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Springtime Yellowtail: By Andy Allen
I'm really not certain if the term "sleigh ride"; was coined when recounting the adventurous event shortly after the first kayak angler hooked into a yellowtail, but that's where I would lay my money. What other SoCal 20-lb. class game fish is capable of quickly diminishing your spool of line? This relentless adversary then tows you and your "sled" over great distances, only to be finalized with a vertical slug-out. The California yellowtail is the brute of all inshore species.
Many variables affect when these pelagics will arrive in our waters, as well as in what numbers and where they will set up shop. Most of these schools winter in the waters off central Baja, traveling several hundred miles. Warming water, water quality and an abundance of forage will bring them to the areas surrounding our inshore kelp beds and hold them there through the summer. more
Kayak Review: Wilderness Systems Commander 120
Once again, we're bringing you a kayak review from a Pro Staffer who knows kayaks
This month, we're sharing CJ "Csueper Jeanyus" Siebler's review of the Wilderness Systems Commander 120. All ratings are based on a score of 1 to 5.
Experience: 9 years of kayak fishing experience in Southern California, everything from lakes, rivers and bays to inshore kelp and offshore islands. I have owned most all of the popular paddle-style of kayaks on the market and have paddled a large majority of the ones I have not owned. I also have done most any rigging you can think of on kayaks of all makes and models during my time at OEX/ Kayak Fishing Supplies.
CJ's Comments: The Commander 120 is one of the most stable kayaks I have ever paddled. Not even while standing have I ever felt this boat was going to flip on me.
Speed: 3CJ's Comments:The kayak does lack the paddling ability I have grown so fond of in my 160 however for such a stable, short boat it is not bad at all. I have had no issues logging days up to 5 miles in this kayak.
Weight Capacity: 4CJ's Comments: The rated capacity on this boat should be fairly accurate however I would say 275 would be the max before the boat starts loosing some of that stability.
The Good:CJ's Comments: This kayak is rock solid stable. The seat is very comfortable and the ability to sit in an elevated position is a huge plus for fishing. The SlideTrax system makes rigging the Commander a breeze as it did with the 09+ Tarpons. The outer SlidTrax will also make adding a blind for hunting very easy.
The Bad:CJ's Comments: The length of the Commander does limit the distance you can cover, however on small lakes and ponds this is not a real problem. The Sit in/ hybrid design of this boat also does limit you from taking it on rougher water.
Overall:CJ's Comments: Overall I am very happy with my Commander. It is perfect for freshwater fishing, the bay, and this fall should make an awesome duck hunting platform.
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