Review: Backwater Assault Hand Paddle
If you’re like me, when I first started seeing the Assault Hand Paddle by Backwater Paddle Company on social media I could not for the life of me understand what importance or usefulness this thing could have. There were some well-known people in the kayak fishing community who were promoting them but I chalked it up to good marketing at best. I figured I did not need another paddle other than the one that I use to get from one place to the other. What could I do with the Assault Paddle that I couldn’t already do with the paddle that I have?
Let me share with you when my thoughts began to change about this paddle’s usefulness. As many of you know, I spend a lot of time sight fishing in very skinny water. Stealth is a very important factor in this manner of fishing. While on the water, I found myself in constant circumstances when I needed to move my kayak a short distance or just reposition it. I noticed that when I would retrieve my paddle or set it back down on the kayak, there was a propensity to make unwanted noise. Even if I was successful at maintaining stealth mode, it required a great deal of effort. And when I wasn’t successful, well it usually ended up with some fleeing reds that I had worked so hard to stalk. It was during these situations that I began to reconsider my initial negative impression of the Assault Hand Paddle. It was during these situations that I wished I had such a valuable tool.
After some consideration, I decided to get one and I figured that even if I didn’t use it, I would only be out about thirty bucks. Luckily, I was able to pick one up locally at Ship To Shore Co. Now, let me just say I have used the Assault Paddle for almost a month. I usually like to wait longer before writing a review but I have used this paddle so much (more than what I thought I would) and it has served its purpose so extremely well, I figured there was no need to wait longer. This paddle allows me to move my kayak short distances, reposition it to set up for that perfect cast, or to paddle with one hand while holding my rod to retrieve a snagged lure. More importantly, it allows me to do all these things without making noise because it is small and I can keep it within arms reach. I can quietly retrieve it and move around with very little effort. And this means a better chance of getting on those reds feeding in skinny water!
Certainly there are more benefits and uses for this paddle but for the sake of brevity I will leave it at this, as this is the main reason I wanted one. I have no doubt about the product’s quality. Just holding it in my hand was enough to see that the Assault Paddle is very durable and could take a beating. Oh, if you are wondering if it floats… it does. I say this not because I read it but because I know from personal experience. I accidentally knocked it out of my kayak when I grabbed my net to land a nice red and when I turned around there it was floating!
If you are anywhere near Lake Charles, LA and would like to check out the Assault Paddles by Backwater Paddle Company, head over to Ship To Shore Co because they have them in stock. If you are like me, sometimes it’s nice to be able to see a product first hand before making the decision to purchase. The Assault Paddle is definitely a very useful tool and is well worth the small price tag. So, what can I do with it that I can’t do with my regular kayak paddle? Well, I can do the same things but I can do them with more ease and with STEALTH!
Shane Coleman from Marsh Life Yakin (www.marshlifeyakin.com)