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The Kayak Fishing Show Visits Oriental North Carolina

This past week I had the opportunity to visit the lovely town of Oriental North Carolina to shoot another episode of The Kayak Fishing Show. Joining me on this trip were Brooks Beatty, from Jackson Kayak and Bobby Brewer a local who helped us set up the visit.

Oriental is a quaint little town with a lot of character, filled with small shops and restaurants like the Silos, which is actually in a Silo. The town has a love of festivals, dragons and all outdoor activities. For paddlers there are many choices of water to hit and for fishermen there are lots of species to target. For kayak fishermen it is ripe with possibilities. We were lucky enough to stay at the River Neuse Suites Hotel with rooms more reminiscent to a apartment than a hotel room.

River Neuse Suites our home away from home

On our first morning on the water we hooked up with Captain Ashley King of Keep Casting Charters, unfortunately we were greeted by high winds which kept us from being able to target the Old Drum known to live here. Fortunately Ashley had a plan B that would get us out of the wind and get us on fish. We moved from the bigger water to a nice protected spot out of the wind. This spot was gorgeous and had us fishing all around cypress trees covered in moss. Ashley promised us a good top water bite on Stripers and it didn’t take long until we had our first fish.

The Jackson Cuda 14 is a great stand up platform, at least for those more comfortable standing than I, and I got to see Brooks get the first fish while standing up tossing a Zara Spook and walking the dog. I discovered that I am not that good at standing and casting and even worse at walking the dog while seated. Because of my lack of coordination I switched to a lure I knew I could work properly and just hoped that it would do the job. My lure of choice was a Sebile Splasher and it wasn’t long before my lure choice paid off with huge surface blow ups and many hookups. Seeing my success Brooks switched to another lure which caused an equal amount of surface disturbance and noise and began to see the same great results. Many fish were hooked, landed and released that day and we can’t thank Captain Ashley for having such a great backup plan.


Brooks showing off amongst the Cypress trees


One of many caught on the Sebile Splasher

Brooks with another one on his secret lure

The next morning we stayed on shore to do some shooting around town and did an evening session chasing the big Red Drum. This time we hooked up with Capt. Mitchell Blake of Fish IBX. Captain Blake got us all rigged with Popping Corks, which are the hot ticket for the reds. We worked as hard as we could up until dark but we had to battle the wind all evening and just not found the fish. At least we got a good sunset.


Oriental Sunset

With only one day of fishing left on the trip we got an early start to the next day, hitting the water just as the sun rose. For our final day we met up with Captain Dave Stewart of Knee Deep Custom Charters. Dave set us up with DOA deadly combination popping corks, which by this point my arm was getting a bit tired of popping. We reached the fishing spot to find grease calm waters and bait popping, which got all our hopes up. Unfortunately for me the only thing biting were Blue fish which just bit my soft plastics in half. It didn’t take long though for Bobby to get on a real nice Red Drum, which gave him a great ride.


Sunrise and grease calm waters


Bobby with a beautiful sunrise Red fish

It seemed like we were going to get on the fish as all the signs were right, but I think maybe fifteen minutes after Bobby landed that fish someone turned on the wind machine and we spent the rest of the day trying to battle or hide from the wind.
Later in the evening as things calmed a bit Brooks hooked a good fish which he got to the side of the kayak but lost before landing so no photos were taken. At the point of being on the water about twelve hours I finally hooked what felt like a good fish which towed me around a bit but as luck would have it the hooked pulled.

I know that given some better conditions we would have really put the hurt on a lot of fish, but this is fishing and you have to take what you are given. Even with the tough conditions we caught fish and had a wonderful time in Oriental. Every single person we met or dealt with on this trip were absolutely awesome and I wouldn’t hesitate to visit again given the chance.

A huge thanks goes out to all the people in Oriental for helping us put this trip together and particularly Bobby Brewer for handling all the logistics.

If you would like to visit Oriental I highly recommend the guides and locations that helped us out.

