I have not had much time to sit down and write lately as I have been busy – busy with work, busy with family, busy with life in general. That being said this blog has been nominated again this year in the YakAngler 2014 Kayak Angler Choice Awards. I’m honored to receive a nomination because it shows that there are kayak anglers out there that appreciate and are entertained by this blog and for that I am very thankful. I hope I can keep things fresh and promise I will eventually find time to write (and fish) again. If you’d like to extend a vote my way I would be happy to accept it: YakAngler 2014 Kayak Angler Choice Awards
If you don’t know whom else to vote for in each category I will offer some suggestions:
Angler of the Year – Hands down Steve Lessard. I can’t think of a more deserving kayak angler out there than my friend Steve. The man consistently whoops our behinds in BCKFC and IFA tournaments and he was up to the task on foreign soil in the Hobie Worlds. He is an exceptional angler and a great guy – he is my AOY.
Kayak of the Year – I’m a Jackson guy so I may be a little biased but I’m torn here between the Kraken and the Big Rig. Each of these boats is a game changer in their own way. I got to paddle a Kraken at the Dealer Summit and can tell you that this is one slick ride. They don’t mention it much but guys like me can stand and fish from the Kraken and still have the fastest boat on the water.
Paddle of the Year – The Manta Ray carbon and the Surge carbon from Aqua Bound have been my two favorite paddles I’ve ever owned. Surprisingly the Surge carbon wasn’t on the nomination list, so the nod here goes to the Manta Ray. Compare it’s weight and blade size with other paddles that have been nominated – you won’t find another high angle paddle under 30oz.
Forum of the Year – Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club is my local club. It’s a great group, no surprise they were nominated.
Outfitter of the Year – Another local favorite here – Pack & Paddle. Why do I love Pack & Paddle? Let me count the ways – huge kayak rigging section, local tackle and flies, a knowledgeable staff that fishes, great seminars and demo days, Beer & Gear, and one of the best kayak displays I’ve ever seen.
Location of the Year – Grand Isle, easy. The site of the biggest kayak fishing tournament in the World in Ride the Bull. This place is kayak fishing mecca and I have some converts from freshwater Alabama that may agree.
Video of the Year – Business as Usual by Team HookedonYak. I love this video because its fun, original, it comes from regular guys like you and me, not some video professionals who want to blow you away with drones and forced fishing drama. These are some South Louisiana boys going to work on some reds showcasing the incredible fishing we have to offer. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch below.