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Welcome to “On the Line”, a YakAngler  exclusive blog. The only way to see this content is to check it out here.  I can hear the question already, “Why another blog Chris?”  Here is the answer:

Each of the blogs I work on serve different purposes. Lots of folks post whatever topics and thoughts they have on one place. Organizationally this makes it tough on you the reader to read just about the topics you want to know about. This blog on YA will be an outlet for people to ask questions and for me to answer them. By leaving comments and inviting others to do so as well, I can answer lots of questions that so many are asking.

Each new winter and spring as kayak fever catches another 200,000 people, the questions come up about paddles, PFDs, what do you think about this or that, how do I do this or that and other questions. “On the Line” will be a way for me to answer those questions. I’ll also be able to share interesting adventures, tips and tricks and a few thoughts about subjects that are buzzing around the forums.

“On the Line” content is for you, the YakAngler consumer, and is designed to engage with you, not just write about a sponsor’s product that requires an article. Keep in mind, I am a tell it like it is person. If you ask for my opinion, you will get the truth and all of it. This is a bit of a new concept and it will evolve over time as the YakAngler patrons help form it. Check back each and every Tuesday for some fresh content.

If you have some topics you think need to be discussed, leave them in the comments section below. If you have a question, feel free to do the same. My aim is for this to be a very interactive blog.

So there is my intro. What do you want to talk about?

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Chris Payne

I've been fishing over 30 years and the majority of my time on the water has been spent in Texas with the occasional trips out of state. In 2003 I bought my first kayak and a new era in my fishing life was born. I learned the ropes quickly about gear, paddling, fishing, packing, safety and got a degree from the school of hard knocks with a major in kayak fishing. I learned a lot of ways to not do something.

I love kayak fishing and I want to share it with as many people as possible. That's the bottom line. 

Website: www.kayakfishingblog.com

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# Kayakjak 2014-04-18 08:02
Love your passion Chris!
 
 
# paynefish 2014-04-18 11:08
Thanks brother! It may be considered a sickness by now! :lol:
 
 
# navyation 2014-04-21 14:55
My question is about boat position: How do you achieve and hold boat position with a paddle? I have seen several different methods; anchors, the new power pole, shoring up, and just plain getting on shore. What is the most time-effective during a tournament, and how much time do you spend stopped?
Thanks, Roger
 
 
# paynefish 2014-04-21 15:06
Hi Roger,

I use an anchor trolley paired with a 100 ft of anchor rope. The trolley help me get the kayak pointed in the direction I want. I use a carabiner clip and buoy float on the anchor rope so I can release it quickly if needed. I have recently started using the SideWinder from YakAttack to better manage the rope. This saves me a ton of time. I can pull it up quickly, drop it in the floor of the kayak and move on to the next spot. I have a Park-N-Pole but rarely use it in tourneys because I am deeper than 4 ft normally. I haven't ponied up the money for a Power Pole yet and probably won't as I cart my kayak quite a bit. On the anchor, try using a bruce claw with the zip tie method for pulling it loose. Try letting out rope of twice the depth of the water you are fishing. If you are in 20' of water, let out 40' of rope. For better results, use 3X.

Hope that helps!
 
 
# WildCat 2014-04-21 15:51
My question is about paddle angles. What is the purpose of having different degrees that the paddle blades are offset? I just use my paddle with both blades at the same angle, not sure why people would angle one differently then the other.
 
 
# paynefish 2014-04-22 00:09
Thanks for the question WildCat,

Feathering (the different paddle angles) is typically used when paddling into a stiff head wind. When you don't feather and are paddling into the wind, the paddle is acting as a reverse sail, adding surface area that the wind can push back against making you work harder. By feathering, when one blade is in the water, the other will cut through the area showing only the thickness of the blade to paddle against. When paddling with the wind at your back, unfeathering the paddle can act as an aid. Hopefully that makes sense.

Feathering takes pretty consistent technique to make it effective. Best of luck and thanks again for asking,
 
 
# Jason Clark 2014-04-22 08:17
Was looking forward to your blog post for today, what happened? It's Tuesday.
 
 
# paynefish 2014-05-08 21:44
Quoting Jason Clark:
Was looking forward to your blog post for today, what happened? It's Tuesday.


It's there. Hopefully you found it. Let me know if not.
 
 
# FatYak 2014-05-08 10:20
Chris how do you feel about bow fishing? I've seen some bow fishermen post photos where they are standing on 100 dead carp. What are they going to do with all those carp, seems like folks giving the sport a bad name if you ask me. I'd like to get your opinions about that and sportsmanship in general.
 
 
# paynefish 2014-05-08 21:46
Quoting FatYak:
Chris how do you feel about bow fishing? I've seen some bow fishermen post photos where they are standing on 100 dead carp. What are they going to do with all those carp, seems like folks giving the sport a bad name if you ask me. I'd like to get your opinions about that and sportsmanship in general.

I have a variable dependent opinion. Maybe I'll tackle that one soon. I tackled spearfishing tarpon last year. You polarize people pretty quickly with spear and bow fishing but I could explain why I feel like I do. Good thoughts.
 
 
# FatYak 2014-05-12 09:15
What are you thoughts on the trend of wider, slower, heaver fishing kayaks? At what point will manufacturers say enough is enough?
 
 
# paynefish 2014-05-12 12:56
Quoting FatYak:
What are you thoughts on the trend of wider, slower, heaver fishing kayaks? At what point will manufacturers say enough is enough?


The thing is, whether I like them or not, as long as people are buying them more and more, we will see more and more. Standing ability and stability are two of the first things new kayakers are looking for. They have the image of a 23" wide sea kayak in their mind. Few of them know going in what a difference a couple of inches in width and a different hull design makes to both of those requests. That's why demos are so important.
 
 
# Jim Bob 2014-07-09 17:04
Love reading your post. I'm from an area where kayak fishing is still in the novelty period. I purchased my first kayak almost 2 years ago. The Native Mariner, absolutely love it! 99% of the time I fish alone and that's mostly ok with me. But, being able to share the joys of kayak fishing and maybe finding a compatible fishing partner I purchased another kayak. The Native Slayer Propel. For the life of me, I can't find anyone interested who wants to go fishing? I've posted several times on our local Games and Parks forum website with little response. Any ideas on how to find someone who would like to go fishing?
 
 
# paynefish 2014-07-15 09:16
Quoting Jim Bob:
Love reading your post. I'm from an area where kayak fishing is still in the novelty period. I purchased my first kayak almost 2 years ago. The Native Mariner, absolutely love it! 99% of the time I fish alone and that's mostly ok with me. But, being able to share the joys of kayak fishing and maybe finding a compatible fishing partner I purchased another kayak. The Native Slayer Propel. For the life of me, I can't find anyone interested who wants to go fishing? I've posted several times on our local Games and Parks forum website with little response. Any ideas on how to find someone who would like to go fishing?


Tackle shops or even hanging around the stores that sell kayaks can help you meet new people with similar interest. I started with a bass club down here and met a couple of other folks who thought the idea was neat. Might be a place to start.
 

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