The Joy of Paddling by Bill Schultz | Nov 5, 2019 | Fishing, Freshwater, Kilroy, Kilroy HD, United States | 3 comments Photo by Paul Smith, Outdoors Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel In the Fall 2019 issue of Kayak Angler Magazine there’s a great article talking with six top kayak anglers on why they prefer to paddle with their kayak fishing. Four of the six are Jackson Kayak Pro Staff members. They talked about paddling is how they came to love kayak fishing, paddling is quiet, paddling is great for shallow water, paddling helps stay fit and maintain core strength, paddling is easier with grab-and-go fishing, a kayak is more maneuverable with a paddle and the love of feeling the blade pull through the water and the kayak gliding effortlessly. I agree with every one of these comments! Photo by Paul Smith, Outdoors Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Age wise, I’m a senior, so, I do enjoy the exercise aspects of paddling, which was noted. And, most paddle kayaks are lighter and easier to transport, which is a consideration for many. When I’m doing my smallmouth bass talks at sports shows I say that I’m on the water to catch and release smallies, not to get a tan or drive my boat, but, even if the smallies are finicky, paddling my kayak is fun. Whenever I give talks, I always include those “bonus” pictures of wildlife and beautiful scenery. That’s the quiet special part of paddling my kayak that many times even beats catching smallies. Photo by Paul Smith, Outdoors Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel One of the special parts of working shows for Jackson Kayak is all the great people I get to talk with about kayak fishing. Years ago, I remember the first time an older man asked me about the sit-on-top fishing kayaks. I asked him what type of water he fishes, and he said he didn’t fish, he just wanted a nice paddling kayak that was “easy” to get in and out of for that enjoyable paddle around the lake near his house. That same conversation has taken place dozens of times since. Photo by Paul Smith, Outdoors Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jackson Kayak has so many great sit-on-top and hybrid sit-in kayaks in their line-up. Over the past few years I’ve enjoyed the Kraken 13.5 and this year the Kilroy, which for 2020 will be upgraded to the Kilroy HD. I’ve never felt the need to stand to fish and now with the higher seat position in both these kayaks I’m very pleased with the visibility I get to scout the water I’m fishing with my polarized sunglasses. And, the Kilroy being a hybrid combo of sit-in and sit-on-top, with the seat in the high position it is just as easy to enter and exit as the true sit-on-top kayak. Nicely, both are between 60 and 72 pounds without the seat, so easy to transport. In this ever-expanding world of kayak fishing and kayaking in general, there’s a huge place for all the great Jackson pedal/self-propelled kayaks and a place for the purist and recreational kayakers. So many of us just love the quiet of that blade slicing the water, pulling our kayak effortlessly through the water. 3 Comments Bill Schultz on November 6, 2019 at 8:49 pm I hope all of you who read the article enjoy it. I want to be sure to give Credit to Paul Smith, Outdoors Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who took the first three photos in this article. He has always been very generous with letting me use the photos he’s taken. I have truly appreciated it. Reply Robert Whetstone on November 7, 2019 at 6:44 pm Nice article. I too enjoy the quiet solitude of nature while paddling/peddling. I also enjoy the camaraderie in the kayak fishing community. I fished many online and live tournaments this year. The highlight was making the WKFC team to fish in the Crossroads Classic on Newton Lake. I believe I was the oldest competitor at 60. Reply Norm Christnacht on November 7, 2019 at 8:51 am My wife and I have been kayaking and kayak fishing for many years. We prefer lazy rivers and small, isolated lakes. Kayaking can take you to a place full of beauty and wildlife. Sometimes it’s the paddling and exploring and sometimes it’s the fishing, but most of the time it’s both. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.