Chris Payne


About Chris Payne

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


The Morons in My Fly Fishing Spot

The workday had worn on me. Meeting after meeting after meeting. Lawsuits, RIFs, and arguing logic with illogical people had me defeated. Maybe it was time to look for different work. Maybe it was time to just drink a beer and forget about the day. I called my wife from […]


NEW: YETI Adds New Backpack, Dog Bowl, Blanket and Stackable Pints

Introducing YETI Tocayo Backpack, Boomer Dog Bowl, Lowlands Blanket, and more YETI®, a leading premium outdoor brand, announces multiple new products to join its lineup. Today, the Austin, Texas-based company proudly reveals the Tocayo Backpack, Boomer Dog Bowl, Lowlands Blanket, Rambler Stackable Pints, and various Rambler accessories. “We are committed […]


REVIEW: Leviathan Genesis Kayak Rod

Thanks to the folks at Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle in Killeen, TX I was able to get a test run with the new Leviathan Genesis Kayak rod. Made with premium components, a Loomis blank, and a carbon fiber grip, the Genesis held great promise in the store but needed a […]


REVIEW: ANGLR Bullseye Bluetooth Fishing Logger

The ANGLR Bullseye is a Bluetooth button that pairs with the free ANGLR app to create the “most powerful and effortless fishing intelligence in the world.” This is the second tracker from ANGLR but at a much different functionality and price point. While the original ANGLR Tracker was priced at $149 and had […]


NEW: BOTE Rover Aero

It’s a skiff. It’s a dingy. It’s a tender. It’s a paddle board. It’s a BOTE…in a bag. Meet the new Rover Aero from BOTE, the most portable paddleskiff on the market. Transforming from travel bag to BOTE and back again, it’s easy to store, tags along on any adventure, […]


NEW: Saltwater Lures from Shimano for Fall 2018

All of the new Shimano saltwater lures introduced at ICAST 2018 Lucanus Flat Jigs  Featuring a hybrid design of the original Lucanus jig and Butterfly Flat-Fall jig, Shimano’s new Lucanus Flat Jigs descend with a horizontal sliding action to keep the lure in the strike zone longer. Easy to use, […]


NEW: East Cape Launches SKANU

Kevin Fenn cut his teeth in the paddlesports business before anyone was really paying attention to kayaks around the turn of the century. He left the kayak behind several years ago to form East Cape Skiffs and this year, with East Cape co-owner Marc Page, has returned with a completely […]


NEW: Shimano Tekota 500 and 600 with Line Counters

Anglers in the Pacific Northwest, on the Great Lakes, and up and down the East coast have relied on the durability and trouble-free performance of Shimano Tekota star drag reels for well more than a decade. They are now being offered the newest in Shimano technology and manufacturing capabilities with […]


Shimano GLF Inshore Fishing Rods $100

LADSON, S.C. – ICAST 2018 Introduction • Available August ‘18 – For easy access to truly great fishing, many say there’s nothing better than the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers from the Florida Keys west to the Texas coast can now experience the Gulf waters with the Shimano […]


ICAST 2018 : Some of My Favorite Finds

ICAST 2018 is in the books and new products, as well as new revisions were in full force. Some companies seemingly came out of nowhere while other mainstays continued their winning ways. Below you’ll find a lot of the things I really liked at the show. More in depths write-ups […]