Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Successful Last Minute Decision - by Anthony Reid



Anthony Reid - Nanaimo, BC Canada

This past weekend was a short, successful kayak fishing trip. I had decided late Friday evening after my previous plans had fallen through, that I was going to try my luck at fishing the mouth of the Little Qualicum river. I’ve heard nothing but great news over the past few weeks of how great the coho and spring fishing was going around that area so I thought I’d better give it a shot and am I ever glad I did!

My friend Matt had decided to join me (again, last minute) and we made plans to be on the water for 9:00am as slack tide was 10:00am. We didn’t even know where we were going but found a beautiful launch site half a kilometer from the mouth. When we got there, the tide was out so we had to drag our yaks over what seemed to be 18 city blocks of beach. We had finally reached the water and it was now 10:15am and the end of slack tide. There were a ton of boats, float tubes and fly fishermen peppered everywhere. We hadn’t even been there an hour and I could her a couple boaters talking about another spot (not kayak do-able in a days paddling) where double headers were abundant. It wasn’t long after, nearly every power boat had reeled in and left this ‘so called’ hot spot we were currently paddling in. I had started asking the handful of remaining diehards how their luck was and not one person had a good thing to say. I put a 4oz. banana weight, no flasher and a 5 inch green, white and black Coyote spoon on. Matt and I then decided that we would troll north past the mouth then back too our launch site. Lets just say, what happened next was NOT what I was expecting.

Literally after about 100 paddle strokes of our decision, my rod went nuts. I thought it was another rock fish but when my line started to travel horizontally, I knew I had something worth getting excited about. I yelled back to Matt that I had something on, he reeled up and paddled close to see the commotion. It was about a 10 min. fight until i saw silver shine coming from the end of my line. I grabbed my net that I thought was large enough to bring a fish this size but i was wrong, man, was I wrong. 

I took about 5 attempts trying to manipulate him into the net but it just wasn’t working. Meanwhile, I’m yelling and using words for adult ears only thinking he was going to spit the hook at any moment. Angrily I took one more shot and then the worst happened. He dove underneath my kayak opposite to the side I was playing him and well, dragged me in with him. (No lies). The combination of my weight being on the one side, the fish going to the other and the fact that I simply got caught in the moment lead to this. My kayak stayed expensive side up but I was now in the water, holding onto the side of the boat with one hand the rod with the other. Matt paddled over to me and took the rod so I could climb back in. I’m now in my kayak but my paddle is about 30 ft away (I'll be sure to use my Scotty Paddle Leash next time) and my friend is playing my fish so I’m not asking him to help. I used my net to propel myself over to my paddle and start over again. Once I reached Matt, he handed me the rod back and grabbed his net to seal the deal. If he didn’t smell so bad I could have kissed him (you too Matt.) The fish ended up being a 15lb. chinook salmon. I was soaked through to my birthday suit, angry, happy and ecstatic all at the same time. It’s now 12:30 pm and it’s time to go home…
 
The best last minute decision I’ve ever made.

Anthony Reid
Scotty Fishing Products Pro-Staff
Alberni Outpost Pro-Staff
Johnson Outdoors Pro-Staff
TheFishWhisperer.ca Pro-Staff
BC Fishin' Pro-Staff

www.twitter.com/AnthonyYakFish
www.instagram.com/anthonyreid12
Since moving to Vancouver Island at the of age 5, I picked up my first fishing rod and the sport quickly became my favorite hobby, my passion and one might even go as far as calling it a priority. At the age of 10, my family was fortunate enough to move to, and care-take, a remote lodge in the Broughton Island group where I bought my first boat with the money I had earned from cleaning the visitors’ catches. This is where I really became familiar with fishing techniques for a wide variety of salt water species.
Upon moving back to ‘reality’ a few years later I took to fresh water fishing as I no longer had unlimited access to the ocean. Since then, I have fished every corner of the island for a wide variety of species whether it be salt or fresh, boat or on foot. I first tried kayak fishing a few years back in a SOT [sit on top] kayak I borrowed from a friend and it’s safe to say I was completely sold on the concept.
It was shortly after that I had bought my own kayak, I sold my aluminum boat and have never looked back. I love the fact that I can launch my kayak literally anywhere, either fresh or salt with little to no effort. Deep pockets are not required and it’s great exercise. The saying “the fish was so big it pulled my boat around” is no longer a tall tale.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

SNEAK PEEK: More new Scotty products shipping fall 2014!

Scotty has been working hard since 1952 to deliver quality gear, and is continuously innovative within the fishing industry every year! We are very excited to introduce more new items to our Scotty product line that will benefit both the sport fishing and paddle sport communities.    

(Click on images below to enlarge.)


>> 423 Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter

Turn your downrigger mount into a rod holder mount with our new 423 Downrigger Rod Holder Adapter. In combination with a 241 or 241L Mount, easily place the adapter on top of your 1023 Tilt-up Mounting Bracket, and select your favourite rod holder and you’re ready to go. Built to last with rugged engineering grade nylon. *241L Combination Side/Deck Mount, 1023 Tilt-Up Mounting Bracket, 1026 Swivel Mount and 400 Orca Rod Holder not included.



