That’s not a simple question. I like the mobility. Small streams to Rainy Lake; I can fish almost anywhere. I like that I can get away from crowds if I choose to. I like that I am the motor (Who needs less exercise?). I feel like I truly earn the fish that I catch and that’s very rewarding. I like how I feel more connected to the outdoor experience when kayaking. Nature does not seem to be threatened by my presence. I like the type of people that are naturally drawn to this sport and it’s easy to make a connection/friendship with them. I like that it doesn’t cost me $150 to fill a gas guzzling truck and bass boat to go out of town for the weekend.
2. Which Hobie model are you riding this year? Why did you pick that model?
I picked the PA 12 for three reasons. 1) The Hobie Pro Angler is “the” cadillac of fishing kayaks with exceptional stability, mobility, and ease of rigging. 2) I picked the 12 because I often fish alone or with kids from my youth group and the 12 is very manageable for one person. 3) I already have a Hobie Outback. If I need the maneuverability for a small stream or do a long trek through the woods I can still go that route so all bases are covered.
3. Tell us about the biggest thrill you’ve had fishing from a kayak?
The biggest thrill to date was winning the Chris Nelson Online. The pinnacle moment was when I put the 20″ smallmouth in the boat. I was very lucky to get the 26″ walleye early in the tournament. I then fished non-stop at my summer pike pattern until successful. Bass fishing is my forte’. I left it until last because I thought it would be easy but all I could catch were average fish. When the 20″ smallie was flopping in the bottom of the yak I was fairly confident that I had it locked up.
4. What’s on your bucket list to accomplish in kayak fishing?
I would like to catch a 50″ or greater sturgeon from the yak. I would like to fish for Redfish in the coastal marshes near New Orleans. Tarpon and bonefish in the Florida Keys.