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Al Siener, an Army veteran who works in Afghanistan for a military contractor, relaxes when he’s home by kayak fishing.

On a mission

Some say laughter is the best medicine. Mathew Roberts and Shawn Babin say adding in a dose of kayak fishing is even better.

Several years ago, Roberts, Babin and a couple of friends were getting more and more involved in kayak fishing. They started an informal group they call the Troll Squad.

January 17 at 4:00pm
Wintertime fishing for bass is also productive. Kayaks are great for slow trolling or drifting over productive areas.

Cold weather, hot fishing

While many anglers across the country are forced to put their kayaks in storage to wait out months of icy weather, Louisiana anglers have no such problem.

In fact, judging by the record high temperatures in late October and early November, sun tan lotion might be more of a necessity than a warm hat and a pair of gloves.

December 18, 2016 at 9:00am
Trout fill the interior Louisiana marsh in the fall, so they are easily accessible to kayakers.

Here they come - Fall speckled trout are a real treat for kayakers

It’s that time: fronts from the north and fish from the south. As fronts become more frequent, speckled trout continue to fill the marshes and are easily reachable by kayak anglers.

November 18, 2016 at 9:00am
When the surf’s up, kayakers need to paddle swiftly and directly into the breaking waves. Once across the sandbar, things settle down — until the return to the beach.

Kayak snapper

A chunk of dead bait swirls through clear blue water toward the bottom. Before it lands, it’s inhaled by a fat red snapper.

October 18, 2016 at 12:55am
The CommandStand by YakAttack is a versatile stand-up bar that easily adjusts to fit virtually any kayak or SUP. It holds a myriad of accessories and can be laid flat or easily removed and stored.

ICAST 2016 - Pedal yak explosion

Every July, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades descends on Orlando, Fla., for what is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show.

If it’s fishing related, you’ll see it at ICAST. Anything and everything that is fishing gear, accessories and apparel is on display at the show.

September 16, 2016 at 11:20am
A look at a marina parking lot shows the various methods and vehicles that can be used for kayak transport. From the roof of a car to the bed of a truck, kayaks are lightweight and can easily be carried back and forth to your fishing location.

’Yak transport

One of the appealing aspects of kayak fishing is a ’yak’s light weight and ease of transport to fishing destinations. However, there is more that goes into getting your kayak from home to the water than meets the eye.

August 16, 2016 at 4:00pm
The floating launch at PAC Kayak Rentals was specially designed to make it safe and easy for anglers to get their yaks in and out of the water, with no  slippery ramps or concrete to scrape up the bottoms of the kayaks.

Mothership to the marsh

Point-aux-Chenes has long been a popular fishing destination for kayak anglers because there are plenty of areas easily accessible from several launch spots and the fishing can be incredible.

However, there’s always a yearning to go farther than you can travel solely by human power. Well, Eddie Mullen has solved that problem.

July 18, 2016 at 9:00am
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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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