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Assassin Kayak Paddle Ready For Battle

Finally the Assassin Kayak Paddle has arrived…just in time to do battle!  With the onslaught of  trade shows, kayak fishing tournaments, new outfitters, novel products, social media…it s critical to purchase wisely.  It is time to prove your paddle gear!

Paddle sports continues to grow at an exponential rate. Performance based equipment, gear and accessories are constantly being developed and introduced to meet the demand.  Overwhelmed with choices, sizes, colors, prices, status, effectiveness…the money is flowing and lines are a tangling.  It feels like the kayak gear wars are on the verge of beginning.

Behold, the ONLY paddle ready for battle.  The arrival of the Assassin Kayak Paddle shows who is serious about winning!  It is here, and waiting for your command.

NEW: Assassin Kayak Paddle video showing the Assassin in action!  Produced by Yak Gear.

The patented “hook and teeth” blade design not only creates the feel of a warrior, it also proves itself on the battlefield!  With the Assassin Kayak Paddle in hand, you feel invincible on the water!

The hook allows for grabbing, pulling and snatching while the teeth provide positive purchase when shoving or pushing.  Need to get in and out stealthily, retrieve a treed lure, grab your line, snatch floating gear, pull yourself to the dock, push off the rocks, shove a gator away…whatever you require of it, the Assassin Kayak Paddle has your back.

The Assassin Kayak Paddle simply outperforms the competition.  No other paddle on the market today can match their versatility, and value.  We challenge the competition to go “paddle to paddle” in a heads up performance test.   Can your paddle survive that?

A carbon fiber shaft, adjustable in 10 centimeter increments, ensures you have the correct length for your paddle style and kayak type.  Currently 230cm to 240cm and 250cm to 260cm adjustable shaft lengths are offered.

Another feature to add to the “overall badassery” of Backwater Paddle Company’s products are the blades are molded with raised graphics.  No decals, no silk screening, no appliques to wear off…straight up, everyone will always know you have a Backwater Paddle in your arsenal.

For those newbies in the paddle sports market, the legendary Assault Hand Paddles led the way in the development of the Assassin Kayak Paddles.  These lightweight and compact hand paddles singlehandedly revolutionized paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility.

Get your Assassin Kayak Paddle and Assault Hand Paddles today, knowing tomorrow, the “battle on the water” is to your advantage!

MSRP $159.00  Order your Assassin Kayak Paddles today via: store.backwaterpaddles.com or visit Yak Gear at www.yakgear.com 

The paddles will ship from Houston, Texas via Yak Gear, the new Backwater Paddle Company distributor.

Backwater Paddles…by far, the most versatile paddles ever designed!

Backwater Paddle Company Signs Licensing Agreement With Yak Gear

Backwater Paddle Company’s Assassin Kayak Paddle project is finally coming to life with the assistance of Yak Gear.  Bill Bragman, Yak Gear owner, proposed a generous licensing agreement to manufacture and market the Assassin Kayak Paddles and future paddle products.

Assassin Kayak Paddles

Yak Gear is the largest paddle sport distributor in the nation…with some 2000 dealers available.   Located in Houston, Texas, Yak Gear has been providing for the paddle sportsman since 2005.

It never happened.  Adventure Capitalist, the CNBC TV show that Backwater Paddle Company auditioned, did not select the Assassin Kayak Paddle for its reality based investor program.  We are not sure what prevailed in the selection process, except that our product was not accepted to participate.  No hard feelings!  We simply moved on to big and better things!  Yak Gear!!

Like everything in life…timing is paramount!  Fortunately for Backwater Paddle Company, Bill Bragman and his crew at Yak Gear were introducing their own branded paddle line.  Yak Gear had committed to manufacturing a base line paddle for the introductory paddle sports market, to be distributed by their dealers.

As todays kayak anglers hit the water in massive sit on top hybrid kayaks, many are equipped with pedal, or electric motor drives.  These anglers are requiring longer and more versatile paddles to successfully maneuver or finesse their boats into final position for proper bait presentation.

Yak Gear felt the Assassin Kayak Paddle’s patented “hook and teeth” blade design could fill that void of “specialty paddles” required for the more seasoned paddle sportsmen.  Bill Bragman recommended using carbon fiber adjustable length shafts with lengths adjustable in 10cm increments.   Basically in the range of 240cm – 250cm and 250cm – 260cm paddle lengths.

