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Kayak & Fishing Safety

PFD: Personal Floatation Device



I'll be writing more about safety, but first and foremost wear your PDD, AKA Personal Floatation Device and/or life jacket.

The one I currently use is the NRS Chinook PFD Life Jacket.

I'm a big fella (5' 7" / 280 lbs) and the XL/XXL has room to spare.

Hi! I’m Roger, and I’m a confirmed “BassHole.”

Yup, I belonged to a fishing club in San Francisco (years ago!) called the BassHoles! 

I’ve been fishing since I built my own rod out of a discarded bamboo pole with cup holder hooks for guides, with a reel I found in the trash strapped to the bamboo with black electrical tape. I was about 10 years old.

Now I’m semi-self-unemployed/retired and fish every opportunity I have. As the Smiling BassHole, I fish for bass on spinning gear.

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I’ve never been able to afford a bass a boat, but I’m about to pick up the world’s most expensive kayak – upgraded from a Hobie Float Cat 75. So I’ll SOON have my very own Hobie Pro Angler 12 Mirage 360, my 4th kayak in 4 years! Hobie is a fantastic company and the inventor of the pedal kayak – my last 2 kayaks were both Hobie Outbacks. I love the Hobie!

Before the Float Cat, I used float tubes to get into the water, and  I still have recommendations for these – an inexpensive way to get you into fishy waters!

In June of 2015, I slipped on a river bank and tore my patella tendon. I crawled for an hour on my hands and knee (the left one wouldn’t move!) across sharp rocks to get near my car, and was finally helped by a young man who backed my car down the rest of the way, helped orient me to the door, and I hauled myself in. I drove myself to the emergency room, and within a couple of weeks had reconstructive surgery.

That ended my fishing adventures for 2015!

Unable to fish, I joined some fishing organizations, started reading magazines, searched Google for fishing tips, watched bass tournaments on TV, and generally started deepening my education on bass fishing.

I learned so much that I decided I would share it with the world, and that’s what brought you here!

Smiling BassHole in Hobie OutbackI love to fish, and I love to CATCHfish, but mostly I love to have fun! So I’ve decided to share how to have fun even when you’re not catching all the fish you think you should.

I’d love to hear your fishing stories, tips, advice, pros, cons, and so forth.

Enjoy the site and share your wisdom!

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

Founder of Catch-Big-Bass.com & TheSmilingBassHole.com



Catch-Big-Bass http://catch-big-bass.com/ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Hi! I’m Roger, and I’m a confirmed “BassHole.”

Yup, I belonged to a fishing club in San Francisco (years ago!) called the BassHoles! 

I’ve been fishing since I built my own rod out of a discarded bamboo pole with cup holder hooks for guides, with a reel I found in the trash strapped to the bamboo with black electrical tape. I was about 10 years old.

Now I’m semi-self-unemployed/retired and fish every opportunity I have. As the Smiling BassHole, I fish for bass on spinning gear.

DSC02857

I’ve never been able to afford a bass a boat, but I’m about to pick up the world’s most expensive kayak – upgraded from a Hobie Float Cat 75. So I’ll SOON have my very own Hobie Pro Angler 12 Mirage 360, my 4th kayak in 4 years! Hobie is a fantastic company and the inventor of the pedal kayak – my last 2 kayaks were both Hobie Outbacks. I love the Hobie!

Before the Float Cat, I used float tubes to get into the water, and  I still have recommendations for these – an inexpensive way to get you into fishy waters!

In June of 2015, I slipped on a river bank and tore my patella tendon. I crawled for an hour on my hands and knee (the left one wouldn’t move!) across sharp rocks to get near my car, and was finally helped by a young man who backed my car down the rest of the way, helped orient me to the door, and I hauled myself in. I drove myself to the emergency room, and within a couple of weeks had reconstructive surgery.

That ended my fishing adventures for 2015!

Unable to fish, I joined some fishing organizations, started reading magazines, searched Google for fishing tips, watched bass tournaments on TV, and generally started deepening my education on bass fishing.

I learned so much that I decided I would share it with the world, and that’s what brought you here!

Smiling BassHole in Hobie OutbackI love to fish, and I love to CATCHfish, but mostly I love to have fun! So I’ve decided to share how to have fun even when you’re not catching all the fish you think you should.

I’d love to hear your fishing stories, tips, advice, pros, cons, and so forth.

Enjoy the site and share your wisdom!

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

Founder of Catch-Big-Bass.com & TheSmilingBassHole.com



Catch-Big-Bass http://catch-big-bass.com/ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
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