I’ve been really enjoying Drew’s web series, Hooked on Wild Waters, this year and wanted to share an episode I was able to help with that was filmed down here in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. It went live on the Hooked on Wild Waters website this week. I was only able to fish with Drew on the first day they were filming and I can tell you they did a great job with the edit because conditions were tough that day. Big thanks to Casey Brunning for camera boat duty and helpful advice – couldn’t have done it without him. I can’t embed the video here, so be sure to go to the Hooked on Wild Waters website and check it out and the rest of the great webisodes in the series.
Here is the promo for Hooked on Wild Waters, a new kayak fishing web series with Drew Gregory that promises to be a lot of fun. The first webisode is out and features Drew and the gang on the Devils River in South Texas. Some great camera work and excellent production quality make it very easy to watch, can’t wait to see the other episodes. More info from the site:
“Hooked on Wild Waters is an infectious, passionate expression of the exploration of wild waters. There’s no better way to embark on these journeys than in a kayak, and no better host to guide viewers along than kayak fishing pioneer, Drew Gregory. Known for his relentless pursuit of the country’s biggest, rarest, most aggressive yet beautiful fish, Gregory is driven by a deep love for wild and remote public waters, and the fish that call them home.
With his loyal, four-legged companion, Lu, and special show guests in tow, Gregory lives out his passion for wild waters—all the while displaying that it isn’t always about the size or number of fish caught, but rather the entire adventure. Though all anglers seek that once-in-a-lifetime catch, the reality is that epic fish aren’t taken on every trip. That’s the beauty of fishing, and what makes it so exciting.
Through Hooked on Wild Waters, Gregory hopes to convey that fishing—and life—isn’t always about the final outcome, but rather the beauty, joy, and excitement of the journey that God provides on any given day.”
Y’all keep an eye out for an episode filmed down here in Louisiana, you just might see someone you know!
The Outdoor Retailer show is happening this week and we are starting to see/hear a lot more about what is being offered from Jackson Kayak next year. We knew they planned to introduce four new kayaks – two being the Kraken and the Realtree Kilroy – which were featured on the site last week. The other two I’ll talk about this week. One is a boat that is sure to excite the river crowd, but has my interest peaked for inshore use as well, that’s the Coosa HD. I really enjoyed the old Coosa, had one for a couple years, it was the best river boat I’ve ever been in. It wasn’t the boat you want for inshore fishing though and when the Cuda came out it was an easy decision to make the switch. But seeing the new Coosa HD has me rethinking that logic.
Mainly because this new Coosa will be 4-6″ longer than the last and that center console you see is removable and opens up to a flat deck – standing room galore. Other features/tweaks include better tracking, multiple seating positions, tweaks to the JK Elite seat, twin camera mounts in the rear, YakAttack rails all around, a molded rear handle, a bungee-less hinged front hatch, the tube style rod tip protection you find on the Big Rig, plus it is Powerpole ready. Looking at the top view I can see why some folks are dubbing this the Big Rig Jr. That’s a ton of features packed into a 12′ boat. Drew did a short walkthrough on the boat at the OR demo day, check it out:
It is still just a prototype for now, so things can change, but I’m pretty excited about this boat. For more on the Coosa HD, check out this Kayak Fish article.
Update (02-26-15) – Now that the Coosa HD is shipping a new walk through video has been produced. It is worth a look if you are considering this boat:
The River Bassin Tournament Trail is back for 2014. After a two year hiatus the tournament series designed for river bassers is back and better than ever. The trail will include 35 stops across the eastern half of the US and live scoring during each event. With no events in Louisiana or Mississippi it will be tough for me to make any of the stops, but I am happy to see a tournament trail I know Drew worked so hard on the first time around back again. Registration begins Feb. 1st so find a stop nearest to you and get signed up: