Posts by Kevin Webster

Kevin Webster is a web analyst and internet marketer by trade, but spends as much time as humanly possible in his KC Kayak K12, kayak fishing. He is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Sensorcon, an American manufacturer of sensors and sensor technology.
WNY Fishing Maps

Western New York Fishing Maps

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One of the projects I’m going to tinker with this summer is building a set of Western New York fishing maps.  It’s kind of a sensitive area for a lot of fishermen, as bloggers such as myself need to carefully balance the desire to share information with the concept of protecting valuable local fisheries.  Rest assured I have this balance in mind as I deliver the results.  You can see the first entries here: Link.  I’ve started by mapping out a very popular spot for kayakers and kayak fishermen alike: Black Creek near the Genesee River in Chili.
WNY Fishing Maps

 

What I intend to do is only publish reports on areas that tend to already see a lot of fishing pressure.  That is to say I’m not out to turn great secret fishing spots into circuses.  No one wants that, including myself.

So as the project grows, you’re not going to see all of my trips.  Rather, you’ll only see the ones that are well known locations.

Kayak Fishing and Increased Fishing Pressure

To be sure, the proliferation of kayaks has increased fishing pressure in Western New York, and everywhere else.  Manufacturing methods have brought both sit in and sit on top kayaks into the budget of nearly everyone.  This has its benefits, and its downsides.  It’s also raising a lot of questions on waterway navigability, in the sense that land owners are now dealing with many more people paddling through their property.  It’s important for everyone to know their rights, as well as the rights of the property owners in areas where they paddle and fish.

To that end, these maps will only include areas where I firmly believe any angler has the right to fish.  So nowhere that the water is properly posted on both sides of the creek.  In New York State, you MAY paddle through double posted water, but you MAY NOT fish there technically, especially if it is listed as prohibited on the Posted sign.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the maps.  They are fun to make.  The new Google Map Engine is a blast, and makes it very simple to create custom maps.

Go try one for yourself!

 

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Opening Day Pike 2014 – Western New York

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Well, we paddled up the Genesee River to a little creek to have a look for walleye.  As such, we were geared light.  So we didn’t anticipate this fella!

 

Genesee River Pike from Kevin Webster on Vimeo.

My father in law ran into this 30+ inch Northern Pike right at the mouth. And right where I had been fishing for an hour before he cast.

He was using a white Mister Twister an ultra light rod, and 4 pound test mono.  I have no idea how he managed to land the fish.

But, as you can see, the pike had better things to do, and decided to go do them before we took the hero shot or got an accurate measurement.  That’s ok.  We know where he lives.

Here’s the best we can do from the GoPro Hero2 video.

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Tips for Rookies: A First-Time Paddler’s Guide

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It’s no surprise that kayaking is a very popular past time for athletes and water enthusiasts alike. However, if you’re heading out on the water for the first time, there are quite a few things you need to know before stepping into a kayak. While it is a fun and easy sport, being under prepared can get you into trouble.

Get the Right Gear

First and foremost, you need a kayak and a paddle. There are many varieties of kayaks—sit on top, tandem, inflatable, etc. Determine the type of water you will be in, who you will be kayaking with, and how you are going to transport it. From there, deciding on which kayak to bring will be easy. Your paddle is often contingent on your height. The taller you are, the longer paddle you will need. We recommend a lightweight carbon fiber paddle for first time paddlers. Your local paddle shop will help you find all the answers you need.

Safety Should Always Come First

Besides the actual kayak and paddle, the most important thing to have on your paddling trip is a PFD- personal flotation device. A life jacket is absolutely necessary and could ultimately save your life if anything were to happen. There is always a chance your kayak could capsize, so it is best to prepare for the worst. Bring a dry set of clothes or wear a wet-suit if you’re paddling in colder waters. It’s also important to have other necessary safety items on hand, like a first aid kit and bungee cords.

Don’t Push Yourself

Kayaking is not as easy as it seems. Depending on the wind and type of water you’re in, it can be quite the workout on your arms. Take slow strokes and work on balancing your weight instead of going fast. Make sure each stroke is a pull with your downward stroke while your upward arm pushes the paddle away from you. You’ll find rhythm easily. Keep water conditions and weather in mind. Pick a day with no rain and calm waters for easy kayaking. Remember to pack a snack and water in case you find yourself far from shore and low on energy.

Another important thing to remember when kayaking for the first time is to never do it solo. Always bring a seasoned kayaking partner with you that can assist you out if things go astray. Practice makes perfect, and over time you’ll be able to develop your skills like a pro. Visit Austin Kayak today for information on kayaks, paddles, and other equipment for first time paddlers.

About the Author:

Joseph is an avid kayaker based out of the central Texas area. He has spent many a weekend and holiday on the Texas coast attending sea kayaking events or just having some fun with a kayak or paddleboard. He’s currently employed at Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK.com) and loves that he gets to spend time working with his favorite toys.

3 Great Niagara River Dive Videos Fishgator New York Fishing

3 Great Niagara River Dive Videos

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It’s a fantastic piece of water (although technically a Strait, not a River). Here’s 3 great videos showing the bottom and structure of the Niagara River, and some of its inhabitants.

 

 

 

Susquehanna Northern Pike

Fall Fishing the Susquehanna River

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Sunset on the Susquehanna River in Barton, NY

Sunset on the Susquehanna River in Barton, NY

It’s late October, and the prospects of a long winter are bearing downon us. The sun comes up later, sets earlier, and seems to pop out less and less each day. On the river, the sun can make all the difference in the world between comfort and feeling frigid.

With all that in mind, Paul Shipman, Daniel Evans and myself bundled up, and dipped the bows of our kayaks into the Susquehanna River on Sunday.

Moments after 9 am, when the trip began in earnest, it was apparent that the fall feed was on in Susquehanna River. Nearly right on top of the Nichols/Lounsberry boat launch, Daniel was into a walleye almost instantly. It was one of nearly 10 we got on the day, without targeting them.

Across the river from the launch, a Little Cleo Spoon hooked into an angry Northern Pike for me, and a pretty decent battle ensued. As you can see in the picture, this wasn’t a pike of legend, but he was a hard fighter. He, like most of the 20 fish I caught Sunday, was no novice. Twice he took off right underneath the kayak, dead center, making it an exciting chore to keep him from breaking the line.

It’s a deep hole by those deadfalls across from launch, and he lay right under one of them.

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Susquehanna Northern Pike – In the fall, look deep around lay downs and other current breaks.

I was amazed at his power. Turns out he wasn’t alone though in that regard.

We fished the first set of riffles by the park, feeling our way through our tackle bags looking for the right baits to target our intended quarry: the smallmouth bass.

I did manage to land 2 on pearl colored microtubes, but neither had much size. I began to think maybe something a little larger was in order. The water was near gin clear, but these were smallmouth looking to fatten up for the winter, so I went to the classic: Mister Twister’s on jig heads.

It was a fortuitous decision.

At the end of the long run before the 282 bridge, there’s a deep hole on the left bank with a very noticeable current seam. We worked this spot for a while, fetching up several little smallmouth and even littler walleyes. Unfortunately, the only Little Cleo I brought for this