It’s time for the 2017 Bonneville Bass Bonanza Tournament, a fundraiser for HOW

The 2017 Bonneville Bass Bonanza Tournament, a fundraiser for Heroes on the Water, is just around the corner! Now is the time to register for this great event that helps those who have given so much.

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 29th 2017
Event Date: June 3rd, 2017
Fishing Grounds: Bonneville Pool
Launch: First Light

Check-in Location: Waterfront Park, Near Lur Jensen Beach, Hood River  Weather dependent.

Check-in Deadline: 3:00 PM

We are excited to be using Tourney X this year, allowing those of you involved with Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing to add this event to your annual competition series. We look forward to it also benefiting HOW by increasing the number of participants!

If you are unfamiliar with Tourney X, you will need to register with them prior to the tournament. They will collect the registration funds and provide you with a code which will be used to record your winning fish. A photo of your fish and your registration code will be uploaded to Tourney X at check-in.

Log in / Register here for Tourney X and the BBB

The Bonneville Bass Bonanza will a single largest bass by length contest. Catch and release fishing ONLY!

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Qualifications for Fish Submissions:

  • – We will be using the rules standard set from Kayak Bass Fishing
  • – There will be no Captains Meeting for this event. Fishing commences in the Bonneville Pool when the tournament begins. “Weigh In” will be held at the Hood River Waterfront Park.

Anglers Must:

  • Fill out and sign a waiver before participating in the event!  If you haven’t signed a waiver, you cannot present photos to the “weigh-in” station. We will send you a waiver via email after registration closes and before the event you can email back to us.
  • River Level- We’ve had a crazy winter so the Columbia is high. We expect it to remain so for the next couple months. This shouldn’t effect most good Bass areas. It will make for a stronger current when you get in areas with a current. So please be mindful. We don’t want to have to come and get you in Cascade Locks:)
  • – Wear a PFD and appropriate immersion gear for the days temp and water temperatures – AKA dress appropriately.
  • – Fly a safety flag while on the water.
  • – Propel themselves to and from the fishing grounds.
  • – Carry a valid fishing license and follow ODFW/WDFW Regulations pertaining to the Bonneville Impoundment
  • – Release fish unharmed
  • – Actively seek to minimize impact on motorized vessels (at the launch and on the water)

We are excited about this event and raising funds for one of our favorite organizations, HOW!

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at: fishing@kayakshed.com

Jackson Kayak & the Kayak Shed take on the John Day

We were thrilled to have the pros at Jackson Kayak join us for our second annual kayak fishing trip down the John Day river. We were almost as thrilled to receive this edit from them the other day so we could reminisce on what a great trip it was! Enjoy the amazing scenery and fishing of the John Day and stay tuned for details on next year’s trip!

 

Kayak Fishing Trip 3 Day, 2 Night Kayak Fishing Trip on the John Day – Only 3 spots left!

Join us for a guided 3 day, 2 night kayak fishing trip down the John Day River in beautiful Eastern Oregon – fully supported so you can focus on fishing! Our guide will provide and prepare all meals, set up and break down camp as well as carry all provisions. Your only responsibilities will be setting up your tent (available from our guide if you don’t have your own), stocking your personal cooler with any beverages you might want to have on hand and FISHING! Summertime and the livin’ (and fishin’) is easy!

Our journey begins on the morning of Friday June 12th from the Clarno access where we will meet our guide’s support raft(s). We will float and fish an average of approximately 15 miles per day as we meander through the gorgeous John Day Wilderness Area. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch over a 100 bass in a day on this river. The trip will conclude when we reach the thirtymile access on Sunday the 14th.

This will be a great adventure for both the experienced and novice kayak fisherman alike. If you’re looking for a unique and fun Father’s Day present or you’re wanting to spend some quality time with the fisherperson in your life, this trip would make an excellent gift! Or give yourself the gift of a low stress, outfitted weekend of kayak fishing on one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers!

