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Bending Branches "Angler Scout" Paddle

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Bending Branches Angler Scout

Paddle Make & Model

Brand:
Bending Branches
Model:
Angler Scout
MSRP ($):
99.00

The Bending Branches "Angler Scout" kayak fishing paddle is an entry level paddle, built to take tough knocks and provides beat-it-up durability at a wallet-friendly price. The Scout provides great value, along with qualities you expect from Bending Branches: functional design, light weight and durable construction. Any way you look at it, it's quite a catch. Enjoy having the right blade color for your trip. The Sage Green blade helps you sneak up on the fish, while the Autumn Orange blade is a bright option for any waters.

 

 

Features:

  • Beat-it-up durability
  • Durable aluminum shaft
  • Dual hi-vis tape measure
  • Integrated hook retrieval system

Specs:

  • Blade Size: 6.9" x 17.5" (95 sq in)
  • Shaft Type: Aluminum
  • Lengths Available: 220 cm 230 cm 240 cm
  • Weight: 37 oz

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Bending Branches Prototype Paddles

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4.0

Excellent entry level "performance" paddle

This is a fantastic paddle at an excellent price point. Good weight, durable and the hook retrival notch does come in handy.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Durable, great price
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(Updated: November 05, 2013)
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5.0

Prototype Paddles & the Kayak Angler

When it comes to purchasing a product off of the shelf, many of us do not give much thought to what really goes into getting it onto the shelf in the first place. We at KayakFishingClassicS recently had the chance to be involved in the process of testing prototype paddles for Bending Branches. I suggested that we also have some of the top kayak anglers on the Gulf Coast take a look. The good people at Bending Branches liked that idea, and we moved forward.

Bending Branches sent prototype paddles designed for entry level to expert paddlers and price points. We tested them for blade bite, blade dive, exit drip, noise, blade & shaft flex, and a host of other points and features that paddlers would be interested in. We found all the prototypes to be quite good. As we are strong in marketing, we also looked at how well the paddle presents itself to the consumer of all skill levels. Bending Branches loved this approach, as it gave them a user’s eye on perception of their products.

After we reviewed each paddle, we put it into the hands of expert anglers to field test. Our primary expert testers were Derick Burgos of Phatfish Kayak Charters, two-time KFC National Champion Mark Knowles, and tournament champion Marty Meakin. I could go on for hours about the high level of esteem and regard in which these masters are held, but that is another story. We didn’t tell the reviewers anything other than they were receiving prototype paddles by Bending Branches. We asked them to use the paddles as they normally would, and let us know what they thought.

All three experts received entry level to mid-priced paddles to test. Here’s why: If one was new to kayak paddling, they could not tell us much difference between paddles other than looks and perhaps weight. They could not tell us anything about performance, other than it is better than the old 2x4 that they had been using. If you hand an expert a $500 paddle, it will be business as usual but hand them an entry to mid-level paddle and its déjà vu for them. With all of their experience, they can and did tell us exactly what they liked and disliked about their test paddles. They also told us why, and we appreciated their honest and accurate expert evaluations. We sent all of our gathered data to Bending Branches, who will finalize and make new paddles based on this information for you, the kayak angler.

When you give it some thought, it really is amazing what goes into a product that we just walk into a store and purchase. Bending Branches had to design and build the paddles based on their objectives; Make the designs perform, and yet be affordable to the entry level, average angler and experts. Bending Branches paddles are also “Made in America”. It is this kind of forward thinking and angler concern that we based our sponsorship selection upon.
Bending Branches is a unique American company composed of fantastic people. When you buy your next paddle, think about what you just read. Bending Branches is a prototype of the new American business model, and we at the ClassicS are very proud to represent them in our tournament series.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
2-6 times
Bending Branches Prototype Paddles
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5.0

Great Fishing Paddle

This is my first paddle to actually own, but I've had to opportunity to test out a few. I'm new to the sport, but so far I am only fishing places that don't require a lot of paddling to get on fish. If you are in a similar spot, this paddle is great for you. I honestly thought the built in scale and lure retrieval were more selling points than stuff I would use, but having a rigid scale to see if your fish is legal right in front of you is invaluable in a kayak. Also, the lure retrieval works well with one distinction, you have to be in still water or have amazing aim. If the water is choppy or you are drifting, its essentially impossible to hold yourself in place while using your paddle to grab a lure. That's probably obvious, but worth noting.

On the down side, this is heavier than some of my friends paddles. It does start to get heavy if paddling long distances so just be aware of what your fishing style is.

Also, and maybe I'm being to picky, but the paint had quite a few nicks and scratches after just a couple of uses. It's not likes its flaking off or anything, but I would have hoped it would stay shiny a little longer. Not a big deal, I just don't feel like I've been hard on it at all so I wish it would have been a little tougher.

All in all, great paddle. And since I have a neutral colored yak, I'm glad for the orange heads. Gives me something to wave at the guy speeding towards me in a flats boat.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Solid joint, built in ruler, lure retrieval
Cons:
Paint "nicks" easily, a little heavy
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5.0

Bending Branches Angler Scout Fishing Paddle

When I purchased my first kayak, I obviously needed to get a paddle. I wanted a 240cm Bending Branches Angler Scout, but could only find a 220cm. So I bought a 240 Bending Branches Sunrise.

I have never used the Sunrise. Much to my surprise, I found a 240 Angler Scout in the hull when I got home. I called the store and was told it was included. YES!!! I kept the Sunrise as an "emergency backup", and have used the Angler Scout exclusively. I really like how light weight it feels, yet is strong. There is no "wobble" at the connection point of the two handles.

There are 2 great features with this paddle. First, there is a tape measure in both inches and centimeters along the handle. I don't think any CPR tourney would recognize it as a legal measuring device, but it's great for a quick estimate when I am out on my own.

The second feature is the "lure retrieval system". There is a notch in the left blade. When I first saw it, I thought for sure it was a gimmick. However, I think I have saved myself about $30 worth of gear so far this year with it. If you get hung up, you can run your line through the notch, then run the paddle down to the snagged lure and pop it out. A lot of times if you paddle to the "snag side", you can get your lure back with ease - but if not, this works great to get them out. Since I am such a good caster (sarcasm), I've never put a lure in a tree along the bank. But if I had, this paddle would work great to get it out. Of course, I have never done that (more sarcasm).

My only wish was that it was available in a 250 or 260. I like a long paddle. It's not a great touring paddle, but it's wonderful to fish with.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great features, light weight
Cons:
Longest one a bit short for me
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