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:

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Report: Fishing Tampa Bay for the KBF July Saltwater Challenge

I have been incredibly busy lately with a few projects but now that things are starting to settle down I figured it was time to do some fishing.  The redfish bite has been excellent in the area, with schools of fish everywhere in the bay, I decided to sign up for KBF’s July Saltwater Challenge. The weather looked iffy as it always does this time of the year in the […]

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Coming Soon: Molix Lures

“Creating products that change the way we fish” – Mike Iaconelli If you chase fish with lures, you need to pay attention to the video above.  It’s a short clip of a couple lures developed by Molix.  You may not have heard of Molix yet, but they’re sure to be a game changer!   Keep an eye on HOOK 1 – to grab these baits before any of your buddies […]

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NEKF Mass Bay Striper Shootout VII

The 7th Annual New England Kayak Fishing Mass Bay Striper Shootout will be taking place August 19-21 in Salem, MA this year! If you haven’t registered yet, its $70 and you can find all the information on the NEKF site: So now ROLL CALL who is heading to Winter Island for some STRIPAHS?!?!   Please follow and like us:

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New Wilderness Systems Ride 135

This week Wilderness Systems released the specs and more teaser pics of the new Ride 135 on their Facebook Page! Check them out Notice the drains on the back of the hatch so that water doesn’t seep into the hatch! SlideTrax in the front, chines in the hull, raised hatch with channels to avoid standing water or seepage. Center hatch is canted to make putting rods inside the kayak very […]

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How to: Install a Fish Finder on a Kayak

IMPORTANT:  Read and understand manufacturer’s instructions for installing their unit BEFORE proceeding with this installation.  This installation will show you how to mount a transducer, put cables through the deck (and make it water tight), to tuck the cables inside the hull and install the battery box. Click on images to view larger Mounting the Transducer: Turn the kayak over and find the flattest area of the hull.  This is […]

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How to: Install a RAM Mounts Rod Holder

Click pictures for larger views. Tools and Hardware Needed: Tools: Phillips Screwdriver Drill 11/64″ drill bit 3/8″ wrench. Hardware: Hook 1’s Set D : 4 #10×1″ SS Machine Screws; 4 SS Nylon lock nuts; 4 SS washers. Part 1: Find an area that is strong enough to support the rod holder.  Push on the area.  It shouldn’t move.  The back side of this area should be easy to reach for […]

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Kayak Fishing Bait Tank

Some days when lures are just not working and you can see fish working bait, live bait may be just the ticket. This can make a slow day change into a very productive day. Don’t get me wrong, I love to use artificials, but the live kind can be the right kind. There are a lot of different ways to carry bait. Bait buckets and bait tubes (see our How-To […]