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See Me on Scotty Paddle Sports web page

Banner from Scotty paddle sports web page

One of our great sponsors Scotty Paddle sports, the makers of Scotty Rod holders and other kayak fishing accessories has given me a page on their web site. Besides links to our videos and other web sites it has a list of tips from me that will help anyone new to kayak fishing. Visit their page and check them out.

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Photos from Georgia and Florida

There just does not seem to be enough hours in the day to get to all the writing I need done and still have time to fish and get in my family time. I was recently signed to take over, or should I say re take over the Kayak Korner column in Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine. This is a column I wrote for a few years, which was dropped by the magazine due to lack of supporting advertising, then started again several months later with a new writer. Well I guess that didn’t work out so they asked me to take it back again. Because when this was presented to me, it was already behind deadline, I have in the past two months had to play catchup, writing four columns and one feature article. That may not sound like much but I have been on the road quite a bit, and in all honesty I am not the fastest writer in the world. I am way to easily distracted by things like fish reports, Ocean view web cams and fishing videos, throw Face Book in there and it is surprising I get anything done. Much of my other time is spent working on tip segments for the show and in the constant search for show sponsors and all that entails.
OK so there is my list of excuses for not blogging as often as I would like to. I know I am behind on the blog as I have not even given a report of our trip to Georgia and Florida yet. So in order it get somewhat caught up I am just going to do a photo report with captions and some comments to get you at least a little caught up on things. I will follow up with a report from our trip to Mazatlan soon, I hope.

Private Islands of Georgia "Eagle Island Lodge"

Our Cabin on Eagle Island, this place was first class.

We ate like kings, Having some Oysters here. Some raw, some cooked, many washed down but cold beverages.

Did I mention we ate well, how about some crab and shrimp

Maybe a few more Oysters

If it had only stayed this glassy all day.

Our Georgia friend Randy Vining

Yes we did actually fish, and I got to cruise around in the Torque

We even caught a few fish

After several days on Eagle Island we moved to a mother ship to hit some areas that most kayakers could not reach. The Captain Gabby, a converted shrimp boat was our home for the next three days.

Meeting Patrick the captain of The Gabby

Laoding our kayaks on the Gabby

loading made simple

My biggest Red from the trip

Show producer Ken Whiting pulling on a very big RAy

Ken with a small shark

Another Red for me

Another shark for Ken

Videographer extraordinaire Will Richardson, with the rest of us waiting for his direction

Our last morning in Georgia

After we left Georgia we headed to Jacksonville Florida for the JAX kayak fishing tournament. This was a great event with over 400 kayak anglers gathered in the name of charity. IT was another windy day but still an great event. I tied for 9th in the flounder division, not bad but I was beaten by a nine year old girl.

AT my SWANKY hotel in Jacksonville

I guess I have no photos of my fish but this is where I caught it

Hanging at the awards ceremony with our good friend Jeff Herman

Yeah that little girl standing on the table beat me.

I just don’t have many photos from the event but a great time was had, and we have lots of good video from it.

Next Blog will cover out trip to Lake Mateos, El Salto and coastal Mazatlan.

You can also stay up to date on what we are up to on our FaceBook page

Some Kayak Fishing Videos

Some kayak fishing videos to get you excited about our sport or just to kill some time. Some of these are bits of our show, some are old videos of mine, some from our friends and some I just found on Youtube. Some are instructional, some of them exciting and some just funny, we have a few here from locations around the world. I know there are a lot more out there, many of which you can find linked off of these. So if you are stuck in doors with lousy winter weather, this should help you pass the time until you can get out on the water.

