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Walleye Run

Sgt Fury

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its a blast I recommend it! We ferry them across to the islands and fish the leeward side! Very fishable and pretty safe but I always wear the life jacket. Sketchiest time was being on the exposed side of Gibraltar off the point when the wind kicked up and we got cross chop from the ferry, boat traffic, and the rocks thought for sure I was going for a swim.
What brand do you use? I’m thinking of going with either a Hobie or an Old Town Salty or PDL 106.
 

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What brand do you use? I’m thinking of going with either a Hobie or an Old Town Salty or PDL 106.
I have an Ascend 10T from cabelas with the upgraded seat, which in my mind is a must. I used to fish Erie with a sit-in pelican, they are night and day in handling, safety, and comfort.

The brands you listed are pretty reputable just out of my price range.
 
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Sgt Fury

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I have an Ascend 10T from cabelas with the upgraded seat, which in my mind is a must. I used to fish Erie with a sit-in pelican, they are night and day in handling, safety, and comfort.

The brands you listed are pretty reputable just out of my price range.
My buddy bought an Ascend from cabelas a couple of weeks ago. Good looking kayak.
 
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Sgt Fury

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I have an Ascend 10T from cabelas with the upgraded seat, which in my mind is a must. I used to fish Erie with a sit-in pelican, they are night and day in handling, safety, and comfort.

The brands you listed are pretty reputable just out of my price range.
Don’t want to hijack the thread but I have a question...how stable is the Ascend? I was going to get one but the cabelas in Delaware and Hamburg, PA along with the bass pro in Atlantic City and Harrisburg PA are sold out so I had to look at other models.
 
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Don’t want to hijack the thread but I have a question...how stable is the Ascend? I was going to get one but the cabelas in Delaware and Hamburg, PA along with the bass pro in Atlantic City and Harrisburg PA are sold out so I had to look at other models.
I cannot give a very in-depth review as I have only had it out on the water for one weekend. From what I saw in limited use:

I did not have any issues reaching behind me or felt at any time I would flip in the various wave conditions (1-3’) I didn’t try standing because I didn’t want to test my luck. I will say this kayak was the most stable (limited sample size) I have gotten into and out of onto a dock that I’m not beaching at. At the end of the day I felt stable. If you are in Vinton county in the spring (or sooner) and want to test it out let me know. I am down that way often for school/ turkeys.
 
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Gern186

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The walleye run seems fun. Can you get after the walleye in a protected part of the lake jigging?

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Most of the jigging in April takes place inside of a mile or 2 from shore. Any calmer day or a day with a south bearing wind will provide access to smaller boats. Thats the nice thing about spring jigging. It gives almost everyone with a boat a chance at walleyes. I've seen plenty of 14 to 16 foot boats out there jigging. Charter boats are not going to quote....RUN you off a spot. There will be literally hundreds of boats out there. Most guys run above the packs and ease into fishing areas so as to not try and spook those fish. Keep in mind you are fishing in 10 to 18 feet of water. I would not recommend fishing from a kayak, at least in the primary jigging areas. You will be putting yourself in danger.
 

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Most of the jigging in April takes place inside of a mile or 2 from shore. Any calmer day or a day with a south bearing wind will provide access to smaller boats. Thats the nice thing about spring jigging. It gives almost everyone with a boat a chance at walleyes. I've seen plenty of 14 to 16 foot boats out there jigging. Charter boats are not going to quote....RUN you off a spot. There will be literally hundreds of boats out there. Most guys run above the packs and ease into fishing areas so as to not try and spook those fish. Keep in mind you are fishing in 10 to 18 feet of water. I would not recommend fishing from a kayak, at least in the primary jigging areas. You will be putting yourself in danger.
Do they still have access to the warm water outlet at Edison? That would be a place to take a kayak. It's been 20 years since I've been in that water.
 

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I've never fished in that area. I would imagine there's current involved up there. Need to be moving slow. 0.5 to 0 8 mph for effective vertical jigging.
 

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Most of the jigging in April takes place inside of a mile or 2 from shore. Any calmer day or a day with a south bearing wind will provide access to smaller boats. Thats the nice thing about spring jigging. It gives almost everyone with a boat a chance at walleyes. I've seen plenty of 14 to 16 foot boats out there jigging. Charter boats are not going to quote....RUN you off a spot. There will be literally hundreds of boats out there. Most guys run above the packs and ease into fishing areas so as to not try and spook those fish. Keep in mind you are fishing in 10 to 18 feet of water. I would not recommend fishing from a kayak, at least in the primary jigging areas. You will be putting yourself in danger.
I appreciate the information. My comment about the charter boats comes from an isolated experience on buckeye reef with one.
 
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