Jackie Wright | Rogers, Arkansas
Kayak of Choice | Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K.
Paddle of choice | Oracle paddle 240
PFD of choice | Auto inflate PFD
Favorite body of water | Lincoln lake because it is chocked-full a big bass
Rod | Reel | Line | Lews bait casters Shimano spinning reels all rigged on Arkee rods. I fish mono on my bait casters and fluorocarbon on my spinning reels
Go to lure / technique | My favorite bait would have to be a crank bait and second to that I really like fishing a Shakey head
Why kayak fishing | I got into kayak fishing about six or seven years ago and just really love the solitude and be able to get into places that bass boat can't get and being able to put in wherever I like.
Chris Connors | Garfield, Arkansas
Kayak of choice | Jackson Coosa
Paddle of choice | Bending Branches Angler Ace
PFD of choice | Stohlquist Keeper
Favorite body of water | Big Sugar Creek- Big Sugar Creek is a beautiful fishery that is chock full of small mouth. Due to there being few people that know about this amazing waterway you very rarely run into anyone else on your float
Rod | Reel | Line - Arkee Rods, Lews Reels, Seagaur Line. I use 8-pound test for spinning reels in a 5.1:1 and 15-pound for baitcasters in 6.4:1 gear ratio.
Go to lure / technique | Spot Remover Shakey Head in Watermelon Red or Green Pumpkin. White 1/2oz. spinnerbait with a gold willow blade and silver Colorado blade.
Why kayak fishing | There is a strong community surrounding the sport of kayak fishing. Anyone new or experienced can feel like they belong.
Ryan Walker | Republic, Missouri
Kayak of choice | Wilderness Systems ( A.T.A.K. 120)
Paddle of choice | Aqua-Bound
PFD of choice | Mustang
Favorite body of water | 1. James River 1a. Osage Fork
Rod | Reel | Line | Spinning-Ardent Wire 1000 or CForce 1000/Ardent Edge 6'9ML/Gliss 18 FlyRod-Sage Method 9' 5wt for small streams and smaller flies/Redington Predator 9' 7wt for big water-Lamson Reels (specifically the ULA and Speedster)
Go to lure / technique | 80% of my fishing is with a fly rod, so streamers and crawfish/hellgrammite patterns. For spinning my go-to is the Ned Rig-2.5" Z-Man in Green Pumpkin or Mud Minnow and spy baits.
Why kayak fishing | The ability to reach waters unavailable to wading or bigger boats. The quiet and solitude of floating an Ozarks river. Stealth for wary fish.
Todd Cartwright | Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Kayak of choice | Wilderness Systems ATAK 120
Paddle of choice | Aqua Bound Manta Ray 2 piece carbon with Posi-Lok ferrule
PFD of choice | Stohlquist fisherman
Favorite body of water | Lincoln Lake
Rod | Reel | Line | spinning: Shimano Stradic with 6'8" med/hvy Duckett white ice. Bait cast: Lews Tournament MB with 7' med Abu Garcia Veritas on Suffix mono and fluorocarbon
Go to lure / technique | Dead sticking a Hawg Hooker Custom paddle tail swim bait weightless or on a shakey head
Why kayak fishing | I grew up fishing smallmouth in the cold rivers of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. At 7 years old I started fishing from a 12 foot canoe with my brother. We were given free reign to take that boat anywhere we could manage to get it to. And that's what we did. We fished for several years exclusively from that canoe until my parents bought 18' sea kayaks. Those kayaks opened my eyes to a whole new world of fishing independently. Shortly after that I saved enough money and got a kayak of my own and have been kayak fishing for 27 years now.
Nick Wright | Fayetteville, Arkansas
Kayak of Choice | Native Slayer Propel 10 for smaller bodies of water, Slayer Propel 13 for lakes equiped with a Power-Pole, Native under seat organizer, Native seat backpack, BlackPak, and a Lowrance Elite 5 TI
Paddle of Choice | Aqua Bound Manta Ray Carbon
PFD of Choice | NRS Chinook in moving bodies of water and a Mustang inflatable for lakes
Favorite body of water | Lincoln Lake - Great crank bait lake that produces some trophies
Rod | Reel | Line | Berkley Emotion rods, Ardent and Shimano Spinning Reels, Berkeley Vanish Fluorocarbon and Power Pro Braid
Go to lure / technique | Skirmish M9 Square Bill
Jason Adams | Bentonville, Arkansas
Kayak of Choice | Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 - Camo Edition or Hobie i11s for river
Electronics | Lowrance HDS Live with Point 1 GPS
Must have on every boat | Hobie H-Crate and Yak Attack VisiCarbon Light
Favorite body of water | I've got a new favorite lake this year - Bull Shoals. This lake was on the list for the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Trail in April. The conditions were sub par with a winter storm that blew in just before the tournament started. It was so cold my line froze to the guides mid cast. But the fish didnt mind the cold because they were chomping a squarebill crankbait. Caught my person best smallmouth bass and won my first national trail event with 89.25". That was my best day of tournament fishing and why my new favorite lake is Bull Shoals.
