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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Tallgrass05] #13300457 10/03/19 01:26 PM
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Furthest so far on my Nu Canoe Frontier 10 has been 2 miles, and yup know what the wind is doing that day. LOL. Getting pushed back to the launch spot is like having a free boat motor.


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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13300461 10/03/19 01:30 PM
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Has anyone been out and the predicted wind changes? Cause I go into the wind when I launch.


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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13300541 10/03/19 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Sirjet
Has anyone been out and the predicted wind changes? Cause I go into the wind when I launch.

Yep! That has happened to me a few times. When it does, I immediately drop my pole and check my weather app. If a pop-up storm is forming or of the winds are predicted to get stronger throughout the day, I power back to the launch area and finish up the day closer to safety. Otherwise, stay the course and know that I have to do less fishing and more pedaling to get back before dark.

I use the WeatherBug app... it has active radar and an hour by hour forecast that includes wind direction/speed. I'll be looking into Windfinder too (thanks for the recommendation Dan!)

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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13300575 10/03/19 03:17 PM
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I paddle. I head upwind as others have mentioned, and drift back down. Usuall1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. Staying close to shoreline in a lake, fishing structure/docks.

Re: How far do you go? [Re: Dan90210 ☮] #13301062 10/04/19 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan90210 ☮
What they said.

Plan on the wind to help you back. Windfinder app is free and a good friend!


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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13301569 10/04/19 03:55 PM
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I cannot paddle but a couple miles without being sore the next day. I paddle against the wind to where I want to fish and then the wind shifts and I have to paddle against the wind on the way back.


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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Gamblingman] #13302011 10/04/19 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Gamblingman
I cannot paddle but a couple miles without being sore the next day. I paddle against the wind to where I want to fish and then the wind shifts and I have to paddle against the wind on the way back.

Not seeing your swing....keep that in mind....it would do you some good to study and practice proper tecnique. Most of us are kayaking to fish. I have a dad who wanted to paddle forever. He taught me to swing a paddle as long in whatever conditions. There are many small changes you could possibly make that could change the distance you are able to cover with less effort. Personally i started in a canoe, that made it really easy to adapt the high angle swing. . A quality paddle will also help just not if your swing needs a little correction.


Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13302012 10/04/19 11:43 PM
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I used to try to paddle into the wind...dang wind always seemed to change so no matter what i was face into the wind. Hahaha.


Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13302321 10/05/19 03:06 PM
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I typically paddle 7-11 miles from start to finish. My closest red spot is a 1.5 miles from the launch on those quick in and out days I’ll catch my three and go home. But when we are out there all day we will usually paddle that 7-11. I’m starting to like those quick trips better with this heat.


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Originally Posted by Sirjet
Has anyone been out and the predicted wind changes? Cause I go into the wind when I launch.


Yes sir happened to me too. I went out to a local lake one late spring day and the winds were predicted to be blowing 15-18 in the afternoon but I figured that's not a deal killer so I went. Got on the other side of the lake about 2 miles from the launch and the wind kicked up gusting to 30. I had swells coming over the front of my Pro Angler 14 and hitting me in the face. I pedaled straight into the wind all the way back to the ramp. Took me over an hour to get back pedaling as hard as I could. Couldn't hardly walk to the truck my legs were toast. I don't think I would have made it had I been in my paddle yak.

I use Windfinder but all of them are getting most of their info from NOAA. The apps just compile it in a format we can easily see and use. Windfinder seems to be pretty accurate most of the time. Typically spring time is when the winds can be most unpredictable unless of course you're around a thunderstorm.


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Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13305080 10/08/19 01:15 PM
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It’s good to have a repertoire of spots, some close to the launch and some more distant.

I organize my trips around a particular launch. What does this or that launch offer as to various things like wind protection, variety of structure, relative solitude, etc.?

People seems to be offended when they arrive at a launch and the weather conditions are nothing like the forecast. As if the weather obeys what the talking head says.

If you have X amount of launches within range, each with X amount of potential spots to fish, at least a few should be viable no matter the conditions so long as the conditions aren’t life threatening.

Personally, I hate windshield time so I try to squeeze as much from nearby launches as humanly possible. There’s nothing wrong with knowing a place backwards and forwards. One place I fish in the nearby saltwater is about 10 acres in size and I’ve fished it hundreds of times and pulled out many hundreds of fish, but there are still things to learn there. I can start fishing and catching fish literally right at the launch. I could never go any other place, but then it’s nice to have some variety. What if someone is already in the spot? What if the water is somehow all messed up?

Having a plan with some built in flexibility is a good thing. Don’t get married to just one little launch with one little spot. Exploring and paddling a little more distant can yield some good new place.

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I paddled ~7.5 miles Saturday in my Commander 140. Launched at about 10:30, back at the launch at 16:30. Wind and current as it worked out was mostly hurtful. Weather was pretty warm, but not full blown summer hot.

I am pretty proud of myself at 57 years old covering that much water in that amount of time. There was plenty of stationary time spent fishing. Hadn't been in the kayak in 3 months. Did get a cramp in right forearm near the end, but it resolved itself after a few minutes stationary while fishing.

Still feeling great 48 hours later and no serious soreness. A paddle like that only whets the appetite for another. I don't eat while I'm on those trips typically, just some quick water breaks.

Re: How far do you go? [Re: Sirjet] #13318189 10/21/19 04:53 PM
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Did 11 miles on the Cottonwood River on Saturday. We saw hundreds of pelicans, a lot ducks, egrets, herons, and a bald eagle. Easy paddling, but it's been awhile and I did sleep soundly that night.

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