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Well, with Lake Texoma being flooded as it is, I haven't been able to launch The Beast.

Since I have several friends who are yakkers.....I see how much fun on the water they have....so I went to Mariner Sails in Dallas and my lovely wife Kathy Beauvais McKlemurry.....told me to get one.

So, I did.  I bought the Wilderness Systems Ride 115MAX.   Nice yak.  11.5 feet long and 33 inches wide.  A "stable" platform.

Launched the Ax Yak yesterday for the first time.  It was a learning experience.

I fished for a couple of hours and then decided to "familiarize" myself with the optional stablizer bar I installed.  I watched all the videos how the guys stand up in their yak and fish.  You can lean against the stablizer bar for additional support.

I'm in 40 feet of water about a quarter mile from shore.  I slowly inch my feet forward, grab the stand-up assist strap, and pull myself up.  I could feel my knees shaking a bit as they tried to adjust to the overall CG shift I had just created.

I reached down to raise the seat (it has a wonderfully comfortable 3 position air flow seat).  The seat didn't come up immediately so I grabbed the seat adjustment strap and pulled on it.

The upward pulling motion created a moment arm around the new CG thereby putting the yak into an unstable condition.

I tried to recoup.  I failed.  So, before you could say Holy Batman....I was in the drink.  Capsized yak.

With my pride wounded (and having looked around quickly to make sure no one was out there), I then realized I had just lost three (3) rod/reel combos.....I won't mention $$$ but two of the three St. Croix rods had Shimano Calcutta 200s on ' em.......

I learned you can't flip a yak back over while in the water without significant practice.  [smile]

So, grabbing the rope, I swam the quarter mile while towing in the yak.

I get to shore and discover that my sight wasn't 100%.  Reached up....no eyeglasses.

My first yak adventure was more than I had hoped for and a very expensive first outing.

I'm going to Academy today to buy floaties for my rods.  I was fortunate enough to have tethered my pliers, paddle, and pliers to the yak.  I had also bought a dry bag for my phone and wallet.  [smile]

Oh well........I think I'll practice sitting down a while before I do the stand up thing again. [smile]

PS  Went to Dr Barnes Eyemart Express in Sherman.  They replaced my glasses for free!!  [smile]


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Oh how I wish someone had this on video...LOL [biggrin]

seriously though, glad you are OK
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Raise your hand if you knew after "I bought the Wilderness Systems Ride 115MAX.   Nice yak."  how this post would end!!! :-)
Have fun and be safe Ax!
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Yeah, several guys wanted to go and take video but I snuck off without 'em.  [smile]
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my nephew did the same thing in Alberta creek this weekend . I was  lucky to find both poles with large  weight and treble .I told him expensive lesson learned cheep. he is looking for rod floats as well
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Raise your hand if you knew after "I bought the Wilderness Systems Ride 115MAX.   Nice yak."  how this post would end!!! :-)
Have fun and be safe Ax!

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Sorry for your losses AX! 

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I use paddle and rod leashes on my yak. They're basically really long bungie cords that clip on to the yak tiedown points and then velcro that wraps around the rod/paddle.
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In a yak, it's not a matter of if , it's a matter of when . Pratice flipping the yak in shallow water and reenter it's very simple. I had the ride 135, many moons ago, the ride is a good yak, I now have the Nucone Frointer 12, it a barge, but I still Turtle it often, after all, yaking iis a water sport. I made my rod leases, out of old phone cords and D rings, very simple and cheap.
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I prefer the long cast. [thumb]
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"The Long Cast", ?????????
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at least only the pride lost and no broken bones

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"The Long Cast", ?????????


Prefer bank fishing with poles setup for long cast over a kayak.
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Ok thanks, though I'd missed some yak ling-go. LOL
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I don't fish from a kayak but use a small inflatable Pontoon Boat. While it wont flip over, I've lost every kind of gear imaginable from that boat. The worst was a nice Shimano ultralight setup I kicked off the boat into the super clear water at Lake Murry. I watched it sink into 50 feet for what seemed like a full minute until it went out of sight.

My new rule is, it is not tied in with a bungee cord, won't be mine for long.

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