Kayak fishing is hard; it’s especially hard for me. The sport-ish hobby is exploding is popularity, and I’m probably the last person you should be taking advice from if you want to catch more fish on your piece of plastic. But I’m not giving kayak fishing advice; that would be like taking dating tips from Bill Cosby or personal finance guidance from Vince Young. As a challenged yet hopelessly optimistic angler, I carry more credibility as a guy who occasionally thinks about these macro-trends and writes about them, the trends I see flexing on kayak fishing.
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I sit back and watch a certain scene play out over and over. The names, people, and outlets are interchangeable; the scene remains the same. One person is thrilled beyond containment, maybe a little naïve, and doing everything humanly possible to feign a reputable level of courage as they open up to a group of strangers, a group of slightly more experienced keyboard warriors ready to attack at the first sign of weakness.
I read, watch, and nod my head along with the worn out choruses that immediately follow.
I got off work early and went for a run along our local waterway. While wrapping up my run – after a depressing chest cramp reminded me that twenty-five is not the new eighteen, I crossed paths with an interesting young couple carrying an inflatable tandem kayak to the base of the severely flooded bayou.
People carrying kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards naturally spark my interest. I make it a challenge to myself to rattle off the make and model before the boat gets close enough to get a good look. But this was different. Instead of my attention focusing on the boat, my attention was fully focused on reeling my lower jaw back into its closed and upright position. There is no way these noobs were going to try to paddle this flash flood, right?
Here is some perspective. Over the last four days, central Texas has been slammed by rain about as bad as this city has seen since Hurricane Ike in 2008. The rain has since filled up all of the rivers, lakes, and bayous. This water, now landed, is en route through South Texas – and through Houston – to its final beach bash in the Gulf of Mexico. The city – while good at producing heartbreaking sports moments and even better at whipping up a hearty plate of Tex-Mex food – is about as good at flood control and water drainage as Kanye West is at conceding defeat.
This brings us back to the overly ambitious couple, the couple that too few ‘we-know-what-we’re-doing’ beams were radiating off of.
Visibility is the basic word that the paddlesports industry uses to promote the products that make you visible. We have all heard horror stories similar to the Lost Pearl (Virginia Beach), Norwich Lake (Massachusetts), or Lake George (New York) story where kayakers go unseen by oncoming power boats and are knocked from their kayak, injured, or even killed.
With innovations and product development in the industry, kayakers and kayak anglers have many different options to help improve their visibility. For example, the new Railblaza Visibility Package provides the safety conscious paddler with everything you need to paddle safer while on your next adventure. The kit is centered on one Railblaza StarPort Base and one Railblaza TelePole that have an attached orange safety flag – for daytime visibility – and the new NaviLux 360 Degree Light – for 360 degrees of nighttime visibility.
Whether you know it or not, when you take your kayak, canoe, or SUP out on the water you are navigating a vessel. All vessels under navigation must follow the regulations enforced by the US Coast Guard.