Innova Helios II EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Innova Helios II EX Tandem Inflatable KayakKayaking has become one of my favorite things to do within the past few years. I’ve gone from a recreational kayak angler to a seasoned kayak tournament competitor. Over the years I’ve paddled many different kayak types from well known brands. I’ve owned and currently still own several kayaks. Every time I go on outdoor adventures I almost always regret not bringing my kayaks along. Most of the time I’m dealing with space issues and I have to decide what items are most essential for my trip. Unfortunately my kayaks generally take up more space than other essentials so I end up leaving them behind.

Recently I was introduced to Innova Kayak which instantly solved my kayak space issues. I had the opportunity to test out the Innova Helios II EX tandem inflatable kayak and it quickly became my ‘go to’ kayak for traveling and camping. I honestly never gave thought to an inflatable kayak before but since testing it I can certainly see the many advantages of owning one.

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The Helios II EX is a 12.5 foot tandem inflatable kayak rated for up to 396lbs (2 person). The total weight is 36lbs and completely folds to fit into the included drybag/backpack. It is constructed of a fully rubber-coated Nitrylon fabric making it rugged, fast drying and easy to clean. It’s also very puncture and abrasion resistant. The kayak includes deck netting and gear bungees along with adjustable footrest and carry handles. It also has a river rating of Class 1.

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The Helios II EX along with other Innova Kayaks are easily packed into their respective dry bag/backpacks. The Helios packed dimensions come in at 20x14x8″ and with a weight of only 36lbs, it is can easily be carried using the included backpack.

Carrying a full sized kayak in a backpack? I bet you never thought that was possible! I surely didn’t, but am excited that Innova Kayak makes this possible. From this point forward I will always have a kayak with me on camping trips and traveling.

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Setting up the Innova Helios is also quick and easy. Each kayak comes with the necessary pump and attachments to get you quickly into the water. The Helios has three main compartments to fill, port side, starboard and the base of the hull. There are three additional small areas to fill on the top as well. The kayak uses push button air valves for inflation that allow you to pump without losing any air. This feature is excellent if you’re inflating solo. Once you’re familiar with the setup, inflating can take roughly 10 minutes.

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After the easy setup, it was time for the maiden voyage. I had the perfect opportunity to put the kayak to the test. I was on a camping adventure with a group of 22, and mostly everyone got a turn. Before paddling tandem I test drove it solo and was immediately impressed at how fast and straight the kayak tracked. The Helios does include a fin that assist in tracking as well.

I gradually increased the weight load as I continued to test. The next paddle consisted of one adult and one child. The kayak was still very sturdy and fast on the water. Next I paddled the Helios with 2 adults on the kayak and obtained the same results. Still tracking very well with good speed. To further this testimony on the speed of the kayak, I only had 1 paddle while testing. I can only imagine how fast the Helios tracks with 2 adults and 2 paddles.

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Not once throughout the testing did I even question stability. There are some kayak hulls that compromise stability to gain speed, the Helios doesn’t compromise. Instead the hull is well balanced to allow for good speed and traction while maintaining a solid balance. While on a subsequent paddle with my son, he was eager to try standing while I paddled and that also had favorable results.

If you’re looking for a quality kayak that is light, portable and pack-able the Innova line of kayaks will certainly have what you need. This particular model is excellent for exploring rivers, paddling along ocean shorelines, lakes, fishing in the back country and much more.

The video below is a compilation of the different environments which the Innova Helios II EX kayak was tested.

Have any questions or thoughts on the Helios or the Innova line? Leave a comment below.

More information can be found on Innova Kayak’s website as well as their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

 

Disclosure: The product was provided to TheOutdoorBoys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are our own. All photos posted are taken by and property of TheOutdoorBoys.

New Rapala Product Announcements At ICAST 2016

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Is everyone excited for ICAST 2016? This year ICAST will be held from July 12-15, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show will be jam packed with tons of vendors including big names such as Rapala. As an angler I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in gear to test out, this year is no different.

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I’m especially excited for the new products being announced by Rapala at ICAST this year. Rapala is a tried and true brand that never fails to launch products that are not only appealing to the consumer, but certainly to the fish. I’ve been fishing with their lures, lines, tools and other terminal tackle as well for many years. My favorite product from last year’s ICAST launch was the Rapala Custom Finish HD Lures.

