Sometime last year, Jim VanPelt and I were shark fishing on Bonita Beach and talking about fishing. We were discussing kayak fishing and all the different species of big fish we had caught. At some point, we began talking about the fish we wanted to try from a kayak. I will never forget his reaction when I brought up goliath grouper: “Can’t be done,” he said without hesitation. The conversation moved on, but I kept thinking about the possibilities. So did Jim.
Brian Martin aka “Plan B” was one of our top members of the YA Nation with over 850 points earned last month. Like many of us, Brian started out as a bank angler and saw kayak fishing as a budget-friendly alternative to a powerboat. We also find out how he won two kayaks in one month, how an artist works with fire, and a great recipe for your next catch.
WARNING: SOME OF THESE PICTURES ARE GRAHPIC AND MAY BE DISTURBING
A few weeks ago, I was fishing the south shore of Tampa Bay with my good friends Rik Llewellyn and Greg Becker. We were fishing opposite sides of a small mangrove island. I had just lost a pretty big snook which had taken my Heddon “Super Spook® Jr.” when Rik comes paddling around the far side right across where I had just lost this snook. As I yelled at him not to go across he just waved me off, saying “No, Bill - you need to get over here. We have a rescue mission to perform.”
Doug Hannon, "The Bass Professor" and the inventor of the WaveSpin fishing reel, has passed away at the age of 66. It is believed that complications from a recent neck surery played a factor in Hannon's death.
Growing up alongside a lake in northern Minnesota with a father and brother who love to fish, many people would assume Abe Mathews III has always been a fisherman. In this month’s spotlight interview, we find out how Abe went from a kid who would rather hold a book than a fishing rod to an adult obsessed with kayak fly fishing.
March 15, 2013– Jackson Kayak Welcomes Kayak Fishing Legend Jim Sammons to Team Jackson Kayak
Jackson Kayak announced this morning the signing of Jim Sammons to their kayak fishing team.
Choir teacher, loving husband, musician, and cheese head all describe the subject of this month’s User Spotlight. Racking up an impressive 986 points last month, Spencer Jones showed that he’s not only a kayak fishing addict, but also a hard-core member of the YA Nation.
For this month’s kayak angler spotlight, we talked with Richard Ofner. One of YakAngler’s first Canadian members, Richard was our points leader for December, racking up an impressive 1033 points. Richard is an accomplished tournament angler, Hobie Fishing Team member, and writer. When not kayak fishing, Richard can be found on the hockey rink and soccer field working as a referee and coach.