Archive for January, 2011

Drew Gregory Coosa Kayak Designer Goose Attack

Drew Gregory, designer of the new Jackson Kayak “Coosa”  will be on TV twice tonight.  Both America’s Funniest Home Videos, and When Vacations Attack are airing a clip of Drew getting attacked by a goose while fishing.  It’s pretty funny. The link to the travel channel version is below. The original video is here as well

The geese have been  hanging out around Drew’s kayak for about an hour.   Drew is mildly telling him to go away or he’ll get hooked. The Goose apparently didn’t like his tone.

Here is Drew’s original YouTube video with the WHOLE story of Drew Gregory, fishing in his kayak, and the attack.

Paddling Clam Bayou With Ed Halm

Ed Halm Backwater PaddlesEd Halm, inventor of the “Backwater Paddle” Series drove over from Cocoa Beach to meet up, kayak in tow. Native Paddler has been pretty obsessed with Ed’s invention ever since we first layed eyes on Ed’s innovative kayak “hand paddle” the “piranha.”

The hand paddle concept makes it a lot of sense, not only to sneak up on fish but also to maneuver in deep backwaters. You can stow your “biggie” as you fish your way along, and have a free hand for your rod, camera or gun. It’s unique hook and gripper design is useful as heck.

When Ed arrived he was bearing a gift of the new prototype full size kayak paddle: The RAPTOR. The Raptor uses the same hook and teeth design that Ed Patented. Could not wait to try it out!    After a quick lunch at Tangelo’s in downtown Gulfport Fl, we headed straight over to Clam Bayou for a test paddle.  Ed does Eco tours in Cocoa Beach in the Indian River Estuary and was a wealth of information even to a Florida Native.  It was a foggy even at midday which added some additional texture to our paddle.   Dolphins were feeding with a frenzy at the mouth leading to Boca Ceiga Bay.  Birds were everywhere: Ibis, Tricolor Herons, Great blues, Egrets, Kingfishers, Red Shouldered Hawks, Ospreys, Wood Storks.  It was a great trip.

Part of the fun was testing the Raptor.  It paddled great, couldn’t really tell a difference even though the blade was not traditional.  So what’s so great about this design, you wonder?   The Piranha, Predator and the upcoming Raptor edges have both a hook and a sawtooth design on the bottom. The teeth are useful for many things: Pushing off from a dock, a slippery log or a rock without slipping, The hook is useful as well allowing you to hook over a branch, a cleat, a line, or to another kayak when trying to come along side. Check the Paddle Blades out

Well, what about the Raptor performance you ask? If you were going to be in a kayak race, or were paddling open water for distance? Maybe this wouldn’t be the first choice from your paddle inventory. But paddling the backwater, not on a big mission? You’ll want your Raptor! There was little difference in performance under those conditions and much more functionality. You’ll get hooked on it quick!

The Raptor is not available yet, but i will be letting you know when it is. In fact, subscribing to our list will get you very first hand knowledge of it’s availability.

There are a few more secret plans in the works.. so stay tuned for updates!
OH…. Dealer Inquiries are Welcome. Just drop us line using the contact us form. We’ll get back to you promptly!

Heading out to paddle around a bit…and THANK YOU ED for the Raptor!

Anglers, Try Easy2Hook, No Knot Fish Hooks

Easy2Hook..Could it be a fishing revolution?

Every now and then, a fishing tool comes along that makes you wonder how you ever fished without it.  The Easy2hook hook system is one of those.   Tying on your hook is one of the first lessons most anglers learn as kids. However, Mom or Dad usually do a lot of hook tying at first!   Mastering strategic fishing knots has always been  an essential part of fishing.  Does the Easy2hook change all this? It truly could.

The eye of the hook was never hard to find when you were 12, 24, or 35 but hmmm now that (cough) maturity has set in a bit, it can sometimes be a squinty challenge, or at least take a couple of stabs to get the line through.  This frustrating situation can be even more daunting when there is urgency involved, IE when there are fish rolling all around you and you have to replace or change out your hook.  Lets face it,  stabbing your line through the eye of the hook isn’t the only issue here either!  Even the simplest knot can sometimes take a couple of attempts to tie, specially with cold, slimy or wet hands or if you  might have a little stiffness in your fingers.  Do you night fish?  Hmmm,  imagine being able to secure your hook without really being able to see it!  Do you fish with limp braided line?  Not a problem with the Easy2Hook. No multiple attempts necessary and no line strength is lost! While certainly not limited to kayak anglers, the easy2hook system is perfect for us!

Rigging your hook has never been easier

Enter the Easy2Hook system!  Easy2hook requires no fishing knot at all!  You don’t even have to thread an eye on these fish hooks.   How can that be, you ask?   On each hook there is a tiny ball and the eye is an open twist.  You simply loop your line around the ball, wrap it to the open eye and run the line through the opening.  It only takes about a second!  NO line strength is lost, no knot is tied, you can now trim your tag end, and you are  hooked up and ready to fish!

These fish hooks are not only great for mature anglers,  they will make any angler’s life easier!  Fishing guides, kayak anglers, kids, and folks with disabilities, why struggle when attempting to tie on a hook?

End the struggle and order Easy2Hook today!

The hook point is razor sharp, the way you like ’em. The finish is black and the Easy2hook system is available in all popular sizes and configurations:  Circle hooks, o’shaughnessy, Aberdeen.  Might as well get a few packs, cuz you’re going to want them and so are your friends!

OH… once you try this hook, you’re gonna say: Wow.. wish they made these for lures.  Well, we do! It’s called a “lure Adaptor.  They come in 3 sizes. You’ll see them in the lineup below.

