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I went to decker to break in the new pedal yak. The car top system seems to be working, still need to practice some of the movements, it actually sorta slipped and slid off the side when I was loading up to go home, it was kind of a light drop into the grass next to my car (I gave it some support on the way down) but I did get a couple scratches above the rear passenger door lol 😆, oh well my car is black and has tons of scratches anyways.
I fished decker once on the iSUP for a couple bass in mid march but it was nearly impossible to fish on the board with the wind, at one point I didn’t think I could out paddle the wind and thought I’d be stuck in a back cove until it stopped haha. So I came back armed with pedals for some redemption.
Decker seems like a confusing lake to fish, there is an overwhelming amount of tules that line the entire perimeter of the lake, it’s almost like there’s “too much” cover, I don’t even know where to begin.
I sarted about 4p, I threw the usual stuff at first just trying to get on the board. I started with a t rigged rage craw and just drifted it into a cove about 15ft off the tules, the wind was perfect for drifting plastics on the bottom, nice and slow and steady crawl. I missed a couple bites but put a cutie in the boat, along with pulling the hook on a 2lb fish. I threw a lipless for quite a bit without even a bite, last time on the board I couldn’t get bit with it either 🤷‍♂️. I was working it above the hydrilla and along the edge of the tules, that’s become a confidence bait for me, not sure why I can’t get smashed on it here.
I started throwing a weightless t rigged watermelon senko along the tules and picked up another one. I found an area along the vegetation that looked different than the rest and had a little flurry of bites, missed 2 and landed 2 there, including the best one of the day at 2+lbs. I probably could've had another dozen or so fish only fishing the senko, but I get a bit bored fishing the same thing all day :). I wound up pulling the hook on another dink on a 4” yunique weedless gill. I fished a wake bait on the way in as the sun was going down, I had a couple swirls but nothing committing. It was a fun maiden voyage on the new native, can’t wait to put some nice fish in the boat.
Also just wanted to note there were quite a few fish breaking the surface (like one at a time) randomly throughout the session, I imagine closer to the launch these would be hybrids? In the coves when I heard or saw it I expected largemouth but who knows?
Heres some fish porn -
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I agree that Decker is a confusing lake. My strategy is to stick close to the reeds until I find hydrilla and then pound the hydrilla for all its worth. Its hard to find anything to fish further than two casts lengths (around 150 feet) from the shoreline. Todd and I have found two hard spots that are around three casts lengths from the shoreline that we hit up from time to time.

The solo jumpers are more than likely common carp. No one really knows why they do this, old timers say it is to knock off the barnacles.

The schooling fish where you see birds are probably hybrids, but could be anything for example largemouth, gar, crappie or bream.

Nice report. Glad to hear the yak landed in the grass. I liked the video you linked to, but I would have to put an “L” bracket on my rail to approximate his cantilevered resting spot. I’m sure you’ll work something out.
 

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TFTR and the tips, makes sense about the hydrilla near the reeds, the flurry of senko bites I had was a pocket that cut into the reeds and the hydrilla was matted up to the reeds, I was casting it in the small space between the end of the hydrilla and the start of the reeds, and also casting it onto the top of the matted hydrilla (as you can see one of the fish took me right back into the hydrilla and I had to muscle him out lol).

So one other issue with racking the yak this way is the rudder on the back gets pushed into the ground a little bit once you have the nose resting on the roof of the car, a possible solution is putting the stern up first and then the bow, or I did also see this other persons video of putting a protective mat on the top of the trunk, putting the nose up onto the trunk and then sliding it onto the rack in a similar fashion, just from the back of the vehicle, thus not having to lift the front up as high and keeping the rudder from being pointed into the ground.
 

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Get a boondox rudder with the steering upgrade arm. I can swing the rudder nearly 125 degrees. It will solve the problems with the rudder hitting ground. Also the big aluminum boondox is sweet and gives way better steering action.

I've got to give it to you, roof topping a native pedal kayak must be a chore. Maybe look into a tiny trailer for it?

Oh yea, nice job on the fish!
 

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I was already looking at the boondox, did you upgrade the rudder cable? I have read some horror stories of the cable actually snapping for some lol. I was sort of looking at trailers, but I feel like once I go down that road I'll just wind up with a bass boat, and this is an inexpensive alternative to that.

It's actually not as bad as I thought It would be car topping it, I think it helps that my WRX is low to the ground, so accessing the roof is fairly easy, I just need to practice different methods to prevent smashing the rudder into the ground. It also really helps that I bought the lightest full featured fishing pedal yak, I was considering the old town sportsman PDL 106 but many people reported it was almost 10 lbs heavier than they quote (without pedals and seat) at about 83 lbs. The native slayer propel 10 (non max) is 62 lbs stripped bare, its quite impressive actually.

I also purchased some berleypro bumper bro keel gaurds for the front and back as I've fished on the yak twice now and already have scratches on the keel lol, I'm sure it could withstand years of that before it eroded a hole but might as well spend the $80 to add extra protection. I should also try to hop out of the yak into a couple feet of water without just landing by having the nose slide up onto the bank, that should save some wear as well.

At some point I'd like to rig up a FF on it, and some other nice rail upgrades like a paddle holder, go pro mount etc. Feels nice to be back on a yak, I haven't owned one for quite a few years now. It's a world of difference being able to fight the wind to hold your position better with the pedals, and impressively enough for this small yak the ability to stand. I feel like I can cast so much more accurately while standing.
 

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That's very light, I think my native titan is 121lbs without any of my gear on there.

You should see the keels on mine, I drag it all the time. I've tried kydex keel guards and other stuff and it all just rips off after a few trips. Good old gorilla tape works fine, just need to replace it every so often. Dont overthink it, its just a plastic boat.

I think the rudder cable is upgraded. Never heard of them snapping. Its not like I'm going 40 knots and slamming the rudder either way putting lots of stress on it.
 
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