Chris Paglinawan

Chris Paglinawan is a name often associated with the upper echelon of kayak angling talent.  A record setting skin diver, Chris has used his knowledge of the underwater realm to become one of the world’s master anglers, setting kayak-based records and gathering tournament trophies along the way.  Combining a quiet stoke with humility and passion, Chris is known as a hard-charging and determined leader within the sport.

What first drew you to this style of angling? When was that?

I fished off boats ever since I was a little kid, and I dove off kayaks as I got older.  So, then I put two and two together, and I started kayak fishing.  I started kayak fishing about 9 years ago.

Do you remember the first fish that you caught from a kayak?

The first fish I caught was a small papio.

As the winner of the 2010 Oahu Black Diamond series, a four part tournament lasting two seasons, you bested some of the top kayak anglers in the islands.  Describe to us what it is like to compete in – and win – such a lengthy and endurance-based tournament.

My strategy is to take one tournament at a time.  I stick to my plan for each tournament, whether it’s plan A or B.  I never give up, and I fish until the end.  A little luck doesn’t hurt either.

What food and/or music fuels your drive to the put-in?

I drink Monster energy drinks to keep me going.

With regard to kayak angling, what issues are important to you? What, if anything, can be done about them?

Safety is an important issue.  You should always carry a VHF radio, utilize a life vest, fish with a buddy, always let someone on shore know where you’ll be fishing, know your grounds, and know your limitations.

You have been participating in the sport for nine years.  What changes have you seen during this lengthy tenure?

The growth of this sport is tremendous.  The way kayaks are built today, and the technology of fishing supplies (fish finders, GPS, fishing reels, lures, etc.) enables fisherman today to catch and land bigger and better fish.

Barring money or logistics, what is your dream kayak angling trip?

My dream kayak fishing trip would be to go to the Big Island to fish with Andy Cho.

You have been referred to as one of Hawaii’s top skin divers, and your record 87 pound ono provides much evidence to the claim.  How has your knowledge of the underwater world made in impact with your kayak angling technique?

After all my years of skin diving, I have a better knowledge of the fish that I am hunting, what they eat, where they feed, the ocean currents. This all betters my technique of fishing.

What’s in your milk crate?

In my milk crate there is a whole lot of luck!

Tell us about your best day on the water.

My best day would have to be out at one of my spots, with decent size yellow fin tunas busting water all around the kayak.  I was taking double hits after double hits.  I ended up with four yellow fin tunas averaging twenty pounds, and a mahi mahi about twenty-five pounds.  Then I went out the very next day and did it all over again.  I ended the second day with five yellow fin tunas.

What is the kayak fishing lifestyle?

To me, the kayak fishing lifestyle is to be out on the water with friends, and the challenge of hooking up big.

Tell us a story, any story.

One day, while I was on the water, a school of yellow fin tuna ranging in size from 50 to 70 pounds swam under my kayak and started eating all my chum.  Then I hooked up to a 66 pounder, which took me for a ride and a half an hour fight.

What does the future hold for you?

Hopefully the future holds a yellow fin tuna about 150lbs.

 

 

One Response to “Chris Paglinawan”

  1. craig davis says:

    I love the ono pic! Great report. Men of few words are the ones who know the most. Thanks

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