My fresh 2015 Jackson Kayak “Kilroy” sat patiently in my garage awaiting that ritual all kayak owners relish: the slime job. But what exactly is “sliming” and where did this odd tradition come from?
Sometimes less can be more when fishing. ”Less” can help make you a better angler, and give you more confidence in different baits and presentations. I have three tips that have helped me in tournaments, as well as to enjoy more time fishing and less time tying on different baits.
Do a tour through YouTube and you’ll find thousands of videos by GoPro users. Whether it’s a live shot of a concert or a chronicling of a tough hike through a slot canyon, people that love the outdoors are now “GoProing” their adventure. For kayakers, the device is perfect, because it’s mountable and of course very waterproof. It’s ideal for capturing a great paddling vista or recording the catch of the day.
It seems to start around mid-January: the urge to take the kayak up to my local river and catch some migrating shad. They are fun to catch, providing awesome rod-bending action and the occasional aerial display. Also, I can keep some shad for the freezer, eventually using them as cut-bait for catching catfish and red drum.
After seeing SpiderWire® advertised in 1994, I picked up a spool of Cabela’s “Ripcord” braid - a “super” line advertised as ‘stronger than steel’ - because SpiderWire® was just too ridiculously expensive. For monster Kenai River kings, this seemed like just the ticket.
When most guys think of their favorite fishing partner, they think of a good buddy or male family member. What if I told you that your next favorite fishing partner could be your girlfriend or the woman you married?
I’ve always loved living on the Gulf Coast. Our summers are hot, but there’s always a beach or waterway nearby to help beat the heat. Spring provides great scenery in the swamps and fields as flowers begin to bring new life, and wildlife are back in full force! Autumn brings a crisp, cool relief to the summer heat, along with football, tailgating, and bonfires. Our winters are usually quite mild compared to the northern states.
With the onslaught of “live” kayak fishing tournaments, there is also another element of competition that can be just as exciting - the “online” fishing contests offered worldwide. Kayak Wars seems to be the leader of these online contests and is very well represented in many countries. Most are either free, or require a low entry fee that usually supports a cause.