Yak Gear is shooting to have the Assassin Kayak Paddle available for the ICAST Show in Orlando, Florida this July 2017.  MSRP $159.95

Yak Gear will also take over all manufacturing and distribution of the legendary Assault Hand Paddles.  Eventually Backwater Paddle Company dealers will be contacted by a Yak Gear representative in placing future orders for our hand paddles.

Backwater Paddle Company will still maintain its web store, as well as eBay and Amazon stores.  Assassin Kayak Paddles (when offered) and Assault Hand Paddles will be available to our customers at retail prices.

Backwater Paddle Company will always solve problems, think outside the box, and continue to “revolutionize paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility!”

Thanks for the continued support of our company and its products!

Paddle on my friends!

Assault Hand Paddle Review by BassGrab.com

Assault Hand Paddle Review

by Wesley Anderson of BassGrab.com

Product: Assault Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle
Manufacturer: 
Backwater Paddle Company
MSRP:
$29.95

Introduction
It’s always fun working with smaller companies who have come up with a great fishing tool, and Backwater Paddles has done exactly that. The Assault Hand Paddle concept is simple – a paddle you can use with one hand that’s as sturdy as a rock. The team at Backwater Paddle Company definitely kept kayak anglers in mind when designing this hand paddle.

Assualt Hand Kayak Paddle

Features List

  • 22 inches long
  • 15 inch blade length
  • 6 inches wide
  • 12 ounces
  • Wrist Strap
  • Foam Handle
  • Carved out hook in the blade – used for grabbing fishing line, tree branches, etc.
  • Blade teeth for added friction when pushing off rocks

Testing the Assault Hand Paddle

Backwater Paddle Company advertises that you can use the paddle to maneuver your kayak while fighting a fish, and they’re exactly right. While holding your rod in one hand, you can use the other to paddle yourself around an obstacle or position yourself for landing a fish. Using the wrist strap makes it easy to go from paddling to reeling and back to paddling to make sure you’re keeping the line tight.

Not only is the paddle a useful tool when fighting a fish, it’s also a great way to get yourself out of various trouble you could find yourself in. How many times have you accidentally gone too shallow and gotten stuck? Don’t risk breaking your actual paddle, instead grab the Assault Hand Paddle. It comes with teeth on one end to help grip wet rocks and you’ll be able to push off and get back on the water. At over 1 cm thick, this paddle is as sturdy as they come.

Backwater Paddles will also replace your Assault Hand Paddle free of charge if you break it. They’ll just want to hear the crazy story of how you broke their paddle! To test its durability we smacked it on rocks, pushed off the ground with most of our weight on it, and threw it off a roof just for fun. It stood up to the test.

Finally, we had to make sure it was water friendly. What good is it to be sturdy if it’s heavy and probably sinks? Well, that would be wrong on both accounts. The hand paddle is lightweight and it floats. The water won’t be able to claim this tool that we’ve used our hard earned money on. Nope, this paddle is around for the long haul.

Backwater Kayak Hand Paddle Kayaking Near Trees
Pushing off a Rock with Kayak Paddle Floating Kayak Hand Paddle

Pros

Sturdy – We haven’t seen a sturdier hand paddle out there. This paddle will last you a long time, and if you ever break it they’ll send you another for free.

Floats – You won’t lose this paddle, especially if you go with the orange color. It floats and sticks out on the water.

Efficient – Controlling your kayak with one hand is the dream.

Price – $29.95 is a great deal for the paddle, especially with the 100% guarantee replacement warranty.

Cons

Storage – The only downside we found was there isn’t really a great place to store an extra paddle with easy access on our kayaks with our full gear load. That being said, this paddle is useful enough that we’ll come up with a spot for it.

Final Thoughts

The Assault Hand Paddle will be one of the most useful tools you’ll put in your kayak. It will definitely help get you out of tight places, and you’ll be able to stealthily move your kayak with one hand when you’re stalking fish and paddling. A kayak angler should especially consider adding this to their arsenal if they ever plan on fishing in current or wind. It is a game changer.

