Chad Harp & Alex Kobes | Official Catfish Conference ® 2019

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with Kentucky we’re about an hour away
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from here we do some rentals we do kayak
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rentals we do rafting guided fishing
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trips so we do a little bit everything
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down there kind of start things off who
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is who’s ever a client before see buddy
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hi awesome
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let me tell you is extremely growing
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sport right now it’s started coming out
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about five years ago they started coming
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out with the one of the fishing tanks
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and started about five years ago
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gentlemen started making some tax and
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they said let’s just pack this into
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fishing so they started making some of
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these boats specifically for fishing
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boats these are almost considered small
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bass boats now they really making these
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boats like small to fast boats they’re
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they’re amazing where you can put them
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in some smaller lakes and rivers and
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streams back about ten years ago I was
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back into the big into the bass fishing
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as far as the big boats and I love the
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tournaments I love
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and yet everybody kept telling me saying
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then you need to try this kayak fishing
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and I said why do I want to do that I’ve
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got this boat that would go 70 plus
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miles and down that down the lake
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why do I want this little kayak so
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finally finally got into it and I
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thought million I was going out on the
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stream and catching 4050 Smalley’s I
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said this is all right so after that I
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pretty much sold my bass boat and this
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is all I do
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so I go out and just chase a smallmouth
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largemouth catfish and just on a kayak
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it’s just a really really fun adventure
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I’ve gotten the whole family involved in
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it so yeah it’s really a fun sport now
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what I’m going to talk about we loved
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getting people talking about it and love
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people get in the water and this is for
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lakes rivers anything the main thing is
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safety we want to make sure that
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everybody has a fun time has a good time
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on these boats but we also kind of
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really try to push safety on these on
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these talks because being that they were
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very very wide and very very stable you
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always got to be prepared for anything
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so the main thing I can talk to you
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about on any boat but specially if I act
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is just right here as PFD always always
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wear this this is always a crucial thing
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the saves laws because you never know
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what’s going to happen I me personally
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up as much as I’ve been out on the kayak
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sometimes I’ll get excited sometimes
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I’ll set that hook a little too hard and
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sometimes I’ll go flying right out of
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that boat so that’s why I always just
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keep that life jacket on
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does anybody know about the with the
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water temperature and the air
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temperature does anybody know where that
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safe level is as far as harpin
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hypothermia and all that it’s a 110 so
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what we do we tell people you take the
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air temperature and take the water
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temperature and plus them together okay
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as long as it is at 110 or above you’re
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safe as long as it’s 110 or below you’re
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gonna have to have it dry
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let’s see properly closed because you
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don’t want to go into shock and all that
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if anybody does accidentally fall out of
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any boat any vessel when it’s cold the
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best thing to do is just try to change
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clothes try to warm up and and that’s
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where this lot jacket comes in handy if
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you learn this you won’t have to worry
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about going into shock and all that okay
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all right now what I’m gonna talk to you
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about is the kind of rigging some of
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these boats up okay
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this particular one this when they came
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out with this boat this is a brand new
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boat this year this company wanted to
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have a petal drop boat you could
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actually put on a creek law the petal
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drive boats out there you can put on the
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creek but you got to physically pull
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that petal drive up from the boat okay
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so this company came out with this
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particular model and what this does I’m
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not sure if anyone all y’all can see my
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petal drive is down here below okay and
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you’re just basically telling it like a
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bicycle that’s all you’re doing
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it’s right here is what steers it this
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is your rudder system now if you coming
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up on a log or if you coming up on the
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bank what this is going to do you can
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see as soon as this hit something pops
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right up automatically so this is one of
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the private most perfect creeks rivers
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string kayaks on the market right now
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just for that reason right there where
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you don’t have to physically pull that
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pedal drive system up they’ve got track
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system all on the side and also for Raw
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holders if everybody
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if you go under RAM mount com
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they’ve got countless accessories you
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can put on these things I’ve told people
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that you can really dress them up but
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what I like to do when I go out there
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fishing I like to try to keep things
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basic simple because I don’t want a
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whole lot of gear on this boat because
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the chance of breaking stuff and
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losing stuff so I just like to usually
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put one rod holder and usually a cup
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holder but you can put fish finders you
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can put death Ponder’s you can put
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anything you want on these things this
