Kayak fishing icon and unapologetic rocker ‘Kayak’ Kevin Whitley is back with another action-packed how-to DVD. In Kayak Fishing the Chesapeake Bay 3, Kevin and his hardcore ‘yak fishing friends Lee Williams and Rob Choi go to town on cold-water tautog around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and ply the striper fishery on Virginia’s eastern shore.
Kevin’s video, as always, is raw and real, checkered with busted lines and bleeped out blasts. The how-to is explicitly detailed. If you’re venturing onto these wild waters during winter’s frigid mid-40s water temperatures, it’s essential viewing. Know this: it’s a time for tough anglers.
“Winter? The wind sucks. Yeah, you’re wet,” the Johnson Outdoors Watercraft pro says.
There’s new info here, in particular Whitley’s technique for chasing monster stripers during long, 7-mile drifts. “We haven’t had them close in at the ships. If you don’t do this right you’re going to get caught in the current in a bad way,” he says.
Whitley is famous for taking his fishing trips to the extreme. He’s paddled 500 miles from the Florida/Georgia border to his home in Norfolk, Va. A couple years later, he cranked out 1,800 solo miles from Pensacola, Fl. to Norfolk, and he ha circumnavigated the Virginia chunk of Chesapeake Bay. While he has nothing so ambitious on his current schedule (the need to pay the bills is getting in the way), Whitley says he still spends a lot of time camping out of his fishing kayak. “Last year I spent a month in my tent,” he says. In the meantime, he’s talking up a storm on a weekly podcast.
“We’ve got a lot of room to grow. It’s fun,” he says. Like everything the man does. -KF