Afternoon Secluded Waters
I mentioned in the previous post about how I borrowed the demo Ride 135 to test it out for myself. I did get a chance to do this on Tuesday afternoon. There are a few ponds that I used to hit frequently from the bank a few years ago. I decided to head out there to test out the Ride and to try to catch a few fish.
I got out around 6pm and the sun still had a ways to travel before it would be hidden by the trees. The ponds are not hidden at all, and are actually fished by the catfish hungry a lot. Because of this, the put-in area is filthy. But on the plus side, the pond has no ramp or anything so the fish probably don’t see very many lures on a regular basis.
In short, I only came away with one fish. A perch. He nipped at a frog on the top, and I followed it up with a spinnerbait, which he took a jab at. Not sure how he hit the spinner but when I pulled him up, the hook was stuck right above his eyes. It seemed like an instant kill and I felt a little bad. I put him in the cooler and tried to focus on catching more bream to make a meal, but the sun was getting low fast and I ended up calling it a day shortly after.
I enjoyed getting into a new boat again. The Ride 135 is a stable boat, and comfortable. Easy to paddle, but not quite as quick as my old Cuda 14, but that’s not a huge deal. The cockpit gives you a good bit of room to move around, and the sliding seat is a nice feature as well. You don’t have as much access into the hull as you do on the Cuda, but many guys aren’t worried about that anyway. All-in-all, it was a nice experience!