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Image Old Town Predator XL: FIRST LOOK
Thursday, 24 July 2014
July 20, 2014 By John “Toast” Oast  fishyaker.com I had the privilege of attending ICAST in Orlando this week, as my sponsor Johnson Outdoors was unveiling their new Old Town Predator XL.  This is a motorized version of the...
Image Jackson Kayak and Realtree Camo Wraps Combine
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Jackson Kayak, Realtree Partnership Aims to Hit Mark with the Kayaking Sportsman     Sparta, TN - Jackson Kayak and Realtree, leading innovators in their respective industries, have joined forces to create a kayak that appeals to...
Image Johnson Outdoors Dominates ICAST New Product Showcase
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Brands Grab Top Honors in Three Categories & ICAST Best of Show RACINE, Wis., July 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a testament to innovation that excites the marketplace, Johnson Outdoors (Nasdaq:JOUT) has won...
Image Introducing Hobie® Mirage® Pro Angler 17 Tandem
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Oceanside, California, July 15, 2014 - Fishing out of one of Hobie’s Pro Angler 12- or 14’s is so much fun that Hobie is now making it possible for two anglers to share the experience in the same boat.  Introducing the Pro Angler...
Image Jackson Kayak Debuts Jim Sammons Signature Ultimate Offshore Fishing Kayak
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Sparta, TN – Jackson Kayak has teamed with one of the most recognizable kayak anglers in North America to develop "the ultimate paddlers kayak" for offshore and big lake kayak anglers. Pioneering kayak fisherman Jim Sammons, the...
Image Wilderness Systems’ 2014 Pro Staff Set to Take Kayak Angling to the Next Level
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
The growing team of top kayak anglers will compete in high profile tournaments, provide quality instruction, and give product feedback for boat designs GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 9, 2014) – Wilderness Systems' 2014 Pro Staff is an all-star...
Image Feelfree Introduces Fishing Kayak For Younger and Smaller Paddlers
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Swannanoa, NC, June 13th, 2014 – Feelfree US, LLC (Feelfree US), announces the launch of the Feelfree Move Angler, a fishing kayak specifically designed for the younger or smaller paddler. Offering an option for younger paddlers just...
Image Hobie® Bass Open Quickly Approaching
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
OCEANSIDE, California – May 20, 2014 - As announced earlier, the Hobie Bass Open qualifier for the Hobie Fishing Worlds IV will be held at the Kentucky Lake Dam Village State Resort Park in Kentucky, May 30-June 1. The qualifying event...
Image Hobie Plus Power-Pole Micro Anchor Equals More Fish
Monday, 12 May 2014
OCEANSIDE, California – May 12, 2014 - It is like a fishing reel with automatic drag adjustment…a Hobie® Pro Angler with a Power-Pole Micro® Anchor. The result is simple. The efficient, all-electric Power-Pole Micro quickly,...
Image J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC Acquires Paddle Industry Powerhouse Confluence Watersports
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 22, 2014) – Confluence Watersports, parent company to eight market-leading paddlesports brands, today announced that it has been acquired by J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC (“J.H.Whitney”), a private...
Image CONTOUR Returns to POV Camera Market
Tuesday, 08 April 2014
New ownership creates strong brand positioning that includes competitive product roadmap Provo, Utah (April 3, 2014) – CONTOUR, pioneers of the action sports camera industry, is now under new ownership and is once again a key...
Image In Loving Memory of Hobie Alter
Monday, 31 March 2014
Contact Information Sean Douglas 949-240-5105 ext. 205 sean@hobie.com  San Juan Capistrano, CA - March 30, 2014 Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at...
Image Yak Gear Announces US Distribution of Viking Kayaks
Thursday, 20 March 2014
The Vikings are coming!  The Vikings are coming! Yak Gear is proud to announce the United States distribution of Viking Kayaks, a New Zealand based kayak manufacturer. As the United States distributor of Viking Kayaks and the...
Image Reel Paddling Film Festival - 2014 Winners!!!
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
PALMER RAPIDS, ON, MARCH 19, 2014 – The 9th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival premiered this month in Toronto at the Royal Cinema. The Complete Paddler hosted the largest premiere audience in festival history raising a...
Image The Werner Hooked Series of Kayak Fishing Paddles Expands with the Hooked: Cyprus and Kalliste
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Available starting today, the Ultimate performance Werner Paddles Kalliste and Cyprus will be available in the Hooked line of kayak fishing paddles. Richie Bekolay, Werner Paddles pro-staff (and pictured above with a fine Virgina...

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Features (Random)

Image Rudders Demystified
Sunday, 14 March 2010
To rudder or not to rudder, that is a question that’s discussed a lot. Rudders are one of the items on a kayak that elicit a lot of questions. Many expert paddlers will tell you...
Image Destinations - Virginia
Wednesday, 02 June 2010
Virginia, from the Mountains to the Bay: a Kayak Fishing Destination   Having grown up in the Commonwealth, and fished before I could even walk, I can personally testify to...
Image The Perfect Kayak Fish: Australasian Snapper
Wednesday, 06 June 2012
  What exactly makes a certain species best suited for pursuit by kayak?  Well, lucky for kayak anglers all over there are plenty of good hard hitting inshore...

Outfitting (Random)

Image Swift Drift Anchor
Monday, 25 February 2013
After 3 seasons of river steelhead fishing using a drift chain setup on my Jackson Coosa, I decided it was time for something a little more substantial. There are often times...
“Toast’s Workshop” - Up a Creek Without a Paddle
Friday, 16 October 2009
For my second entry in the “Workshop” series, I thought about the most important accessories that are commonly overlooked by the kayak angler.  Obviously, the primary...
Image First Aid for Expedition Kayak Fishing
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Paul Willet is not only a very experienced and talented kayak fisherman, but an adventurous world traveler, and he makes his living as a full-time paramedic in the San Francisco...

Trips (Random)

Image “Paddlin’ the Pass” Mothership Trip
Friday, 23 October 2009
Marsh Island is a popular recreational fishing, shrimping and crabbing location. It’s an important destination and sanctuary for waterfowl and other inhabitants including...
A Blue Heron Adventure
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
  We cannot see what we are doing; it is as dark as pitch as we begin to unload the kayaks. We rig up, making sure to put our lights up and our PFD’s on as we set off into the...
Image It Sounded Like a Good Idea
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Jimmy VanPelt is crazy. He just doesn’t think like the rest of us do. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when he called me about an “exciting opportunity” for the Blue Line...

Fisheries Affairs (Random)

Image Bottomfish Closures off Washington Avoided for Now
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Yelloweye Rockfish are a slow growing, long lived fish found along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Baja Mexico. In 2002 they were officially declared as "overfished" across a...
Image "Bad Science" Constrains My Purpose, "Good Science" Facilitates It
Friday, 22 February 2013
It's a never ending battle between the forces that wish to take away our rights to fish, and those that fight to preserve it. In many cases, the fight comes down to the Best...
Florida's Net Ban Vacated
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:07 Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:11 Written by CCA Florida Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Lee Fulford yesterday vacated an automatic...

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