Kayak fishing has come a long way from it's origins when kayaks were invented for hunting some 4000 years ago. In it's contemporary form kayak fishing has evolved from being a fringe pursuit to a fully-fledged mainstream sport - one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the world, especially in Australia.
Several months ago I mentioned that I was planning to build a completely new website, related yet quite different to this one. I did indeed start working on this new site and spent a good deal of time laboring away on it, only to later be convinced that completing and launching it would be a mistake. More I thought it through the more that advice made sense so with some regret I've decided to cancel that project. However I've decided to fuse the content that I was working on with the content on this site (as they are closely related) and rebuild from scratch. Instead of using the new website name and URL that I was planning on I've decided to bring back yakass.net and put it all under than banner. Before I get too busy I'm very interested to hear feedback on what readers would like to see.
After quite a lengthy phase of prototyping and testing I can reveal that Lovig Kayak Fishing Dry Pants are now available. Many readers would recognize some similarity to Kokatat Tempest Paddling Pants, which have earned quite a strong reputation in the global kayaking scene. Lovig Kayak Fishing pants differ in that they are built from a more abrasive resistant material, include a reinforced panel on the backside, feature a gusseted pocket and offer a little more room in the knee. They're also bad-ass-black instead of that drab grey colour. Oh... they're cheaper to.
Lowrance recently added two new fishfinder/chartplotter combos to their range, both of which are massively improved upon their predecessors and highly suitable for kayak fishing. Apart from boasting a more robust built quality (especially on the plugs) they include both downscan imaging and traditional sounding capabilities, which is a huge plus - especially for those struggling to decide between DSI or sonar.
Recently I performed a major fitout on a 2014 model Hobie Outback for SLH team member Pete Ritchie and shot video of the process. I felt this was worth doing for several reasons, first and foremost to demonstrate the transducer scupper in the new model, and how simple that makes the installation of a fish finder. Due to Pete's maximalist kayak fishing style (can you count all the rod holders?) this was a good opportunity to show off the various mounting options offered on an Outback.
Ocean Kayak have released a video showing off their new fishing kayak, the Prowler Big Game II. Giving it a nickname of 'Battleship' their new model appears to be a highly stable and comfortable fishing platform that offers a high degree of integration for accessorizing.