>> 3134 Locking Plates

Works in conjuction with your existing mounting knobs and padlocks of your choice. Works with all Scotty tilt-up Electric and Manual downriggers and the Scotty Line Puller. Manufactured using rugged fiber reinforced engineering grade nylon molded over a robust stainless steel plate. * This system provides a degree of protection for your Scotty Downrigger and Swivel Mount. It is not designed to, and will not stop a determined and equipped thief. *Padlocks not included.



>> 441 Backing Plate

Use the Scotty Backing Plate to add structural support when attaching the Scotty 241L / 241 Combination Side / Deck Mount or the Scotty 244L / 244 Flush Deck Mount to thin-walled watercraft. Made with super tough, rugged engineering grade nylon. Stainless steel nuts & machine screws included.



>> 342 Glue-on Paddle Clip

Our super-strong paddle clip now comes with the option of a glue-on mounting pad. This versatile product is great for any inflatable watercraft, including kayaks and SUP’s where drilling holes is not an option. Using marine grade adhesive, mount the low profile 324 in a convenient location and simply snap in your paddle.



Be sure to check out our new 433 Coaming / Gunnel Clamp Mount with Gear-Head attachment too! 

*Please note that all items will hopefully be shipping fall 2014, and may not be available at retail dealers until winter months etc.* 



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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

WINNER: 2014 Hot Summer Giveaway


Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2014 Hot Summer Giveaway on Instagram this year! We had lots of great fishing photos to choose from and it was certainly hard picking a winner. Keep posting up your great fishing photos and use our official hashtag #TheWayToFish to still be entered to win our Fan Pic of the Week announced every Monday morning.


We would like to congratulate this years winner Jessica Landry (@jessicalandry_) who will be taking home a new 2500 Line Puller or 1099 Electric Downrigger! Jessica has been posting great pictures and you can tell that she is truly passionate about fishing. Great job Jessica!

Wishing everyone a safe and great rest summer. Thank you again for your continued support and participation. Tight lines and happy fishing!


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Thursday, 10 July 2014

It's going to be one hot #ScottySummer - Instagram Photo Contest Giveaway!


Scotty is very excited to be hosting our 3rd Annual Hot Summer Giveaway on Instagram!


This year we will be giving you a chance at winning a new Line Puller or Depthpower Electric Downrigger by posting your favorite fishing photos on Instagram!



INSTAGRAM CONTEST DETAILS:


1.)
Follow @ScottyProducts on Instagram.

2.)
Post great fishing photos of yourself alone, with friends or family and include the hashtags #ScottySummer and #TheWayToFish.

3.) Be sure to also include our Instagram handle by mentioning @ScottyProducts in your photo description. That’s it! You’ve officially been entered into our photo contest! Tag your fishing friends in your post if you think they would be interested in entering this great contest - Good luck!


Our photo contest giveaway will be running until Monday, August 18, closing at 12:00 am PST (winner of the Hot Summer Giveaway Photo Contest will be announced Tuesday morning after 7:00am PST and will be notified via Instagram. The winner will also be announced to other social networks also.)

* Winner must reside and have a valid shipping address within the continent of North America. * Please see contest poster above on how to enter this Instagram only photo contest and for additional Giveaway Terms & Conditions.




Remember to use the hash tag #TheWayToFish all year long, as you might just also be our "Fan Pic of the Week”. New winner announced every Monday!  <*((((((>{

Thursday, 3 July 2014

SNEAK PEEK: Coaming / Gunnel Clamp Mount


 Introducing the 433 Kayak
Coaming / Gunnel Clamp Mount!

433 shown with Scotty Height Extenders, Bait Caster Rod Holder
and Anchor Lock.  All sold separately. 

Position your rod holder or Scotty accessory virtually anywhere on the lip of your kayak's coaming. Built tough from rugged engineering grade nylon, the 433 revolutionizes the way your can fish from your sit-in kayak. 
433 shown with Bait Board, Sea-Light and Bait Caster
Rod Holder.  All sold separately. 

The attached Gear-Head mount allows you to quickly change rod holder positions with a simple twist. Easily fasten the 433, drop and lock your favourite Scotty Rod Holder or accessory and start fishing! 
A non-permanent solution for mounting fishing gear to your watercraft and getting you out there! 


*Shipping Summer/Fall 2014

* Scotty Accessories and Rod Holders sold separately

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Draw of Kayak Fishing - by Mike Zilkowsky



In the past few years, chances are that you have seen more than a few anglers fishing out of kayaks. With a closer view, you will see that these anglers are rigged up and ready to give any fish a run for its money.

Over the past few years, kayak fishing has become the fastest growing area of the fishing industry. More manufacturers are jumping on board and we are starting to see kayaks that are built as pure fishing machines. Let me explain why this has become such a popular way to fish:

An angler can get a fishing kayak, paddle and PFD for around $500 on the bottom end. Average prices for a fishing kayak, good paddle and good PFD will be closer to $1500 with the top end being closer to $3000. While the high end kayaks are out of reach for a lot of anglers; an investment of $1500 will get you into a great fishing kayak, a lightweight paddle and a PFD designed for kayak fishing.


