube. You can position this rod holder for trolling or turn it straight up in the air to just place the rod butt into when moving between spots.

Good luck fishing!

Texas Rigged Worm for bass

Texas Rigged Worm for bass with 1/8 oz egg singer for assistance casting

Kayak Bass Fishing Lures

Kayak Bass Fishing Lures Crankbaits

Bass Fishing Lures Spinners

Bass Fishing Lures Spinners

Kayak Review Current Designs Storm GT 17′

It’s time to do a kayak review for the Current Designs Storm GT 17′. This is a polyethylene sea kayak produced by Current Designs.

The specs and dimensions are as follows:

  • Length: 17′
  • Width: 24″
  • Depth: 14″
  • Cockpit length: 32″
  • Cockpit width: 16.5″
  • Weight: 63lbs
Rock Formations Cape Flattery

Current Designs GT Storm at Cape Flattery

The Storm GT retails for $1,549, which is comparable to similar models made by competitors. I purchased my kayak second hand… This was my first sea kayak and it has been a superb all around kayak fishing vessel. I have used the Storm GT on class III rapids of the Sol Duc River searching for steelhead, to calm days on lakes in eastern Washington catching bass or cutthroat trout, to the rugged Pacific Ocean near Cape Flattery hammering lingcod or rockfish.

The Storm GT allows the paddler to cover a lot of distance due to the efficiency of the hull design. At 24″ wide with a rudder, this kayak does handle rough water as good as any sea kayak. This summer one of the times we were crossing from Cape Flattery to Tatoosh Island the current was moving fast. In strong current the rudder helps direct my boat properly and the Storm GT kayak cuts across the water very well. For surf launches this kayak is quick and therefore has advantages in passing through the surf zone swiftly. The bow has a slight rocker so that the kayak performs better under surf conditions. This kayak has allowed me to cover great distances on the local lakes so I can spend more time fishing where the fish congregate instead of traveling slowly with a sit on top kayak. If I had to buy one kayak for all of my fishing, it would be this Current Designs Storm GT.

The rudder seems to be made of a durable plastic and is operated by foot pedals. I have not had any concern during the last seven months with respect to the rudder’s durability. The rudder works great and I wouldn’t have a sea kayak without one. The rudder sees use on every journey.

The seat is very comfortable due to adequate padding and also provides the perfect amount of lower back support in just the right spot. The cockpit is roomy and easy to get into or out of. I use a Snap Dragon spray skirt and store a pelican box with a battery for my fish finder in front of my feet. Behind the seat I used Marine Goop to install my transducer. I drilled a hole in front of the cockpit to run the cables for the fish finder which is mounted from a RAM arm.

Storage space inside the hull is roomy. I have done overnight camping trips at Cape Flattery and stored tents, cooking and eating utensils and stoves, food, fresh water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, jackets, sweaters, etc inside of this kayak. The Storm GT seems to perform better when loaded; it just takes a little longer to get it moving in the water when heavy. The deck in front allows me to tie down two or three fishing poles and run another pole in trolling mode from a Yakattack Zooka Tube. Behind my seat I placed two RAM mounts and typically use one for a fishing net and the other to hold a camera when filming. There is adequate bunjee for storage on the deck and my favorite tie downs are made by Nite-Ize. Normally I utilize Nite-Ize tie downs in order to lash down a fishing pole to a RAM base. The fishing pole tips are place into two pieces of pipe tubing (foam) which is tied to the carry handle on the bow. Sometimes I attach a home made PVC rack to the rear of the hull when fishing salt water, in order to hold many fish.

Current Designs Storm GT kayak

Current Designs Storm GT kayak at Lake Sammamish with two of my best friends

Current Designs Storm GT kayak

Current Designs Storm GT kayak at Potholes Reservoir

Current Designs Storm GT kayak

Current Designs Storm GT kayak on the Sol Duc River

Current Designs Storm GT kayak

Current Designs Storm GT kayak at Banks Lake

This is a great kayak fishing machine and I highly recommend the Current Designs Storm GT.

Topwater bass with poppers on kayak at Lake Sammamish

A short morning of topwater bass fishing with poppers on Lake Sammamish produced three bites and I landed two smallmouth plus lost one largemouth that shook the hook. The lily pads were active and there were even perch biting the Senko worms in the shallows. Water temperature is warm at about 67 degrees and constant winds at around 10mph.

bass on popper

bass on popper

bass on popper

bass on popper