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

YETI New Panga Haul Silo

NEW: YETI Tundra Haul, Silo 6G, Submersible Panga Backpack

Austin, Texas (May 31, 2018) — YETI, a leading premium outdoor brand, announces new, over-engineered products to join its line-up. Today, the Austin, Texas-based company proudly reveals new models of its staple hard cooler series, as well as an expansion of its ultra-durable submersible gear bags. The YETI Tundra Haul is the first-ever YETI cooler on wheels—built with the brand’s signature toughness and unmatched insulation power. The Silo 6G is what […]

Swell Watercraft Scupper Pro

New Swell Watercraft Scupper 14 Kayak Now in Production

(Bellingham, WA)  After 18 months of intense design and planning, the first production of the highly anticipated Swell Scupper 14 kayak has finally begun. Originally conceived by Ocean Kayak founder Tim Niemier, the Scupper is especially pertinent to kayakers who face tough conditions and cover many miles per day.  It’s easily the fastest recreation sit-on-top kayak money can buy, but it was also designed with safety and stability in mind. […]

kayak anchor trolley

Do I Need to Install a Kayak Anchor Trolley?

Why would I need a kayak anchor trolley? I hear that question quite a bit. Many people are confused on exactly what an anchor trolley does and how it can benefit them when fishing. For the record, an anchor trolley is a way for anglers fishing from a kayak to gain control and flexibility of their boat in situations where the weather or water could prevent them from catching fish. In this […]

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 […]