The Aquahunters

With regard to kayak angling, few geographic areas can offer deep historical reflections paired with contemporary significance.  With a past woven to the sea, the Hawaiian islands are a land where people have fished from small vessels for countless generations.  It is also a place where the modern inception of the sport is rife with talent, culture, competition, and promotion.  The impetus for the creation of this issue began in simple form – to explore, through conversations and photographs, the kayak angling lifestyle as it pertains to the individuals practicing the sport in the 50th state.

For many kayak anglers living in the northern latitudes, the onset of winter can bring with it a new set of challenges.  Early morning outings can often begin with the rigorous use of an ice scraper.  After-work sessions are cut short by dwindling daylight, and once peaceful waters can turn inaccessible.  It is thus our hope that this celebration of Hawaii’s anglers also offers a respite from the cold, and, perhaps, by way of blue water images and tales of marlin-focused battles, provides a bit of warmth as we head into the final week of December.

Though one of the most geographically isolated areas in the world, the Hawaiian islands are home to a group that truly embodies the most commonly found aspects of kayak angling.  The Aquahunters, a fishing club started in 2005, contains within its ranks anglers known worldwide for their abilities to land record-setting fish, dominate tournaments, and push the boundaries and limits of the sport.  When discussions directed at debating the identity of the planet’s most talented kayak angler emerge, club members Andy Cho and Chris Paglinawan frequently lead the list of nominees. However, one easily gets the feeling that, should record books and media attention cease to exist, The Aquahunters would still be on the water pursuing their passion and doing their part to ensure that all kayak anglers, regardless of fame or status, remain safe and enjoy the simple joys of catching fish from kayaks.

 

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