A Life Ingrained

Kayak anglers are, by nature, a passionate lot. Rare is the practitioner that views himself as a passing hobbyist; for many, taking part in the sport brings to the self a strong and true sense of identification. The pathway paving the change from curious observer to card-carrying member is short and often marked by a few forum posts or boat ramp conversations with those already ingrained into the life. A myriad of causation fuels this phenomenon, from the infectious altruism of our brethren to the relative ease with which one can humbly enter our world. To delve further into cultural etiology is an exercise best left to another issue; the current collection of interviews eschews causation for celebration, and gathers conversations with three anglers whose life’s are tightly entwined with the sport.

In terms of intimate involvement, it takes a lot to stand out amongst the past and present throng of kayak-based fishers. Nearly all of us have arrived at school or work stained with saltwater or smelling of neoprene. Many are the eternally car-topped boats, and many more are the transferred gigabytes of nautical charts and forum-derived angling reports. It does, however, invoke a special respect when one learns of a fisherman uprooting his life to move to the farthest reaches of the country with hopes of starting a guiding business in an area nearly devoid of like-minded folks. Or when one scans the resume of an angler credited with starting a regional club, bringing to life a collegiate competition, birthing a HOW chapter, and making time to rack up an even lengthier list of citation catches. Equally inspiring is the story of the man who penned one of the most read kayak fishing tomes, started one of the nation’s largest clubs, and continually balances a trio of jobs that ensure responsible approaches to the pursuit.

It is through these interviews that we hope to spread the aforementioned infectious altruism that is so pervasive amongst the role models of our sport. Aside from the physical marks left on our world, these three men have touched thousand of anglers, through their own boat ramp conversations and internet-based posts, in ways intangible.

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