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Payne’s Paddle Fish: Stop Apologizing!

February 2nd, 2014 · 3 Comments


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.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric // Mar 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Awesome post! I’m still looking for the best kayak for myself. I see tons of $2k or $1.5k kayaks, which is just wayyy out of my budget.

  • 2 Andy // Jun 23, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hi Isaac, that is sooo true! Especially now that there’s hundreds of kayak to choose from at reasonable price, we have no excuses not to start!

  • 3 David Hamburg // Aug 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Totally agree! Sometimes you just have to do it and then see how it goes. After all, there’s so much to choose from, it’ll be worth it! Worked for me and never did regret it.

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