Register for one of the final 3 slots online or call the shop with any questions!

 

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Kayak Shed Fishing Team Report : Fishing for Sturgeon

When you have one last opportunity to get some sturgeon meat for your freezer, you rally early. My intention was to be at the ramp by 6:30 in the morning and on the water by 7:00, giving me a good 6 to 7 hours to catch my keeper. Well I over slept my alarm, rushed to get my stuff together, and headed into Portland. I finally hit George Rodgers Park in Lake Oswego at about 8:00 and after taking my sweet time getting ready I launched at about 9. In the process of getting ready, I realized that I had an anchor set-up but only enough line for about 20-25 feet of water. Well that doesn’t work too well in 75-80 feet of water. Thankfully the kayak fishing community is a great bunch of folks and I knew that one of them would let me tie up with them, tournament or not.
I started heading up to one of my favorite spots. I passed by one of my fishing buddies and swung over to chat. I came to find out he was in that spot because he had lost his anchor earlier that morning. The current was nearly non-existent where he was fishing and I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad spot to drop a line for a bit. I baited my line with a bit of squid and sent it down. It wasn’t down more than a minute be fore I was getting my first tap tap tap. It’d been a while since I have been sturgeon fishing… I missed the bite. This happened a couple more times. Tap tap tap… I miss the bite. Tap tap tap… I miss the bite. Finally I was thinking that I had forgotten how to catch a fish. Then it happened… tap tap-SET THE HOOK- I wasn’t waiting for the perfect bite anymore. Fish on and the fight began.
Since I wasn’t on anchor I was getting towed around a bit. No crazy up or down river runs but it was moving me around the hole pretty well. The fight lasted probably a good 10 minutes, with a couple good runs stripping line off the reel. Finally got the bugger to the side of my Outback and heaved him onboard. With a bit of help measuring, I realized I had landed a keeper and was done for the day. I had only been on the water for about an hour and a half.

 

I hadn’t gotten the chance go see all my fishing buddies out on the water so I put my fish on ice, and my buddy Nate in the back of the Outback and headed back out on the water.
And that’s what happens when you limit out early.

* note: this post was “misplaced” and took place last year when it was legal to bring home sturgeon. at the present time, it is illegal to keep sturgeon.

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Heroes On The Water

As we head into the 4th of July weekend, we thought we’d take a break from our usual broadcasting to thank those who have provided the independence we are so privileged to celebrate!

Heroes on the Water (HOW) is a great organization that helps veterans from all branches of the US military to unwind using the therapeutic nature of kayak fishing. Whether a warrior’s scars are visible or not, all can benefit from spending time on the water in a long term, supportive environment.

We have  been lucky enough to work with these fine folk, organizing a fund raising bass tournament here in our home town of Hood River, OR. We’re happy to say that the great fishermen and women that came out to support the tournament & other fundraising efforts allowed us to write a check to our local chapter of HOW for $2250. Just a very small thank you for lives dedicated to service and steep prices paid, but it was definitely heart felt from all involved!

HOW is free to the veterans it serves – every contribution goes to help a returning warrior get on the water and “calm the storm inside”. If you’re looking for a great organization to support, HOW is volunteer led and makes every dollar count!

Another way to help out that will take nothing more than a minute of your time, is to vote for HOW in the Canoe & Kayak Awards. Help these folks get the recognition they so richly deserve!

A big thank you to the local chapter of HOW for letting us get involved, a big thank you to the warriors served by HOW for the sacrifices they’ve made and many thanks to all veterans for giving us the independence we get to celebrate this weekend!

