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Floating can be a trip

Although float trips have no season, the period from Thanksgiving through the end of the year is the perfect time to plan a trip with a buddy, put the kayak in the back of the truck and float a stretch of moving water. Typically, ducks are the preferred quarry, as the season opens during Thanksgiving week, closes for a few days when December arrives, then runs through the third week of January.

December 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

Pedal, paddle or pole?

When the chance to contribute a kayaking column in South Carolina Sportsman presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity. I did not establish the name of the column and deferred to the editors for the naming rights. It’s all about paddling anyway, right?

November 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Have bait, will paddle

Regardless of the watercraft under your feet, fall fishing often means chasing fish that require live bait to catch. Powerboat anglers often take for granted the space and other considerations required to operate a bait tank or built-in livewell — a luxury for which most paddlers simply don’t have space or carrying capacity.

October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Paddling resource guide

The kayak-fishing movement advances with each page that turns on the calendar. Long gone are the days when an angler walked into a tackle shop or retail outdoors outlet and got odd looks because he or she was looking to outfit a kayak. In turn, the paddling community has done an excellent job reaching out and recruiting new converts to the plastic-angler armada.

September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Driftmaster tackles ‘yaks

Take a guy with an engineering background who has designed metal rod holders his whole life, put him in a plastic boat, and you can see the wheels begin to turn. That was David Baynard of Driftmaster Rod Holders about three years ago. Fortunately, no one ever told Baynard the rule of kayaking — that metal and plastic don’t play well together.Read More...
August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

Take it to the river

July is a headache for most anglers. Although there’s some good fishing to be found — usually in the deeper, more wide-open areas — you’ll also be sharing your fishing locations with skiers, pleasure boaters and the like. It can also be hot as blazes, which means you either fish at night or in the first couple of hours of the morning and call it a day.Read More...
July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

Upstate club has a plan

One of the undeniable truths about human nature is that when four or five people with a common interest gather together, they’re going to form some kind of a club. Put four or five duck hunters together and soon you’ll have a new chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Put four or five fishermen together and you’ll have yourself a tournament trail in no time.Read More...
June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

Why not big fish in a yak?

Time was when fish had little to fear from kayak anglers unless their scales were colored watermelon green or bronze red. This is evidenced by the rise in plastic-boat bass tournaments as well as similar contests for redfish that are credited with assisting in the rapid expansion of the sport. Read More...
May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

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