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particular one is a 13 foot and I’ve
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literally stood up on this boat on the
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side of this boat and it will not flip
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over it’s extremely start started
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disabled and and they made that for that
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reason they want to make sure that
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everybody was safe but they also want to
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make sure that you can move around the
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boat stand up if you choose to and such
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a high low see this is what sells any
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car act on the market I don’t care what
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boat it is if you don’t have a
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comfortable seat you’re not going to
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want to stay in that boat very long so
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this they really went beyond the limits
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to get this boat with this seat he’s got
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a really a good lumbar support system
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and I’ve stayed out on these boats for
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eight nine hours plus and still at the
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end the day be perfectly fun you can
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adjust it down in the low position which
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means there’s count as like a standard
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kayak and then plus it’d be just up in
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the Hobby session that feels a little
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bit more comfortable on your knees and
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legs it’s got tons of storage especially
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if you’re going out camping overnight
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trips people store all your stuff I’ve
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gone literally I’ve gone two weeks on on
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some rivers camping on the side and just
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store all my gear on these kayaks and
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does perfectly fine so so yeah that’s
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any questions on on this particular boat
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anything good this one’s about right at
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about thirty to ninety nine you can get
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this same exact boat
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without the pedal drive for about
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nineteen ninety nine so if you’re not
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wanting to do the pedal Drive you can
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add that pedal job later if you choose
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to but that’s about 1999 for just the
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boat yeah any other questions on the
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boat or safety and like I said the
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maintain is we want to make sure
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everybody has fun on these things but we
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also want to make sure everybody’s safe
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safe and if you guys ever need anything
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from us we’re like said canoe Kentucky
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and we’ll
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more glad to help you walk me through
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some stuff we do training classes we got
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tons of camps involved with us fishing
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camps and and all that but uh yeah this
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is Alex right here I’m gonna let him
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step in he’s more of the catfish and
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kayaker and he’ll talk to you a little
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bit about some of what he does and his
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business and some of the various tricks
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what he does alright guys thank you all
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hey I appreciate it yeah so my name is
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Alex no my name is Alex Kobus I own and
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operate
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Kobus kayak fishing and rentals based
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out of Chattanooga Tennessee it’s a
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kayak fishing charter and a kayak rental
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company and I live and breathe
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catfishing from my kayak one of the main
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reasons I got in to kayak fishing I’ve
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kept fish since I was a teenager I loved
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it but sooner or later we all reached
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that point where it’s like I got to get
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off the bank you know you can only bake
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fish for so long and I was looking at
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boats you know financing all that it was
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too much they always need repairs kayaks
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were the answer for me so that’s kind of
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how I got into it I was a little
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skeptical at first I was like there’s no
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way I’m gonna be able to land 60 70
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pound catfish from a kayak and you know
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you get on YouTube I find out their land
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in Tarpon Marlin all these absolutely
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insane fish so I saw that it was like
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okay sold but some of the rigging I do
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for it it is it’s a little different how
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you have to go about it there are a
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couple things and these these apply to
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all kayaks not just this specific model
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here but you’ll kind of see these a lot
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of our rigging here set up on these gear
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tracks basically you have a little I
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guess a little mechanism that slides in
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between them locks down and sets it in
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place they sell ton of accessories but a
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lot of them are these rod holders
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a lot of people think just cuz I’m on
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the kayak you can’t fish as many rods
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typically when I go out by myself I’m
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fishing for rods you know so guys on
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boats they usually fish six for
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something that’s only 12 and a half 13
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feet not that much of a difference just
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to drop two rods but the gear attracts
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your key and you can move and adjust
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them you can you know set it kicking out
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that way if you want to do suspend
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drifting kick them right off to the side
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if you’re anchored up and casting
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downstream you can get it to where
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they’re angled to help your line just
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stay managed a little bit better another
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thing I use it’s known as eight is a
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trolley ankle or trolling anchor trolley
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anchor either way it is basically a big
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rope system on two pulleys you get a
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pulley up in the front a pulley up in
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the back and then there’s a little you
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know either a carabiner or just a circle
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or a loop whatever and you drop your
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anchor you run your anchor line up
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through that and you attach it’s either
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wherever you may set your anchor point
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on your boat but with that trolley
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anchor what it allows you to do is
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adjust the pivot of how you’re anchored
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throughout the day and if you’re stuck
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in wind or just you know the place where
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the current kind of fluctuates
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throughout the day it really helps just
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kind of keep your line solid and keep
