Pyt’s First Kayak Fishing Trip, Ontario, Canada

Yesterday 12 Sept went first time for fishing with my “horse”. ;Location: Mountsberg Reservoir / Milton Ontario, Canada. I got the yak slimed with two pikes. I was lucky I think because the lake is full of weeds. It was very difficult to keep the spinnerbait running through the salad.

Yesterday 12 Sept went first time for fishing with my “horse”. ;Location: Mountsberg Reservoir / Milton Ontario, Canada.
Arrived at 7AM, and paddled till 12 sharp. Measured on GPS, tracked 7,440 m on water [4.6 miles], max speed 6.1Km/h. [3.79 mph]
Launch was easy; I went with another friend of mine who has Prestige 12′. As speed the yaks are comparable, I went nuts at the beginning when I was struggling to keep up with my mate, when I discovered that I had weed on my transducer and, I was towing half the lake a bag of weed.
My Fishfinder is a Hummingbird fishing buddy with the transducer straight into the water. With no transducer in water the speed is the same with 12” Prestige. W500 has a length of 11.4”. My kayak was loaded with more stuff than my mate’s kayak, and there was still place to put more.
I am still learning to paddle (to optimize the strokes). Frankly speaking this is second time in my life when I am kayaking.

Angler standing in his fishing kayak, Ontario, Canada

I got the yak slimed with two pikes. I was lucky I think because the lake is full of weeds. It was very difficult to keep the spinnerbait running through the salad.
I have learned a lot in this first exit and I am planning to do many thighs differently next time.
Thank god I did not drill holes in the kayak, there is no need. I am planning to mount the RAM holder on a wood deck that can be removed easily if I am not fishing. The wood deck/pad fit very nice between the tips of yak. I already have one for a fish finder in front.
I think carrying the kayak is a lot easier inside the van than on the roof. My van has bucket seats, very easy to remove them.
I cast spinner bait and grub from the standing and sitting positions. Actually I switched between the two positions when I needed.
I discovered that I need a drift chute and probably I will buy also a trolling motor for motorized trips.
I will mount on same wood deck with rod holders.
Paddling few km upstream is not fun at all.
This was my first fishing exit, 5 hours straight. It can be easy 8 hours if I have enough food and drinking water.
Yesterday was the first time in my life when a ranger stopped me, check the fish and license. No trouble here, I always pay my card for three years in advance.
Safe paddling folks,

Pyt Rotary

Kayak fishing on a lake in Ontario, Canada

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11 Comments

  1. admin

    Thanks Petru,

    Congratulations on your first catch!

    Just one technical comment – You’ll find your paddling speed increasing with every trip you take. Paddling is very much a matter of technique. It’s a learned skill, and practice makes perfect 🙂

    Yoav

  2. Jeff McGovern

    The W500 is a fast boat for its size and will out distance loads of the so called fishing kayaks fellow anglers might use. Pacing the strokes and letting the boats glide work for you will add loads of effortless distance. I find the W500 will go the same distance as other boats will less strokes since you can power them along the hull much further. Congrats on sliming the boat, those pike are a blast. By the way think “Redfish Magic” Canadian fish can’t stay off that bait.

  3. Petru

    “Pacing the strokes and letting the boats glide work for you” – this is the key.
    I have to work on that to find the proper tempo.
    Regards,
    Petru Rotariu
    Toronto, Ontario

  4. admin

    Petru,

    In any case, the traditional kayaking style is not very useful for W kayaks, and the 9′ long W paddle offers more possibilities –
    When paddling a W kayak you don’t need a high pace, and you can (and should) apply longer paddle strokes, and lean on the paddle for more power, in case you need it.
    Since the paddle stroke is longer, you can use its end for steering (tracking, actually) with moderate J stroke (canoe style) twists at the end of each stroke.
    Alternatively, when you’re just ‘cruising’ on flat water, you can let the blade ‘glide’ more sideways (diagonal) than backward. It saves energy.

  5. Rox

    Hi Petru,

    First off, congrats on the Pike, That had to be a blast.

    Had a 40″+ Pike yak side, but never got to land her, she jumped and rolled……………..
    you know the rest of that story…….snap!!!

    Second, congrats on the W500.

    Hey as far as a wooden deck for your rod holders, remember the Tite-lok rod holders,
    they are a c-clamp style, no drilling needed, I swear by them. 🙂

    And as far as putting a trolling motor on………………..you’ll love it. 🙂

    If you do decide to add the trolling motor, I think you still have my e-mail address, e-mail me if you have any questions on setting it up with foot control steering.

    I wish I lived closer, I’d come help you out. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see more of your adventures in the W500.

    Tight lines and Paddle Safe all. 🙂
    Rox

  6. Petru

    Hi Rox, thanks.
    I will contact you on email.
    Regards,
    Petru

  7. Pete

    Congratulations on your maiden fishing trip, and on your catch!
    When kayak speed is concerned, the paddler often counts more than the kayak.
    Keep practicing, and you’ll beat any kayaker out there, except those who paddle fast, 14′ and longer touring kayaks.
    Pete

  8. keastman

    Looks like fun in the great white north. I see you are dressed for cool weather and we are finally getting to weather we can enjoy without being too hot down here. Any Walleye in that lake.?

  9. Petru

    The Fall is here. Temps are going bellow 20 Celsius (70 F) grade mid day, 10 during night. Leaves start to get yelow.
    No walleye there. I have another lake with walleye for exploration, maybe next year.
    Regards.

  10. Paul Z

    I think you still have a good month to six weeks before it gets really too cold to paddle. You could cover part of the cockpit with some waterproof fabric, to keep the wind and cold air out – It’s easy with the bungee and lashing hooks around the cockpit.
    Paul Z

  11. keastman

    It’s only too cold to paddle when your kayak will no longer break through the ice.

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