Paddlecraft Blog at Florida Sportsman

Happy anglers Paul Phipps and Russell Loucks, holding up some schooling redfish!

It’s That Time of Year Again – Redfish! (video)

Don’t you just love those days, when you look back, smile, and wish you could relive them? Your new baby being born, a hundred dollar bill you just found (I wish), walking into your new house – mine was a recent trip we had on the Indian River Lagoon with some schools of hungry and feeding redfish!

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So How DO You Load That Kayak?

Today’s kayak parts market has a plethora of options that may be used to suit a particular automobile and/or storage…»

My first big trophy redfish! What a fight out of the kayak!

No Motor Zone – Trout and Redfish (Video)

“So bring some boots or shoes that won’t come off, we’ll be getting into some mud that will go up to your knees”, Dee Kaminski, a friend and owner of Reel Kayak Fishing Charters, tells me as we’re talking on the phone and making plans for our fishing trip.

Chris giving the approval on my freshly picked Hobie Revo 13!

Check Out Estero River Outfitters

  Usually it takes some time to see exactly what you want in a kayak – from the shape, style,…»

Snook going air born on a topwater plug.

Seawalls for Snook

It’s great when a plan works out for a certain type of species and you get to capitalize on it with multiple solid fish.

A good match, LifeProof and a kayak on the water.

LifeProof Your iPhone

I have had a little bit of bad luck with my phones in the past, especially while kayaking. I think everyone that has been in the sport has either dunked, dropped, soaked and splashed their electronics at one point or another.

Decent trout inhaling my shrimp.

Third Time’s a Charm

The day started out quite early from Jensen Beach for me and my friend Russell Loucks. The goal was to try and get on the water before light and try around the bridge for some snook that were just waking up.

Morgan with one of his best trout to date. Photo by Sam Root

Having Fun With Hobie

A day on the water with the Hobie team. Fish, fun, and a good time.

My buddy Aaron going out on his first night trip.

Setting Up Your Kayak Anchor (Part II)

Installing a trolley anchor kit will help you situate yourself in the position you need to be, in order to make that perfect cast.

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Ready, Set, Start Your…Paddles!?

Florida Sportsman Blogger Mark Naumovitz introduces the 2012 Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge.

Dad with one of our tournament trout.

The Bash was a Smash!

  As soon as I heard Florida Sportsman was putting on a benefit fishing tournament I couldn’t wait to hear…»

Underwater shot of a folding 3 pound anchor

Setting Up Your Kayak Anchor

There are many ways to go about setting up your anchor system. The following info should help when fishing deeper water or dealing with current.

Nice redfish, but look at the size of its tail compared to the body!

Sight Fishing Snook and Redfish

There are not many chances to sight-fish when the wind is howling and the waves are tumbling, especially from a kayak. But if you can find a secluded area, with clear water, you still have a chance.

This overslot red made my day, slurping up a 425 shrimp.

My 2012 DOA Tournament Experience

Before I could blink an eye, this year’s D.O.A. paddlers’ tournament came and went, and what another close finish! Any…»

Kon Tiki is the name of zoffinger's fishing kayak

Poor Man’s Fishing Kayak

Have you ever had those times when you go on YouTube for one purpose in mind, to watch the video, then get on with more productive activities?

All the necessary pieces to install a rudder kit.

Using a Foot Controlled Rudder

Consider installing a foot rudder system if your kayak has problems turning sharply, drift fishing, or tracking in windy days or fast currents.

The Angler's for Awareness event wouldn't be possible without the hard work from the families that put it on.

Fishing for a Cause

Good turnout for the Anglers for Awareness tournament, held to support and raise money to benefit Dandy-Walker Syndrome research.

Mom snapped this picture of me loading up the kayaks for a great day on the water.

How Do Busy People Relax? Go Kayaking!

I was privileged enough to recently have my mom and aunt visit at the same time and catch up a…»

A do-it-yourself kayak cart. Versatile and moderately affordable.

Homemade Kayak Cart

  For those of you that have to travel a distance from your vehicle to your launch point, you know…»

Danny & I with one of many double hookups in the trout hole.

Bittersweet Goodbye and Double Hookups

Recently my good friend Danny Cabo had a promising opportunity to move to North Florida. This was unfortunate because we…»