View Full Version : Falls Lake - June 18, 2007

06-18-2007, 09:55 AM
Woke up early and figured work wouldn't miss me til later so I packed up and headed for Upper Barton to get some exercise. Paddled my normal loop out of upper barton, around the mouth of lower barton and back to the ramp, dragging Shad Raps all the way (for the workout benefits - extra resistance and all, you know...).

Interrupted 4 times by fish. 3 LM, 1 white perch. Nothing of any size, but nice to get back in on some action. 3 came inside Upper barton, 1 out in the main channel in front of Lower Barton. All on shad raps with some chartreuse in them (hot steel RS, firetiger floater). No takers on the white.
http://www.ncangler.com/photopost/data/500/thumbs/SANY0045.JPG (http://www.ncangler.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/1967) http://www.ncangler.com/photopost/data/500/thumbs/SANY0046.JPG (http://www.ncangler.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/1968).

And this one for Coach D:
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Found the crate sitting on the dock - looked like it had been rescued from the deep. I filled it with flotsam and ramp-side trash. Will be keeping the crate!

06-18-2007, 10:10 AM
Nice crate! I use them alot myself. Sounds like a good blend of exercise/relaxation and evironmental responsibility!!!

06-18-2007, 10:43 AM
So how hard to you have to paddle to get up to trolling speed???

06-18-2007, 11:30 AM
So how hard to you have to paddle to get up to trolling speed???

I throttle back for trolling - pretty easy paddle pace as long as you're not fighting wind. A strong & steady sustainable paddle speed is 3.5-3.8mph (gps) which is a bit fast for crankbaits (and will wind you after a couple miles). I'd guess I go around 2-to-2.5mph while I've got lines in the water.

06-18-2007, 10:08 PM
Good Deal Jeff. Are you using rod holders while trolling? Are they in or behind the cockpit?

06-18-2007, 10:33 PM
Good Deal Jeff. Are you using rod holders while trolling? Are they in or behind the cockpit?
They're in flush mounts right behind the seat. If its smooth like this morning I can feel the "hum" of the crankbaits and can tell when I get hit or hang up on something. Otherwise lots of craning of the neck to check the tips, which is a real pain (in the neck!). Or you can set the drag real loose and wait for that sound.

Definitely better to have them in front where you can see what's going on, but its hard to get them where you can reach them AND have them out of the way of the paddle stroke. I was thinking of installing some kind of rear view mirror on a snake arm to better see what's going on back there. Not sure if it would be effective at all or just more hassle from reflection than benefit.

I'd also like to get them on a wider spread than the flush mounts offer.

06-19-2007, 12:19 AM
[quote] "I'd also like to get them on a wider spread than the flush mounts offer."[quote]

Maybe you could use PVC pipe that fits in the rod holder, add a collar to upsize it to a 45 degree curve that the rod fits in. You can buy electrical PVC in 45 degree bends. That would raise the rod slightly higher and push it farther out along the sides and may give you room to swing the paddle...

06-19-2007, 12:46 AM
I've been considering a few options like that. Drew up some plans for one that would attach to a crate in the tankwell - but it wasn't very well thought out. I've looked at a mostly retail solution - I've got a scotty holder with the extension bar on the front console. Thought maybe I could get the scotty triple (or a homemade equivalent) mounted up on the extension, anchor the outsides to the front of the kayak (for strength & to combat torque when a fish its one rod), and put 2 holders up on top, 90 degrees off the boat and angled up enough to keep them out of paddle stroke. Still just drawing mental sketches.

Got the fishfinder ordered yesterday, so I'll be able to switch from blind trawling to precision fish extraction shortly!

06-19-2007, 07:16 AM
I used the Scotty Triple on my Yak and It seemed to work pretty well. I mounted the fishfinder in the center and a Rod holder on each side. I didn't much trolling but I do rememmber ending up with lines in the paddle stroke. I found that the flush mounts behind the seat were better for trolling so, Ilike your idea about a rear veiw mirror. I think that may be the easiest and best solution.

Coach D
06-19-2007, 08:31 AM
Great looking crate. thanks for helping out. A couple buddies and myself are planning on doing something at a little creek they showed me. I gotta find out the name of the place so I can hit on my own sometime.