After my northern California trip I was stoked to see what more adventures California would bring Jameson Redding and I. On this adventure we grabbed our SON-R shoes and met up with famed kayak angler Jim Sammons, editor of Kayak Fish Magazine Paul Lebowitz and fellow Jackson Kayak team member Jarrod Mcgehee in San Diego.The plan was to hop aboard a larger boat, the Islander, that would take us and our kayaks 60 miles of the coast to a the remote San Clemente island. Once on the island we would film an episode of Jim’s TV show, The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons.
So, the adventure began on a Friday evening where we boarded The Islander with about 20 other kayak anglers and spear fisherman who were all as jazzed up about this place as we were. The island is known as home to a lot of big fish, especially halibut and calico bass. I certainly wanted to tangle with some big calico bass, but my heart was set for some reason on catching a BIG halibut! After dinner we headed to our sleeping quarters and anticipated waking up just offshore of this beautiful volcanic island. Read the rest of this entry →
Exploring new areas of the planet, kayak fishing in their wild waters and catching wild fish is what I live for! So, I decided to go as far west as I could to take a kayak fishing tour of California – from Nor Cal to So Cal. In this blog report I’ll cover some of my amazing experiences in the remote wilderness in the “lost coast” of northern California.
I flew into San Francisco with fellow Jackson Kayak team member Jameson Redding. We immediately met up with Dan Arbuckle of Headwaters Kayak (Lodi, CA) and drove north four hours to the “lost coast.” When Dan told me about this place I instantly fell in love with the idea of going to some remote place that had no cell service and was called, aptly, “lost coast.” That’s the entire idea behind kayak fishing in my opinion – to get lost. Get away from society and all the stresses of everyday life, just get lost no matter where you’re on the water. I can get lost in the middle of a city so long as I’m in that river canopy where nothing else seems to matter. Read the rest of this entry →
Drew Eastman’s been staying busy these days, here’s a bit from him about what he’s been up to!
The northwest had an extremely dry fall this year. In fact Oregon had the least amount of precipitation in a three month period ever recorded in the state’s history! All of this meant that the rivers were drying up and the whitewater kayakers were looking for other forms of entertainment. I decided to check out the growing sport of Stand Up Paddling. After taking a SUP board out on the calm waters of the Columbia River I decided I was ready for a little more action. I headed to the White Salmon river in Washington to try my hand at whitewater Stand Up Paddling. Here’s a quick headcam video of my experience including a fun surf at a small wave as well as a bit of a mishap at the end.
The weather was grim but that didn’t dampen the spirits of over 50 competitors and their families. Saturday morning commenced with heavy down pour and chilling winds. This just brought people closer together as they watched under tents and tarps huddled closely together. The judging system was a new computer system that was developed for the World Championships which will be held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in 2013. That wasn’t the only new exciting thing, the feature, had just been finished on the Wednesday prior to the event and although it was an epic feature providing scores well over the thousands, it still has minor modifications to go!
Everyone was on a fair playing ground as there was no local advantage. All locals jumped out for the chance to paddle on their new home spot and the Men’s Expert class was one of the largest classes we had seen during the day. Read the rest of this entry →