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Heading to Little Manatee River State Park

Cant wait to get the paddles wet! Big report coming soon….

Paddle Fishing Lake Park In Tampa

No motors allowed here

Great Freshwater Fishing at Lake Park

Time to Catch Some Bass?

Lake Park, a county park in North Tampa, near the corner of Vandyke Road and Dale Mabry, while not a “number one scenic paddle” destination, is a great place to get your line wet and probably catch a bass or 5 while exploring.  There are 2 lakes joined together by a hidden passageway through cat tails in the paddle access area.  There are no houses on these lakes and tons of lily pads and bass habitat.

Renting a canoe is only 20 bucks for 4 hours, or you can launch your own kayak or canoe just for the Park’s entry fee of 5.00.

On the day son Jake and I decided to try out the canoe launch, I almost didn’t even bring a rod and reel.  Came back for it at the last minute.  I would have been so mad at myself if I hadn’t gone back.

Both lakes are small, and for a paddle experience only, would have been disappointing.  You can paddle the perimeter of both in about an hour and a half.  It’s pretty, but much is covered with lily pads, and the noise of the traffic on VanDyke does not make it a get-away-from-it-all experience.  However, for those who hunt fish, it was a revelation!

We quickly found them on the edge of the lily pads and worked the perimeter of lake one with plastic soft baits.  We  caught a lot of fish!  Then we discovered the passageway to lake two. It seemed that’s where they were on this day.   There were rats and there were big-uns, all with that heart stopping splashy fight that makes bass fishing so much fun!  The biggest chose my lure to gulp and gave me a delightful classic bass fight I hadn’t enjoyed for a long time!  Looked to be about a 5 pounder.  We stayed out the entire 4 hours and never saw another canoe or kayak until we were coming in.

When we brought back our canoe keys and gear to the Ranger Station, he seemed surprised we’d stayed out the whole time.  Apparently, many people don’t enjoy slogging through lily pads on their paddle.   We told him we could hardly wait to come back with the kayaks and he said launching was free with kayaks and come on back.

So just a heads up paddlers… head on out to Lake Park and enjoy a little bass fishing action. Bring your own boat or rent theirs, just don’t forget your fishing tackle   You’ll enjoy a great combo experience.

January in Florida: Perfect Paddle Weather

Who’d of Thunk It?

We have had one heck of a January in  Central Florida:   Temperatures in the 80’s, not much rain, perfect paddle weather.   The number of days where kayaking has been possible, far exceeded our ability to get out and paddle.  Hopefully other paddlers have been able to enjoy some of these perfect days.

This trip on the Mayaka River on  January 4th show’s just how warm it’s been.  Beautiful isn’t it?

Trees are even getting tricked into coming out in their spring green clothes.  Robins are flying around and flowering trees are starting to but out as well.

If you and your party are itching to get away from cold and get out on the water, come on down and pick up a paddle.  You won’t be sorry.

If you are an angler, you’re probably having some great luck right now.  The trout and redfish are  going crazy.  If you don’t know where to find em?  Call Derek Burgos of PHATFISH Kayak Charters.  He’ll take you on a kayak fishing trip you’ll never forget!  He even has a special right now.. 50 bucks off a kayak fishing charter.   Fishing with Derek is a fun event.  Even if you are local, he’ll show you some techniques and give you a good idea of how it’s done.  You can consider it fishing tuition.  Plus, you get to fish in the Diablo kayaks, a great platform for kayak fishing.

Yep,  it is hard not to feel sorry for those shivering in the colder climates.  We are so lucky here in Florida!

Paddle on folks!

How To Use Easy2Hook Fish Hooks

New Video For Easy2Hook

You’ve wondered about those “Easy2Hook” fishing hooks. Do they really work?  How does one tie one on? This just bout eliminates any obstacle for using the Easy2Hook fishing hooks.  Plus there is a new way of tying on the Easy2Hook ! Don’t worry, it’s still easy and in the video!

Check it out….  We’ve got ’em for sale, right here at Native Paddler Just click here for more info and to purchase

Florida Guided Paddle Trips

Visiting? Try These Guided Paddle Tours!

Florida is the home of many majestic and scenic rivers. Your trip to Florida should not be complete without enjoying at least one paddle trip.   Some companies excel at getting you on the water and paddling these beautiful spots. One of our favorites is  Adventure Outpost located in High Springs Florida just outside of Gainesville.  This area is the Springs Heartland of Florida and home to some of Florida’s most loved spring fed rivers.   But Adventure Outpost doesn’t limit its tours just to North Florida Rivers,  Adventure Outpost schedules guided trips on over 40 rivers in Florida.


If you’ve been dying to see a manatee, some of the winter trips Adventure Outpost has planned will leave the guesswork out of your dream.  Florida springs in the winter are regularly inundated with scores of Manatees, and AO will find the right spring to paddle  where you will definitely have encounters.

Hanker a romantic moonlight trip? Every full moon Adventure Outpost plans at least one night trip to enjoy spectacular paddling on the Santa Fe by moonlight.

History Paddle Tours let you explore the history and prehistory of some of North Florida’s most scenic and remote rivers.  These tours, and many of the trips by Adventure Outpost are Led by Lars Anderson a local history writer,  naturalist, and experienced paddle guide.

For more information, click their logo above and go visit their site.  I’m sure you will find a gentle paddling adventure that will make your Florida visit special!


YOU! On The Cover of Florida Sportsman Magazine

Had a great catch lately? Or a great catch ever? Florida Sportsman Magazine will put you on the cover and send you a framed copy. Really! Visit this link to Florida Sportsman Magazine, upload your favorite fishing photo of yourself, and you’ll get a magazine cover for your wall. You can even customize it.

Talk about a conversation piece! Makes a great gift too.  What fun! You know you want to tell that fishing story again, about the one that didn’t get away! Now you’ll have plenty of excuses!

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.

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.


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