Great Time At Kayak Bass Adventures Bash 2014

Great Time At Kayak Bass Adventures Bash 2014

Kayak Bass Adventures is pleased to announce that we just raised over $20,000 for Heroes on the Water – our chosen charity and a fabulous organization committed to helping our injured military personnel.

The funds – $20,812.65 to be exact – were raised at our Second Annual Poker Tournament on October 2 hosted at the Colleyville, Texas home of Terry Sandlin, a principal of Sandlin Homes. This is the second year in a row that we held this fundraiser for this worthy cause, bringing our total raised to almost $50,000.
I first learned of Heroes on the Water at a bass fishing tournament – and was so touched by the veteran’s story and so impressed by the organization that I wanted myself and my fellow bass fisherman buddies to do our part. Heroes on the Water helps our nation’s veterans from all branches of the military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. Founded in 2007, this unique fishing program gives these warriors a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the rigorous physical and mental rehabilitation they must endure when they get back.  Guided fishing trips are hosted for these veterans by Heroes on the Water and held in local communities around the country. Funds raised at our Poker Tournament will go directly to help hold more events.
I can’t think of a better way to support our community as well as our military than this worthwhile cause. It was an honor just to be involved. I have experienced such joy from my fishing that I am always looking for opportunities to share it with others and what could be better than combining honoring our serviceman with the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy nature?
At the event, participants enjoyed a fabulous dinner, played poker and took part in a raffle. Top prizes included an Ipad, gift cards, exclusive fishing equipment and a Hobie kayak. The winner of this grand prize kayak kept the love flowing and donated it to the Heroes on the Water organization. For more information, visit their website at and consider your own fundraiser as well!
I would like to extend some special thanks to our sponsors and those who donated raffle items including
Title Sponsor- Valley-Dynamo, the largest manufacturer of pool tables, air hockey tables and foosball tables
Table Sponsors – Valley-Dynamo, Mariner-Sails, Champs Americana, Dominic Via, Guild Mortgage, Sandlin Homes.
Partner Sponsors – Hot On Homes, Anderson-Hanson-Blanton, Perry Hix, The Getz Team,
Product Sponsors – Temple Fork Outfitters, Smith Optics, Brute Outdoors, Hobie Fishing, Xcite Baits
And of course, to our poker players for their participation and donations!
If you missed the fun this year, mark your calendars for next September and be sure to join us again!

Mariner-Sails: Leading the Southwest In Everything Kayak!


It is a well established fact that I have a tackle, gear and gadget addiction. I also know that there are many like me in the kayak fishing community. As most, I am an impulse buyer, meaning I’m at a place of business and see the product, purchase the product and then use the product. I get real frustrated when I make a purchase and have to wait the fourteen days for free shipping. Heck, with my track record I may have forgotten why I wanted the stuff in the first place. I am also a huge last minute guy. As tournaments or appearance draw near I always need that one last thing and there is not time for ordering. What a kayak bass angler to do when he’s impulsive, in a hurry and doesn’t have the time or knowledge to install items correctly? He goes to Mariner-Sails.

I want to spend a segment and tell you why Mariner-Sails, in Dallas Texas should be your one and only stop for kayak fishing merchandise. Yes, they carry every name brand under the sun and are knowledgeable about each product they represent, but what separates them from the rest of the pack is that they have it in stock. When you walk into the shop you are overwhelmed by the scale of kayaks and supplies they have to offer. I have deemed them the largest, most knowledgeable kayak supplier in the Southwest. For all those folks reading in the Southwest this is your one stop. For those of you that are out of town they have an excellent website that’s easy to use. This site gives you pricing, specs, sizes and all the information that you need to make an informed decision. You may ask what if I have a question. Well pick up the phone and call, (972) 241-1498; make sure you speak to Shaun Russell or Dave Potts. These two guys are lights out when it comes to answering your questions relating to any kayak fishing product.

So, if it’s not enough to have the largest stock in the Southwest or to have an available help line to discuss you questions you can add service and warranty. Mariner Sails takes those two items to the extreme. You can search all over fishing forums and see the testimony of all the folks who are not only satisfied, but are raving fans of Mariner-Sails. I have seen the team jump hurdles and crawl under wire to satisfy customers in a warranty situation. The great thing is your never alone wondering what’s up. Mariner-Sails offer excellent follow up and communication so you know exactly where you are in the process.

I say the above 448 words to say that not many people go to the lengths to satisfy, support and educate their clients. The shop offers numerous support seminars that educate you from water safety to catching a limit of crappie and everything in between. When you are looking to make that kayak or kayak accessory purchase make sure you call the team at Mariner-Sails.  These guys are the only people I trust with my Hobie Pro Angler 14’s.