The Kayak Fishing Show Trailer

Game On 1 Trailer

Howard’s Blue Marlin from Game On

Matt’s Marlin from Game On

Kayak Kevin’s DVD trailer Kayak Fishing Chesapeake Bay

Kayak fishing Surf Wipe out instructional video

Exploding the waders of death myth

Kayak Fishing Record Dorado

Matt’s first Kayak Marlin

Nootka Sound Annual Kayak Fishing Derby higher resolution

Kayak Fishing at Rancho Leonero

Goose Attacks Pro Kayak Angler Drew Gregory

Kayak Fishing for Salmon Sharks, Alaska ’07

Insane surf launch in New Zealand

Kayak Fishing for Sturgeon

Whale under the kayak

Worst ever kayak surf launch attempt

Kayak fishing for skate

TARPON JUMPING * KAYAK FISHING FLORIDA

Bonefish Kayak Fly fishing

Kayak Fishing on San Diego Bay

Halibut from a kayak – Pacific City, Oregon

Kayak Sailfish in FL

kayak fishing in Baja

Kayak Fly Fishing in Montana Video

If you have some video you think we should see please post them in the comments section. I hope these helped you pass the time and you enjoyed them.

Jim Sammons
Host of
The Kayak Fishing Show presented by Ocean Kayak

Some Kayak Fishing Tips for those just getting started in the sport

Jim and Client in La Jolla


While working as a kayak fishing guide over the past sixteen years, I’ve seen people make just about every mistake possible. And so this week, I’m going to give you some tips that will help you avoid those embarrassing moments when you’re learning to kayak fish.

One of the biggest problems with kayak anglers is that 99% of them are fisherman first, and kayakers a very distant second. Now, if you’re going to be bass fishing close to shore in a small, sheltered bay or pond, that’s fine. But you’ll still be amazed at how learning proper kayaking technique can help your fishing. You’ll be able to cover a bigger area because you’ll be paddling way more efficiently. You’ll also be able to get to the fish more quickly and more quietly, and you’ll be able to fight and land fish more effectively. Of course, you’ll also develop the confidence and skills you need to safely fish in more exposed conditions.

The bottom line, is that once you’ve decided you want to pursue kayak fishing (which you will want to do once you’ve tried it!), it’s a great idea to take a kayaking class; learn the strokes and learn how to self rescue in case you fall off your kayak. If you will be ventureing beyond the the surf zone it is also a very good idea to take a surf class, as the surf zone takes very specific skills and the cost of not knowing them can be high in lost gear and injury.

Punching out through the surf

Bracing in the surf

Now with that said, here are three tips that will help you avoid embarrassing moments when you’re starting out kayak fishing.

First off, Dress to swim and rig to flip, Dress to swim simply means that you should dress with the expectation of swimming. Of course, this means wearing your PFD, but it also means wearing clothes that still do their job when they’re wet.
In the San Diego area, this means wearing quick dry clothing like ExOfficio’s, rather than a cotton t-shirt and shorts, which will stay wet and uncomfortable. In other areas it could mean wearing waders or even a dry suit to keep you good and warm.

Dressed for the cold in Chesapeake Bay. PFD, Kokatat Waders, dry top and lots of layers underneath

Rigging to flip just means making sure everything you bring is either secured to the kayak, that it will float, and that anything that can’t get wet is secured in a drybag

The next rule is, where your head goes your body will follow: In other words, to stay upright, keep your head centered over your kayak. If do you this, your kayak can rock and roll under you while you stay comfortable and balanced on top.

I’ve seen more people fall in the water while reaching for a rod behind them because they simply lean off the side of the kayak to look around. The best way to get at gear behind you is to turn side saddle in your kayak.”

Matt Moyer sitting side sadle in the kayak

The third tip is this: Always give yourself a rods length of line:
I see more people fighting themselves and fighting their equipment because they wind in too much line. You’re then stuck doing the star fish because you have to reach all the way out in one direction with the reel, and all the way in the other direction to get at the fish, or weed that’s on your line. If you just leave yourself a rods length of line you can grab your fish or lure, and work with slack line.

A rods length of line when landing a fish

So there you have it… a few quick tips to ease your learning curve while just getting into the sport of kayak fishing.

2009 Wrap up and looking at 2010

Well 2009 is now behind us, and what a great year it was. We went to some great locations and fished and hung out with some wonderful people, I honestly feel like the luckiest guy in the world some times.
We started the year fishing with my friend Jeff Herman in Galveston Texas for some fun shallow water action on Reds, Trout and Flounder.