Fishing kayaks come in two flavors, the traditional sit-in kayak and the sit-on-top kayak. Both have advantages and disadvantages. More and more though, anglers are favoring the sit-on-
top kayak for the limitless possibilities of rigging options and stability. They say “necessity is the mother of invention” and let me tell you, invention has favored the fishing kayak! Newer hull designs provide more stability than ever before and continuing advancements in seat designs allow anglers to comfortably be on the water for 10-12+ hours. Fishing kayaks are making waves in mainstream fishing scenes and streams.


No longer do anglers have to drive around looking for a boat launch. They simply unload their kayak from their vehicle, throw their gear in and head out fishing. With the new plastics being used for the hulls and integrated skid plates on the stern, these kayaks can be dragged through the bush or across the ground to the launch. Add on a kayak cart and you have an easy method to transport your kayak across that crowded, paved, parking lot and avoid the wait at the launch. For me, the cost was a huge incentive. For less than $2000; I had a fishing machine that required no trailer, no insurance and no costly fuel to power it. I could fish any body of water that I could walk to and I wasn’t wishing that those remote lakes had a boat launch. One of the biggest advantages of kayak fishing is the ability to load your kayak onto any vehicle and head out. Whether you are loading up kayaks on your truck, a minivan or small car; you can fish from a kayak without having to upgrade your current vehicle.


Innovations in kayak paddles have pushed the boundaries and allowed for the creation of super lightweight paddles made from incredibly durable materials. No longer are anglers paddling around with an aluminum paddle. Today’s paddles are made from carbon fiber and fiberglass. With options like ergonomic bent shafts, lure retrieval hooks and integrated measuring devices; kayak paddles have advanced beyond expectations. No longer are the days of just grabbing a paddle and heading out. Now you can have your paddle matched for the type of paddler you are and what you want to use it for. These paddles now weigh 25-32 oz and range in size from 185 cm to 250 cm. Trust me when I say that the change has been great. My first paddle was a basic aluminum paddle with plastic blades. I’m now on the kayak with an adjustable length carbon fiber paddle that has an ergo shaft and foam core. I can barely tell that I have anything in my hands while I am out on the water fishing.

Gratefully gone are the days of a life jacket that is one size fits all. With numerous personal flotation device manufacturers out there, the PFD is now selected based on comfort, size, gender and intended use. Companies are now constantly listening to their pro-staff and consumers for creative input. PFDs of today are designed to replace the old bulky, bright orange lifejackets with sleek, well designed, comfortable jackets that anglers will actually wear for the entire day on the water. Kayak fishing specific PFDs now come with mesh lower backs for comfort, multiple pockets for gear and new foam technology to reduce the bulk. Add in the fact that most now have 7-9 adjustment buckles and multiple gear pockets and it is easy to see why anglers are comfortable wearing these all day on the


I could get into the specific gear used by kayak anglers for outfit their kayaks, but it varies based on personal preference and different species the angler is pursuing. One thing for certain is that kayak manufacturers are constantly striving to improve their designs and incorporate built in rod holders, sonar and transducer mounts and integrated tackle storage.

We are now seeing that more and more stores in Canada and the US are seeing the benefit of stocking fishing kayaks and making it easier for anglers to access the gear. With more anglers realizing that they can fish waters that were inaccessible before and get a little exercise, there is a constant increase in the popularity of the sport. I, for one, am very happy to see that.


Here in Alberta, we now have 2 kayak fishing events each year. The first, the Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic, is held in June and is open to any angler in a solo manpowered craft. Over the past 4 years, this tournament has continued to grow and is now attracting attention from anglers outside Alberta and large fishing gear manufacturers who are donating great gear for the anglers to win. The second, more of a fun get-together than a tournament, is held in September as a last hoorah for bragging rights until next year.


If having the ability to fish any body of water, anywhere, anytime sounds like something you might be interested in, stop by your local kayak store and check out the newest fishing kayaks.

Hopefully, we will see you out paddling on the water.


Mike Zilkowsky
Scotty Fishing Products Pro-Staff
Wilderness Systems Pro-Staff
Adventure Technologies Pro-Staff
www.facebook.com/pikeyaker

https://pikeyaker.wordpress.com


Mike Zilkowsky is an average, ordinary, everyday Alberta fisherman. Only he does it from a kayak in a province where most people fish from an expensive powerboat. His love for fishing and kayak fishing has become his passion and he is an advocate for sustainable fishing practices and kayak fishing in Canada. He is the Tournament Director for the annual Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic and donates proceeds raised at the tournament to the Alberta Fish and Game Association. He also organizes an annual get together of kayak anglers from his Facebook group Kayak Fishing Alberta.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

SCOTTY NEWS: Scotty Fishing Products hits 15K followers on Facebook!

Wow! We passed 15,000 likes on the Scotty Fishing Products Facebook page without even realizing it! Thank you to all of our amazing fans and followers! We are so lucky to have the best customers any brand/company could ask for!


Keep using the hashtag #TheWayToFish and you might just be our next Fan Pic of the Week! 

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