Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Catawba River Kayak Fishing

I recently joined professional kayak angler Drew Gregory for a fishing excursion to the Catawba River just below the Lake Wylie Dam. Drew was demonstrating his signature series fishing kayak, the Coosa by Jackson Kayak, and of course a little fishing was in order.
We caught several largemouth bass on the day, and Drew caught a large gar that really put up a fight. The Coosa performed well and has some features that make it a unique river fishing kayak. Drew doesn't care for fishing in lakes, ponds, or the ocean. River fishing is where it's at as far as he is concerned, so he designed the Coosa with that in mind.

One of the river specific features on this kayak is a built-in recessed area for a drag chain, which slows your drift and also keeps your kayak pointed in the desired direction. The Coosa is also very stable for standing up, which is always helpful when fishing for Mr. Bucketmouth.

The Coosa is available at most kayak outfitters, including River Runners in Columbia. Or check out http://www.jacksonkayak.com/.

PhotosByBrianCope: The big swirl of the gar, and the prize fish in Drew's hand. For a junk fish, that sure is a beaut!

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