I was asked to put together a quick sample of clips to use for a kayaking forum. As long as I have it, I thought I'd share it.
Considering this was my first year really kayak fishing, I got amazingly lucky and managed a few fish. Actually, I think I caught more fish this year than I have in decades. It's mainly because my schedule this summer worked out so I had most of the weekends off. That hasn't happened in nearly a decade.
I'm simply amazed at the new generation of sit on top kayaks. They are the utlimate inn versatility. Obvisously there are limitations but I challenge others to name a fishing platform that can do all of the things I was able to do this year: Shrimping, Cook Inlet spring Kings, cohos, Upper and Lower Kenai, Seward, Whittier, Valdez, and lately Homer feeder kings.
With my kayak, I hit open water in March and I am still fishing late into October and better yet, I am still catching fish...nice fish! I have full intentions of fishing November through February and to catch a fish from a kayak every month of the year. Just simply amazing to me.
While I appreciate all of the comments, many seem to be surprised or think I am just a little bit nuts. But the fact is that anyone can do it and it is safer than you would imagine. This last Friday, I was in 3 to 4 foot waves with the occasional breaking 5 footer. No problems. I would have been nervous in my 21 ft center console with a 150hp engine, let alone in my Kenai river open skiff. My sit on top kayak handled it with ease.
I highly recommend a close look at this kayak fishing whether you are a river, lake or ocean fisher. It can do all three. Not only was it great to lose weight, you just can't beat the economy of stacking a kayak on top of my civic and hitting the water. To do it properly, it's not a cheap way to go like I first thought. My drysuit cost as much as my first kayak. But while economy is there in many ways, it not about saving money. It's about catching fish and the versatility to hit virtually any fishery that is available in Alaska.
So here is a video of my highlights from my video highlights. As much as I tried to shorten it, it's still 11 minutes. You can find the full length videos which are typically 2 to 5 minutes in HD on my blogs at:http://guidesak.blogspot.com
or if you don't want to wade through my ramblings, just go to my youtube channel at : http://www.youtube.com/user/guidesak?feature=mhee
I appreciate all of the compliments, but the best compliment would be to know I encouraged you to go give it a try. But if you do, please do it safely. I tend to push the limits sometime, but there is no need to do that. You will still have a blast and catch fish!
I'm a function over form guy so I don't add music or fancy transitions or backgrounds other than what I can quickly drop in with my software which is currently powerdirector 9 for the PC. I shoot my videos with the gopro 960 (the cheaper version), the olympus stylus tough 8010, and my iphone.
Keep in mind this edit was done so I could supply potential short clips for inclusion into a main kayaking video. I'll try to do a better compilation at the end of the year. Besides, I have two full motnhs of fishing before I can even begin to consider what should make my highlights of 2011. The glass is half full here! I'm sure there will be a few more days that will warn the right to be included in the highlight reel for 2011...one can always hope!