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My first favorite of the new Rapala lineup is the Husky Magnum. They come in two sizes 15 and 25 with 10 different color options. All equipped with VMC Perma Steel Treble Hooks. I’m mostly excited about the wahoo and sailfish colors. These lures are intended for trolling. The size 15 can dive down 15 feet while the size 25 can dive down up to 25 feet.

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They are also releasing the new Rapala X Rap Long Cast. They also come in two sizes, 12 and 14 with 12 different color options. The Long Cast is equipped with two 3/0 VMC Tin Finish in-line single hooks. These lures are great all around saltwater lures that can be fished in shallow or deep waters. They are excellent for sight fishing for their ability to be casted long distances and attract many species of fish.

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Rapala is also launching the Skitter V which is the new version of the Skitter Walk. The lure is designed with a V shape belly that acts like a keel. The design allows the lure to make sharp left and right turns while retrieving. The design makes “walking the dog” very easy and helps attract big fish. As with the rest of the lineup, they are available in 10 different color options.

These are only some of the new products being announced this week at ICAST. If you’re lucky enough to be at ICAST this year, be sure to drop by the Rapala booth 763. Be one of the first to see the new product lineup live including the Long Cast Shallow, Saltwater Sub Walk, Twitchin’ Minnow and Mullet as well as some new colors on the Williamson lures.

Also be on the lookup for these cool new products on the Rapala website as well as action videos on their YouTube channel.

 

 

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Fishing With The iBobber: Castable Bluetooth Fishfinder

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Ever wonder what it would be like to see what’s directly beneath your cast? Traditional fish finders only show you scans underneath your boat. I had the opportunity to test the iBobber, a cool new fishing product that is a game changer for fishfinder units. The iBobber is a castable Bluetooth fishfinder that syncs straight to your Android or IOS device via a simple user friendly app.

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The iBobber is a simple to use device that looks just like a fishing bobber. You simply sync the iBobber to your phone via Bluetooth using the app and it’s ready to go. It can be dropped in the water near you (make sure you attach it to your leader/line) or cast in any direction to begin reading the activity in the water. It is capable of scanning depths up to 135′ deep and easy to read. The app has a simple interface equipped with a sonar, waterbed scan, weather, calendar and even a trip log!

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I took it to the ocean this past weekend and was excited to test it out. To begin using I simply had to drop it in the water which powered the unit on (no switch to worry about). Once in the water I turned the app on, connected via Bluetooth and voila! It instantly began giving me readings through the sonar. The fishfinder I have mounted on the kayak was also giving similar readings so I instantly knew this was the real deal.

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I tested the unit at a honey hole I have plotted on my GPS that has produced many fish before. As you see from the screen shot above, the readings show a decent school of fish. What was more important to me was seeing the 20′ drop in the ocean floor I was looking for.

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The next thing I tested was the waterbed mapping. Selecting “waterbed” on the app initiated the mapping sequence. It prompted me to cast, then hit “OK” so I can begin slowly retrieving. Once retrieved another “Ok” finalized the waterbed image on the app. Since I was drifting north of the marked position on the GPS I casted directly south over the spot. The waterbed image (above) once again proved accurate showing the same 20′ drop I previously saw while on the sonar.

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Overall, the iBobber is very easy to use and best of all versatile and cost effective. I’ve only tested from a kayak but the possibilities are endless. This can be used from boats, kayaks, off the jetty or at a pier with scans beginning at 3′ depths. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a simple to use fish finder. No need to rig up power cables or mount transducers.

Ever thought you would be viewing scans of fish through your phone? Thanks to iBobber and their innovative product, now there is an app for that too!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The product was provided to theoutdoorboys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

JimyJigsUSA – Testing The Rudo 225G: Mahi & Japo 180G: Nemo

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Testing out new gear is something I enjoy very much. It gives me a reason to go out and do the things I love. I recently had the opportunity to test out a couple saltwater fishing jigs from JimyJigsUSA. Specifically, I tested the Rudo 225G: Mahi Mahi and the Japo 180G: Orange Nemo.

