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Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

User Spotlight Chip Gardner

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Chip Gardner acquired over 1000 points last month, and has quickly moved up the ranks. A Kentucky native, “Coosachip” grew up fishing the creeks and small ponds on his parents’ farm. Chip spent five years traveling the world with the U.S. Air Force, but found his way back to Kentucky where he met his wife, Jennifer. Chip enjoys sharing his love for the outdoors with his four step-children: Dillon, Dakota, David, and Laila, and son Gavin.

Why little plastic boats? When did you start kayak fishing?

I loved floating Green River in my canoe with my wife. Pretty soon we upgraded to kayaks. I love the peacefulness of kayak fishing and not having to worry about filling the gas tank. I also love being able to get out on the water and paddle around. Getting exercise and fishing at the same time is a big draw for me. I used to want to own a bass boat; I don't think that will happen now.

chip fishing from the bank

What is your first fishing memory?

We had a creek on the back of our farm. I remember wading that creek with my dad, catching smallmouth and bluegill when I was probably three or four.

What is your biggest pet peeve while on the water?

I absolutely hate inconsiderate people - and that's not only on the water. Also, trash around the lake or river.

Who or what was your biggest influence in kayak fishing?

I guess it would be gas prices and exercise. When I discovered everything about kayak fishing, I couldn't believe I hadn't got into it sooner.

The Fleet of Fishing Craft

My human powered fleet

You just won $400 million on Powerball - tell us what your ultimate kayak fishing trip would be.

I've always told my wife I wanted to put in at the dam on Green River near Campbellsville, KY and float Green to the Ohio to the Mississippi to the Gulf - just be like Huck Finn.

Are you a “lean and mean” or “everything including the kitchen sink” angler? What do you typically bring out with you on the water?

I'm a junk fisherman. I always bring a lot of stuff. I throw whatever I think will catch fish. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong.

son with a bass

My son Gavin with a nice bass

What is your favorite activity other than kayak fishing?

Spending time with my wife and kids, sports activities, camping, grilling out.

What, in your eyes, is the ultimate game fish?

I always find myself bass fishing.

Tell us something most people would NOT know about you.

I almost lost my right eye when an air hammer bit broke and went through my eye. The doctors say it is a miracle that I can see out of it. If it was a millimeter more towards the center they would have had to take the eye out. Three surgeries later, I have almost perfect vision.

Campfire stories - everyone loves them. Tell us a story that wasn’t covered by the above questions.

I was deployed to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean when I was in the Air Force. For $100 you could charter a boat and go deep sea fishing. Five of us went in one day and chartered one. We put a dollar bet on big fish (we were high rollers). I had caught a 12 lb. grouper and a 10 lb. red snapper. My buddy from Texas hadn't caught a fish all day. He had brought up a couple fish heads though. Five minutes before we went in, I thought I had the bet in the bag – but he hooked something big. After about a ten minute fight he reeled in an 8’ shark. We all gave him a dollar and bought him a drink.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# reelsemin 2012-12-21 01:55
awesome interview! You all keep up the good work!

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