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Al Stillman aka YAKMAN

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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.

Al has been working closely, over the last 2 years,with Advanced Elements Inflatable Kayaks where helps to improve there luggage style inflatables so they are fishing machines. Al working on the Advanced Elements Inflatable Pro Fishing Team will try to bring awareness to the inflatable kayak.

Al has been working with GullWing Paddle this year to create a kayak fishing specific paddle that can offer the kayak angler some options.Al fishes Long Island, New York, New Jersey, Martha's Vineyard, Coast of Maine and North Carolina. Al is seasoned sea kayaker, with professional training, with several long range kayak expeditions through out Northern Maine and the Outer Banks to his accomplishments. Al has only been fishing for the last 5 years and is very serious when it comes to learning about fishing. Al helped start fish tagging programs in his area to help manage the fisheries he fishes in.


AL Stillman



Home Base:

Cherry Hill, New Jersey


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Kayak fishing since:

2001 - I am  professionally trained and has spent over 15 years kayaking on the East Coast, from Northern Maine (MITA Trail) to Florida and Key West. I have spent many weeks on long range SOLO kayak trips in the Outer Banks NC, Florida Keys and has spent many weeks in Maine on the Maine Island Trail. I also frequents Long Island Montauk Point, Chespeak Bay, Cape May and New England with yearly scheduled trips chasing stripe bass.

You can find me on the following Kayak Fishing Forums 



Ocean Kayak Manta
Native Ultimate 14 Tandem
Wilderness Systems Ride 135
Wilderness Systems Tsunami Sea Kayak
Advanced Element Inflatable Kayak

Your thoughts on Fishing and Kayak Fishing:

Favorite fish species, and why:

Stripe Bass

Preferred Method for Fishing from the kayak: 


headed to JBAY next week for some fishing anyone headed to the tournament?


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