Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ultimate Mods

Since the boat is still in the shop......I decided to raise the seat in my Native Ultimate 14.5.

All you need is :
2 feet of 4" PVC pipe
3 feet of 2x4
pool noodle (optional)

Ended up raising the seat 5" which makes the already comfortable yak even more. Having a higher center of gravity will probably effect the stability in a negative way, but the Ultimate is already very stable and I don't think it will bother me any.

Before Shot

Cut PVC to 12" to lay in hull
Run two 2x4 for support and screw into PVC
Attach seat to 2x4 with screws

Add pool noodles inside PVC
(optional, I did it for added flotation)

Finished Mod 
(Raised the seat 5")

We will see how it handles/fishes this weekend.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Hit some local ponds again today since the boat is still in the shop. Sight fishing was kind of tough with the cloud cover and high winds. The EP bluegill will stick'em!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bucks on the Beds

Fished yesterday at DD and got one small striper. I think the water is still to cold for the fish to get active but it should be good to go in a 3-4 weeks.
Then this morning decided I would take the boat to Hubbard and fish the mouth of Rowlett  Creek. Got just outside of the buoy and was still idling when I hit a stump. No big deal I've done that plenty........Not this time.....the engine is knocking pretty good. Dropped it off at the shop on the way home..... hopefully I will have it back within 2 weeks.

So I went and hit some ponds in the neighborhood. Lots of these.

Lots of bucks up on the beds, saw a few females accompanying them.

One of my favorite flies for bedded bass is the EP bluegill. I like it because it is light weight and enters the water softly so you don't have to worry about spooking the fish. Even with it being light it still has a decent sink rate. The orange makes it very visible. The bass get pissed off at it more than any fly I have tried.  I do suggest keeping it in the water between fish because the fibers dry out quickly and the fly will float for a few seconds if it is not wet.