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My Picks: $100 Casting and Spinning Reels

You’ve got about $100 for a new casting or spinning reel but which one should you buy? Lots of companies are vying for your business but which ones are a good investment? Which ones can I narrow it down to? I’ve tested a lot of reels, both casting reels and spinning reels. Some I really like. Some I don’t. If you want a fishing reel you can count I’d recommend […]

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No Pro Fishing Convo Facebook Group

For the last five years, I’ve tried to be a voice of reason in the wilderness of fishing promotions, hype, and advertising. On my website, this website, I get to say and do whatever I want at any point without major repercussion from anyone. Except maybe my wife. In Facebook land, however, it’s hard to break through the noise. Anytime a question comes up in a group about a product […]

Ketch Products Bass Board Review Payne Outdoors

Review: Ketch Products Bass Board with Ketch Kradle

During last week’s Board Battle, looking for the potential best board for use during bass fishing CPR tournaments, we evaluated the Ketch Products Bass Board against some other boards and some criteria that really weren’t the intent of the Ketch board. Now the Ketch board gets its turn under the lights as we review it independently. About the Ketch Products Bass Board KBF Approved The Bass Board measures ¼” x […]

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Board Battle: Measuring Board Comparison for Bass Fishing

The requested kayak fishing measuring board battle is here. To keep it decently succinct, I have limited the criteria to a few areas that I think are relatable. First, the comparison is for fish measuring boards utilized and approved in most freshwater fishing kayak tournaments. Some of these boards have different versions and lengths available so I’ll be specific when necessary about the boards. I am also using categories from […]

kokatat leviathan review Payne Outdoors

REVIEW: Kokatat Leviathan PFD

Have you ever wondered what the Cadillac of kayak fishing lifevests is? The Kokatat Leviathan may likely be it. The feature rich PFD has pockets for days, attachment points on nearly every flat surface and includes some subtle touches that many other lifejacket companies just don’t spend the time and money to incorporate. The biggest question though is how did it handle through the testing phase? About the Kokatat Leviathan […]

Shimano Curado K Review Payne Outdoors

REVIEW: Shimano Curado K CU201XGK

A long time coming, I finally freed up enough time to really give the Shimano Curado K a good test. This specific review is on the Shimano Curado CU201XGK, an 8.5:1 gear ratioed left handed reel. The Curado K retails for $179.99 and is available in several different gear/hand configurations. About the Shimano Curado K From Shimano: Built tournament tough, Curado is the benchmark for reliability and durability. Generations of anglers […]

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Six Facebook Rule Violations I Wish Were Real

Some days the ol’ Facebook feed and its myriad groups really bum me out. Most of the time I get to see pictures of big fish, sunsets, family members, and cool new gear but now and again it cycles through a bad period. National news has polarized the country by leveraging tragedy, buying season for kayaks has polarized manufacturer camps, politics are always in play, and an unfortunate rash of […]