Kwanza bullied by kayak beast! – Careful what you ask for, you just might get it

Kwanza is stepping into some longer format kayak fishing video with his unique style and ability to locate big fish. This time he gets what he’s looking for! Spoiler alert: let’s just say in “I Just Got Bullied” he gets all jacked up by a kayak beast!

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KEEP KAYAK FISHING SAFE: Dress for Immersion – Episode 2 in our series with the U.S. Coast Guard

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Kayak fishing is all good fun until it’s not. Any body of water can turn dangerous in an instant. The crew at Kayak Fish has been working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard to bring you a couple of fresh episodes in an ongoing series of safe-paddling reminders. Yes, we got a little weird with them. But it’s because we need to hook your attention to make a few points. All kidding aside, too many anglers are drowning — and those deaths could be avoided by, one, simply wearing a life jacket, and, two, dressing for immersion. So take a minute to enjoy, then take a minute to think and then make the right choice the next time you hit the water. One simple choice can make all the difference.

— Watch the first episode: Wear Your Life Jacket.

— Check out more safe paddling lessons from our partners at Canoe & Kayak and SUP

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KEEP KAYAK FISHING SAFE: Wear Your Life Jacket – Episode 1 in our series with the U.S. Coast Guard: Always wear your life jacket

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Kayak fishing is all good fun until it’s not. Any body of water can turn dangerous in an instant. The crew at Kayak Fish has been working hard in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard to bring you a couple of fresh episodes in an ongoing series of safe-paddling reminders. Yes, we got a little weird with this first one. But it’s because we need to catch your attention to make a few points. All kidding aside, too many anglers are drowning — and those deaths could be avoided by simply wearing a life jacket. So take a minute to enjoy, then take a minute to think and then make the right choice the next time you hit the water. One simple choice can make all the difference.

— Check out more safe paddling lessons from our partners at Canoe & Kayak and SUP

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The hard part! Safe surf kayak landings – Surf’s up and the fish are biting. How to get out and back from Jim Sammons

Kayaking through the surf: how to make it fun!

Words and Photos By Paul Lebowitz

Ready for the hard part? Launching through surf is easy, just point and go, go, go. The worst crashes come on the dismount.

Fortunately we have big water kayak angler Jim Sammons to drop some knowledge on us on how to achieve a safe surf kayak landing. If you get nothing else, get this: deliberately surfing in is for suckers and the exceptionally salty. Sammons gets to shred by the end of the video. Scroll down for a sequence of photos showing Jim keeping it safe.

For more of Jim Sammons, catch The Kayak Fishing Show on WFN TV and the NBC Sports Network, and the KayakFishingTales YouTube channel.

Jim Sammons is a pro at getting in and out of the surf in a kayak. Watch the video and check out the following photos that show the safest approach
Jim Sammons is a pro at getting in and out of the surf in a kayak. Watch the video and check out the following photos that show the safest approach
The trick to landing is to AVOID the surf as much as possible, to protect your expensive fishing gear. Notice Jim is paddling in right behind a foamer.
The trick to landing is to AVOID the surf as much as possible, to protect your expensive fishing gear. Notice Jim is paddling in right behind a foamer.
As Sammons approaches the danger zone, he's sizing up the pattern.
As Sammons approaches the danger zone, he’s sizing up the pattern.
Sammons picks a wave to follow - hopefully the larger set wave - and lets it break right in front of him. Then it is off to the races.
Sammons picks a wave to follow – hopefully the larger set wave – and lets it break right in front of him. Then it is off to the races.
He's past the impact zone, but on most beaches a broken wave will catch a kayak before dry land. Sammons reaches his paddle into the foam and leans on it, a trick known as the low brace.
He’s past the impact zone, but on most beaches a broken wave will catch a kayak before dry land. Sammons reaches his paddle into the foam and leans on it, a trick known as the low brace that’s critical for a safe surf kayak landing.

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Jim Sammons’ Kayak Surf Launching Techniques

Launching is the easier part of the surf equation, just point and go, go, go. Okay, there's a little more...
Launching is the easier part of the surf equation, just point and go, go, go. Okay, there’s a little more…

Surf Launching Techniques with Jim Sammons

Words and Photos By Paul Lebowitz

A bad surf launch or landing can cause you to lose more than your lunch, yet it is a trial kayak anglers  gladly face to chase trophy fish. Summertime is prime time for launching off the beach and even the calmest of saltwater shorelines can kick up with some surf when offshore winds point the swell in the right direction.

Jim Sammons of the Kayak Fishing Show stepped in front of the Kayak Fish cameras to share some wisdom. Jim’s well known for venturing into wild water for his shows and, in the first of this two-part feature, he covers the easy part: the launch. Scroll down for photos showing the launch sequence.

For more of Jim Sammons, catch The Jackson Kayak Kayak Fishing Show and the Seaguar Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge  on WFN TV and the NBC Sports Network, and the KayakFishingTales YouTube channel.

Jim Sammons has been watching the surf as he sets up his boat. He's looking for the pattern, and watching for lulls.
Jim Sammons has been watching the surf as he sets up his boat. He’s looking for the pattern, and watching for lulls.
JIm wades out to knee deep water, ready to hop on and go, go, go when he spots a lull in the waves - usually right after the set swell breaks.
Jm wades out to knee deep water, ready to hop on and go, go, go when he spots a lull in the waves – usually right after the set swell breaks.
Now that he's committed, there's no stopping or hesitation. Jim plants his paddle and powers through oncoming waves.
Now that he’s committed, there’s no stopping or hesitation. Jim plants his paddle and powers through oncoming waves.

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