The Maiden Voyage of my New Fishing Kayak

 The Maiden Voyage of my New Fishing Kayak

We ended the year 2016 with the first voyage of my brand new Native Slayer 10 fishing kayak.

It was a miserable day for Florida, with temps in the 50's and rain mixing in fast. But my new pal,  Dave Posey, who runs Kayak Fishing Destin, agreed to let me tag along on one of his guided fishing tours to give my kayak a shake down cruise. I was all in.

We fished the Destin pass, beneath the Destin bridge and around the flats of Crab Island. I couldn't be more pleased with the way this kayak handles.

It fits easily in the back of my Roadtrek, as you'll see in the video below. I do plan to get a rear rack for it, though, so we don't have the back taken up by a boat when we travel.

On this trip, I was most interested in seeing how the kayak preformed. But catching some nice fish was an unexpected bonus. I would have had action shots of the fishing if I had my GoPro with me but that will happen next week. In fact, we'll do a full fledged video showing how kayak fishing works with the GoPro and som drone video.

But for the many who asked to see the kayak in action, here's how it went.

I could have bought a much cheaper kayak. Some RVers have inflatable ones. But I want to do some serious fishing and this is the model that works best for me. A unique feature of the Native brand is that you can reverse by peddling backwards. Thats very handy in and around docks, pilings and the like, or when you want to stay in one place.

Hmmm. Is it appropriate ti name a kayak, like you do a boat? If so, what should mine be called?

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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