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Completing the Cajun slam requires catching a speck, red and flounder. Vlad Moldoveanu got it done and won second place in PaddlePalooza XIII, taking home a 2016 Hobie Outback as his prize.

Cajun slams abound at PaddlePalooza XIII

Twelve years and 13 tournaments later, PaddlePalooza XIII proves kayak tournaments in South Louisiana are the real deal.

June 07 at 8:19pm
Five-year-old Caleb Kellum managed to catch a few nice specks while riding in the back of his dad’s kayak. Trolling is a great way to get young children involved in fishing.

Trolling for trout - Tips for putting more fish in the ’yak

You’re slowly making your way across a small lake. Suddenly, both lines dragging behind the kayak go tight.

It’s a problem, but a good problem.

May 18 at 9:00am
Hiring a kayak fishing guide is a great way to experience the sport before you purchase a ’yak.

Guided kayak fishing

Thinking about giving kayak fishing a try? It is almost impossible to go anywhere today without seeing a kayak. Whether in the bed of pickup trucks rolling down the highway or a group of kayak anglers showing up at your favorite fishing spot, the sport is here to stay and continues to grow.

April 14 at 5:50pm
Kevin May weighed in an impressive full limit of specks and reds to win 4th place in the Minimalist Challenge. May’s haul weighed in at 40.18 pounds and earned him a $190.50 payday.

Minimum lures, maximum fishing results

Would you ever leave the launch with only six lures? That’s exactly what more than 100 kayak anglers did recently, and the results were impressive.

March 18 at 9:00am
Al Siener nets a bull redfish that qualifies for entry into the Massey’s/BCKFC year-long tournament.

BCKFC year-long Catch/Photo Tournament

You just caught a good fish, one that will surely put you in the winners’ circle for the kayak tournament.

February 18 at 9:00am
The Power-Pole Micro provides precise, quiet and effortless anchoring of kayaks in shallow water.

Park it: The best methods for anchoring your kayak

Anchoring a kayak at your preferred fishing spot doesn’t seem like a big deal. However, being able to quietly and precisely position the kayak provides for more comfortable and productive fishing.

January 18 at 9:00am
Have a kayak fisherman on your Christmas shopping list? ’Yak-friendly equipment under the tree would be welcomed.

Deck the yak - Products the kayak angler on your Christmas list will love

As you can imagine, Santa’s sleigh is decked out with plenty of useful accessories to make kayak fishing more fun and productive.

December 18, 2015 at 9:00am
Adam Huynh used a chartreuse Gulp mullet to rack up a limit of speckled trout on a mild, fall day.

Take comfort in fall trout fishing

The days are shorter, the temperature is cooler and the specks are closer. Fall is the best time to target speckled trout from a kayak: The fish are hungry, concentrated and easy to reach.

November 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
Fishing with friends is always advisable when kayak fishing. Sharing the experience with others and having help nearby if necessary adds to the fun and safety of the trip.

Kayaking ‘noobs’ - Beginners to the sport have a lot to learn

Everybody has to start somewhere. When it comes to kayak fishing, a quick poll shows participants in the sport come from all skill and experience levels.

October 18, 2015 at 9:00am
A group of kayak anglers prepare for launch at a Boondoggle event, a multi-day celebration of camping, kayaking and fishing attracting paddlers from across the country.

Kayak Fishing Boondoggle coming to Louisiana Oct. 9-12

The urban dictionary offers many possible definitions of “boondoggle.”

This one is most fitting: a journey filled with shenanigans. 

One of those journeys is coming to Louisiana on Oct 9-12.

September 18, 2015 at 6:00am
SUP’s are extremely stable and make great platforms for stand up fishing. YOLO Fishing Team Ambassador Jared LeRoy caught several redfish from his board near Fourchon.

Wassup?

A poster on a fishing forum wrote that he was quitting kayak fishing because it was “becoming too mainstream.” He was kidding of course, but he made his point.

August 18, 2015 at 9:00am
With an ocean-going ship anchored in the background, Catfish Everdeen (aka Robyn Bordelon) shows off one of several large cats she caught on a jug line using whole shad.

Catfish Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character in the popular Hunger Games trilogy. The Everdeen character is a self-sufficient woman who uses her outdoors skills to survive and triumph.

July 17, 2015 at 6:15am
Despite windy conditions and muddy water, the author found this bull red hiding at the back of a cove. The bruiser inhaled a Top Dog and towed the kayak for a 15-minute “Cajun Sleigh Ride.”

’Yaking to parts unknown

Although likely to be seen near any popular fishing spot in Louisiana, there are still times when kayakers get even stranger looks.

It’s that look of bewilderment when a powerboat fisherman comes across a kayak fisherman many miles from the nearest launch site. How did they get there?

June 17, 2015 at 2:58am
Contestants fishing the Adventure Fishing World Championship had to use their navigation skills to find five checkpoints scattered across the Delacroix marsh.

Which way do we go?

Fishing kayaks become more sophisticated every day. Although conceptually a minimalist sport, kayak anglers are now incorporating many of the features found on modern powerboats.

May 15, 2015 at 6:52pm
Fly-fishing is a great option for kayakers, and redfish and bass will slam the diminutive lures.

Freshen up

The primary target species of most coastal Louisiana kayak anglers are speckled trout and redfish. However, many areas that primarily harbor these saltwater species are seeing decreased salinities and an influx of largemouth bass.

April 17, 2015 at 8:00am
On windy days, try fishing protected pockets and coves first, but windward shorelines where fish gather to ambush bait are other good bets.

Easy breezy

Spring is on its way. The longer, warmer days are certainly welcomed by kayak anglers, but the wind — not so much.

March 18, 2015 at 9:00am