At the present we are no longer processing orders for these great hooks!  Go Directly to Outdoor Specialty Innovations for your purchase. You will love them!

Circle hook sizes from 1/0 to 5/0

6Pak E2H Circle Hooks $4.99

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The famous O’Shaughnessy Hooks Easy2hook style!

Available from 1/0 to 5/0

Shipped in Packs of 6

6 Pak E2H O’Shaughnessy Hooks  $4.39


The Easy2Hook  Aberdeen

Also called the “live worm” hook

Available in Sizes from #6 to 2/0

Size 6 to size 1 $3.29

Size 1/0 and 2/0 $4.39

Shipped in Packs of 6

6 Pak E2H Aberdeen



E2H Lure Adaptor Lure adapters attach with a split ring (not included)  to your lure. Rig your lures ahead of time for quick  (loop, wrap, pull) lure replacement and the strength and reliability of Easy2Hook!


Dealer inquiries welcome! Just fill out contact form and you will be contacted promptly!

Extreme Kayak Fishing:Man Vs Marlin

Okay, this is not a Florida Kayak Fishing video, BUT anyone who fishes from a kayak has got to enjoy this video of these kayak anglers VS Marlin off the coast of Panama. Jim Sammons with World Fishing Network has a fish on of major proportion. For more extreme fishing video visit The World Fishing Network’s blog post : Most Dangerous Ways To Fish

There are more great video’s on the site that will knock your fishin’ socks off!  Enjoy…

Thanks to Kayak Angler Magazine for Sharing!

Myakka River State Park Makes Top 10 2011 Paddle Trips

“The Paddling Guru” from Perception Kayak, has released the top 10 paddle trips for 2011 and Myakka River State Park near Sarasota was number 3 on the list.  Myakka River was the only Florida Destination on the list, but the other trips are great to dream about!  Visit Perception Kayak to view the list and plan your year of paddling!

Florida’s Myakka River,  is one of two Florida rivers designated by the State as a  Wild and Scenic River.  It is a beautiful paddle. If you long to see alligators you WILL see them on the Myakka river!  All 14 miles of paddling trails exist within the park boundaries with various put in points.

Myakka River State Park offers camping, camping cabins, rental kayaks and canoes and is one of Florida’s most popular State Park destinations.   In addition to paddling, there are 37 miles of hiking trails and Myakka River State Park is also Horse Friendly with corrals and trails to ride with your horse.

Want more info?  Visit  Myakka River State Park online

Planning a trip to Myakka State Park? Let us know! Been there? Tell us about it! What was your experience?

Monster Redfish Tournament 1st Place Winner: Derick Burgos

In the First Leg of  Kayak Fishing ClassicS tournament Derick Burgos once again rules the roost by taking first in  The Old Tampa Bay Monster Redfish Tournament. Derrick’s top two reds for the day were 29.5 and 24.75 inches.  Nice catch Derick, Congratulations!

Second place was won by team member Shawn Neurath. Shawn’s winning fish were 22.5 and 27.75.

Shawn and Derrick both fish the slotlimit radio / Diablo Paddle sports team.  Both guys were paddling brand new Diablo Kayaks in the event.

3RD place was won by JB Smith, with a 27 and 24 inch fish.

Mark Knowles, defending champion took 4th place, with Walt Ruda taking 5th.

The baits of the day were DOA softbaits and High Roller lures.

View Official Results and more here:   Kayak Fishing Classics

Next UP coming Kayak Fishings ClassicS Tournament is The Snook, Trout, Redfish Slam Classic!

March 12th, Billy’s Stone Crab Restaraunt

Fishing Ft Desoto.

Kayak Anglers Catch More Fish With This Paddle

Kayak Anglers Must Have This Paddle!

Have you ever looked at a product that is overwhelmingly simple, but you realize you have to have one and will never be without it again?  This invention is one of those and everybody who fishes in skinny water estuaries, shrouded with mangroves is going to want this anglers dream kayak paddle BAD!

The OLD scenario is this:  You’ve made the perfect cast right under an overhanging bough of a mangrove.  You almost got snagged but the needle was threaded perfectly and your lure dropped in right where you wanted it.   A breeze pops up and blows you towards your cast and towards the mangroves.  DRAT you get your 7 foot paddle out of your lap.  You try to bend it against the elbow of your rod hand to scoot your kayak back a bit, because now you are way too close. Your line is slacking alarmingly.   You manage to leverage back but the bow swings the wrong way and heck, you just reel in and put your rod in the holder so you can reposition to try again.

Those days are over my friend!  Read the rest of this entry »

Kayak Review: The Coosa By Jackson Kayak

Jackson Kayak has long been known for their whitewater boats. This is their first foray into the fishing kayak realm but it looks like they have a definite winner!

Designed by Drew Gregory, professional kayak fisherman, The Coosa has some interesting features I’ve never seen before on a fishing kayak. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Paddlers! Welcome to Native Paddler…

Florida Paddlers… We are here for you!

Give us a day or two and you’ll find a lot kayak and canoe paddling info on Native Paddler. Our aim is to be the best info site for paddle sports in Florida.   We will post trips, fishing tournaments, tides, weather and more for our great Florida region.  We want your participation! Did you Paddle this weekend? Where did you go? What did you do? Did you camp? Did you Fish? We want to know, heck Florida Paddlers will want to know!

If you have an article to submit about a trip you took, we are ready to publish you.  Pictures of the big one you caught in skinny backwaters? Post it!   Instructions will follow!

Thanks for Visiting and get ready to use Native Paddler as your source for great kayak and Canoe adventures in Florida.


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