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Great day fishing in my kayak w/ new Cabela's PFD

Old 07-02-2024, 01:00 PM
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Default Great day fishing in my kayak w/ new Cabela's PFD

I packed everything up yesterday and met up with my sister to go kayaking on the James River...
i was changing lures in this photo, as jig spinners and rubber worm rigs weren't working.



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Old 07-02-2024, 02:34 PM
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How do you like your kayak Butch? Does it get uncomfortable after a while?
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It's incredible... Very stable and balanced. Thankfully my (late) brother-in-law bought a very nice, plush, seat and backrest for it. I can paddle for hours and not get cramped! It's called Cayman 124 (124 refers to 10'4" in length). It weighs a hefty 52# unloaded. They say you can actually stand up and fish out of it, since it's flat bottomed with a double keel. I'm thinking... Um, no.... I don't think so!
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Yeah I agree that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to stand up and fish out of it. I have one but the seat gets uncomfortable after a little while. That’s why I was asking about how it was sitting in it fishing. I will have to try and find something to make it more comfortable..
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I'll try to get a photo of the aftermarket seat that my (late) brother-in-law bought for it. It's extremely comfortable, like sitting in a living room recliner watching the ball game!
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Yeah I agree that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to stand up and fish out of it. I have one but the seat gets uncomfortable after a little while. That’s why I was asking about how it was sitting in it fishing. I will have to try and find something to make it more comfortable..
Here you go... My late bro-in-law bought this for the kayak. It's made by Surf To Summit. It's extremely comfortable, like a La-Z-boy recliner!
https://www.outdoorplay.com/products...8aAqX6EALw_wcB


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One more "Retirement Gift" to me, after stopping at Cabela's... If you look closely at that photo of me in the fishing kayak, you'll notice my (late) bro-in-law's original kayak paddle set at 60° resting across my lap. The inside connecting tube (with the little push button locking mechanism) is slowly coming loose. D'oh.... So, Cabela's recommended I upgrade the kayak paddle, as Lord knows how old the original is/was back when my late brother-in-law bought it. This new one is made by Ascend and 240cm. Look close, and it even has a fish scale along the shafts in inches!


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Thank you ButchA for that seat info. I will be looking into it..
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I made these two lures the other day and tested them out in the small pond nearby (very briefly). But, in 110° heat index, there is NO WAY that I would be out on the water in my kayak going fishing. Ain't happening until it cools off a little more. Besides, in this heat, everything is way way down on the bottom, 25', 30' or more...

Shad colored swimbait in a weighted weedless hook w/ colorado blade jig spinner attachment.


Buzzbait in a baby bass head color, w/ size 3/0 hook, combined with a mossy craw colored skirt.


I am loving retirement and expanding my teenage 1970's hobby of making fishing lures. So many ideas, so many combinations, so much creativity. You just never know!

Edit: Honest... I mean, I absolutely solemnly swear... The cost is pennies on the dollar.

Rubber swimbait, jig spinner: ME: $1.65. Cabela's, Bass Pro, Academy Sports, etc...: $4.99
Buzzbait: ME: $2.35. Cabela's, Bass Pro, Academy Sports, etc...: $5.99

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They look as though they will work great! Saving the dollars when making them is always a good thing and even more so when you’re retired..

They hot weather and heading out in it is not a good thing unless you’re planning on jumping in every so often. We have been getting hot muggy weather here as well. But the mid 80s to lower 90s is a bit much to us northern folks. Then scattered thunderstorms go rolling through almost every afternoon and evening. They normally help to cool things down. But, lately they haven’t been given us much help that way either. I guess we all have to find ways to adjust to it..
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