Although starting to kayak fish in the summer of 2012 Spencer has fished since he was a kid. He fishes everything from small creeks to large lakes mainly targeting large and smallmouth bass, northerns, and anything he can convince to bite the hook. When he is not on the water he teaches choir at a middle and high school and teaches private piano lessons, and composes music. Spencer also loves working out and helping folks get healthy and fit! He lives in Neenah with his lovely wife, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.
Come one, come all to the NROA Spring Shootout Fishing Tournament! This smallmouth bass tournament event with 100% payback will take place on Saturday, April 16 at New River Outdoor Adventures in Galax, VA.
Our addictive sport is growing quite rapidly, and with that many tournament have formed and grown! But one thing remains similar from kayak tournament to kayak tournament: the friendliness of anglers. You won't find any nicer angler than Ron Champion on the kayak tournament circuit. With many top finishes on his record, he is again going after the gold this season. In our interview he shares strategies that have proven successful, and we discuss his upcoming goals.
“Don’t just bring your life jacket, wear it!” You have heard that saying so many times that I bet it doesn’t mean much. Every time you’re out fishing in the kayak you have your PFD with you - but are you wearing it? The only way you are going to wear it continuously is if it’s comfortable. Let’s take a closer look at the different styles, so you can find the one that best suits you.
Many folks in the water sports world have heard of the company NRS before. They have been a long standing company that offer a variety of products that fit many purposes. I recently had a chance to put their Crux drysuit to the test. The suit had stocking feet and was lightweight, perfect for those Spring days when the water was freezing but the air was warm. It has a 4 layers of what they call eclipse fabric. The wrists and neck openings had latex gaskets that stayed fairly comfortable. Along the wrists, feet, and waist was a velcro strip area where you could tighten up the openings to insure water would not leak in if you accidently took a spill. Although, I have not tried this aspect of it, the waist velcro area could easily be used for a spray skirt. The main zipper was tough to pull, but they warn you about this. It is harder to pull than a normal zipper because it creates the waterproof seam.
It’s show time! Kayak and Fishing shows are happening all over the country. These shows are a great chance for you to get close-up time with gear and you can check out many presenters. This past weekend Wisconsin had their largest Canoe and Kayak show, CanoeCopia. With a number of kayak and canoe companies, clothing, outfitters, showing off their best products and packages it was a great chance to see what’s new out there in the world of kayaks. Plus I was able to meet up with friends who were working the show.
The addiction to fly tying has taken hold. I am very lucky and blessed to have some great friends teach me and provide some products. After chatting with a co-worker I tried to tie some more flies using less and shorter hair. They turned out ok, but still didn’t look that good. I shared these with my co-worker and he offered to teach me a new pattern and some basics after school.
It’s official. I am now a fly fishing addict. It all started in 2013 at the Columbus day Boondoggle at Perdido Key, Fl. when I took a fly casting class from Joe Mahler. That night I started looking up fly fishing gear and bought two different rods and reels from my good friend StandingYak. He helped set me up with some flies and I started hitting the little bit of open water right away. Sadly Winter came and I decided to take out the fly rod with the majority of my trips in 2014. Although I did take it out, I didn’t use it nearly as much as I wanted. So it’s now Winter again and I am planning on taking the fly rod out exclusively on 90% of my trips.
Local Tennessee fishing groups Southern Mid-Tn. Kayak Anglers and Grace Chapel Tullahoma have combined efforts to stage the second Ketchin’ for Kids Kayak Fishing Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for December 6, with all proceeds benefiting children and families within the Tri-Lakes area as the Christmas season approaches.
Shortly after returning from my last adventure with FeralOne, I took a nine-hour drive to Lincoln, NE for Kayakapalooza V to wrap up the summer travels. Kayak fishing in the Midwest has really picked up speed and becoming a popular sport. Tournaments are popping up all over the place, but this is one of the longest running in the Midwest.
My next “Travels” journey involved another trip to Arkansas with my family, and this one had a side adventure planned. After coming off the high from placing third in the Midwest tournament, I was excited to fish new waters and meet another great kayak angler, Chris Funk, FeralOne.