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Hello all, my name is Raymond Jones AKA acnjshink
I’m a long time fisherman; I'm located in Kaiserslautern Germany. I have been kayak fishing for about three years now and I love it. I’m active duty military so I move around allot. I grew up in Atlantic City NJ and I try to get back as much as I can to see family and get in some saltwater fishing.
I fish from a Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack Inflatable Kayak. My work takes me all over the world so this is the easiest way to get on some water. This platform has outperformed my expectations, it is super stable and fast enough for me to get out of the way of these big Barge Ships over here in Germany.

The nickname SHINK was given to me by my brother, its short for Shinkansen, the Japanese Bullet train. He said I was as fast as a train growing up. Everyone back home use to call me Shink and it stuck. So when I first used the internet and I had to make up a username I put ACNJSHINK short for Atlantic City New Jersey Shink.

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I started East Coast Kayak in 2004, as a means to meet other people interested in kayak fishing. Over the years ECKF has developed into professional sponsored kayak fishing team, where we try to fish as many tournaments on the East Coast. Over the years we have been asked to run kayak fishing seminar’s and instructional on the water workshops. East Coast Kayak Fishing Team is currently a group of hard core kayak anglers who try and fish as many tournaments as possible together, promote safety in our sport and commit to fishing together up and down the east coast.

albentI have been a Pro Staffer for St Croix Rods for 5 years. I still love the question that I get asked all the time "When is St Croix Rods going to come out with a Kayak Fishing Specific Rod?" The official St Croix answer is that they make hundreds of rods that are perfect for kayak fishing. If you want a shorter butt, then just take a few inches off. 

I have worked closely with Skwoosh as there Kayak Fishing Product Manager where I help develop new specific kayak fishing products. Over the last 4 years we have seen Skwoosh become a leading role in the performance gel seats for kayak fishing. Anyone that has been sitting in a kayak for more than a few hours can appreciate the Skwoosh Gel Seat. Skwoosh and ECKF have been working together for many years.

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My Name is Dennis and I am a Freshwater Fisherman, I am learning to fish the salt. I prefer to fish fresh because I live so close to it. In 2010 I became a part of Feelfree kayak fishing team. I fished in my first Salt Tournament The 6th annual at J-Bay N.Y. I learned how to use the KayakCarl Tube N Worm. I will swear by it, it's very magical. I caught a few blues on the tournament. I like the action of saltwater, but my love is still the freshwater.


My other hobbies include: Photography, kayaking back water with the many clubs I belong to and Hiking trails. I am a member of The Sierra Club, Delaware Valley Kayakers(DVK) and The Outdoor Club Of South Jersey(OCSJ).

Name: Dennis Barnes

Nickname: Piney

Home Base: Burlington County, NJ

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Website:  http://fwswkayaker.shutterfly.com/

You can find me on the following Kayak Fishing Forums:

Kayak: Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125 sit inside kayak, My First kayak was a 10' Perception Kayak.Then I had 2 sit on tops from FeelFree 12 and 13 foot for fishing the salt.

Favorite fish species, and why: Esox Niger AKA The Chain Pickerel The Most agressive fish in the fresh water here in NJ.
Anglers hate catching them, especially during a tournament. They Lose a lot of expensive lures to these toothy critters(pickerel).
If you are lucky enough to catch one up to 27" in length you will understand.
These are some of the other fish I have caught here in NJ
Large Mouth Bass, yellow perch, some channel cats.

Where did your passion for kayak fishing come from: Always fished from The Shore and The Fisherman In The boats were catching all the fish.

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John “JAM” Mortensen currently employed by The Roost Bait and Tackle in Hatteras, North Carolina where he is a Custom Fishing Rod Builder, with over 10 years experience Building Custom Fishing Rods for all applications. The Roost is located inside of Teach’s Lair Marina, which is one of the premier Marina’s in the world. JAM is currently on the Pro Staff for DAIWA, and Aqua-Bound Paddles.

jamJAM started KAYAK Fishing in 2002, in an area commonly known as The Grave Yard of the Atlantic. He spent the first 4 years of his Kayak fishing, right off of Cape Point, in Buxton North Carolina. After 4 years of Gear Destruction on Diamond Shoals, he switched gears to explore what the backwaters of Hatteras Island had to offer, where he spends about 80 percent of his time.

