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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 […]

kayak accessories christmas

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 […]

hide and watch Payne Outdoors Chris Payne

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 […]

A Plea for Reason

by Greg Massa and Chris Payne Some may see this as trolling, but it’s not. This is an honest plea for reason. Facebook Groups that once were giant informational exchanges (that some will claim replaced the old forums and BB systems) are now becoming advertising space, troll gathering spots, and worse. When someone asks what the best kayak is, I assume it’s because they don’t know what considerations actually need to […]

Does Sexualizing Outdoor Brands Sell Product?

For many outdoor companies, even kayak companies, the question will eventually come up. “Will a scantily clad woman in one of our [kayaks] sell more of our products?” We haven’t seen it yet, but with the trends of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram fame for women repping products moving the way they are, it could be around the corner. Lots of views and impressions but to what end? You see it in […]