Capt. Mitchell Blake
Fish IBX

Capt. Bobby Brewer

Capt. Ashley King
Keep Casting Charters

Capt. Dave Stewart
Knee Deep Custom Charters

Capt. Greg Voliva
Four Seasons Guide Service

River Neuse Suites Hotel

The Silos Restaurant

Oriental NC

Heading to Africa

At this time next week I will have finished about 24 hours of travel and will be with my good friend and fishing buddy Jeff Herman. We will be at our most remote location yet, Uganda in Africa. We will be hitting some rivers as well as Lake Victoria chasing, a new species for both of us, Nile Perch.
Here is a photo of a Nile Perch caught at one of the locations we will be visiting, just last week.

I hope we can get one this big

I hope we can get one this big

Don’t forget you can follow us on all of our adventures in real time with our on the spot updates on Twitter @KayakFishingTV and our Facebook page.
Delorme has set us up with a Delorme GPS and InReach 2 way communicator so you can not only follow our travels but also know exactly when we are getting on the fish.

This is a remote trip, thankfully we are all set to keep our cameras and other electronics powered up with gear from Goal Zero. It is nice to know all we need is a sunny day to keep our equipment running.

Our host Jamie Simpson is a Pro Staff level whitewater paddler, one of the few people that has chased Nile Perch from a kayak, and best of all, he is heck of a good guy! He has a great outfit called Kayak the Nile check them out on the web at Kayak the Nile.com

This is going to be a great adventure and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

This week we are kayak fishing in New Zealand

This week on Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge; Jim Sammons visits New Zealand chasing big KingFish and gets the scare of a lifetime as a shark rips a 40lb kingfish from his hand.
Watch the action every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EST on NBC Sports!
Set your DVR’s and please share with your friends.

New Season of Seaguars Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge begins January 9th on NBC sports

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For Immediate Release

Season 2 of Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge Begins airing January 9th

Following a highly successful first season, season 2 of Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge kick starts January ninth on NBC Sports, as world-renowned big game kayak anger Jim Sammons hooks up with Ken Whiting and Jeff Goudreau on Wollaston Lake – one of the best trophy pike fisheries in the world.

“NBC Sports Network is excited to be able to offer our viewers a second season of Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge. The series presents this increasingly popular way to enjoy the sport of fishing in a unique and exciting way and it’s a great fit in our line-up of high quality outdoor programs.” Says Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director of New Media Programming at NBC Sports.

Big Pike

Based  out of the Minor Bay Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan, Jim and company experience some of the most incredible fishing action ever, catching hundreds of trophy pike in a single day.  “I’ve heard people say that freshwater fishing isn’t nearly as exciting as saltwater fishing. I’ll bet those people have never fished for monster pike up North.”  exclaims Jim Sammons, host of Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge.

Watch the action every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EST on NBC Sports!

Here is a sneak peek of the kind of action you will see on Seaguars Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge

About Seaguar: The inventor and world leader in fluorocarbon fishing line, has expanded its product offerings with the launch of Kanzen™ – an amazingly strong, smooth-casting premium braid line, and Senshi™ – a premium, clear monofilament line that provides the ideal balance of strength and sensitivity.

About Ocean Kayak: Since 1971 Ocean Kayak has been pioneering and revolutionizing sit-on-top kayak designs.  Ocean Kayak offers a variety of sit-on-top models including the popular Trident series.  For more information about Ocean Kayak visit us at www.oceankayak.com or www.facebook.com/OceanKayak

About Jim Sammons: A San Diego California native and certified fish and game licensed guide, Jim is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of modern day kayak fishing and an expert big game kayak fisherman. With his trademark fedora and his role as the host of the Kayak Fishing Show on WFN, Jim has become the most recognizable kayak angler in North America. But it’s his infectious enthusiasm for the sport, his lively personality and his passion for sharing the sport with others which has made him the most popular kayak angler in the world.

About The Heliconia Press: Since World Champion kayaker Ken Whiting founded the company in 1998, The Heliconia Press has been a leader in outdoors media production.  For more information about Heliconia’s various TV and WebTV series, visit www.helipress.com