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#12250510 - 05/17/17 07:01 PM How long until you're an "experienced" yakker?
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
Woman of the year 2015

Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 25217
Loc: Denton County
I've had my Jackson Big Rig for 18 months.

First few trips I was a mess.

Got about 60 trips behind me now. Have taken waves into the cockpit over and over on Falcon. Dodged glitter boats on Roberts. Paddled 15 miles in a day on Lewisville. Beat a snake off the yak on lake X. Fished with 200 yaks in a tourney on the Trinity and nearly swamped on Texoma when the anchor snagged right when the rollers started out of the blue a mile out.

Am I experienced yet? Or 15 more years of this to earn my stripes? Haha

Loving every minute of it.
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#12250546 - 05/17/17 07:26 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Brad R Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1358
Loc: Texas
Averaging 3+ trips per month is a great stat!

This puts you near the top of our little waterlogged cohort!

Share some more stats: largest fish, species caught, most fish, coldest day on the water, hottest, windiest.

If your stats are as impressive as the others you have posted, we'll make a effigy of you and carry it as totems on our yaks!

Ha! Good job sinking your teeth into a new sport!

Brad

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#12250576 - 05/17/17 07:45 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
Woman of the year 2015

Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 25217
Loc: Denton County
You know Brad I've not caught a pig from the yak yet.

In the 18 months I have caught an 8.5 lmb but from my Bass Hunter. Biggest yak bass was only about 6. Biggest numbers day was Texoma had 50+ but lots of sandies.

Have lmb, smallie, striper, spots, channel, blue, hybrid, crappie, gasper goo and of course sandies and a few brim. Also a duck, snake and turtle.

I'm pretty sure I deserve a totem pole lol.

What an exciting and fun way to fish. Have not been out in almost 4 weeks and it's driving me insane LOL
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#12250581 - 05/17/17 07:48 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 25217
Loc: Denton County
Temp wise I've had guides freeze up and been out in over 100 degrees many times.

Wind? Falcon with gusts to 35 is no fun. On the DAM! I would paddle and Dodge for five minutes to make 10 feet of progress. Cockpit flooded over and over.

PFD was buckled on EXTRA tight.
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Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#12250605 - 05/17/17 07:58 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
RBDavis3591 Online   content
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Registered: 08/17/14
Posts: 155
Loc: Austin
There is a fine difference between being an "experienced" kayaker versus a "dead" kayaker. The important thing to realize is what the limitations of both your kayak and you yourself are before getting on the water.

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#12251069 - 05/17/17 11:28 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
lconn4 Online   content
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 6180
Loc: Cherokee County
You're not experienced until:
You have fallen asleep while paddling
Slept overnight on your kayak
Forgotten to bring your paddle
Have kayak blown off of rack while loading and take out car antennae (twice)
Have kayak blown off of rack and take out driver side mirror
Have had to tie a bottle of coke to tie down straps to keep straps from blowing back over in windy conditions
Forgotten to tie down kayak and have it launch from j rack at 60 miles an hour
Load up everything and leave without remembering you didn't load your kayak
Run over your paddle
Thrown kayak to ground from above your head to keep from getting screwed into the sand when wind takes over
Thrown kayak to ground when you feel your back tweak when getting screwed into the ground when wind takes over
Paddled as hard as you could and losing ground in wind or current
Been hit in the shin by kayak when throwing it to the ground to escape neck or back injury
When you have hit a solid object (sea wall, bridge column) at night at full speed
Permanent callouses in V between thumb and index finger and on outside of feet from foot pegs
and that's just for starters.
cheers


Edited by lconn4 (05/17/17 11:49 PM)
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#12251116 - 05/18/17 05:05 AM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
christian myrick Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3091
Loc: little elm
Ive been paddling almost 35 years now. Caught plenty of fish over 50 lbs. Paddled many 150 mile trips, many 20+ mile days, been caught in countless storms...even caught next to a water spout in florida, paddled in many conditions that i probably shouldnt have, cold, hot,,,etc. The term experienced is relative to what you would consider normal and how deep you want to get into kayak fishing. For me, i cant live without this sport. It keeps me sane. I think if you can handle what gets thrown at you by mother nature you are experienced. Keep up the good work, keep safe and enjoy.
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#12251175 - 05/18/17 06:45 AM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15801
Loc: South Texas
Someone mentioned earlier.
It's when you've paddled enough to know what you can and cannot do, and the cannot do's you don't do anymore! thumb
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#12251189 - 05/18/17 07:01 AM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
RealBigReel Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1211
Loc: Stephenville, TX
If you have done it, you are an expert.
If you have done it for money you are a professional.
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RealBigReel
My kayak STRIPER. I don't go too fast but I go pretty far.

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#12251212 - 05/18/17 07:31 AM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: lconn4]
BKT Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/27/13
Posts: 1251
Loc: Apple Springs
Originally Posted By: lconn4
You're not experienced until:
You have fallen asleep while paddling
Slept overnight on your kayak
Forgotten to bring your paddle
Have kayak blown off of rack while loading and take out car antennae (twice)
Have kayak blown off of rack and take out driver side mirror
Have had to tie a bottle of coke to tie down straps to keep straps from blowing back over in windy conditions
Forgotten to tie down kayak and have it launch from j rack at 60 miles an hour
Load up everything and leave without remembering you didn't load your kayak
Run over your paddle
Thrown kayak to ground from above your head to keep from getting screwed into the sand when wind takes over
Thrown kayak to ground when you feel your back tweak when getting screwed into the ground when wind takes over
Paddled as hard as you could and losing ground in wind or current
Been hit in the shin by kayak when throwing it to the ground to escape neck or back injury
When you have hit a solid object (sea wall, bridge column) at night at full speed
Permanent callouses in V between thumb and index finger and on outside of feet from foot pegs
and that's just for starters.
cheers


Hot Dogs!!! I'm closer than what I thought. roflmao

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#12252989 - 05/19/17 08:25 AM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Fish ZoMbiE Offline
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Registered: 03/25/09
Posts: 9897
Like a Boss!

"Now what part of this lake shall I fish today?"
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#12254734 - 05/20/17 01:39 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15801
Loc: South Texas
Zombie's picture reminds me of a setup I saw the other day.

A couple guys unloaded two of those walmart kayaks and placed them side by side about 24" apart and then placed a metal frame with a plywood deck onto the the kayaks and bolted them down.
They loaded their gear, which seemed like a lot and the guy on the rear had a paddle fashioned on a long pole of pvc that he worked side to side while standing to propel the kayak forward....Kind of a back and forth fish tail motion.
It worked pretty good.
A third world trolling motor.


Edited by Jimbo (05/20/17 02:07 PM)
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#12261289 - 05/24/17 04:16 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
Shaun Russell Online   content
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Registered: 03/15/08
Posts: 6168
Loc: Ray Roberts
Depends on the definition of experienced. I've been doing this for some time now, I've learned a lot. Sometimes from my own experiences, sometimes from mentors that helped me when I started. Learn from others mistakes and their success and it will come sooner. And keep that PFD on!
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And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
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#12261721 - 05/24/17 09:00 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
lconn4 Online   content
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 6180
Loc: Cherokee County
I don't think you ever stop learning about new ways to screw things up.
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A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919


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#12261781 - 05/24/17 09:31 PM Re: How long until you're an "experienced" yakker? [Re: lconn4]
Shaun Russell Online   content
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Registered: 03/15/08
Posts: 6168
Loc: Ray Roberts
Originally Posted By: lconn4
I don't think you ever stop learning about new ways to screw things up.

Ha,ha,ha... Amen!
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