REVIEW: Shimano SLX Baitcasting Reel $99

A few years ago Shimano started pushing the envelope in the sub-$100 baitcasting reel arena. Offerings like the Caius, Caenen, and Casitas have reinvented what quality for under $100 looks like. The newest offering from Shimano is the Shimano SLX, a $99 baitcasting reel that has a different look and feel than other models. I spent a couple of days Continue Reading

REVIEW: YakGadget Motor Mount for Kayaks

When you have more than 15 years of paddling and fishing like me, sometimes I want to cheat a little and let a motor do the work for me. Or maybe you might want to be efficient with your time on the water and do more fishing than paddling. You might be considering a motor. The problem is only a Continue Reading

REVIEW: NRS Champion Bibs and Jacket

Cold and wet are the norms in kayak fishing, especially for the tournament angler. NRS tapped into their fishing team and ambassadors for input on their newest offering, the Champion Bibs and Champion Jacket, named after Ron Champion, a fishing team member and industry veteran. I got the chance to meet up with David Feucht of NRS and fellow Texas Continue Reading

REVIEW: Flambeau Tuff Krate Premium

Flambeau introduced their Tuff Krate and Tuff Krate Premium last summer at ICAST and this winter they hit shelves for consumers. At first glance, it looked like a milk crate mod that had been around for several years but I’ll admit, I was curious. One of my fellow Heroes on the Water volunteers, Pedro, hit me up on Messenger letting Continue Reading

FLW Joins Kayak Bass Fishing in New Series

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that it has partnered with Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC, (KBF) the nation’s foremost organization supporting kayak bass anglers, to hold two kayak bass fishing tournaments in 2019. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The two events will be held in conjunction with FLW Tour events – the FLW Continue Reading

YETI Announces 24 Ounce Rambler Mug

Introducing the Rambler 24oz Mug, a cold beer awaits!  YETI Holdings, Inc. (“YETI” or the “Company”) (NYSE: YETI), a leading premium outdoor brand, announces a new addition to its tried-and-true stainless steel Rambler Drinkware line—the Rambler 24oz Mug. In addition, the company also reveals three new color collections, Reef Blue, Sand, and Canyon Red. “We are committed to expanding our Continue Reading

REVIEW: NRS HydroSkin 2.0 Forecast Gloves

The best time to test some cold water gear is when it’s cold and you are actually on the water fishing. Cold weather kayak gloves that don’t inhibit fishing are always high on the search list from November through April across the US. I recently had occasion to test out the NRS Hydroskin 2.0 Forecast gloves when the weather was Continue Reading

Vibe Kayaks Big Gamble

2019 is shaping up to be a big showdown year in fishing kayak manufacturing. New high-end kayaks from trusted manufacturers like Hobie, Jackson, and Feel Free are gaining some headlines but the real dog fight is further down the pricing ladder. Since late 2017, large name kayak manufacturers have been promising more kayaks in the $999 and below price point. The Continue Reading

Hobie Launches Elite Kayak Bass Open Series

Photo courtesy of Bassmaster Hobie® Launches Elite Level Kayak Series on Lake Chickamauga Kayak Fishing Pioneers Expand Presence In New Tournament Series, Offers Kayak Anglers Additional Competitive Opportunities Oceanside, CA (February 22, 2019) – Hobie is proud to announce the launch of a new elite-level kayak series, the Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS), on Lake Chickamauga this Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February Continue Reading

REVIEW: Crescent Ultra Lite Kayak $699

The long talked about Crescent Ultra Lite Kayak is finally starting to hit stores right about a year after it was unveiled as coming soon. Purporting to be a true throw and go kayak that is easy on the shoulders and wallet but well outfitted, the Ultra Lite made its way to my house for a run through the paces. Continue Reading

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