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Sailfish Smackdown | Canoe Vibes | Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament

Fun, Friends, and Faith in Gear: Austin Collins Smacks the Sailfish Smackdown.

Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown champ Austin Collins from South Florida Kayak Guides knows how keep his cool, have fun, and laugh at himself while catching big fish and cashing big checks.

Death, taxes, and confidence overloads at the Captain’s Meeting. Chins up, chests out, and game faces on. It’s the text between the lines in the tournament angler’s manifesto.

While Vegas probably would have had him favored if you asked anyone in the South Florida offshore kayak fishing scene, an overload of outward confidence wasn’t the case for twenty-three-year-old Austin Collins heading into the single circle hook, fluorocarbon leader only, Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown Tournament in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Austin is different; he likes his tournament days full of jokes, his hooks on wire leader, and his stream of pre-tournament whiskey drinks strong and served with a pickle juice chaser.

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Canoe Vibes - Kayak Fishing for Redfish

Fast Forwarding: Redfish and Royals

It was brazen, overconfident, and arrogant. It was presumptuous, superficial, and it was perfectly reflective of the negative change I see in myself. Simply put, it was a mistake. Taken at face value, it was an excusable lapse of attention. But to me, it was much more than that; it turned into a three day theme that pounded the lesson needed learning into my head harder than that little kid at the Chucky Cheese Whack-a-Mole machine all jacked up on pizza, candy, and tickets.

An unexpected cold front pressed pause on the heavy recreational fishing bite in the typically plentiful fishery of Lake Ponchartrain for this year’s Kayak Fishing Boondoggle. North winds turned the brackish lake into a washing machine and the early-fall high pressure system sent the marsh fish deep. We fished; we didn’t catch. The three days came and went. What we lacked in fish on the deck, we made up for with booze, exciting new gear talk, and some long overdue campfire camaraderie.

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A Long Portage:

We're back after a really long portage. What used to be a roadtrip-centric canoe blog is now a bit more settled in the Texas Hill Country. We still believe canoeing is dated, not dead. And we still chase high CFS and sticky situations.

But we're not on a roadtrip battling for cell service from the backseat of the Jeep anymore. We're enjoying life off the road. The showers, hot meals, and stable jobs are nice too.

If the paddling road trip is what you're looking for, it's moved here.

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