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Snow Kayaking

The video below was posted a couple of years ago but it hasn’t received a lot of attention.  It should!  Back in 2013, Red Bull sponsored a kayak race in the snow in Estonia.

The contestants start at the top of a snow ski run, start simultaneously and race down the course.  At the end of the course, the contestants glide across a small pool of water.  Well, the successful ones glide, the unsuccessful ones flip over and semi-submerge.

Interestingly, several of the contestants are able to control their kayaks surprisingly well.  Since kayaks don’t have edges like skis or snowboards, the contestants (riders? paddlers? skiers?) use their paddles like levers to change direction.



yellow hammer lure

Yellow Hammer Lure Review

As we entered the Birmingham Alabama boat show, we were greeted by a huge, really cool fish tank displayed by Yellow Hammer lures.  A large, relatively slender tank full of bass fish was set up with rows of chairs on either side.  At certain times throughout the boat show they would show their famous lure and let everyone see how it worked.  They removed the hooks(so they didn’t actually hurt or catch the fish) and cast the lure into the tank where you could see the lure and the fish in action through the glass walls.

Yellow Hammer Fish Tank
Tank by Yellow Hammer Lures

The fish were definitely interested in the lures.  Every cast resulted in a strike.  Now, I was born on a Sunday, but it wasn’t last Sunday.  I’m sure the fish  were very hungry and would go after almost anything…but, that doesn’t really matter.  The demonstration gave you an excellent idea of how the lure moved in the water and how fish would attack it (especially when hungry).   Their slogan, ‘the best rig in town’ really seems true.  To be honest, the demonstration also showed me how accurately some people (read: not me) can cast.

Yellow Hammer CEOAfter the demonstration, we spoke with the Yellow Hammer representative, who also happens to be the Yellow Hammer C.E.O. (and, I suspect, the Yellow Hammer marketing director, chief financial officer, I.T. guy, …).  But, you don’t need a large company to make a good lure.   And the Yellow Hammer 5-wire is a very well-made lure.

With a shad-like lure in the middle and five wires arranged in a spoke-like configuration moving backwards from the center bait, it simulates a school of bait fish.  At the end of each wire is a spinner and a swivel where you can attach your preferred swim-bait.  Furthermore, it’s made in Alabama and no-one knows fish better than the South.

We were so impressed that my son bought one right there for my birthday.  Neither of us could wait to rig it up and catch some bass.

Yellow Hammer Lure

Even though it was January, the following day was warmer than usual and even a bad day bass fishing is better than a good day at work!  We loaded up the kayaks, put on warm clothes and hit the local creek.  Unfortunately the local creek hit back and we lost the lure before getting much of a chance to test it out.

After several casts, and a few bites, we snagged a rock and broke the line.  While this is a sad ending to an otherwise awesome day, I am still impressed with the Yellow Hammer 5-wire lure.  It is immediately obvious that it’s construction is top-notch.  Just make sure you have a strong line!

So, if you’re looking for a bass-catching lure that’s well-made and decently priced, check out the Yellow Hammer lures website at: http://www.theyellowhammerrig.com/, email:  BigBass@TheYellowHammerRig.com.   Or, you can give Todd (205) 527-7980 or Kyle (208) 368-7596 a call.

Yellow Hammer Sign


Check out our follow up review:  The lucky replacement – Yellow Hammer Rig!



Two Kayaks

Kayaking activity up this year!

Kayaking (including recreational, fishing, sea/touring and white water) involves almost 12 million of us! And, last year according to the Outdoor Recreation Participation Report of 2013  that number of kayakers includes an increase of 10-13%


Sounds good! As a whole, we are getting outdoors more.  The increase has been consistent when comparing the past three years.  That’s good for our health and mind.

Unfortunately if we go further back to compare overall outdoor activity from 2006 to current we find that we are just only slightly more outgoing now. From 49.1% participation rate in 2006 to 49.4%! Not as impressive.

So it looks like we should keep pushing to get outside and kayak or enjoy any of a number of activities. The Outdoor Foundation is trying to inspire and improve the trend of getting outdoors! The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Its vision is to be a driving force behind an increase in active outdoor recreation in America.

So, take those empty kayaks and get them in the water.  Feel the fresh air and reap the health benefits!  Bring your kids along too. Especially since  recent studies say getting outdoors is not only good for your health and mind it good for your kids health and minds!

The National Wildlife Federation states that kids are becoming more obese from lack of exercise and outdoor play and there are more and more ADHD drugs being used.  To top that, a sharp rise in antidepressants are being administered to pediatric patients.  Click here for article.

Let’s get out and play…how about kayaking!

Do you have ideas for getting our kids and ourselves outdoors?  Leave us a comment.

For more insights on kayaking activity increase, check out: http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/kayaking-and-canoeing-participation-rates/