A story from this weekend, just now got in. Tom invited me to go to a group of private lakes in Oklahoma, a cattle operation with lakes in it. Some are "managed" and hold really big fish, a few others are natural and left to their own devices. I just wasn't sure about how much vegetation was in them so I elected to take my Meyers Sportspal canoe over my Native Slayer Propel 10. In retrospect, for one lake this would have been the correct vessel; for the one we fished the second day, the kayak would have outperformed.
A front got there hours before we did and it started out a bit slow but it accelerated as the day went along. How did I pay for it? I did fine in total number of fish caught, about 20 over 1.5 days, but I spent what I think was likely 50% of my time trying to hold water. I was dropping an anchor, or lodging myself into woody areas, using my big paddle, a hand paddle, too. Gosh, it was miserable. If not for that one aspect, this big sturdy canoe would likely out-fish most kayaks. It is super stable and one can almost do jumping jacks in the thing. But, it has a keel about a half inch in depth, no rudder of any sort . . . and a wide flat bottom. It blows across a lake like a leaf.
In the Propel I would have been able to fish, that is, have my presentation in the water, about twice as much. And, I could have covered more water, too.
Tom, uses a bass buster with a trolling motor and it keeps him pretty steady in the wind though we were both wishing for a bit less breeze. It cost him fish, too, I suspect.
Since I caught 20 or so fish over the 1.5 days, and I spent about 1/2 my time managing my position, I will go out on a limb and say there are 20 more bass in those two lakes that would have small holes in their lips right about now . . . if I had taken the Propel.
One last thing: these were the hardest fighting bass I have encountered. Over and over I would think that they were 4 or 5 pounders on the hook, then when I would reel some of them in, it would be a less than 2 pounder. My largest fish was something less than 5 lbs. and it was so strong, it pulled my anchored canoe into the weeds.
The fish were all sort of short for their weights. Stocky. I think I had only one fish jump in the air; they all stayed down in the water all the way in. Weird.
Never fished a private lake before but I can certainly see the allure.
Next time I'll be in my kayak.
Edited by Brad R (09/13/15 07:05 PM)