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Jackson Kayak Illuminati Color

One of the most fun/interesting/”does it work?” innovations to the hit the industry of kayak fishing in the last year, and something we got a lot of questions on at the Pacific Northwest Sportman’s Show, is the new Jackson Kayak Illuminati color. For an added $200, your Coosa, Cuda 14, Cuda 12 or Big Tuna kayak can glow in the dark! Gimmicky,  you ask? Sure, it may seem like that on the surface, but have you ever stayed out for “just one more” (fish that is, fish!)? We sure have. And then, all of the sudden, you get that knot in your stomach that comes from being on the water a little later than you should be – we’re talking about a different knot than the one you get from having to explain why you’re an hour late for dinner. However, if your kayak glows in the dark, at least one of those knots can go away. You’re on the water and you’re visible. Safety first, friends! And this is really just icing on the cake, because it looks great during the day too and performs just how you would expect one of Jackson’s world class kayaks to perform!

Here’s Drew Gregory showing off an Illuminati boat during the day:

 

A close up of it’s day time look:
And now (drumroll) at night:

 

Want to know more about the Illuminati color and see how others are liking it? Check out Jackson Kayak’s Illuminati “Glow” page.

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Our Sportsman Show Pro Angler!

With the increase of great fishing kayaks and kayak fishing as a sport, we decided to take our “show on the road” last month to the 2013 Pacific Northwest Sportman’s Show! We had a great time making new friends, chatting with “old” ones and sharing what we’ve learned about fishing from kayaks in all of the great waters the Pacific Northwest has to offer (sea, whitewater, slow moving water and lakes!) .

One of our most talked about boats was a fully loaded Hobie Kayak Pro Angler. This was a special rig we did for the show and, with two more heading out the door this morning, we thought we’d share this very popular set up:

* Hobie Pro Angler (turbo fins, seat, paddle AND water bottle included!)
* Hobie Livewell Bait Tank
* Hobie Lowrance Elite 4 DSI Fish Finder GPS
* Robocup (not online but available)
* Hobie Rod Holder Extensions
* Hobie H-Bar
* Hobie Ram Fly Rod Holder & Base
* Hobie Full Size Fish Finder Installation Kit
* Hobie RAM Fish Finder Full Size Mount

Sound like a dream set up? We thought so and, according to a lot of the feedback we received at the show, we weren’t alone! Here are a couple pictures of the boats heading to new homes and new water this morning (with the lovely Angie providing a person for a little scale): 


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Introducing the Jackson Kayak Cuda 12!

Even though the snow is still falling here, we are all very excited about the Jackson Kayak Cuda 12 and can’t wait to get out on the water! Since no one explains a Jackson Fishing kayak quite like designer and team pro, Drew Gregory, we’ll let him tell you why the Cuda 12 might just be the boat for you!

And if that’s not enough for you, check out this interview from last summer’s iCast:

 

And one more piece of fishing candy to get you as excited to get out on the water in your own Cuda as we are: How to Rig Your Cuda for Fishing.

So what are you waiting for?? Get a Cuda, get out there and get your fish on!

Have a specific question on the Cuda 12 or wonder how to rig one for your neck of the woods? Just drop us a link in the comments or at customerservice [at] kayakshed.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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Fishing Modifications to a Hobie Revolution 11 : Part 1

Recently we were given the very exciting opportunity to do a custom modification for a customer on a Hobie Kayaks Revolution 11, transforming it into one of the meanest fishing kayaks out there! The Revolution 11, the little brother of the always popular Revolution 13, is a new addition this year to Hobie’s line up. Though it’s smaller size allows this boat to be more nimble and easier to transport than the Revolution 13, it hasn’t taken away from it’s stability and has only slightly reduced it’s on-water speed. With fishing accessories already built into it’s DNA, such as two molded-in rod holders and a location for Hobie’s Livewell system, it was the perfect boat to use as our customization platform! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking you along with us as we install the following (and more!):
* Lowrance Structure scan
* Lowrance HDS Fish Finder
* Lowrance Sirius Satellite
* Lowrance Sonic Hub
* Ram Fly Rod Mount
* Hobie Anchor Trolley
* Hobie eVolve Motor

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