As a member of the Hobie fishing team representing Caney Fork Outdoors, I get the opportunity to take a lot of folks out to demo kayaks. It is really the easiest part of being on the team because it is definitely a brand that I believe in; a brand that sells itself. The Hobie 360 Drive, the stability of their kayak, and the features offered up until this year put it arguably at the top of the list of kayaks on the market.
When I thought of fishing in the north, I pictured someone looking through a hole in the ice hoping something comes by and bites. To be honest, anywhere north of Kentucky was like the arctic as far as I was concerned until I started seriously fishing kayak tournaments; traveling to Ohio, Wisconsin, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania.
Shopping for that special someone in your life can be tough. When that special someone likes to fish, it’s even tougher. Trying to remember if your angler uses a 3/0 Extra Wide Gap hook on his or her Texas rig or a 5/0 offset isn’t something you should have to burden yourself with this holiday season.
It is fall and there are more and more kayaks on the water, but all are not created equal. It seems that many companies are recognizing the demand and offering all shapes and sizes in an effort to give consumers the most affordable options. This is great for people looking to get their feet wet, but it can also lead to your entire body immersed!
The fall is finally here and for many of us, that means it’s wake bait season. Though wake baits work year-round, a nice compact wake bait works extremely well in the fall when baitfish move shallow in droves. Having a bait that closely mimics the size of the shad present in the shallows is key.
These 5 tips, or what I call “lessons I learned the hard way”, are geared toward the newer kayak tournament anglers. I think it is important that you take a few minutes to understand not only what you are getting into, but to know about a couple of tiny little errors that we see happen all too often among those new to the sport.