For adventurous angler Robert Field, the last three years have been nothing short of exhilarating.
The avid kayak fisherman, owner of YakFishTV and winner of the 2015 Kayak Angler’s Choice Award for Online Video of the Year has proven it’s never too late to get into competitive fishing through his popular YouTube channel featuring his up-close-and-personal approach to the sport.
“My story isn’t as glamorous as some of my counterparts in our sport,” Field revealed to Reelerz. “I haven’t been fishing since I was a toddler. I had never paddled a kayak until three years ago. I found myself at a crossroads one day and decided to stop living my life on the couch and start looking for a little adventure.”
Robert went on to tell us just how addictive kayak fishing can be. “I stumbled upon kayak fishing through a friend and decided to give it a try. I was hooked from the moment I caught my first fish from a plastic boat. I went out and bought a kayak, [a] fishing rod, and a GoPro on the same day and never looked back.
“Since then I’ve been fortunate to go on some wild trips to chase after a variety of species. I’ve produced episodes all over the United States, and have trips planned abroad in 2016 to New Zealand, Mexico, and Panama.”
Many of the fish Robert Field has landed from his 12-foot Hobie kayak would leave some anglers echoing Police Chief Brody’s sage advice from the 1975 movie “Jaws” when Brody tells Captain Quint, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” But the suspense of the unknown is what has driven Field to pursue some of the most formidable aquatic animals in the world.
“Honestly, my favorite thing in the world is to chase a new species in waters unfamiliar to me,” Field says. “I enjoy the challenge of learning a new technique and figuring out a new fish. So far, the three coolest fish I’ve landed from the kayak would have to be a six-foot sailfish, 100-pound alligator gar, and an 80-pound paddlefish. All of my videos detail the techniques I’m using to catch these fish, so that would be the best place to start for some insight on how to get one in the kayak.”