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them in a nice straight line another
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question I get asked a lot you know
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they’re like dude you’re landing these
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big fish must be a crazy sleigh ride you
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get put on it’s not as bad as you think
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it really isn’t I don’t know how to
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explain it but no I mean honestly the
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probably the largest one up call it was
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right around 65 pounds and it didn’t
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even pop my anchor you know I use a 10
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pound dumbbell as an anchor very
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cost-efficient seems to work just great
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it’ll sit down in the mud and not get
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too caught up in it but when I am
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bringing in these big fish it is
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different than a boat I work my drag
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constantly and the closer they get the
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looser I have the drag you don’t want
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that big fish coming up on you and
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trying to run right under your boat with
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your drag maxed out you know will flip
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the kayak don’t think so we’ll flip you
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out of the kayak possibly so yeah you
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really have to work the drag and stuff
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like that
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turn to think what else suspended drift
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fishing works great from kayaks I think
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that is a great way you can get it set
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up with a really big a drift sock
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they make kayak specific ones they’re
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great I like the companies that make
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them but me personally I get the same
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drift socks you guys get I think I used
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it’s either 32 maybe a 36-inch diameter
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drift sock and with your trolley anchor
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you can either you know run it to the
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back so you run in front or whatever you
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know you can change where your drift
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sucks gonna go but but that seems to
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work really well as far as that goes
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dragging and stuff I’m starting to get
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into a little bit more but as far as
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affordability goes and you know if
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you’re at that point where you’re sick
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of fishing from the bank all the time
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you see all this boats I’m telling you
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guys kayak fishing is an absolutely
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great way to get into it yeah I I was
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absolutely blown away it was something
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when I first came into this like maybe I
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am crazy I don’t know but doing it for
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about three years now and I love it I
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wouldn’t do it any other way there is no
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greater rush than seeing an absolute
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monsters catfish and you’re only
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separated from them but just a couple
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inches your kayak you know oh one other
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big thing I do I never bring out a net I
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do not bring a net it for some reason it
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just doesn’t work when you’re by
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yourself when you’re kayak fishing it
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you got to hold the rod like this and
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then you got to push it and then these
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these kayaks are very buoyant they do
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move easily as you start to try to net
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them the resistance on the water from
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that net will actually start to push
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your kayak over you know it’ll change
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the direction of it so you’re actually
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starting to push yourself away so it so
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typically what I do you know I’ll just
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kind of grab my rod here do one of these
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I do grab the line a lot of people
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disagree with it seems to work just fine
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you know I usually pinch my swivel I’ll
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pinch my swivel and then you just grab
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them in the mouth bring them up and over
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it’s great yeah so no net I think that’s
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a real big difference a lot of people
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seem really surprised about that I get
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people constantly they’re like you know
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you should always bring a net or like
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don’t don’t you lose them at the side of
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your boat I’m like well yeah but don’t
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we
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all you know like who hasn’t lost a fish
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at the side of the boat with or without
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the net so and just like just like Alex
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was saying that there is no bigger rush
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when you get a when you get a big fish
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on I mean I was I was down to two weeks
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y’all’s down with Louisiana red fishing
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and you get a big fish on a kayak just
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that brush of them pulling that kayak
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around moving around and chasing it I
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fought I fought this one red redfish for
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20-25 minutes and he was literally
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trying all over the place and just that
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just that rush of that big fish from a
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kayak and you get him up he right there
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close to him it’s it’s amazing it’s
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amazing feeling yeah and it kind of just
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to keep going back to the rush I this is
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one thing I do not like about kayak
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fishing this isn’t like a serious deter
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at all but you are sitting you’re
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confined on a boat when you get that big
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fish when you get that first big bite of
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the day you can kind of pace it off you
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can be excited the hardest part about
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the kayak fishing is you’re just sitting
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there it’s it’s it’s hard to contain the
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excitement so I do catch myself doing a
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lot more of the yahoos and you know but
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yeah like I said that I just you know 15
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years ago I don’t think anybody would
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ever seen kayaks or catfishing really
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kind of transitioning towards that I
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would I I’m sold yeah that’s the way so
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absolutely so there’s a lot of options
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you can do they make roof racks okay so
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when I first started I drove I was
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driving a 2002 Saturn Ion I don’t know
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how many people know what that is but
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it’s like a three cylinder car you know
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it it just it could not be any smaller
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my kayak was literally longer than my
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car when it was on top but I was driving
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around I just had some roof racks and
