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Hitting the road in style

The appeal of fishing from a paddle boat is not just about the paddle anymore. It may have started off that way, but the evolution of the plastic armada has, for some, gone from the simplicity of throwing a paddle and a fishing rod into a lightweight boat and fishing anywhere the imagination could wander to seeing how complex an angler can make a human-powered watercraft. 

August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

Will access remain an issue?

Recently, a friend and I decided to fish Lake Greenwood in our kayaks, targeting some boat docks for the crappie we knew would be hiding there out of the summer sun. It was a busy day at the newest public access area built by Greenwood County. Fortunately, the two of us were equipped with kayak trolleys that allowed us to park our vehicles, slide the boats off in the parking lot, wheel down the ramp and launch in less time than even the most-experienced trailer boater.

July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

Back to the beginning

Palmetto Paddling made it’s debut in the April, 2011 issue of South Carolina Sportsman, and in slightly more than four years, we’ve covered everything you can do in a kayak, from deer and turkey hunting to freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing and boat-rigging. Along the way, we overlooked something: how to get started as a member of the plastic armada. An inquiry from a non-kayaking friend recently brought this to my attention, so this month, we go back to the beginning.

June 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

The open ocean beckons

As a student in high school, Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea was required reading. Without sounding unappreciative of classic literature, who wouldn’t love to be pulled around in a small boat by a massive blue marlin? Personal preference would be on rod-and-reel with a serious drag system rather than a hand line. Three hours would suffice to have the experience and minimize the drama of being lost at sea for three days. Oh, and catch-and-release would absolve you of having to battle giant sharks for your catch. They’d just have to wait their turn, after the marlin was released.

May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

Paddle to slab central

From mid-March until the end of April, one of the certainties about freshwater fishing is that shallow stumps, brush piles and flats will be holding scores of black and white crappie in the midst of their spawn. In April, when the dogwoods are in full bloom, and crappie are on the banks.

April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Paddle up a lunker bass

With the announcement in January that the Bassmaster Classic will be returning to South Carolina in 2015, a lot of anglers are gearing up for bass fishing. If we could convince Casey Ashley, Marty Robinson, Andy Montgomery and Davy Hite to grow beards, we could paste their photos and likeness on a ton of Walmart merchandise and have our own Bass Dynasty.

In the ranks of the plastic armada, bass fishing is far from a new thing. One might venture to say that bass — whether largemouth, smallmouth or spotted — rank as the No. 1 target for paddling anglers, given the widespread availability of the species and its popularity.

March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Stop paddling and fish!

Palmetto Paddlers have one thing in common — human-powered means of locomotion. Regardless of how you get there, boat positioning — which doesn’t always include coming to a complete stop — can mean the difference between getting on the fish and being out in dead space.

Unlike most powerboats, where a trolling motor would be a priority piece of gear for boat positioning, kayak anglers typically rely on some type of anchoring system to hold the boat still. Anchoring a kayak is easier said than done. Depending on where the anchor is attached often determines which direction you’ll be facing, particularly if wind or current is involved.

February 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Paddling is ‘charged up’

The rise in popularity of kayaks in the angling world was originally thought to be a traditional movement, similar to hunters who put down their guns and picked up recurve bows. However, similar to archery hunting, technology in today’s modern world is hard to repress. The introduction of the basic compound platform has led to countless innovations, and it’s incredibly tongue-in-cheek to classify today’s archery society as primitive-weapon hunters. So it goes with most modern paddling anglers.

January 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

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