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  • Winter jigging techniques for kayakers

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    By Jeff Little Everyone loves a powerful, rip the rod out of your hands, smashing jig hit. Keep your line taut, focus on the presentation and you usually have no problem feeling the bite. As the water temperature drops south of 40 degrees, however, those bone jarring hits seem to disappear. Instead, the line just […]

  • Kayak Evolution: The Modern Era

    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    By Paul Lebowitz The Modern Era Getting from the Scupper Pro and the Cobra Fish ‘n Dive to the elaborate purpose-built fishing kayaks of today was a matter of incremental improvement, of features adopted and knocked-off. Manufacturers liberally borrowed ideas in successive, competitive waves. At this point the story gets messy, the development coming in […]

  • Kayak Evolution: The 90s Mainstays

    Saturday, December 17, 2016

    By Paul Lebowitz The 90s Mainstays I’m sharing a brew with Jim Sammons, now an old friend, when the early days of kayak fishing comes up. After recently talking with Niemier, I can’t resist asking Jim about his favorite boat of the time. He doesn’t hesitate. “The Scupper Pro was stretched out, longer. I just […]

  • Kayak Evolution: Gold From Plastic

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    By Paul Lebowitz Gold From Plastic A few days later I dial up Tim Niemier and find the 65-year-old as dynamic as ever. If you don’t know his name, you should. Niemier’s genius propelled the sit-on-top kayak from a niche product to its current popularity. It wasn’t so much Niemer’s inspired design as the production […]

  • Kayak Evolution: The Original

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    By Paul Lebowitz The Original Every once in a while between the memes and divisive political rants, Facebook serves up a gem. That’s where I stumble over a remarkable photo, just a snippet of blueprint of the first mass-produced plastic sit-on-top, the Royak. A message and minutes later I’m set for a bayside meeting with […]

  • Kayak Evolution: In The Beginning, Almost

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    By Paul Lebowitz In the Beginning, Almost “Today, you get to use the state of the art,” Jim Sammons said as he gestured at a fishing kayak sitting on the sand at La Jolla Shores. The kayak’s sharp, gracefully lifted nose already pointed at the surf and the ocean beyond, where drag-ripping yellowtail lurked. “You […]

  • Top Kayak Bass Pro Offers Advice

    Monday, November 14, 2016

    By Jeff Little In every region where kayak fishing tournaments are routinely held, there’s a dominant angler who leaves others at the Captain’s Meeting with slumped shoulders. There’s always one guy who causes other anglers to look up how much second place pays. In the Mid-Atlantic region for kayak bass fishing tournaments, that angler is […]

  • Pinch Kayak Fishing Approach Plucks Biters

    Monday, November 7, 2016

    The Merriam-Webster definition of “pinch” is to squeeze between your thumb and finger often in a painful way. In the manner I’m using the word, the pinch is tidal water squeezing through a “finger” of land and an opposing “thumb” like peninsula. It happens on large scales in bays as well as in smaller waters […]

  • Long paddles, Lost portages in Part 3!

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    Intrepid kayak anglers Robert Field, Rex Del Rey, Ben Duchesney and Mark Vlaskamp continue their rugged journey 100 miles through the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in upstate New York in canoes. While the guys have had their mental and physical strength tested already in the early stages of the journey, Part 3 of the video series shows the challenges aren’t […]

  • Canoe Fishing Paddlers Cover 100 Miles!

    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Join kayak anglers Robert Field, Rex Del Rey, Ben Duchesney and Mark Vlaskamp as they ditch their double-bladed paddles to journey 100 miles through the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in upstate New York to fish untapped waters in Canoe Fishing: 100 Miles through the Adirondacks. They’ll face grueling portages, icy rapids, beaver dams and snow storms while […]

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