Remember that when you are in a hurry and feeling impulsive and need over the top service call Mariner-Sails. You will not be disappointed and heck you may see me in there loading up another basket of greatness. I have learned that when you’re doing business you want to make sure you’re dealing with folks who know what they’re talking about, treat you fairly and have it in stock!



Loaded To Ride

I know that we are in the heart of the winter months, however, in North Texas, with each passing day it feels more like spring. The spring weather has brought an upswing of traffic on areas lakes along with area fishing forums. New blood is outstanding for our sport, which continues to grow leaps and bounds. The growth not only comes from new anglers but from the kayak and gear manufacturers that are bringing new gear to the market in record fashion. In this week’s addition I want to spotlight the Hobie Pro Angler 14 and the gear that I use for a quality Kayak Bass Adventure!


Let’s start with the Hobie Pro Angler 14. This boat simply rocks, as a solid fishing platform. The Hobie design enables the boat to be safe and sturdy on open water, in windy conditions. The Pro Angler 14 has an overall length of 13’8” and is 38” in width. This design enables anglers to easily move around the cockpit, reach behind and 

Every Pro Angler 14 is designed to carry a capacity load of six hundred pounds. I am not a minimalist! I carry everything and the kitchen sink on my Hobie every time I go out.  The rear deck storage area has enough room for me to carry almost every after market accessory know to man. Did I mention hands free fishing? The most outstanding part of this Hobie, for me, is the Mirage Drive System. The Mirage Drive allows me to hold my position, without corrective paddling, and gives me the advantage to have my line in the water more than my paddle. This one feature alone will give you an almost 2-1 advantage of fishing time compared to other kayaks on the market.ease to stand up and make that quality presentation to a waiting fish. The boat comes loaded with features, in the standard package. These features include an outstanding tackle management system with three Plano boxes. Two of these boxes are stored in a below deck hatch which is located right at your feet. The Pro Angler 14 has the capacity to hold six rods in the horizontal position. This is an outstanding feature and allows you to know your equipment is stored safely and within a hands distance of you picking it up and using it. I need to mention the seat. This is the most comfortable kayak seat on the market today. The seat has a front and back tilt and offers a high and low position. I can’t describe the comfort of this seat; you’ll just have to try it! These features alone are worth the price of admission, but there are tons more that make the Hobie PA 14 invaluable to the kayak bass angler.

 Many people ask me about the overall rigged weight of the boat and I say it’s the lightest one hundred and thirty eight pounds you will ever lift. I fish on my own most of the time and load and unload my boat solo. I do not have a trailer, but with a bed extender on a truck and proper balancing techniques the Hobie PA 14 gets in and out of the truck with great ease.    

The aftermarket options that I felt necessary for me where all purchased from Mariner-Sails and produced by Yak Attack, Scotty and Ram. I like to have the options of quick disconnect of my fish finder and camera mounts, therefore I chose the Gear Track 175. This track is easy to install and comes with all the parts you need, from screws to a pilot drill bit. I like the 1.75” Gear Track at 12” in length so that I can stack multiple accessories on both sides of the Pro Angler 14. I also endorse the Pan Fish Portrait both large and small additions. When purchasing the large Pan Fish I used the Mighty Mount and secured it to the Kayak on the left hand side behind my seat. I use the large Pan Fish to mount my Drift HD camera so that I can capture all the action. The small Pan Fish fits snug in my Gear Track, holding my digital camera. My digital camera is easily removed from the Gear Track and allows me to take quick photos of the fish before release.  Finally, a new piece of equipment for me, the Black Pac. This tackle management system is outstanding. In short it has all you need to keep your tackle organized and at you beckon call. The Black Pac system is capable of holding digital cameras, rod holders, Hawg Troughs and any other possible thing you would need when you’re out on the water. There are plenty of reviews and guides to this product; all you need to do is simply Google “BlackPac”. 

I always carry my Yeti Cooler on the back as well as my twoday survival and first aid pack from Zippmo Survival Gear. The Yeti speaks for itself and I consider this cooler to be at the top of the cooler food chain. The Zippmo Survival pack has been reviewed in a previous blog.

There you have it; that is my boat in a nutshell. Before you by a kayak paddle as many boats as you can so that you know what you are getting. Make sure you know the type of fishing you are going to do and research the boat fully before making a final decision. Please take the time to go into local dealers, such as Mariner-Sails and visit with the staff. They will be happy to answer any questions you have, to ensure you are making the right call. I have found the Hobie Pro Angler 14, along with all the above mentioned accessories work for me and do what I need them to do. I hope everyone has an excellent spring season. I look forward to seeing you out on the water.


Keep Living The Dream!