Jeff Herman with a nice Galveston Redfish

From Galveston we ran out to the Manske Ranch in Texas for the Heroes on the water event, where we had the opportunity to take some injured servicemen out fishing. This was a truly rewarding experience that I hope to be able to be part of again. Anyone interested in more information on this great organization should contact the guys at HOW. They are always looking for help.

Our next adventure for the year was fishing with Pesca Panama out of David Panama. We were able to fish areas that had never seen a kayak and would daily out fish the power boaters on the trip. The highlight of the trip was being the first kayak anglers ever to fish Hannibal bank and landing a 120lb yellowfin tuna. I would return to Panama and fish with these guys in a heart beat, it was truly a kayak fisherman’s dream destination.

Jims 120 pound Tuna from Panama

In August I made my first foray into fly fishing with a trip to Montana, another dream destination. On this trip I was joined by my son Randy and once again by Jeff Herman and our new friend C.G. Feldman. CG was a great teacher for my son and I and was a huge help in getting us our first ever trout on a fly rod and many more after that. We stayed in a great cabin provided by Rainbow Valley Lodge in Ennis Montana which was in close proximity to lots of great rivers and lakes. I have never seen so much wildlife and I hope to visit Montana again with my family.

Jeff Herman with the Big Brown for the trip

In September I headed up north to Algonquin Park in Ottawa to do some more white water kayak fishing with Ken Whiting and Jamie Pestilli. This was a six day paddle trip down the Petawawa river right during the changing of colors of the leafs on the trees, one of the most beautiful places I have been. The fishing was not bad either as I caught my first Musky from my kayak and a lot more after that. Having a white water expert like Ken on the trip was a huge help and I learned a ton from him.

Ken giving some white water instruction

Jim with a smaller Musky

Our last stop for the year was Cedros Island off the Baja coast. This was a six day mothership trip aboard the sportfishing boat Islander for some incredible Yellowtail fishing. The weather was tough on this trip with lots of high winds but we still managed to get some great fish.

Jim with a Cedros Yellowtail

Baja Calico Bass at Cedros Island

Of course the highlight of the year for us was signing on with The World Fishing Network (WFN) for our own TV show.
We got all these great trips on film and they will each be an episode of Ocean Kayak presents The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons and on our movie Exofficio presents Kayak Fishing; Game On 2.

2009 was a great year and 2010 looks to be even better, if that is possible. We are currently working of some absolutely insane destinations that have not been fished by kayak, as well as visiting some of our good friends around the country. We will keep you all up to date on the blog, as well as on our NEW KAYAK FISHING SHOW Website.which is filled with videos, and information about our trips, sponsors, as well as the the guys we fished with. Look for this site to keep growing over the course of the upcoming year.

If you have any general questions on kayak fishing or just want to share a story please visit the forums on my site, you will find a wealth of knowledge there. We also have a list of kayak fishing records that you can look over, and hopefully contribute too.

Don’t forget to look for our show on WFN starting next week.
The airing schedule is as follows.
WFN HD & SD (On Air) 10:30:00 PM Monday, January 11, 2010
WFN HD & SD (On Air) 6:30:00 AM Tuesday, January 12, 2010
WFN HD & SD (On Air) 2:30:00 PM Tuesday, January 12, 2010
WFN HD & SD (On Air) 8:30:00 PM Sunday, January 17, 2010
WFN HD ONLY (On Air) 4:30:00 AM Sunday, January 17, 2010
WFN HD & SD (On Air) 12:30:00 PM Monday, January 18, 2010

And please let your cable provider know you want WFN if they don’t provide it already.

As always feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or have a great destination that you think we need to visit. I hope you all have a great 2010
Jim Sammons
Jim@kayak4fish.com

Before closing I have to give a huge thanks to my friends behind the scenes that make this happen and to my wonderful wife and kids for putting up with me being gone so much.

My great wife and kids who I love so much.

