Kayak Angler Magazine, a division of Rapid Media, provided a review of the Assault Hand Paddle by Backwater Paddle Company. Thanks for your time and consideration…and photos!
Below is the article provided by Kayak Angler Magazine:
Fresh Catch: Assault Hand Paddle
The Assault Hand Paddle is a one-handed paddle that gets around.
We’ve all been there. The fish of a lifetime darts under your kayak and then pulls you into the rocks, pilings, brush and over the falls. What do you do? Panic? Flail? Nope, just grab the Assault Hand Paddle!
One of the first questions people ask when they see a kayak fisherman is, “How do you fish and paddle at the same time?” Backwater paddle’s answer is the Assault Hand Paddle, a single-blade paddle with a short handle that’s the perfect size for tight maneuvers and easy storage. The polypropylene plastic paddle measures 22 inches long by six-inches wide and handle is covered with EVA foam. The paddle has jagged teeth on one side to grip tree limbs and pilings and a hook for removing snagged lines or latching onto a branch. There’s even a loop of parachute cord on the end of the handle to leash the paddle to your hand or clip it to your kayak with a carabineer.
On the water, the hand paddle really works. I’ve taken the Assault fishing for striped bass around bridge pilings and sight-casting for reds in a narrow creek. The paddle was a big hand while I was fighting fish. I could work the rod with one hand and make adjustments to my position with the other. When a fish would dart under the boat, a couple back strokes with the hand paddle brought the line around to the right side of the kayak. I could also avoid obstacles while the fish dragged me at will.
The hand paddle really worked well when I was drifting, allowing me to keep the kayak pointed in the best direction for me to work my lure. When I was searching the bridge pilings for striped bass, the paddle allowed me to hold the bow into the current while keeping my rod ready to cast. When I didn’t need the Assault, I tossed it in my tankwell where it fits between the crate and kayak.
The paddle was great for making slight adjustments or moving the kayak a few feet, but it wasn’t powerful enough to completely spin my kayak or propel me very far. I’d love to see an extendable handle that would make it easier to take strokes on the opposite side of the kayak. But the paddle worked great when it was needed most – in a fish-fighting emergency!
Check out the Assault Hand Paddle at www.backwaterpaddles.com.
The hooked tip and serrated edge of the Assault Hand Paddle holds tight to structure to get close to the fish.