You’ll be hard-pressed to find a member of the kayak angling community who doesn’t have strong opinions about their favorite kayak, gear, anglers, magazine, forums, and more. Yes, it’s time once again for the Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards.
Hobie continues to be a leading innovator in the kayak community. This year is no different, as they introduce the long-awaited reverse pedal system. Using only one finger, the mechanism easily flips the fins from forward to reverse. This new system will be backwards compatible with older models, and sold as an accessory in 2017.
Brooks Beatty is one of those guys that you may not have seen, but you have darn sure seen his work. He wears too many hats to list, but has most recently been involved with Jackson Kayak's JK Media House putting out some incredible videos from his fishing adventures.
I have known Justin Carter since 2009, when I started struggling with kayak fishing. Justin and Tommy Samuels are considered two of the pioneers of kayak fishing here in South Carolina - especially the Lowcountry of Charleston. He is an Eastern regional ProStaff member for Hobie, where he conducts several kayak fishing seminars for Hobie dealers and the local tackle shops in the Lowcountry area.
Evan Lyendecker, Director of Marketing Communications at Confluence Outdoor, says the company will be getting out of the kayak industry and heading into a new direction.
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.
Jeff Sherwood has only been fishing for a few years from a kayak, but has the luxury of being in the business. He is the General Manager of Retail for the new Summit Sports - Austin Canoe & Kayak combined company. Jeff recently began tournament fishing, competing in several events in the Mid-West. He also fished in the Hobie Bass Open, and KBF Open on Toledo Bend in 2015. Jeff will be an instrumental figure in the growth of kayak fishing tournament in Michigan for 2016, expanding the successful Texa- based Kayak Anglers Tournament Series (KATS).
In episode 5 of YakAngler’s Inside and Out, Jameson heads down to the bayou for the fifth annual BoondoggleX. Huge jacks, bull redfish, trout, Ro-Sham-Bo, raffles, good times, and more from Fontainebleau State Park in beautiful Mandeville, LA.