Director, Videographer, Editor, Drinker of good rum, Gets outfished on his own water, Will Richardson

Montana Still photographer, cook and bartender, Kendal Larson, on the left in the big fruity hat

Marketing, Sales, royal pain. Brendan Mark

Producer, life saver, poor fisherman, Ken Whiting

Still photographer and one mean Rower Lisa Utronki

Of course we couldn’t of done any of this without our great sponsors. I hope you will visit their sites and give them the support they deserve.

What have we caught while shooting The Kayak Fishing Show and Game On 1 & 2

This is a repost of an earlier blog but it has been updated to include our most recent trips.

My wife was asking me the other night what fish we have caught while shooting Ocean Kayak presents The Kayak Fishing Show and Exofficio Presents Game On. I told her, “a lot”, but it was just in my head I had never written it down. So it got me thinking about all the fish species we have been lucky enough to catch during our 2 years of kayak fishing and shooting Game On 1 and 2 and The Kayak Fishing Show. Anyway I sat down and made a list of the different fish we caught in different locations. I am sure I am missing some but here is my list along with a few photo.

Species caught During the shooting of The Kayak Fishing Show, Game On 1 and 2 by our crew.

Game On in Florida

Game On in Florida

Florida:
Speckled trout
Lady fish
Salt water Cat fish
Blue fish

Tarpon

Red fish

Alaska:

Alaskan Halibut
Ling Cod

Ling Cod kayak fishing in Alaska

Ling Cod kayak fishing in Alaska

China Rock fish
Black bass
Tiger rockfish
Quill back rockfish
Yelloweye rockfish

Canada

 

Pike in Canada

Pike in Canada

Pike
Small mouth bass
Large mouth bass

Musky

Chesapeake bay

Jim with a Red fish in Chesapeake bay

Jim with a Red fish in Chesapeake bay

Red Fish

East Cape:

Matt and his jumping Striped Marlin

Matt and his jumping Striped Marlin

Striped Marlin

Snapper
pargo
humbolt squid
Amber Jack

Howards Blue Marlin

Howards Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin
Dorado
Roosterfish
Hammerhead shark

Texas

Texas Redfish

Texas Redfish

Red fish
Speckled trout
Flounder

Panama

Jim Sammons and 120 pound yellowfin tuna

Jim Sammons and 120 pound yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Roosterfish
Mangrove snapper
Cubera snapper
Rainbow Runner
Jack Crevalle
Blue Trevally

Paul and his Panama Snook

Paul and his Panama Snook

Snook
Pompano
Triggerfish
Greater Barracuda
Porcupine puffer
Black tip shark
White tip shark

Montana

My first Rainbow trout on the fly

Rainbow Trout
Cutbow
Cutthroat
Brown Trout

Jeff\’s Brown Trout

Petawawa Canada

Kens\’ Musky

Musky
Catfish
Walleye
Smallmouth Bass

Tiger Musky

Jim with a Walleye

Cedros Island Baja Mexico

Mothership trip on the Islander

Jim with a Yellowtail

Yellowtail
Calico Bass
Yellowfin Tuna

Paul with a Calico Bass

San Diego Bay

My son Randy with a Spotted bay bass

Spotted Bay bass
Sand Bass

50 different species so far, and I am sure I am missing a few. With more great locations to come this list should continue to grow.

Of course we are still in search of more species and more great locations. If you have any ideas or suggestions on places you would like to see please let us know. We may even put you in the show. You can reach me at Jim@Kayak4Fish.com

Have not updated the list in a while and I have a few species to add to the catch list.

East Coast

TauTog

Striped Bass

Ocean Kayak ‘Torque’ Hits Montana

We finally got a chance this past week in Montana to put the latest addition to the Ocean Kayak‘s rack to the test. Oh man, am I ever excited!

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The reality is that there are situations where paddling is huge hindrance, such as people who just don’t have the upper body strength, or when you absolutely need to troll for certain species of fish at a controlled speed… or if you are a photographer or videographer, shooting 5 guys fishing spread out across a lake and need to zoom from one to the other while never putting your camera down. This is when a pedal powered or motorized kayak is a handy thing. As a camera man I admit to staring at the guys that could zoom across the water with their hands free with a whole lot of lust. If I had something like that, I could keep the camera rolling instead of burning valuable time trying to get to my subjects… who inevitably catch a fish as far away from the camera as possible. Trust Ocean Kayak to come up with the ultimate solution. As soon as the Torque was announced I saw the possibilities.

