How can fishing shape a life? That’s the central theme to Kwanza Henderson’s latest Yaktastic Adventures’ video We Yak Too. Watch this 20-minute video and you are going to hear a lot of reasons why Kwanza is on the water so much kayak fishing. You will also get to see some cool fishing video, even if only just enough to reinforce the points Henderson and co-produce Rob Devore make in the film.
Mainly you are going to get Kwanza talking. Luckily he’s very good at it and the engaging smile and easy going attitude go a long way towards making We Yak Too compelling.
What really drives the short film is Kwanza’s underlying passion for fishing and how that passion literally saved his life, offering both a safe, rewarding pastime and, more importantly, a way out of the Miami Beach projects.
Kwanza talks about the father he lost at age 5 revisits the pond where he both learned to catch bass on a plastic worm and gained a fishing mentor. One of his first fishing friends talks about helping a young Kwanza learn the basics, while another describes how an experienced Kwanza guided him to what at the time was his best every kayak catch — a 35-inch snook.
As for kayak fishing, in the video its basically understood that Kwanza early on found that a floating piece of plastic was the best way for him to unlock the watery riches of south Florida,. Although that aspect is never directly addressed, the kayak is an integral part of the film. One of the best segments of the film comes when his wife describes the first time she saw Kwanza driving with a bright yellow kayak strapped to the top of his ride.
Fittingly, it is a kayak fishing scene that shows what continues to fuel Kwanza Henderson’s passion for fishing. Set up perfectly along the bank, Kwanza gets hammered on a jerkbait, only to have the fish fall off. The next cast is right on target and the topwater take is instant and this time a beautiful snook makes it all the way to the boat. Pure joy.
In We Yak Too Kwanza does his best to bottle that joy and explain how it has changed — saved — his life.