Big fish, small boats

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Chasing plus-sized predators from kayaks in fresh and salt waters

PARK FALLS, Wisc. (March 15, 2021) – Kayak fishing is on the upswing. From coast to coast, more and more anglers are fishing out of kayaks in both fresh and salt waters. These portable, nimble craft are easy on the wallet, can be launched almost anywhere, and can be outfitted with a dizzying array of fish-hunting gear. And while bass and panfish are always popular targets, there’s a growing number of kayak anglers chasing the challenges and reaping the rewards provided by larger predator species like pike, musky, striped bass, bull redfish, tarpon and more.

We talked with St. Croix pro staffer Tanner Speidel, Hobie Fishing’s big-fish-hunter Morgan Promnitz, and 2018 IFA Kayak Tour Championship victor Benton Parrott to get scoop on some gear considerations kayak anglers might think about before targeting and doing battle with big fish from small boats.