Go to lure / technique | Crank baits are quickly becoming my go to. They work year round. For years jigs and soft plastics have been my first choice and are still part of the arsonal. The ned rig has put some huge limits of bass in the boat in 2018 and is one of my favorite lures for SWEPCO lake.
Why kayak fishing | The kayak has provided a way for me to get off the bank. I really like to explore and go places people think is too far to be out in a kayak.
Instagram | @jRADams
Charlie Bond | Rogers, Arkansas
Kayak of Choice | Jackson Mayfly
Paddle of Choice | Aqua-Bound Manta Ray
PFD of Choice | NRS Chinook
Favorite body of water | Elk River in Missouri
Rod | Reel | Line | Arkee Rods, Shimano reels with 10lb Camo Mono
Go to lure / technique | Texas rigged worms - black with a blue tail
Why kayak fishing | Since I bought my first kayak I learned that I have less worries, “Is the plug in? Is the motor going to start?” Kayak fishing gives me the freedom to not have these worries and also all the places I can go! I can put a kayak in less than 4″ of water and not get stuck, which affords me the opportunity to get in there and catch the big one.
|Ben Morton | Springdale, Arkansas|
Paddle of Choice | Bending Branches Angler Pro
PFD of Choice | Astral V-Eight
Favorite body of water | I love fishing anybody of water time allows, but at heart I enjoy shallow winding rivers most.
Rod | Reel | Line | Shimano and IRod rods, Shimano baitcasters and spinning reels, Prower Pro braid, Seagar fluorocarbon, Trilene monofilament.
Go to lure / technique | Reaction baits and hardbody swimbaits.
Why kayak fishing | The experience of fishing from a kayak is something unlike anything else in fishing. I can go anywhere. Whether it’s a pond, creek, lake, or the ocean nothing is off limits. I just have to supply the power to get there which also provides a challenge that adds a whole new aspect that you can’t get in a bass boat. All together it adds up to make a fishing experience unlike any other.
Vinny Seidler | Branson, MissouriKayak of Choice | BOTE ZEPPELIN, Mad River Tahoe
Paddle of Choice | Bending Branches Axe
PFD of Choice | Astral
Favorite body of water | Gasconade & James River, Stockton Lake
Rod | Reel | Line | Lamiglas XP Bass, Ardent Wire, Seagar Fluorocarbon
Shawn Willock | Aurora, Missouri
Kayak of Choice | Nucanoe
Paddle of Choice | Bending Branches - Angler Pro 350cm
PFD of Choice | Stohlquist Keeper
Favorite body of water | James River - Flat Creek
Rod | Reel | Line | Ardents Spin cast C-force
Go to lure | Crank baits (all sizes)Deep drivers to Rattle Traps. Banging the bottom with the 25 footers.
Why Kayak fishing | Kayakers have a better connection with the water. It's a close nit family of people who love fishing, kayaking, and adventure. You're able to load up at a moments notice and hit the water. Fishing areas that bigger boats can't get to, and waders do want to try. Challenging yourself daily on each and every outing to improve your skills and share our passion with others in the outdoors.
Ted Geier | Yellville, Arkansas
Kayak of Choice | Jackson Mayfly
Paddle of Choice | Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon 250cm
PFD of Choice | Stholquist Keeper
Favorite body of water | White River below Bull Shoals Dam
Rod | Reel | Line | Scott, G. Loomis, St. Croix 4wt and 6wt Fly Rods/Ross Reels and mostly clear intermediate sink line
Go to lure / technique | I'm a streamer stripper almost always. Usually sculpin patterns for trout and Wooley Buggers for smallies.
Why kayak fishing | I have been kayak fly fishing for the last 25 years, mostly on the Texas flats. I like the quiet solitude of the kayak. I spend most of my time trout fishing now and the combination of the fly rod and the kayak make every fish seem special. The stealth and ability to get to hard to reach places are unequaled by any other watercraft. It's the only way to fish.
Jamie Burks | Southwest, Missouri
Kayak of Choice | Jackson Kilroy
Paddle of Choice | Bending Branches Angler Pro
PFD of Choice | Stholquist Fisherman
Favorite body of water | Current River and James River
Rod | Reel | Line | St. Croix Avid, spinning-Mitchel Pro, baitcast-Lews BB1, line changes with reels or species of fish but mostly Flourocarbon for spinning, mono for baitcast Spinnerbait from Misfit fishing.
Go to lure / technique | Soft plastics are my go to baits.
Why kayak fishing | Although I enjoy an occasional romp around the lake in a bass boat, the quiet solitude and intimacy with nature I get from kayak fishing can’t be beat. Kayak fishing allows me the freedom to load up and hit literally any body of water I want; lake, river, creek, pond, ocean, it doesn’t matter. For me kayak fishing isn’t simply a hobby, it’s where I can wind down and relax, hang out with friends, be alone, enjoy nature, spend time with God, no it’s more than a hobby; it’s a way of life.