Mark and Kris Lozier

 

The Tuesday night hosts of Kayak Fishing Radio’s, The Double L Show, Mark and Kris Lozier bring to the sport a vibrant and refreshing media offering.  With a combined 12 years of kayak angling experience, The Double L’s are well-versed in the broadcasted topics, and have a true penchant for parlaying their love of the sport into meaningful and entertaining content.  The duo is sponsored by HOOK1 and Columbia Clothing, and Mark is a member of the Native watercraft, Daiwa, Mirrolure, and Aqua Dream Spoons teams.  When not sharing time on the water or in the broadcasting booth, Mark and kris can be found tending to their newest venture, 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services.

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

Mark: 

I was first drawn to kayak fishing for another way to fish other than from my boat. I always loved to wade fish, and was using the kayak to get to shallow flats and areas my boat couldn’t.   I found myself using the kayak more and more and the boat less and less. That was eight years ago.

Kris:

I had no intention of fishing from a kayak. I just wanted to paddle around and enjoy the scenery. Mark handed me a fishing pole and told me to try. That was 4 years ago.

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

Mark:

The first fish I caught from the kayak was a speckled trout.

Kris:

My first fish from the kayak was a red drum.

In the world of sport-specific radio, and really, media in general, your show adds a layer of complexity in that it features two voices and personalities.  Tell us a bit about the creative processes that go into the fabrication of a typical broadcast.

Mark:

Kris and I put a lot of thought into the topics we talk about weekly.  She is more of the creative side of the show. We try to be informative in a general atmosphere.  Not limiting a lot to region or experience levels of our listeners.  For me it’s hard to focus on both chat room and the topic, so Kris keeps the chat room in order and keeps the links on there going, all the while taking her opportunities to press any of the pre-recorded sound buttons she can.  Believe it or not, our listeners help a lot, too.  From the interaction during the show to giving us topics they would like to hear about.

Kris:

What makes our show unique is the fact we are husband and wife that fish together. However, most people that know us will tell you that we do not agree on every subject.  I believe that brings a different perspective to the show.  The two personalities give us the ability to see two ideas on our show’s outcome.

 

 

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

Mark:

If I’m heading to the water by myself, I like to hear Dave Mathews Band version of “Along the Watch Tower.” Kinda weird because, other than that, I’m a country music listener most of the time.

Kris:

We usually stop for cold drinks for the day and the fresh pastry and donut case grabs our attention.  Never a banana – learned that one the hard way. My choice of music would be Cold Play or Adele. Most times our local country music station.

Who, specifically, is shaping the future of kayak angling?

Mark:

I believe that kayak anglers themselves are shaping the future of the sport. By that, I mean the anglers themselves are pushing the limits of the sport, and making the manufacturers of the kayaks and all the accessories have to step up their game and make products better. The sport is still growing and evolving, and if you want to make products that work and last, you better be willing to always be getting better.

Kris:

Parents who take their children fishing. They are our next generation of kayak anglers and need to be nurtured.

 

 

One of your shared passions revolves around a committed involvement with Heroes on the Water.  How did you come to be ambassadors of this cause?

Mark:

Heroes on the Water – I could devote a whole interview to just this topic alone.  Being a Marine back in the 80’s and early 90’s, it holds a special meaning to me.   Being able to give something back to these young men and woman means a lot to us.  Both Kris and I have children older than some of these wounded service members.  That kind of drives it home for us. These could be our kids recovering from battle injuries in a town far from home.

Kris:

Heroes on the Water is single handedly the organization that Mark and I have devoted most of our volunteer time to over the last few years.  It is the least thing I can do to give back to those who gave so much to the service of this country.  The reward is in the outcome.  I had the pleasure of meeting a young man who came up to me and shook my hand and thanked me for doing what we do.  That is reward enough to know you can make a difference, even if only for one day on the water in some one’s life.  As long as there is one person that still wants to go on the water, we will be there.

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

Mark:

One of the important things for me when it comes to kayak fishing is conservation.  Don’t break the toy.  I hate to see people going on a kill fest to prove their fishing skills or not know how to properly handle the fish when caught.  Awareness is a key to this.

Kris:

Conservation.  Be aware of the watershed you are fishing.  That is your neighborhood.  You want to make sure it is still fishable for the next generation.  My hope would be that people take an active role in doing their part by joining the local organizations  in their efforts on conservation.

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

Mark:

A dream fishing trip for me would be a Louisiana skinny water marsh Red Drum trips by day and some relaxing vacation style evenings full of good food and music with Kris, of course.

Kris:

A trip to Florida for some Peacock Bass.

 

 

What’s in your milk crate?

Mark:

My milk crate is full of memories and learning experiences. From the lures I use to the places the crate has been with me.

Kris:

A spare pair of reading glasses, not ready for prescription sunglasses yet.

Tell us about your best day on the water.

Kris:

There have been a few it would be hard to pick just one. However the one that I tell the most these days is when I caught that first Red Drum. From the thrill of landing the fish to holding the fish in my hands for the picture and watching this fish swim away to be caught again. That is the story that defined why I fish, you don’t have to keep what you catch. Catch, Photo, and Release.

What is the kayak fishing lifestyle?

Mark:

The kayak fishing lifestyle gives me the freedom to fish when and where I want.  I don’t need a boat ramp to launch from or a bunch of buddies to go along with me on a boat to share the expenses of fuel.

Kris:

For me it has to do with the kayak I use.  It’s lightweight and has an ease of making it to the water without any help.  Makes me an independent kayak angler.

As one of the few female media personalities in the sport, Kris brings to the table a unique and fresh perspective, and offers a voice to the burgeoning legion of female kayak anglers.  What does this responsibility mean to you?

Kris:

In general, I do not feel or see myself any different because of my gender.  I like to and hold my own with the “guys” I fish with.  However, being a female, I do feel it has helped for woman new to the sport (as someone who is more approachable for them to come to). To me and most other females, there is no gender separation when it comes to kayak fishing.  Truth is, I get a lot of questions from men that want to know how to get their significant others started.  I have never felt or been treated any different by my fellow male anglers.

What does the future hold for you?

Mark:

I look forward to my/our future.  With the launch of 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services this year, I plan to put a lot of energy in that direction.  Not to sound corny, but I really do love this sport, and sharing it with others through guiding and public appearances is what I enjoy.  Some of the reasons for doing Kayak Fishing Radio.  I saw it as another medium to spreading the word.  Of course when all of that is surrounded with my family and good friends I have, my future is looking pretty good.

Kris:

I hope to help Kayak Fishing Radio grow more. Also continue to help others enjoy this style of fishing.

 

One Response to “Mark and Kris Lozier”

  1. Melita Ganoe says:

    Great to hear about another married couple who share the passion for kayak fishing and Heroes on the Water! Keep up the good work you too.

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