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JimyJigsUSA is a company that prides themselves in creating high quality fishing jigs. Each jig is hand crafted and painted with a high gloss durable coating. If you’ve ever fished with jigs you know the importance of a high quality paint job. As you see from my small collection, I’m no stranger to jigs. I try to keep different styles and colors readily available as the type of jig I use would depends on water conditions, depth and fish bite in general. I’ve also lost more than my fair share of jigs due to toothy fish or unfortunate tangles with structure.

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I set out to test the jigs on my last offshore kayak fishing trip. I started with the Rudo 225G which produced 3 Bonita for the day. Although Bonita are not my fish of choice, they put up a decent fight no matter the size and are always fun to catch. What was more exciting to me was seeing the friends I was fishing with were coming up empty handed while the JimyJig was producing. Not to say I like my friends NOT catching fish, I simply was thrilled to see the success of the jig I was using.

It’s always a great feeling when catching fish. I switched up to the Japo 180G but didn’t have the same success. I did have a hookup on it that came loose halfway through my fight. It was interesting to feel the difference in the retrieval from the previous Rudo style. I am confident that on my next trip I will have better success.

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Both styles of jigs have a distinguishable retrieval. They are each designed for a certain style of retrieving. The Rudo is a speed jig that drops quickly at any depth. I found that the retrieval was effortless as the jig cuts through the water quickly. Speed jigging with the Rudo was a pleasant experience as I didn’t experience any muscle fatigue or general tiredness due to the ease of retrieval.

The Japo drops to the ocean floor at a slower rate, but can vary based on weight. However the jigs design is that of a flutter jig. The jig will naturally descended slower and more erratically giving the impression of an injured or fleeing fish. On retrieval the jig will have more resistance due to the dancing motion.

More information about these awesome jigs from JimyJigsUSA can be found on the web at www.jimyjigsusa.com. They have plenty of different styles and color variations that can certainly help you catch that trophy fish you’re after. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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Disclosure: The products were provided to theoutdoorboys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

Memorial Weekend 2015

Memorial-weekend-2015-web-logoEvery year the last Monday in the month of May marks America’s Memorial Day. It is a day of mourning and rejoicing. We honor the lives of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. People around the country commemorate the fallen in their own special ways. I believe its important to pay tribute to the heroes of this great nation but equally important to rejoice in the freedoms that they fought to protect.

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My weekend started with early morning kayak fishing on Saturday. With the recent heavy winds I hadn’t been out kayak fishing in a couple weeks. I had a pair of new jigs by Rapala waiting to be dunked in the ocean. I had a new Williamson Vortex black/purple jig and a pink Williamson Abyss. I try to keep my tackle box filled with jigs. Toothy fish are notorious for biting jigs off the line and sometimes the occasional wreck in the ocean floor can claim a jig or two.

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I caught a stud Bonita using the Abyss at a depth of 165 feet. It was a slow day since we didn’t have much live bait to troll. My trusty jigs always save the day! It was my only catch for the day but I went home happy even though this is a fish I don’t keep. This was a “throw back” for me, but not before taking some photos of this big boy. I fished the day with my good friend Rob of South Florida Kayak Guide . He landed a big King Fish and was able to put a client of his on another big King. Great day on the water overall, couldn’t ask for more.

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My weekend wouldn’t be complete without a family beach day. Sunday consisted of the entire family hanging out at Fort Lauderdale beach. The kids played in the sand for most of the day while the adults lounged back enjoying the ocean breeze playing some tunes. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that we went into the ocean for a swim. The waves were ripping hard so it was actually fun tumbling around with the surf.

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We capped off Memorial Weekend with an awesome BBQ at my neighbors house. The kids had tons of fun at the pool & slip and slide with their friends. The entire weekend consisted of fun in the sun with good friends and good vibes.

I hope everyone had a safe weekend. On behalf The Outdoor Boys I offer condolences with much respect and appreciation to the families of the brave men and women who lost their lives for this great nation. Thank you.

 

 

 

Disclosure: Products listed were provided to theoutdoorboys to facilitate a review. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.

