Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gearing up!!

  With the new company being launched we've also picked up some new sponsors that I'm very excited about! The first is a new pfd for us, the Astral Buoyancy Co. from N.C. Astral offers jackets for all the paddling industry from white water, day trippers and fishing. I will be wearing the V-8 model which is the first breathable pfd offering Airescape technology, keeping me cooler and safe on the water for those long hot summer days of catching fish! Visit their web site to find the personal life jacket for your style of kayaking.

   Another first for us this year will be a fishing line and leader sponsor. All of our Daiwa reels will be spooled with Ohero microfiber braid. Ohero braid has the smallest braid to mono ratio on the market. It still carries the same strength, casting ability and abrasion resistant as other braids but has a smaller diameter, stays smoother and softer then all others. Ohero also carries a complete line of fluorocarbon leader material for all of our line to leader connections. Stop by the Ohero website and see all they have to offer.   

    Also coming with us this year is Werner Paddles. Werner also offers a complete line of paddles for all aspects of the kayaking community. Each of their lightweight and strong paddles available are made in the state of Washington. Offering several of their different models in both straight shaft and neutral bent shaft, which I prefer. For the complete line of Werner Paddles follow the link:

  I'm looking forward to working with these new companies and continuing our ongoing relationship with all of our other great products we use, Native Watercraft, Daiwa fishing equipment, Yak Attack and Marsh Works Inshore Tackle.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First Fishing trip of 2012

 This past weekend I had the chance to fish a place I had heard so much about, the Indian River in Titusille Fla. I joined Charles Levi, Chip Gibson and Chip's son Brad early Sunday morning in not to favorable Fla temps, a balmy 30 degrees. We put the kayaks in the water as the sun was rising and headed to our first targeted cove. Bait was popping and things looked "fishy". We all took our shots with no takers. As we paddled around we were all getting visual glimpses of Reds and trout but none were taking our offerings. We even had some shots at Black Drum with live shrimp, nada. Moving along we found another cove full of nervous bait, this time we stopped short and pursued our fish on foot. We waded this area throwing all we had to offer. I even had reds swimming right at my feet to no avail. Are you seeing a trend here? Enough of this we moved to a more protected area where Chuck almost immediately hooked into a nice Red. Then he caught a trout over 27 inches. All the time trout were swimming all around me, finally my line went tight and a managed a nice little red. From there we went back to dumping our tackle boxes at these fish all the while they swam around us like we didn't even exist. I managed one more spike trout and the non-catching trend began again. I have never been to an area before with so many fish, that wouldn't eat. As a true fisherman I have to justify the finicky fish on something and the cold front is my nemesis on this one. In the end I had a great time!! Saw a part of the country I have always wanted to visit. Finally got to meet Chuck, Chip and Brad aka the Clone. Shared some laughs and stories. That's really the enjoyment of this, the journey and the fun along the way.      

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year New Adventure!

  Well another year in the record books and a new one has begun. This new year has gotten off to a fast start. I'm excited to announce that Kris and I have launched our new company, 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services. A complete guided kayak fishing company offering inshore saltwater fishing trips!!! Having both Native Watercraft and Daiwa fishing equipment in our stable I believe we have some of the best products in the kayak fishing community to offer our clients. As if starting a new company wasn't enough Kris and I have been given our own slot on the Kayak Fishing Radio show. We will be doing our Double L broadcasts every Tues night!!
  It's really hard to believe all of this comes from just enjoying to fish. There are so many people who I would like to personally thank for getting me to this place in my life. First would have to be my wife Kris, family and friends. Your support and encouragement means so much to me. Next would be all of my sponsors, your support and great products make my job easier and my time on the water more enjoyable. I would totally be re missed if I did not take this time to thank Cory Routh and Ruthless Fishing for letting me cut my guiding teeth with you. It was an awesome experience and the best of times, Thank You!
  I will also be actively involved with TKAA once again and holding a V.P. position with the club. Beside for all of the above we plan to make many more trips with HOW in the Tidewater region. Of all the things we can do, giving back to our troops is something we try to be a part of as often as possible. So yes I'm looking forward to 2012, going to be busy but we wouldn't have any other way....  (work in progress)