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About Me: The Two Fellas on My Shoulders

Most people have seen the imagery of a devil and an angel sitting on someone’s shoulders. It’s a strong symbol for the battle of right and wrong. I still have that inner monologue but in the kayak fishing world, it’s not an angel and a devil. On my left shoulder is 2003 Chris. 03C has zero dollars to his name, a $200 kayak and zero desire to spend money on accessories […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Facebook Violation Rules

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 […]

REVIEW: UnderCover Flex Truck Bed Cover

After more than three months of testing, today we’re reporting out on the UnderCover Flex truck bed cover, also called a tonneau cover. Our install was on a four-door Chevy Silverado with a 5’8″ bed. It is important to know that the UnderCover Flex cover is available for most bed lengths and truck models including with and without factory bed topper rails or liners. Some info from the folks at UnderCover: The UnderCover […]

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8 Accessories for Your New Kayak

Every year it happens. For the last 15 years that I have been around kayak fishing, Christmas brings a great new flood of people to the sport I love. Thousands of new anglers, looking for a way to get on the water or maybe a different way to get on the water, ask for and receive a kayak for Christmas. Often times these gifted kayaks are not the $3,000 super […]

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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 […]