Kayak Drift Fishing Off The Waters Of Boynton Beach

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Fishing off a kayak is definitely among my favorite things to do. Nothing beats an exciting day catching your own dinner. I love being able to try new techniques as well as test out new gear to help improve my fishing game. On my last fishing trip I tested out some new gear from Rapala. I use their fishing lures, jigs, fluorocarbon leader and braid lines from the Sufix brand. Having quality gear will go a long way to help you catch your trophy fish.

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This past weekend I got together with a good bunch of friends and headed off to fish the waters of Boynton Beach, Florida. Our day started just before sunup as usual. We headed for depths of about 70ft before dropping in our baits. We had an action packed morning slow trolling live google eyes.

My first hookup was with a beautiful Mahi that I’m not proud to say I lost. I was heartbroken losing such a great fish. After that I dropped in another live goggle eye that was immediately hit by a king fish. After almost surfacing the kingfish, it went for a last run. I noticed my reel didn’t stop screaming as more line was rapidly peeling off. Suddenly I had a hard tug on my pole and I began going on a 20 minute speedy kayak ride heading south.

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Unfortunately I never got a chance to see what took me for a ride as my freshly installed 500 yards of 40lb braid was completely peeled off my reel. In other words, I got spooled! Yes, I know… another thing not to brag about. It was my first time ever getting spooled. Not sure if it was a rookie mistake but nevertheless it was an adrenaline packed experience. As seen in the photo above, I’m holding on to my pole for dear life as I’m being pulled on the kayak.

Judging from the non-stop pull on my drag, I’m speculating that a big Wahoo could have possibly ate my Kingfish. Not so sure a shark would have peeled line fast and without any stopping. I’d love to hear thoughts on this subject, feel free to leave a comment.

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After that exciting experience I immediately switch poles and reach for my jigging rod. This paired with my Williamson Gomoku Pink Jig proved to be an effective combination. I head into deeper depths averaging 250 to 300 feet of water in search for tuna. After my first couple drops I got the first hit on a football sized black fin tuna. The jig turned out to be tuna candy for sure! This will be my go-to jig for tuna. I was able to pull 4 in total that ended up being dinner for the night. All in all, I had a great time fishing and a successful day.

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As for dinner time, I’m more of a cooked meat kinda guy. I know the sushi lovers will cringe at seeing cooked tuna. I do plan to try to cook a medium rare Ahi style tuna some time soon.

The simple meal I prepared was on a recipe passed on to me by my friend Rob. Ready for it? Sear it in Sweet Thai Chili sauce….. that’s it! Easy right? I guarantee you will love it if you try it.

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Rapala Shadow Rap

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RAPALA’S NEW SHADOW RAPS SHIMMY SEDUCTIVELY WHILE SUSPENDING

Are you interested in Dynamic Jerkbaits that Mimic a Minnow’s Last Moments to Trigger Big Bites? Rapala is releasing the new Shadow Rap lure on February 17, 2015.

The new Shadow Rap and Shadow Rap Deep are suspending jerkbaits that combine a horizontal struggle and vertical fade to mimic a dying minnow’s final moments — an action designed to trick fish into moving in to strike on an easy meal. When paused with a slack line, the bait delivers a unique presentation, quivering and shimmying from side to side, replicating a barely alive minnow.

Most jerkbaits follow a forward trajectory with each twitch of the rod. The Shadow Rap’s action stands out. It darts side-to-side, rotates with the right jerk, and even moves vertically. The bait triggers bites on its initial kick, attention-grabbing snap back to live and on its slow-fading fall making it an ultra versatile option – especially in cold waters.—At day’s end, a shadow doesn’t die, it slowly fades away. So it is with Rapala’s new suspending jerkbaits, the Shadow Rap® and Shadow Rap® Deep. Combining a horizontal struggle with a vertical fade, the lure perfectly mimics a minnow’s final, quivering moments before its end of days — triggering unforgettable strikes as predator fish move in for an easy meal.

“The Shadow Rap does something I’ve never seen another bait do — I call it the ‘death quiver,’” said three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and 2014 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Randall Tharp. “When you pause it on slack line, it shimmies from side to side as it’s suspending there. So even when it’s sitting still, it looks just barely alive.”