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Name is Matt. Was born and raised in NJ. YAKCHUM has been his screen screen name since 1998. He is an unemployed Architectural Draftsman and Designer. I have been fishing since he was 5 years old.
mattflukeMatt was 1st mate on his pops fishing boat for over 15 years. He owned and operated his own 20' Wellcraft power boat for 5 years. Once he sold his boat he needed a new way to go fishing and decided in the winter of 2009 – 2010 to go purchase a kayak and use it as he new fishing platform. In april he purchased his first kayak used Perception Caster 12.5. Over the past season he has fished a wide variety of targets ranging from freshwater large mouth bass to summer fl9ounder (fluke). Also rigging his kayak as the pros have rigged theirs suiting his preferences. Matt looks forward as being a pro staffer for ECKF and shareing his knowledge and experiances with the team and fellow kayakers.

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KWMy name is William Bowman i grew up in long island and still live here .ive been fishing my hole life from commercial to partyboats from shore and now from kayak.im a mamber of the kfa-ny aka mossy.i picked this name because like the patern for hutning and my personality is the same i just grow on ya . My aspect in life dont take anything for granted .cause one day it will all be gone.with that said i hope i could pass on all the thing's I know and will learn from others and teach the next person ...

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tarusvflounderMy name is Tauras Vebeliunas, and i was born and raised on Long Island, New York. I've fished the waters of the Northeast and abroad, both salt and sweet, since the early 1980's. While I love to fish year round in the surf, offshore and inshore by boat,  on charters and excursions, and more - kayakfishing is my main passion on the angling front.

As for my paddling experience, it dates back over 25 years, and includes lake and river canoeing/kayaking, ocean kayaking, and, extended wilderness canoeing/camping.
While I fished on many of those trips years ago, it was never considered a separate niche of angling- just a rod, a canoe, and fish! Today, of course, kayak-fishing is a huge sport on it's own, and being a part of the birth and evolution since it began, has been both a privilege, and, tons of fun!

Through tournaments and gatherings, the KFA-NY, ECKF, and sometimes just friendly chat on the shoreline, I've gained many great friends, and I always look forward to that next fishing trip on the yak!

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redtailman.JPGHi my name is Kevin Henderson aka Redtailman got the name from raising redtail catfish as a hobby. I have been fishing all my life i could remember when my dad use to take us fishing at the local docks using bamboo poles to catch blowfish. I fish the north shore and south of Long Island I got into kayaking around 2007 because watching bass from the shoreline crashing on peanut bunker and i couldn't reach them. So brought my first kayak that weekend went to every kayak show possible then got introduce to KFA-NY and Kayak Willy. Well to make long story short I was hooked. I never belong to a organization or club like kayak clubs people here are just the best. I really enjoy the sport so much and the men and woman who share the same passion as I do

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carl4x4I'm 37 years old and have a lovely wife, two amazing young children, and a deep love for fishing that began in early childhood. Growing up I started fishing off my father's boat. When I was able to cast I started surfcasting. Growing up I spent most weekends cruising the beaches of Montauk with my dad, and uncle Johnny. A few years back while surfcasting I noticed some kayakfishermen out passed the breakers. They where nailing fish just out of reach of everyones' casts. At that point I decided that I was getting a kayak. From that cold day in February when I got my first fish on the kayak, I'v been hooked ever since.

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"We have a unique and important role to play in the collective lives of those whom we support and connect with through our very own passion, the Kayak Angler. With this role comes a core responsibility to bridge and maintain the life lines that are in place to unconditionally support them and, as a result, we become a force of credible distinction that the industry (Innovators & manufacturers) rely upon to help cross that bridge simply because of the alliances and allegiance we have earned through the trust of our own community.

Team ECKF is a seasoned  group of kayak fisherman chosen from various states throughout the east coast committed to foster the growth and development of the sport of Kayak Fishing. This geographical diversity within the team gives us strength as a unit and high visibility within the kayak fishing community. Together we commit to fishing all major kayak fishing tournaments, attending and supporting as many events local and abroad.

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