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Friday, 25 January 2019 10:13

Tribute To Rebecca Golden

There are a lot of things to love about kayak fishing, but one of the greatest things is how it is a hobby that is accessible to people from all walks of life. People who might have ordinarily had nothing in common can bond over their love of getting in a kayak and enjoying the great outdoors while angling. It is also a hobby where men and women and compete on an even playing field and make a name for themselves within the community. One name that will be remembered for a long time is that of Rebecca Golden, affectionately known as "Golden Girl" by fellow kayak anglers, who tragically lost her life in October last year.

According to her Twitter profile, Rebecca started fishing as a kid and caught sunnies with her dad, but it wasn't until her introduction to bass fishing that she really got hooked on the hobby. She was born on the first of December, 1973 in Phoenixville and graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia in 2003 with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. After graduating, she also went on to work as a Physical Therapist and her clients had nothing but praise for her generous spirit, and caring approach to her profession.

It was after an ex-boyfriend of Rebecca took her out bass fishing for the first time in her life that she got completely hooked. Although she didn't have much luck that first time and ended up watching her partner reel in the bass, it is a testament to her indomitable spirit that she set off on her own one day with his rood and lures to catch her first bass. After that there was no turning back for Rebecca and she discovered that she not only loved the hobby, but also the competitive aspects of it. She initially joined the South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club simply to meet other kayak anglers, but credit them with teaching her the ropes as well as encouraging her. 

Rebecca caught her first bass in March of 2013, in July she got her first kayak and by August she was already taking part in her first tournament. Although she got skunked in that first tournament at Alcyon Lake, she remained undeterred and by the next year began to rake in the awards. Her list of accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but highlights include winning "Rookie of the Year" at the South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club in 2014, placing first and setting a new club record for Lake Assunpink, where she also established a new club record for the total length caught in a tournament. In 2016 she was named the Kayak Bass Series Angler of the year, but despite all her success, she remained humble and always praised her fellow anglers as well as the sport.

During interviews Rebecca revealed that she learned to fish without the use of any electronics and read everything she could find about bass fishing. She was then able to use this knowledge in conjunction with her electronics to improve her skills. Rebecca was also known for how diligent she was with preparing for tournaments and even kept a white board with her schedule for the year marked out in order to stay organized. 

It was with great sadness that members of the kayak fishing community received the news that they had lost one of their own while she doing what she loved the most, kayak angling. According to reports, Rebecca Golden lost her life while pre-fishing for the KBF 100 Challenge championship on Toledo Bend. Since then the tributes for this amazing angler, who had already accomplished so much and was poised for even greater things have been pouring in. Her friends and fellow anglers will always remember her for her warmth, friendliness and genuine passion for bass fishing. She was a testament to the fact that kayak angling is a sport where you don't need to be a super athlete in order to compete at a high level and that with enough passion and commitment, it is never too late to start.

 
Published in Staff Blog
Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:03

Interview with Josh Duke

We chat with Josh Duke from Lakeland, Florida, who was recently named Fishing Team Manager for Bending Branches. 

Published in Spotlight
Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

Unboxing Lucky Tackle Box - December 2015

My December Lucky Tackle Box arrived just before Christmas. Due to a bit of a hectic work and life schedule, I wasn't able to do the unboxing until after Christmas. I finally got some time yesterday to sit down and bang this out.

Published in Fishing Gear
Monday, 30 November 2015 10:35

Unboxing Lucky Tackle Box - November 2015

In a recent conversation with my good friend and business partner Mark Watanabe, we decided that we would subscribe to a couple of monthly subscription boxes to see if they are worth the money. After doing a quick Google search, which revealed hundreds of options, we each picked one to try out for three months.

Published in Fishing Gear
Monday, 27 July 2015 15:26

YakAngler's Inside and Out - Episode 1

“YakAngler’s Inside and Out” - What is it? What does it mean? Why are we doing it?

These are the questions that came to mind when we started the long journey to develop this series. It all started at the Kayak Fishing Boondoggle™, when Adam Hayes, Mark Watanabe, and I discussed what we could do to promote the sport we all love and show why we love it so much.

Published in Spotlight
Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

2014 YakAngler Christmas Wish List

It’s that time of year when we are thinking about the upcoming holiday season. The many family get togethers that we will enjoy over the next couple of months and all of the holiday festivities that lay ahead with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Published in Spotlight
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

NuCanoe introduces the "Pursuit"

On Monday October 20, NuCanoe will announce the latest model in their fleet. YakAngler has the early inside scoop, however, and we are excited to introduce you to the “Pursuit”. The Pursuit reflects NuCanoe’s vision of becoming a full-line paddle sports company.

Published in Kayaks and Gear
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:05

2014 F3T Film Review

2014 is the seventh year for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. I have become a fan of F3T, and have been to the last three. Many anglers are catching the bug, as the two events for Charleston sold out at least a few weeks before the February 22 showings. I’m sure that it was the same story in Boise, ID. This year’s eight short films were all “thumbs up” in my opinion, and that of others I talked to after the show.

Published in Spotlight
Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:12

2014 F3T Film Review

2014 is the seventh year for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. I have become a fan of F3T, and have been to the last three. Many anglers are catching the bug, as the two events for Charleston sold out at least a few weeks before the February 22 showings. I’m sure that it was the same story in Boise, ID. This year’s eight short films were all “thumbs up” in my opinion, and that of others I talked to after the show.

Published in Spotlight
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 23:24

2013 YakAngler Christmas Wish List

It has been another exciting year in the sport of kayak fishing. Some great new products have hit the market, and we at YakAngler.com are proud to release our third annual Christmas Wish List.

Published in Spotlight
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