The below independent paddle review was done by Terry Jackson from the North Wales Kayak Fishing community in the UK. Terry contacted me awhile back about wanting to try the Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles. He was so enthused, that he wanted to get the information out to the kayak angler community in the UK. The link below is from Terry’s website: http://www.northwaleskayakfishing.co.uk/id190.html
Our kayak fishing brethren across the pond have a different way to punctuate, elaborate and make their point. I took his review and “Americanized” it for a better read from our perspective. Nothing was changed or removed. Below is Terry’s review of our paddles.
This is my review of the hand paddles.
The Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles are designed by The Backwater Paddle Company. They are designed as additional paddles. They are not designed to replace your paddle, but to compliment it. The idea behind them is simple and very effective. If you are fishing its much easier to maneuver and control your kayak using just the single hand paddle. This also gives you a free hand to fish with.
This is its primary design. So lets for instance say you are fishing the river and you see a great area to cast a lure. Then you switch to your hand paddle and control the rate of drift as well as maneuver the kayak in to position while still fishing. This would give you a lot More time in the target area to catch that fish.
We tested both hand paddles out the Predator and Piranha we could not defiantly work out a which one was best for us. It was split down the middle between us as to which was better for our us .
Both paddles are made from top quality birch ply and finished with a marine grad varnish. Both have hand loops.
We tried paddling with them for a few hours, swapping over paddles. What we found was because the paddles are light weight and very easy to handle, we made no splash at all, hardly. So again, another bonus is you can sneak right up on the fish without them knowing.
We then tried the floating test. What if we dropped the paddle while fishing? Would it float? As you can see, they both did.
Getting right in to the trees and roots where the fish are going to be was no problem while using the paddles.
When not in use, the compact size of the hand paddles made them very easy to stow.
The hook shape on both paddles is designed for grabbing on to branches.
All in all this is a superb innovative fishing aid. It both helps to keep you in the target area and allows extra control while still fishing.
Article by Terry Jackson (Zebra)
Again, Thanks Terry for your time and consideration in promoting our paddle products to the Welsh Kayakers!! Paddle on my friend!!