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Friday, 09 February 2018 10:00

Spencer Releases Jonesin' for Beyond the Breakers

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Spencer Jones requires no introduction in the Yakangler community. We followed him last year when he attended the Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown and shared his adventures with us on video. Spencer had so much fun and learned so many things from this experience that he decided to put it into a book for other newbies who want to go beyond the breakers to benefit from.

Inside the book you’ll learn about picking the right kayak, launching in the surf, coming back to shore, trolling, ocean currents, and much more. Jonesin' for Beyond the Breakers launches as a paperback today and in this interview, Spencer tells us all about it.

Please give us a short introduction to what Beyond the Breakers (BTB) is about?

Jonesin’ for Beyond the Breakers will offer you advice and many tips and tricks of kayak fishing beyond the breakers! Inside the book you’ll learn about picking the right kayak, launching in the surf, coming back to shore, trolling, ocean currents, and much more as I take you on my journey of fishing in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown and share what I learned before, during, and after my wild adventure.

Who did you write the book for? 

I wrote this book for anyone who is new or newish to going offshore. There are many things that come up when taking on this kind of adventure. Some items you already do as a kayak angler and others you need to think of differently. This book is a guide to help the all-new to offshore kayak angler have a successful trip.

What inspired you to write it? 

Writing this guide was inspired by the Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown tournament trip I took in February of 2017. My friend Israel Dunn from shoreboundhero.com and I traveled from Wisconsin to Florida to compete. Neither of us have been offshore before so it was a brand new experience for both of us. We did a lot of research and tried to fill in any gaps we saw by asking folks. After hours of research I thought we had most of it covered, however I still felt there were holes in our knowledge. Throughout the tournament I realized I was right and I had a lot more to learn. Thankfully local competitors were extremely helpful and supportive and the experience filled in the rest of the gaps. On the 24 hour drive home drive home I decided to write this book so I can help other anglers cut down on their research time and have a successful and less stressful first trip offshore.

What was it like going Beyond the Breakers (BTB) for the first time? 

To be honest, it was quite humbling. Even after being on Lake Michigan and thinking I knew what big water was like, it was nothing like going Beyond the Breakers. The current, depth, and well, everything was impressive and intimidating. Although it was intimidating and humbling, it wasn’t anything an experienced kayak angler couldn’t handle. It just takes planning ahead. So even though it was a humbling experience, I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

Does angling beyond the breakers require a different type of skill?

Yes and no. It depends on what type of fishing you are already do. When you are offshore you are generally going to troll and maybe jig. The patters, and baits, are much larger than what you are used to so your timing and pacing will differ. Besides that going beyond the breakers requires confidence and being prepared. Again nothing totally different than other kayak fishing trip except bigger. Things can seemingly happen a bit faster on the ocean so having a solid game plan is key to a fun and successful trip.

What do you wish you practiced or knew more about before you went out? 

I wish I knew more about the oceans currents and to troll my baits properly. I feel like had I known more I would’ve had a better game plan for day one of the tournament! Launching and landing, and even gear positioning wasn’t that big of a concern, it was knowing how to use the currents to my advantage and troll more productively. 

Would you go BTB again? 

In a heartbeat! It was so much fun to get outside of my comfort zone and fish new waters. Between the research and experience, I learned many new tips and tricks and am beyond excited that I am able to share it with you all!

What other adventures are you planning on sharing with your followers in 2018?

This year should be a fun one! In my Jonesin’ for Mini-Series I’ll be showcasing a couple chapters of Heroes on the Water and what they do for Veterans. Plus I’ll be heading down and fishing with Chad Brock of Cast Coffee Company and showcasing some good ol’ Indiana fishing. Then hopefully I’ll be traveling across the country and fishing in either Texas or California. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and fishing new waters.

You recently revamped your website. Tell us more about it.

I love helping people and sharing my adventures and that’s where my website comes into play. No matter what you’re passion is, I know I can help you chase it to the max. Whether it’s kayak fishing adventures, reviews of gear used by kayak anglers, or health and fitness I love helping people chase whatever they're Jonesin’ for! You can find my website at www.spencermjones.com

In between working as a choir director, doing your vlog, your cooking show and going on fishing trips - how did you make time to write this book?

I was quite excited about the idea of sharing what I learned after the tournament that I started writing as soon as I returned home. Throughout the following weeks, I found tidbits of time throughout the day that was open and I wrote. On the rare days, I didn’t have something planned I sat down and wrote even more. With the passion and enthusiasm I have for helping people, writing the book happened quickly!

What has the reaction to BTB been like, so far?

So far the reaction has been great! I received messages of folks who have enjoyed reading it and have learned some more about going BTB. One even shared that even though he had been out BTB a couple times before this was a great book to have as you forget some things and it offers new ideas and approaches! 

Are you planning on writing another book?

Actually, yes I am. I’m still playing with a couple ideas but some may are, A Float Trip Guide, Jonesin’ for Adventures: The how-to guide for a traveling Kayak Angler, a Healthy Outdoorsman cookbook, and the Ultimate Workout Guide for the Outdoorsman. I’m currently planning on one of them being released in 2019! Which book would you like to see first?

Where can people buy the book and learn more about you?

Folks can learn more about me and get their hands on a copy of the book by going to my website www.spencermjones.com. Just look for the Book tab and pick up the version that works best for you! While you’re there be sure to look around and check out the fun Jones’ for Mini Series, Gear Reviews, and even live cooking shows. Plus I do motivational speaking and more! You can also find me on facebook and instagram at Jonesinfor!

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has taken time to read this interview and for getting to know more about me and my new ebook! I truly hope it can help you be more confident and gain the tools so you have a successful and fun trip Beyond the Breakers! Thank you YakAngler for the interview!

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