Yackfishin -> kaYAK FISHINg
Speckled Trout - Kayak Fishing

Why Kayak Fishing? Well I have been messing around for a while with the idea of starting a site so I can keep my self busy and maybe even make a dollar or two. Everything I have researched says that if you really want to monetize a site you need to keep it real, be honest and pick a topic that you are not only passionate about but an expert.

So with that I made a list of things I am passionate about… baseball, food and fishing quickly became my top three and without much pondering fishing won. But I still had a problem, was I an expert? I don’t fish for a living, I am not a guide or even have my captains license so I was not convenience I had enough to offer. or enough authority to provide anything with value.

Not a Professional: Recreational Expert

I got to thinking… I am a pretty accomplished recreational fisherman. I am almost 50 and have been fishing since I could walk. For over two decades I have hundreds of hours paddling around chasing snook, redfish and specks. I also have gone after snapper, grouper, flounder and tarpon all from my kayak, paddle board or my solo canoe that I have converted to the ultimate paddle fishing craft. I have entered and won more than one amateur tournament and whenever I fish with someone else I hold my own more often than not.

When I first moved to the gulf coast of Florida I knew nothing about fishing down here. I grew up on the Atlantic coast of New Hampshire fishing for flounder, striped bass, blue fish and tommy cod. But really spent my youth catching trout in rivers and streams.

I learned how to fly fish when I was 10 and even tied my own flies. I had two patterns. A mickey fin and a red and white. They were bucktails and I tied them exactly the same. Both had silver tinsel bodies and black thread. One was yellow and red and the other… well it was red and white.

By fifteen I was tying dozens of patterns from nymphs to tandem steamers. From gray ghosts to muddler minnows I was always trying to find the next best thing. But over the years I can say that the two patterns I started out with have stayed with me. They were simple yet effective and I can honestly say I probably caught more trout on those two flies than all the others combined. They where my go to patterns and when I tied one on I always new the chance of bringing home a trout was good.

Kayak Fishing: Keep it Simple

So from a very young age I cultivated the idea that simple could be effective. But as I got older and my income increased so did my opportunity to try the latest and greatest.

Moving to Florida and fishing the clear blue water was always a dream so I tried everything under the sun as I learned my local waters. I lost my way in regards to keeping it simple and tried everything and anything to gain an edge. Including many outboards, riptide trolling motors, powerpoles etc. Over the years I have filled my garage with stuff and that is where it all sits today. I have come to realize what the teenage me already knew. There is something special about keeping it simple. Now most of my days are a couple of poles, a few jig heads and a paddle.

On this site I will try to share all the simple and not so simple things I have done in the past 40 years with an attempt to pass on the lessons learned. I will not only share my successes but my failures as that was usually when I learned the most. My focus will be on kayak fishing and everything around being successful out on the water.

Please leave comments

If there are any topics you would like to see please let me know and I would be more than happy to share my thoughts.

-Tight Lines

This site generates revenue through affiliate marketing.  Which means any link on this site that is linked to something you can buy means I get a small percentage if you decide to buy something. My hope is that I make enough through these links to at least pay for hosting and everything else needed to have a successful blog.  If you enjoy this site please consider clicking on the links and checking out the products.


Also, don’t forget to share on all your social media!