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January 16, 2014

Kayak bass fishing

Have you ever come across a really good-looking river, backwater, or small lake and thought “if I could only get my bass boat in there?”  That used to happen to me all the time.  Don’t get me wrong…. I can get my Suzuki/Triton bass boat in some pretty small backwaters (like I did at the Sabine River), but in many cases there is no ramp or the water is too shallow.  Now that I have started kayak bass fishing, there is really no place that I can’t get into.

A good friend of mine, Drew Russell, started competing in kayak bass fishing tournaments several years ago, and told me how much fun he was having fishing these small rivers and lakes.  It sounded like a blast and I was really interested, but the only problem for me was that I wasn’t wild about fishing sitting down.  Standing up in a bass boat for many years has spoiled me, and not to mention that I am too tall to fit in many of the kayaks on the market.  I never got one, and I lived vicariously through Drew as he caught one big bass after another on these untapped, small fisheries.

Thankfully, this past summer I was introduced to a kayak that is designed to allow the user to stand up and fish safely and effectively.  The name is Freedom Hawk, and it’s a kayak that has two outriggers at the rear of the hull that fold in and out to create a very stable fishing platform.  It floats in just a couple of inches and is light enough for me to load on my Tundra’s roof rack by myself.  I got mine in late summer, and didn’t waste any time to trick mine out.  It is designed to use with a trolling motor, so I went with super-fast transom mount trolling motor and a lightweight lithium battery from Lithium Pros.  I also installed a HDS 5 sounder/GPS, and extra rod holders.  The only thing that my kayak is missing is the Power Pole Micro that will be installed shortly.  The Micro anchor will make fishing out of my Freedom Hawk even easier as it will anchor me in current on the rivers I fish. Read More over on

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