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you know I was committed now I’ve
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changed things a little bit I’ve added a
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lot more equipment to my kayak I have a
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different car at this point I have a
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little flatbed trailer and I treat my
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kayak just like a boat but that’s
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because it’s I’ve kind of gotten lazy as
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I’ve gotten into
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or you know but for the first year
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year-and-a-half I was in that little
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Saturn Ion you can get these little
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parts right here these things are
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absolutely awesome this is how you
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transport them a lot and you’re bringing
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it down off your car you set it down
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underneath there and you just find a
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natural pivot point for it and it’s not
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that bad if you’re plugged by a place
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that doesn’t have a boat dock you can
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easily just drag this through some brush
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you know through the woods a little bit
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till you get to that sweet spot where
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you can launch yeah and then so see what
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else
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so actually yeah then she had kind of
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touched on this and I’ve joked about
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this a lot as well years ago these I
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just knew these as ocean kayaks and the
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reason they were called ocean kayaks is
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because you’re paddling out in the ocean
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and you would almost get water that
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would spill over in so all these kayaks
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you see like this that are they’re
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called sit on tops now I think that’s
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what they refer to mainly as they have
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what’s known as a scuffle plugs and
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there’s usually six to eight holes
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somewhere throughout it you can put a
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little plug in it or you can leave it
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out but they self bail so they’re
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boiling enough on their own even if
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those plugs are out if water does cat
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you know you come rushing in it drains
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back out so but even then I mean I’ve I
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do a lot of lake fishing so you know a
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lot of open water if it gets windy out
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there
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it gets choppy quick and there
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definitely been days work you know I’ve
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been I’ve just been in chop and the
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pleasure boaters are out there it gets
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rough but you get a little bit of water
17:21
in your boat ten minutes later strain
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down dry you know you know what it is
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it’s all it’s all hollow all the way
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through the whole boat
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Lauren seed pretty much the only it this
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one particular one has got a 600 weight
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capacity on it so 600 with with their
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self and gear the but yeah it did you
17:48
can’t it be hard to say
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they’ve got what they’ve actually got
17:59
they’ve got foam blocks on each side of
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it
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yeah they got cold so if it does
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something happens if it does feel of it
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water it it’s not gonna it’s not gonna
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say no sir no and I I kind of made a
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mistake last summer fishing a little bit
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after dark and I think we’ve all been
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there like uh just that one more cast
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it’s been a good spot and I kind of got
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stuck in a kind of a nasty thunderstorm
18:23
out on the middle of the lake not
18:24
enjoyable experience at all I was
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definitely absolutely terrified
18:27
but kind of the point of that is I had
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tons of water coming over the top and
18:32
when I finally did make it back to the
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dock the inside of my kayak because it
18:37
does happen and this is nothing against
18:38
the product of infection or anything the
18:40
inside of my kayak was probably a
18:41
quarter of the way full with water and
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but it was still boiling enough I didn’t
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realize it at the time when I was out on
18:49
the water and it got me back just fine
18:52
right into the second I was like oh my
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goodness yeah so and I mean the rigging
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on these things is unlimited I treat my
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kayak exactly like a boat I have a fish
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finder I’ve got my transducer mounted up
19:03
underneath it so it’s directly under my
19:05
seat right now the the biggest – this is
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a pedal kayak I have a paddle kayak but
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with a lot of the paddle pie extra
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seeing now some of the manufacturers are
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actually just getting it set up to where
19:20
the kayak is already preformed where you
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just put an outboard or a trolling motor
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on it and then even if you bought a
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kayak that doesn’t have that preformed
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in it companies left and right are
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making little brackets so a lot of
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people are kind of moving toward
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Motors on them putting out boards on
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them and I think even with one more 35
19:39
to 40 pounds roller I know this thing
19:41
will just skipping you know you could
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probably get one of these up to five or
19:44
six miles mellough no problem yeah and
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it’s just yeah it’s uh it’s it’s
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definitely say it’s fun it’s a growing
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sport it’s a good sport for the family
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gets a get the kids involved in it but
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yeah it’s just it’s just a lot of fun
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any other questions what you got
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yeah this I guarantee you this
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particular boat we can get you in this
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boat and you would be late you would be
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truly amazed I put when they first came
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out with this one I put myself and two
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other guys in this boat just to see what
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to do and it didn’t we I had one guy
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standing here I was in the middle and
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another guy was in the back and it was
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still really saintly you would be you
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will be amazed on how stable this now
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the other question
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all right everybody once again my name
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is Alex Kobus that is Kobus kayak
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fishing and rentals downtown muga
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tennessee looking up Instagram Facebook
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YouTube you guys are ever in the area
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please give me a shout come on out let
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me change your minds about getting some
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kayaks and change the world I’m telling
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you it is the greatest way to catch
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catfish yet so absolutely appreciate
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everybody coming out yep

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