Hey guys, today I (James Snyder) had the privilege of fishing with some shop friends this afternoon Andy Rau And Ken Shields at New Hogan Reservoir here in beautiful California. We left Lodi around 6 am to arrive to the lake around 6:45 to some amazing air temps of 67 degrees. Forecast said it would be in the high 70’s with winds from 0-12 mph gusts. For once the weatherman was correct!!! We made it on the water around 7:15 with light to no winds for the first 3-4 hours and the water was glass. Water temps started at 58 degrees and steadily climbed to over 63 degrees in some of the sun exposed and wind protected coves. Water was very dirty with only a few inches of visibility.
We started out with bass, striper and carp slashing all around us this morning. our fish finders were lit up with marks all over our selected area to fish this morning, its been a long time since I’ve personally had that many marks on my graph it was a nice change of pace. we started out hoping for a Topwater bite, WRONG! no luck there but we slowed down and started chucking A-rigs. no takers for me but Andy got a nice little 10in Striper early in the morning. We then slowed way down and broke out the fairy wands. our baits of choice today was the Ned Rig and drop shot. My colors of choice were green pumpkin red flake and green pumpkin purple flake for Ned rig and mm3 and Arron’s morning dawn for my Roboworms. Instead of your traditional drop shot with the hook 8-12 inches from the weight we instead tied the hook then instead of a weight we tied on the Ned rig. This allowed us to cover more of the water column and produced more fish! Luckily we figured this out early on and was able to put a pretty solid pattern together in a short time, I found that the green pumpkin purple flake Ned with a MM3 Roboworm was my ticket today.
Most fish were caught in 8-18 feet of water off bank points where rock and brush met the water line. between the 3 of us we had 30-40 fish caught. Andy pours all of my Neds and Drop shot weights and if your interested at saving a little money for a amazing product hit him up on his Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/a.rau1993 his prices are far lower then any big named product and has fast shipping. now for the fun part pictures! –
Thanks for taking the time to read about my day- feel free to reach out to me on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/james.snyder.739 or on Instagram @ Yakin_James always willing to help and answer any questions you might have about kayaks, fishing, or our northern California waterways. Tight lines and look for more reports in the future!
Andy Rau – Ned Rigs contact him @ https://www.facebook.com/a.rau1993
Map of New Hogan Res. gives you a rough idea of where to target different species of fish
I was sent this review from Tim Bauer one of our customer in Hawaii on the Island of Kona. He is retired and fishes from his Stealth almost daily. If there was ever a customer who put our gear to the test, Tim would be the guy. Here is his review.
“I had been fascinated by Stealth for many years but was detoured by two unfounded concerns :
1) That the ski would be destroyed by the lava rock launches of Hawaii
2) that a fixed rudder would be damaged and that fish would wrap themselves around it.
Neither turns out to be an issue, a trolly facilitates a easy launch and retrieval with solo use and the fixed rudder withstands very significant accidental impact. The new line guards are a snap to install and prevent any entanglement.
Another barrier was that the closest ski was 296 miles away on a neighbor island and the closest dealer was 3,907 miles away on the mainland thus making a test paddle all but impossible. This sent me on a search to read everything possible about Stealth and to watch every You Tube video I could find. I was easily convinced to order a ski but was left a bit confused as to which one. To make a long story short, I ended up starting with a Fisha 500 and after paddling it for a few months ordered a Pro Fisha 575. This had nothing to do with any unhappiness with the 500 rather it gave me the ability to see what different qualities the Pro Fisha would offer and I am very pleased to have both. The characteristics chart on the Stealth web site is very helpful, but does not tell the full story as to how each ski may apply
to your specific fishery or physical needs. If possible it is well worth a bit of a trip to paddle the full line. If this is not possible (as was my case) I hope the following is helpful. The Fisha has a slightly wider and flatter hull. It is approximately 1 mph faster than a similar rotomolded polyethylene kayak. It is nimble and turns on a dime. The foot wells are a bit wider so those who typically paddle in a colder environment
may find that dry suits and boots fit better. It has a larger carrying capacity and its flatter hull may be better suited to those carrying more or heavier gear. Anglers carrying crab pots, using downriggers, or fishing depths for bottom fish with heavy leads may find it advantageous. Likewise pulling divers and flashers for salmon may be better suited to the Fisha.
The Pro Fisha is approximately 1mph faster than the Fisha. It’s turning radius is not as tight and with it’s longer hull it takes a few extra strokes to turn it up into a stiff wind. That said, once you are headed into a short choppy sea it moves more steadily than the Fisha and seems not to stall as easily and overall gives you a quicker ride in those conditions. It has a quicker moment which is not to be confused with instability. For those changing from plastic the ride will feel a bit twitchy at first but that feeling goes away quickly. The glide is longer and like the Fisha uses less energy over a day on the water. I have found that while it does not drastically effect performance or speed you do feel some sluggishness with significant weight in the fish hatch(50 lbs and above) with the Pro Fisha while it does not seem to effect the Fisha as much.
There is a lot of talk about stability in kayak fishing. Neither of these ski’s should be considered unstable, as previously mentioned the Pro Fisha has a quicker moment but I have leaders Marlin in the 150lb range with no more concern about stability than the Fisha. While there are many reasons to chose one Stealth ski over another I personally do not think stability is one of them. While the perfect fishing kayak may not have been conceived as yet, Stealth is by far at the top of the pack. They combine a fast stable ride and outstanding comfort with a no nonsense fishing platform that has been extremely well thought out. Both have a fish hatch that will accommodate the largest catch. The manufacturing quality is outstanding and superior customer service accompanies the sale. In essence, these are all custom built ski’s and there are color and accessory options available with a factory order. While this will delay your acquisition the special attention to you needs is well worth the wait.
If I give the impression that I am a true believer……it’s because I am. These ski’s are truly outstanding in every aspect and for off shore fishing they provide a transformational experience. If I can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact me by email at email@example.com. I can’t say enough about the USA distributor Dan Arbuckle at the Headwaters kayak shop in Lodi Ca. Dan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, Mahalo Nui to Adam King for bringing Stealth to
the mid Pacific and giving us the impetus to make the change to Stealth !!!”
Definantly doing this again next year!!!! All ten of us had a blast. Well just make sure that we do it when the weather is warmer next time instead of in October....lol
I dont think that you could ever get tired of enjoying the moon shining on the riveras your cruzin thru.
Absolutely loved it!!!
Lodi lake may seem small but there is a lot of water to paddle on if you extend to the river. Had a great time with my teenage children. The boating staff are super nice!
Great experience. Do it. You can thank me later. Dan and his crew are the best. Well organized which is really important in the dark.
Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Beginning kayakers are most welcome. It's a safe introduction to the beautiful mokueleme river.