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Nate Free

Nate Free

About the Author: Nate Free is an avid kayak angler who primarily chases bass in Oklahoma's lakes and rivers. He is a member of the YakAngler.com ProStaff, and enjoys sharing his fishing experiences with others. When not on the road driving his semi or taking care of his small ranch in Northeast Oklahoma; Nate Free is on his kayak fishing. Nate grew up paddling canoes and fishing, but took a 20 year break from fishing to pursue hobbies including rodeo and flying. In 2007, he began looking for a quiet, peaceful, and less expensive hobby. That's when Nate returned to fishing. Originally looking for a small solo canoe to use as a fishing craft, Nate discovered sit on top kayaks and hasn't looked back. Since 2007 Nate doesn't go kayaking unless he fishes and never fishes without his kayak.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:00

A New Fishing Experience

Growing up in Texas, my family would often go on winter camping and trout fishing trips in southeastern Oklahoma on the Mountain Fork River in Beaver’s Bend State Park, or the Blue River in Tishomingo, OK. Both offered rainbow trout stocked from hatcheries...

Friday, 23 March 2012 02:00

Springing Forward

It had just been too long since I’d been fishing seriously. Since I started kayak fishing in 2007, I’ve pretty much fished every weekend that it was nice. This past winter, I went ahead and got the gear required and tried to fish twice every weekend. Then in February, I had to deal with some things that kept me off the water. It was miserable. I really missed fishing - a lot - but I felt I needed to take care of other matters, both professionally and personally. I did get out a couple of times in February, but the trips were short and unproductive. I felt like I was fishing out of spite. I didn’t care for that too much at all. Kayak fishing has become a really big part of my life and who I am. I was really bummed that I wasn’t getting out.

Friday, 16 March 2012 02:00

How To Lose A Launch

I just don't get people...In mid February, I took a short outing to one of my “go-to” spots. It's an out-of-the-way place, and not really considered one of the "best" places to leave a vehicle. I've never had any problems, though. The fishing is good, and I accept the risk that goes along with launching there. There are, of course, regulars that I see often. There is also the crowd that I wish would never even show up. If you paddle upriver about two miles, there are some really nice houses in a country club that's built along the river. I catch some of my largest fish there.

Thursday, 29 December 2011 01:00

Day After Christmas Kayak Bass Fishing

Well, the chaos of another Christmas is behind me, and I decided to do something I rarely get to do... TAKE A WEEKDAY OFF TO GET IN THE KAYAK AND GO BASS FISHING!!!!

It was absolutely gorgeous here Christmas day and I drooled all day at the prospects of hitting the water. 58 degrees, bright sunshine, and no wind - perfect! Unfortunately, it wasn't as nice Monday. I wanted to try a new bait, however, and didn't have any loads booked to haul until Tuesday night. There was no way I was staying off the water. Another layer of fleece under the dry top and waders, and to the river I went.

Monday, 19 December 2011 06:08

A much needed outing

Therapeutic. That's what today's kayak fishing trip was. I didn't tear them up. I only caught five fish. I had a run in with a pair of inconsiderate jerks who decided to fish on top of me. I felt I needed to stay within sight of the launch. I only had an hour and a half to fish. No matter. I needed to get out today after a little bout with walking pneumonia.

Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:35

Loosing Count While Kayak Fishing

The Gamakatsu Shaky head and Zoom Magnum Trick Worm did it again for me. The wind was absolutely brutal. Sustained 30 and gusting to 40 tough conditions for any kayak fisherman. I had to get creative to finding a spot that offered some protection. We've had a ton of rain this past week in my part of Oklahoma, so the river I normally fish was up and had a lot of current. It's been very low all year with our drought conditions, so I was glad to see it up and running. Seems like it needed a good "flushing out."

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