This blog post popped up a couple weeks ago. It’s been resonating in my head ever since. Honestly, while I read Chris Payne’s blog regularly, I often don’t see eye to eye with some of the things he has to say. However, this post is pretty epic:
I’m in the middle of show season myself. You’ve seen me post here of events that I’ll be attending. Chris’s Stop Apologizing! post is pretty dead on. I see it all the time. While Kayak Fishing is still pretty small in the PacNW, it is fairly saturated with guys that are all pro-staffers for one brand or shop or another. I’m guilty of this too, but am quite proud of sponsors like Jackson Kayak and NRS. But I’ve striven to be non-judgmental about what someone is paddling. In fact, I say, regardless of what brand name or where they bought their kayak, that it’s “cool” and “good way to get on the water.”
Like I mentioned, I’m proud to be part of the Jackson Kayak team. I love to talk kayak fishing, regardless, and I will point out some of the awesome features of Jackson fishing kayaks. A lot of people on forums will suggest “wait and save money to get X $2k+ kayak” but I know that doesn’t work. I’ve been on a tight budget my whole adult life. If it’s easier to save up a few hundred, then do it! It doesn’t matter. Just get on the water and be safe about it (PFD, safety knife, whistle, and appropriate attire). Heck, I had to borrow most all of the money to buy my first kayak (Thanks Myke!), then drive 200 miles to go get it. But it was something that I could afford (within a few days) and if I hadn’t jumped on it then, I might not ever have gotten a kayak. Certainly not that first summer and certainly not in time to win the Oregon Rockfish Classic that year.
My fishing life changed with that kayak I bought for a few hundred bucks.
So, it’s not about what you paddle, but how you fish it.
Thanks, Chris, for sharing your blog post. It is awesome, and I think more folks can stand to read it.