7 Signs You're "THAT Kayak Fisherman" | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
Why so serious? The best way to not be that kayak fishermen is just relax and have fun on the water. Photo: Ben Duchesney

Are you that angler that everyone's talking about? Better make sure.

We all know that kayak fisherman. The one that everyone talks about during the tournament or on social media. The one who's video you watch, not because it'll help you catch more fish, but because you get a chuckle each time you watch. Here are seven signs you're that kayak fisherman. 

1. Your Work Email Signature

While some anglers have lucked out and get to be a guide or something else kayak fishing full time, most kayak fishermen have real jobs. If you're at work, on your work email, your boss probably doesn't like seeing your list of sponsors and a fishing meme underneath your name and job title.

If he does, then you've lucked out and may have found another fishing buddy. If he doesn't, you should probably get rid of it...or become a fishing guide.

2. Chill Bro

Some anglers forget that this is all supposed to be fun. Relax. You're the angler that everyone talks about if you end each day on the water cursing yourself because you let your sponsors down, your "fans" down. If your self worth is so tightly wrapped in your angling persona, you might need to spend a day on the slopes or at the beach–not fishing.

Take a break until you remember this is all fun. The only reason even your sponsors are at work is because they like to go paddling and fishing. It's all fun and games until someone gets too serious. You should also be able to laugh at yourself, because we all make mistakes.

Laugh at yourself more and you'll be a better, happier kayak fisherman.


3. Speaking Of Your "Fans"

Even if you legitimately have fans, (looking at you Robert Field), you probably shouldn't walk around saying stuff like, "Look at all my fans, how many fans do you have, bub? The best anglers, whether famous or not, aren't thinking about their fan base and are just fishing and filming and doing whatever they're doing, because they love it.

If the only reason you're fishing or filming something is to get famous, you probably shouldn't be filming it. I'm a fan of anglers that do it because they love it and don't even know they have fans. 

4. Blocking The Boat Ramp

Nobody is hated more in the fishing world than the guy blocking the boat ramp, whether that be a kayak angler, a power boater, or that senile old lady with her cat and picnic basket that just doesn't realize the difference between gravel ramp and sandy beach. You don't need to be sitting on your kayak finishing your coffee, or covering your hairy body in sunscreen while sitting on the ramp on your tailgate or chatting with your buddies about how many fans you have (see sign number three). 

Here's how the perfect boat launch should go: Prepare your straps, kayak, paddle, rods, etc in the parking lot before you get to the ramp. After backing up to the water, you should show some hustle trying to get your boat off and into the water. Once it's in the water and pushed to the side, out of the way of the next guy, then you quickly get in your truck and park it. Or, because you're in a kayak, you could avoid the boat ramp all together and drag/wheel it to the water. 

Tom “SIC Yakker” Philippi's article about blocking the boat ramp is a hilarious look at our bad habit.

Photos: Courtesy Tom “SIC Yakker” Philippi


5. Preaching Your Way Is Right

Everyone is different and everyone fishes in a different way and that's exactly how it should be. If everyone was exactly like you, then this world, and our magazine, would be pretty boring. Who would want to look at 15 pages of the same exact photo or article telling you how to rig the same boat the same way as the page before? Stop looking down at every angler that doesn't fish the same way as you.

I know of a few anglers that use a motor drive who get hated on because they use a motor. As one angler put it, "Who are they to tell me how to have fun?" That's exactly the point. If one angler is having fun paddling their SUP rigged out with a cooler as a seat and pontoons, don't tell them they should be in a pedal boat if they want to be a "real angler." We're all just having fun. (See sign number two).

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6. Please, Tie Down Your Boat Better

If there's one piece of advice that I give more often at the local launch, it's how to tie your boat(s) down on your truck or trailer properly. Even if they don't want my advice, I don't let them leave without first showing them how to do it right and telling them, "Dude, if you don't do this the right way, you're going to kill someone."

Sure, some might think I'm that kayak fisherman spewing tips or facts without people asking for it, but there's nothing scarier than driving down the highway and seeing a kayak on someone's roof dancing and waving in the wind like a hula dancer. Tie down your boats correctly and you'll not only not hurt someone on the road, but you'll look like you know what you're doing. 

Tie your boats properly to your car so you won't be that kayak fisherman.

Tie your boats properly to your car so you can look like you know what you're doing. Photo: Ben Duchesney


7. Don't Spoil The Newbies

As a general rule, most of the kayak anglers you'll ever meet are some of the coolest people around, willing to give you the money lure right out of their tackle box, even if it's their last one. But, every once in a while, you're going to come across that guy who looks down on new kayak fishermen. News flash, if they are no new kayak fishermen, then there's no growth, no new gear or new tournaments, no sport of kayak fishing. 

The easiest way to not be that kayak fishermen is to just relax, have fun on the water, and be the best ambassador to our sport that you can be. If you see a young angler or an angler that is clearly struggling or very green to the world of kayak fishing, give them a hand. Help them tie their boats to their truck, give them that money lure, or just tell a joke and make them relax. Make sure you remind them, it's all fun and games. Just don't have this talk on the boat ramp!


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