As an aside, thank you to those who nominated Man Powered Fishing for blog of the year and me for angler of the year. To me, getting nominated by your peers is as big an honor as any. Also big congrats to Wilderness Systems and Bending Branches for kicking butt in the voting again this year!
In addition to the big win, I finally got to meet and fish with Ben Duchesney last week on the Swift River. Ben is a KAM editor who I've been working with for a few years, so I was stoked to finally be able to get on the water with him. The Swift is one of the toughest trout rivers to fish in western MA. It gets a ton of pressure and the flat water sections can be super tough - especially when the surface is littered with leaves and pine needles. Thankfully, we didn't get skunked, but it was a grind. It ended up being a multi-species trip, as we caught trout, bass, and yellow perch. My highlight was landing a jumob yellow perch that qualified for a MA trophy citation/pin at 14.25". It nailed a streamer fished along a weedy drop off.
My first MA citation yellow perch
A couple weeks before, Ben also asked me if I would like to partner with KAM and post some of their content here on Man Powered Fishing. The first article they are circulating is called "Don't be THAT Kayak Fisherman". Below is an excerpt from the article, but you can read the full article at Kayak Angler's website. Click here to read the full article.
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.