I get to travel to some of the best rivers and remote locations in Texas. Having the right gear with me means all the difference in the world and can make a difficult trip much more easier. I cannot thank the companies that have given me the opportunity to represent and utilize their gear while out on the water, and in some cases in my everyday life. One aspect of kayak fishing that I have really moved into is only using gear that I believe is the absolute best and I think will help me out while on the water. No doubt I have the best gear out there and it is a privilege to use such great equipment. Thank you to all of my sponsors and I recommend you take a look at the gear each sponsor has to offer - you won't be disappointed.
Jackson Kayak produces the finest fishing kayaks on the market, along with whitewater and recreational kayaks. My personal choice of the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna has been well worth it. Without my Big Tuna, it wouldn't be possible to go the places I do.
Having the best paddle was something that was very important to me, not only because I need a good efficient paddle, but also because I can't have a paddle that breaks while in the middle of nowhere. Bending Branches produces a great line of paddles for any paddling need, especially those for anglers. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about a broken paddle with Bending Branches.
GoPro Action cameras
Capturing my footage out on the water couldn't be any better than with GoPro cameras. When you combine a rugged waterproof case with the world's most versatile action camera, you are sure to get some good footage of your expeditions.
It is extremely important first of all that I am safe anywhere my travels may take me. Coast ensures this with proper lighting. I am proud to utilize Coast headlamps and flashlights in order to remain safe, while at the same time allowing me to access the water as soon as possible and leave as late as possible.
Before I switched to a MTI Adventurewear life jacket, I thought there was no way to have comfort and performce from a pfd. I was wrong, as the MTI Adventurewear Dio F-Spec provides an ample amount of comfort and performance.
Texas has some extreme weather and the high temperatures are not an exception. It can be hard to stay hydrated all day long, but Klean Kanteen makes this easy with their line of insulated water bottles. These bottles work so well that I can put ice in them in the morning and still have ice left for the ride back home - quite an accomplishment to withstand 100 degree temperatures.
Keeping my food and drinks cold is hard to do in Texas. ORCA makes coolers for rugged use and ice retention. I can take my ORCA Cooler with me for just a day trip or a multi-day trip to the Devils River and not have to worry about not having enough ice.
Although I do a lot of kayak fishing, paddleboarding is a new passion of mine for both recreational paddling as well as hard core fishing. Particularly, I use the Pau Hana Endurance to suit my needs. If you are looking for something to do after work, look at Pau Hana, as the name means "Time After Work" in Hawaiian.