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Tharp and fellow Rapala® pros Michael Iaconelli, Brandon Palaniuk, Ott DeFoe and Jacob Wheeler will all be armed with Shadow Raps later this month at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. The baits will be unveiled there to the public for the first time, but the Rapala pros have had them for months. And they are impressed. Big time.

“It could win the Bassmaster Classic,” said Palaniuk, the 2013 Classic runner-up.“You can bet that the Rapala Shadow Rap is going to be in my boat.”

Wheeler, a FLW Forrest Wood Cup champion and runner-up, is equally enthusiastic about the Shadow Rap heading into his first Classic.

“That fading away action I think might just be the ticket to getting those fish to bite down there at Hartwell,” said Wheeler. “That bait does stuff that not another bait out there in the market does.”

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While most jerkbaits follow a forward trajectory with each twitch of the rod tip, the Shadow Rap’s action stands out. “Not only will it dart side to side, but with a certain jerk, you can make it spin around almost 180 degrees,” Tharp explained. “But it also moves vertically too — it will dive down, then move up.” So a Shadow Rap will trigger bites on its initial kick and its snap back to life, as well as on its slow-fading fall.

“It’s perfect — it’s exactly what I want,” said Iaconelli, the 2003 Classic Champ. “I want that bait to have these little tiny movements — little tiny flashes and rolls. Then, on the pause, I want it to be just barely lurking out — just barely going down.”

Featuring a minnow body profile, flat sides and metallic finish with textured scales, the Shadow Rap is designed to target bass and other gamefish in two-to-four feet of water. The Shadow Rap Deep targets fish in four-to-eight feet. Both models come armed with three No. 6 VMC Black Nickel Round Bend Hooks and are available in 14 color patterns: Albino Shiner, Blue Back Herring, Blue Ghost, Bone, Bud, Carbon, Clown, Ghost, Ghost Shiner, Moss Back Shiner, Olive Green, Purpledescent, Silver and Yellow Perch. Each measures 4 3/8 inches and weighs 7/16 of an ounce.

“The Shadow Rap’s going to be a player for me — both the regular Shadow Rap and the Shadow Rap Deep,” Iaconelli said. “These lures are great at imitating what those fish are feeding on.”

Asked to describe the Shadow Rap in one word, each Rapala pro’s personality was apparent in his answer

“Trick,” Iaconelli replied. “Because it does things that are very tricked out.”

“Freak-Nasty would be my word of choice,” Palaniuk said.

“Natural,” DeFoe answered.

“Lifelike,” Wheeler replied.

And Tharp?

“It’s ‘Frickin’ awesome!’” he exclaimed. “Whoops, that’s two words!”

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The Rapala Shadow Rap and Shadow Rap Deep are available at sporting goods retailers nationwide. For more information visit www.Rapala.com or connect with the brand at www.Facebook.com/RapalaUSA.

 

 

 

Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament – 2015 Sailfish Smackdown

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The second annual Sailfish Smackdown hosted by Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament team took place in the waters of Pompano Beach, Florida on January 17th & 18th. The highly anticipated tournament consisted of sixty one anglers. As with all Extreme tournaments, anglers come from all over the country including Canada.

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The morning of Saturday January 17th marked the first day of the tournament. The Extreme staff did a great job as usual putting together an awesome event with many sponsors such as Nautical Ventures, Turbo USA, Brus Room Pompano Beach, Global Fish Mounts, Zona Fresca, Hoo-Rag and many more.

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Anglers were competing in the main billfish division for a 1st place prize of $3,000.00 sponsored by Turbo USA , 2nd place prize $1,000.00 sponsored by Nautical Ventures and 3rd place prize of $500.00 sponsored by Nautical Ventures.

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In total 5 of the 61 anglers successfully landed beautiful sailfish. There were many hookups that resulted in lost fish. One lucky/unlucky angler even had a double hookup that resulted in 2 lost fish. That is still a pretty good fish story! There were also many other species landed throughout the tournament. The top three prizes went to Jon Venarchick placing 1st, Robinson Rodriguez 2nd and Joe Kraatz 3rd.

