Chris Payne

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Budget Talk: Let them buy Hobies

Budget Talk: Let Them Buy Hobies

My beginnings weren’t glorious. I lived almost all of my formative years in a trailer house. I knew it was different from the other kids at school but I knew it was what we could do at the time. My parents worked multiple jobs to feed and clothe our family of six and my gratitude was lackluster. Watching my Dad work a long day, come home, eat supper, and then […]

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Hide and Watch : Lessons From My Grandfather

“Boy, just hide and watch.” It was a phrase my grandfather used on hundreds of occasions and was the typical answer to almost any question I’d ask. Whether fishing, hunting, welding, cleaning fish, or asking about the next play the football team would most likely run, it was always the same: hide and watch. For most of my adolescent years I thought that hide and watch was a throwaway phrase […]

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Kayak Review: Radar 135 (Paddle Only) from Wilderness Systems

Heard about the Radar 135 from Wilderness Systems? I checked it out and I’m giving you the real info. No paid praise. No mandatory glowing review. If you’re down with that, keep reading. My new norm for reviewing kayaks is spending a day fishing on them. Nothing clues you in on all the good and not so good features as actually getting out there and doing it. I try to […]

LED Lights for Kayaks: 5050 vs 3528 Chips

Thinking about some LED lights for that kayak? Maybe even the deck, the power boat or the dock? It is important you know that not all LED lights are the same.  Most of the LED lights that are sold to fishermen and even kayak fishermen are either a type 3528 or 5050. These numbers derive from the size of the chip used to run the lights. 3528 lights have a chip […]

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 just a bad dream either. This is the life of a pro staffer caught in a bad enlistment in an imaginary war. How the hell […]

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 and decided I needed to make the switch from mono to braid on my spinning rigs. I loaded up my reels with some 50 pound […]

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 brands that you know and some you might not. In total I tried 12 brands in 10 years. I started fairly cheap ($40) and worked […]