Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

Isaac Miller

Isaac Miller

About the Author: Isaac Miller considers himself an "equal opportunity angler" and will fish anything that will take a hook. Isaac often makes live internet video broadcasts when fishing from his kayaks, giving up-to-the-second reports on conditions and tackle choices. He also blogs at www.isaac-online.com and is a YakAngler.com Pro Staffer as well as Co-Host for Kayak Fishing Radio's Wild West show, PR Director for Recycled Fish, and co-owner of Green Tackle.

My Reviews

Uniden Atlantis VHF Marine Radio
"When you're on the water, other boats can present hazards for kayak fisherman. They can also be a lifeline. Cell phones are great when you find yourself in a hairy situation, but they don't always work. That's where the VHF radio comes in. It allows for on-the-water communication with other boats on the water, the Coast Guard, and you can also get weather information in case you don't notice the storm moving in on your location...."
Baffin "Trail to Rapids" Footware
"Sometimes neoprene just doesn't cut it. You need a real shoe. You might be scrambling around oyster beds, portaging your gear around an obstacle, or just prefer to keep the feet protected. The problem with shoes is that water pools up inside, mud and sand pile up and make things uncomfortable. Baffin shoes, however, are different. For a company that is known to be "Polar Proven," many people would be surprised to see that Canada based..."
Moose Rack “Hull PRO”
"One thing that was nice about my old place was that the garage lead into the basement. This made it easy for me to securely store my kayaks and keep room for the car. The new house, however, made kayak storage a little less convenient. Just a couple of kayaks and the garage was seemingly full; even on my rolling cart they were the elephant in the room. I needed another way. While the garage might be small, fortunately..."
Jackson Kayak "Cuda 12"
"I didn't think i had a place for the Cuda 12. I have a Coosa for my river fishing. I have a Cuda 14 for my ocean fishing. If I was fishing lakes, then I'd pick either the Coosa or the C14 depending on the size of the lake. Then I borrowed a Cuda 12. This is a slick little boat. It packs all the features of the C14 into a smaller package. It's nimble enough for..."
NRS "Pike"
"Many kayak anglers won't even consider an inflatable kayak for fishing. Those folks are missing out on river fishing in those holes behind the Class III and higher rapids. They're also hauling around their hard-to-store-without-a-garage hard plastic kayaks in trucks that get gas mileage in the low teens. They're missing out on a kayak that can fit in a backpack and fit in the trunk of even some of the smallest cars - or even on the bus. It's called..."
Jackson Kayak “SUPerFISHal”
"For some folks, sitting down and paddling just isn't their cup of tea. For others, they just have to be able to stand up and fish, but have a hard time standing in even the widest of kayaks. Available now from Jackson Kayaks is the “SUPerFISHal”, a SUP designed for stand-up paddle board fishing. Using more muscles to move the SUP also means you can get more fit while fishing. The SUPerFISHal is built off the Jackson “SUPerNATURAL”, and..."

Latest Articles

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 02:00

Kayak Crabbing

One of the greatest bounties to be had out of Pacific waters is Dungeness Crab.  While crabbing is very different than the kayak fishing we enjoy, it can be done from a kayak as well. Companies like Promar, Scotty and Danielson have made products that make crabbing from your kayak easy to do.

Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:22

Fall nookie is better than none!

Anglers can look forward to one of the best returns of chinook salmon in several years when the fall fishing season gets under way Aug. 1 on the Columbia River.

Fisheries managers are forecasting a return of 655,000 adult fall chinook this year, which is up from a return of 429,000 chinook last year. If the run materializes as expected, it would be the largest fall chinook return since 2004.

Friday, 30 July 2010 01:00

Bag it...

The first booth I stopped at when I walked in the doors to ICAST was one that I returned to at least twice a day for the rest of the show.  Precision-Pak manufactures a variety of fishing gear organization products, and many of those are made just for kayaks and kayak anglers.

The Cape Disappointment Dungie Tournament & Crab feast

Date: July 24th
Location: Waikiki Beach (Cape Disappointment, WA)
Tourney times: 6AM launch 12PM weigh in
12 crab limit with a minimum size limit of 5 3/4" (Dungeness)
Entry fee: $20 per team
Prizes: Folding crab traps and accessories from Promar

Friday, 23 July 2010 02:00

Rods for all

Fishing rods are one of my favorite topics.  They're always evolving, and the popularity of kayak fishing has created a new industry segment that manufacturers are still trying to get a solid foothold within.  Some manufacturers like Okuma and Lamiglas have chosen to drop their kayak rod lineup while Tica  is planning on expanding their own.  Some manufacturers currently have kayak rods in prototype.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:00

Boomerang Tool Company

Just as their name suggests, these tools come back to you.  Since ICAST 2008, Boomerang Tool has been in the New Product Showcase with new and innovated tools with their own Boomerang Tool twist - 36 inches of retractable kevlar cable leashes.

Boomerang's lightweight aluminum pliers also feature replaceable carbide cutting blades which have no problems cutting 4# mono or 65# braid - not to mention wire ties.  The pliers I have also feature crimps for putting together the large lines, and a hooked nose I found useful when removing hooks from fish, and helped with split rings when I didn't have my split ring pliers handy. They have several different sets of pliers to suit your needs.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 02:00

More PC Fun

I've been running to PC whenever the surf is down enough for me to launch. I just love the fishing out there - anyone could really do it...

This time I brought a crab pot with me. I've never tried crabbing out there before, but I usually see one other crab buoy, so I figured I'd give it a go. I just took the one pot (oregon limits 3 pots/person) just so I didn't have to worry about all the extra gear for nothing.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 19:53

Tournament Preparation

Since I've been getting ready for the 3rd annual Oregon Rockfish Classic this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to show you a bit of what goes on with me when getting ready for this type of event.  There's some variation with other tournaments, mostly in regards to tackle, so it's not that big of a difference.

Monday, 31 May 2010 02:00

Oregon Rockfish Classic

The Oregon Rockfish Classic was born as a fishing trip.

orc2008a In Pacific City, Oregon, less than a dozen kayak anglers met up on Sept 20th, 2008.  From throughout Oregon and Washington, they came to fish what some called the Oregon Coast Derby.  Others called it the Pacific City Kayak Fishing Classic.  There were a couple prizes to be had, but fishing was the main call.  Pacific City is one of the easiest surf launches because it is fairly well protected.  That's not to say there weren't some spills though.

Sorry it's taken so long for this report to come through.  Life's been crazy busy, but I've been on the water regularly.  So, how about some updates!

Weather had calmed down and allowed for a couple weeks of good saltwater fishing - just enough for everyone to get a hit, and now wanting more. If you could get out far enough, halibut was doing very well, so that was most up for the charter boat guys.  Those of us in kayaks found greenling (sea trout), rockfish, and lingcod all very active and hitting all sorts of baits.  There's a great single day fishing report in the forums.
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