Chris Payne

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A lifelong Texan, Chris Payne has been an outdoor enthusiast his entire life and has spent the last 15 years fishing mainly from a kayak. He is known for his thorough and helpful reviews as well as how to articles for nearly everything kayak fishing related. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them on this post or email Chris at: paynefish@gmail.com

Z-Man SlingBladeZ Spinnerbait 2

Z-Man to Introduce SlingBladeZ Spinnerbait at ICAST 2018

How exactly does one remake a classic, already exceptional bass bait? That’s the self-imposed question the tackle techs at Z-Man asked themselves about a year ago, as they stood before a big white drawing board. What they came up with was the new Z-Man SlingBladeZ Spinnerbait. The objectives were clear: To re-engineer a new breed of spinnerbait. To optimize wire material, bend and metal blades so they reverberate perfect bass music—those powerful, […]

Unicorn Kayak Buying

Buying a Unicorn: The Search for the Right Kayak

Buying a kayak for the first time can be daunting. It’s more difficult to choose now than when I bought my first kayak. Back in 2003, I had one option so I bought it for $200. Now, consumers are faced with kayaks across the financial spectrum that have price ranges from $200 to over $4,000 (and even more if outfitted). What I always try to recommend is to write down […]

frog LIVETARGET

LIVETARGET Frog Drives Angler Success

Hollow body topwaters are some of the most exciting and effective lures available for catching summertime bass. While profiles and designs have evolved dramatically in recent years – giving anglers baits to target a broad spectrum of fresh- and saltwater predator species – all hollow body lures trace their origin back to an unassuming amphibian: the frog. LIVETARGET exploded into anglers’ collective consciousness in 2010 when their trendsetting Hollow Body […]

NRS cVest Review Payne Outdoors

REVIEW: The 2018 NRS cVest Lifejacket

As a kayak angler, I have frequently discovered products made for a slightly different purpose that works pretty well for what I am needing. The NRS cVest is the most recent of those. The cVest is designed as a high back pfd for sea kayakers and touring kayaks but it turns out it’s a good fit for the specs that lots of us fishing out of kayaks want and need. On the […]

Z-Man TRD Hogz

Z-Man Ned Rig TRD HogZ

LADSON, SC (May 1, 2018) – For the legendary Ned Kehde — the man behind the miraculous Ned Rig— testing prototypes and lending insights into bass bait design is all in a day’s “work,” if indeed it’s possible to assign such a term to fishing nearly every day, all year long. Following a two-year testing phase, Kehde simply refers the new Z-Man® Finesse TRD HogZ™ as “our best producing coldwater bass bait, period.” […]

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A Cheap Kayak and Cheap Whiskey Can Be Really Bad

Thinking about buying that cheap kayak from Walmart? It might be a bad choice.  Before we get into the technical aspects of it you need to know a couple of things. #1 I’ve been on a budget. I spent $200 on my first kayak more than 15 years ago. It did what I needed it to by getting me off the bank. #2 This article isn’t meant to disparage any person […]

VanDam Bassmaster Grand Lake Elite

VanDam Dominates Grand Lake To Win 25th Bassmaster Championship

GROVE, Okla. — Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., relied upon large female prespawn bass to claim a record-breaking 25th title on the Bassmaster Elite Series, and a $100,000 payday at the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Grand Lake in Grove, Okla. During Championship Sunday, VanDam put up 18 pounds, 7 ounces to push his four-day total to 83-4, which outscored Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., by more […]