Category: Chris Payne

Pro Staff Casualties in an Imaginary War

This is a story based in fact but for these purposes is fictionalized. I’ll have some advice after story time. Battle lines have been drawn. A command has been handed down. I have to comply or be banished. It’s not military combat though. It’s not...

My Love-Hate-Love Relationship with Braid

A little over six years ago I was introduced to using braid on spinning reels by Gary Yamamoto. He explained it to me, talked about tying a flouro leader and proceeded to catch a lot of fish with it. I picked his brain a while...

Why High End Sunglasses are Worth It

For the last decade I’ve been on the search for good fishing sunglasses. They needed to be polarized, help me see fish in shallow or clear water better and not be fatiguing to wear for more than a few hours. I bought most of the...

How to Pick the Perfect Kayak

I’m sorry to be the one to say it. Well… not really.For you new guys, the lurkers and quizzers, the ones wanting to get into kayak fishing or just kayaking in general, the perfect kayak does not exist.For you kayak fishing vets, not all of...

Four Tips to Find a Great Deal on a Kayak

Labor Day marks the end of summer for most folks. It’s back to school time for the kids. Businesses are starting a new fiscal year soon and the holidays are within sight. What Labor Day also marks is the beginning of sale season for kayaks....

My Thoughts:Trolling Motors in Kayak Tourneys

I posed the question last week, “Should trolling motors be allowed in kayak tourneys?”.It’s time I weighed in. Last week was fun. Watching the discussions take place, civility prevailing in most instances and people sharing their thoughts. That was the ultimate goal. Decisions were being...

Should Trolling Motors Be Allowed in Kayak Tourneys?

ICAST and Outdoor Retailer showed us what the kayak industry is moving to: motorized kayaks.At least that’s what it feels like. So how long will it be until they are allowed to fish along side human powered kayaks in tournaments? Wilderness Systems is working on...

Thinking About a Small Business? Start Here.

Supporting small businesses is important to me. Those dollars you give for that product don’t go to fund a yacht; they pay for dance lessons for a daughter or the new alternator on the truck. These folks work hard. They deserve a look when you’re...

Insider Look at Pro Staff Inquiries

Insider Look at Pro Staff Inquiries

As a pro staff director I field emails, messages and texts all day about people wanting to be on the HOOK 1 Crew or Team. I also get plenty of inquiries about how to get on a pro staff.When considering anyone for a position I...

Saltwater Bait Review: Monster 3X Soft Plastics

Saltwater Bait Review: Monster 3X Soft Plastics

Over the last year I’ve been impressed with the saltwater baits I’ve been using from Treasure Coast Tackle. Based in Florida, these guys sell what they use. You don’t get tons of hype and it’s likely why you may not have heard about them. Until...

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