One of the very first Torques off the production line was sent to Jim for us to try out in Montana. I thought we were gonna be in a bit of trouble when he told me he was bringing an electric kayak with him. The rivers in Montana are extremely shallow. Perfect kayak fishing waters, but absolutly no good for something with a motor. The local anglers all row down the river in specially designed drift boats, not a motor in sight. A motor would only hang up on the rocks and dense weed beds. On the lakes it would be fine… but we had 4 anglers, and two crew… and Jim only had room for 6 kayaks… someone was gonna be banging that motor down the river.

Jim laughed at me, and pulled out the Minn Kota motor and the battery and replaced it with a fitted keel piece that comes with every Torque… In skinny water the torque wouldn’t be a problem. It quickly converted back in to a standard kayak, just as lightweight as any Ocean Kayak Prowler. Consider my skepticism squashed.

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Jim ran the Madison River for the first 4 days in the Unmotored Torque. Nothing much to say there, without the motor it paddled just like any other Kayak. He eventually took out the removable keel to let him get in even skinnier waters, and that made it a bit harder to paddle, as without it, the currents would push up in to the open hole and swing him around from time to time. Thats his fault for wanting to be able to get closer to shore than everyone else.. not the kayaks fault. (it paid off… he caught a ton of fish)

Finally… we got out on Ennis Lake for a real trout fishing fiasco. It was time to put this baby thru her paces. We swapped in the motor and the battery in less than one minute. The hook up was super simple. Jim got in, and proceeded to zoom accross the three miles to the fishing hole… while the rest of us slogged out the paddle. He arrived first.. and was fishing long before we got there.

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A storm rolled in at about 2. It had been raining all day so we didn’t think much of it… until the first lighting strike. We needed to get back to the put in, and fast. A three mile paddle. Enter ‘Super Torque.’ Jim’s son, Randy, was having trouble fighting the wind and rain and was falling behind. Jim quickly rigged a paddle leash as a bow line and hooked Randy up to his kayak. The damn little Minn Kota never slowed down for a second… he pulled both of them to shore (and safety)… once again beating the pack. (Narrowly beaten by CG and Kendal, who wanted to beat the motor on principle)

The Next day it was my turn. I had a theory about being able to do sweet pans and fly by shots using the motor on the lake. It took some begging… but Jim finally gave in. So on the 6th day, Will got his wish, and was now motor powered.

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Like many folks, when I fish, I want to paddle. It lets me tell my wife that I am “Not just fishing… I am getting exercise!”  Which in turn gets me out fishing more. As a camera person, I hate paddling. I am always having to stop rolling because I have drifted away from my subject, or need to paddle like a maniac to get to a hooked up angler. The Torque is perfect for me. I can paddle it on fishing days, or swap out the motor for those long musky trolls… ahem… I mean days where I need to film people… yeah…

For those worried about Motor noise, fear not… the thing is very quiet, (no louder than a frustrated angler muttering curse words on the water) I got some awesome fly by shots, and was able to, for the first time ever, get Jim hook to release on a trout while moving. No time lost. I was able to zoom in tight from a long way away… and there was little to no camera shake. This is the ultimate shooting platform. Kendal just drooled as I zoomed in to position for the shot.

We got a good chance to put the battery time thru the paces. It will run about 2.5 hours at top speed. We also tested it’s pulling capacity. It can tow about 5 other kayaks without losing significant speed. Thats pretty amazing when you think about it. If you have a long way to go to your fishing hole, and lots of kayak fishing buddies… one Torque might be the solution.

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Jim and I both loved the Torque. I can’t wait to get one of my own for all shoots. Go out and give one a spin, I think you will be a convert.

I will leave you with a shot of Jim rolling down the river. Oh Montana… how did ya get so darn pretty.

Will