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The 2015 Sailfish Smackdown was nothing short of an awesome tournament. The next scheduled tournament will be the Battle In The Bahamas on April 23, 2015. Follow the Extreme tournament series for updates on upcoming events at www.extremekayakfishingtournament.org.

 

 

Offshore Kayak Fishing – Pompano Beach 8.3.14

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“Pay it forward” is something I try my best to do any chance I get. Life has been great to me and I show my appreciation in any way I can. Since March of this year I began kayak fishing. It has been a slow but fun and exciting adventure. I never imagined that I would be paddling out several miles into the deep blue sea while fishing. I used to think offshore fishing was something that could only be done on a boat.

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For the past couple months I’ve had the honor of fishing with one of the best South Florida offshore kayak anglers. My buddy Rob from South Florida Kayak Guide took me under his wings and has patiently been showing me the ropes. His help has been instrumental in my development as a kayak angler. Kayak fishing is a sport that requires not only some physical ability but it also requires keen observation and situational awareness. Having Rob as a teacher has definitely shortened the learning curve and improved my over all skills, so for that my friend, I am very grateful.

Since my recent decision to compete in the next Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament: Summer Slam Part II, I’ve been making my way to the ocean weekly to tune in. Time and experience in anything you do is the key to improvement and overall success. I’m looking forward to just being out with all the kayak anglers from all over Florida and just have a good time.

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Today I brought out my good friend Mike who has hardly fished, let alone kayak fish. The day was meant to be instructional and recreational. We were just looking to have a good time, it didn’t matter much to us if we landed huge game fish or tiny Grunts. We just wanted to fish!

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With a little direction and paddling Mike was able to land a Barracuda. I think it’s safe to say this is his first fish ever. Within a few minutes of dropping our live baits and paddling Mike’s bait was nailed. I immediately reeled mine in so I can get closer and assist him. His drag was screaming as the feisty Barracuda took line. Luckily Mike kept his composure and remembered how I showed him to fight the fish. He let the drag do the work tiring out the fish while he patiently waited and reel while the fish took a break. After several minutes, he owned it!

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I was also able to fight a nice fish. I landed an Amberjack that fought me for just about 5 minutes. These guys are fighters. He kept my drag screaming as well, swimming down as fast as he can. I was at about 60 feet of water so I was able to bring him near the surface a couple times before he sent my drag screaming again.

The day was a success. We managed to avoid the storms, catch some fish and made it back home safely. Always remember, try to pay it forward any opportunity you get. There’s always a chance for you to do something good for someone else, it will always be fulfilling for you as well. In this case, I simply got to fish with a good friend. I know that Barracuda made his day.

Until next time my friends, tight lines!

 

 

 

 

Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament – Part 1 June 2014

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The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Part 1 kicked off this past Saturday June 21, 2014 in Pompano Beach, Fl. It is the biggest kayak tournament in the entire east coast. The tournament attracts anglers from all over Florida as well as other states. Part 2 of the tournament is set to kick off on August 16, 2014. With the right set of elements in place, The Outdoor Boys will be competing in Part 2.

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This time around, I was there supporting my good friend Robinson Rodriguez of South Florida Kayak Guide along with my new friends Brandon and Jordan of Adrenaline Fishing Custom Rods. Both Robinson and Brandon are a part of Team Adrenaline and fished the tournament together.

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From about 5:00AM until launch which was about 6:15AM, anglers gathered on the shoreline preparing their equipment for the great battle ahead of them. I walked the beach and spoke with many of the guys while photographing. Every person I spoke with was energetic and kind, that’s what I love most about the fishing community, a bunch of great people!

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Since I was not fishing the tournament I hitched a ride with my other good friend Captain Lu of Lucky Lu Charters to support and cover Team Adrenaline from the water in case they needed anything.

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I was able to photograph Brandon fighting something early in the tournament. He eventually lost his fish which is a shame, but he looked good fighting it! The tournament seemed pretty slow across the board in terms of fish bites.

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Although my friends did not place in the tournament, they did well and had a great time. For me, it was fun being out on tournament day and seeing a great bunch of anglers compete in Part 1 of the tournament. I look forward to the Part 2 of the Extreme Tournament and will keep you updated if I will compete.