Poker’s In The Fire…The Assassin Kayak Paddle Project Continues

Assassin Kayak Paddle

Assassin Kayak Paddle left and right blades.

“Heavens to Murgatroyd!”…Snagglepuss used to say.  That was his famous surprise exclamation.  Snaggle-who?  1960’s cartoon?  Never mind…just act surprised!

Adventure Capitalist, Duck Dynasty and two other private equity investors are perusing the Assassin Kayak Paddle project.  Four proverbial “pokers in the fire!”  We are still moving forward in our endeavor to procure the necessary funds to bring this project to market.  Failure is not an option!

CNBC’s own  “entrepreneur meets investors” reality TV show, Adventure Capitalist has shown interest in our Assassin Kayak Paddle Project.  So much so, that we have already had an hour long Skype interview with the shows casting director.  Thumbs up!

The Adventure Capitalist TV show is new and they were soliciting outdoor adventure entrepreneurs to submit projects for their future shows.   What the heck did I have to lose?  Application submitted!  A month later, they are calling about the project!

Duck Dynasty on the other hand has been more of a “guerilla marketing” tactic, than anything else.  It is nearly impossible to contact any of the individual duck people with the layers of office security they utilize.  What the hell, I’ll just back door them.  I figured I’d send them six Assault Hand Paddles,  addressed to Willie, for the duck building crew to play with.  You know how bad-ass those hand paddles are, and if those duck guys get them…something HAS to happen!

I finally got a hold of JD Owen, Willie’s personal assistant.  He told me the Assault Hand Paddles were handed off to Justin Martin, their “new product” manager.  Martin, as he’s called on the show, is one of the duck call builders.  I want them to explore the possibilities the patented “hook and teeth” blade design has to offer.

At this point, I am still trying to establish dialogue with Martin and establish the whereabouts of those legendary hand paddles.  It’s duck season…go figure!  Done gone huntin’!!

We also have two other prospective investors, I assume they are private equity investors, who have solicited information about funding the Assassin Kayak Paddle project.  Out of respect, I will keep their personal information secured until we have reached some contractual agreement.  One is from the Ohio area, the other from the Tennessee area…both involved in the paddle sports communities.

I feel quite good about the Adventure Capitalist TV show.  Apparently from this Skype interview, the casting director edits together a short video presentation about Backwater Paddle Company and the Assassin Kayak Paddle for the CNBC producers.  I sent them our collection of YouTube micro-videos shot earlier this year.  The producers will then select the potential entrepreneurs and products for their future shows.  Shooting begins January 2017!  I feel we have a legitimate chance for the 2017 season!

Assassin Kayak Paddle

Again. I want to reiterate the fact that the table is still open!  If you know someone who wants to explore this investment opportunity before it closes, contact me soon.  Getting in on the ground floor plan now, will yield large returns in the future!

“Exit, Stage Left”…Snagglepuss exclaims when departing!  Snaggle-who? Check the interweb!

Paddle on my friends!

Ed

 

Assassin Kayak Paddles

Money, Money, Money…Assassin Kayak Paddle Still Working on Funding

It’s 2016…who the hell knew how hard it would be to get money together for a project?  Yes, the Assassin Kayak Paddle project is still waiting on funding.  The revolutionary kayak paddle that will change the way paddle sportsmen utilize their paddles, is still in financial limbo.  We are still $50,000 short of moving forward.

Money grows on trees…right??  The economy is growing…right?  Paddle sports is growing…right?  Then where is the money?  Where are the investors?

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Assassin Kayak Paddle prototypes showing left and right blades.

The money is definitely out there! However finding the right investor is the difficult part.  The Assassin Kayak Paddle project, as we know, will forever change the landscape of the paddle sports market.  We know the patented “hook and teeth” blade design, and the raised graphics package are “badass.”  We know the full versatility these paddles will deliver.  When fully introduced to the paddle sports community, we will shock the market!  We know this!

However, we have to find the right investor who believes in our project, and also knows this!

Again, finding the right investor is time consuming, and stressful.  Not all investors are created equal. Herein lies the problem in our paddle sports market.  Most investors are aligned with technology, communications, aerospace, software development and medical projects.  That is where the biggest, and most observable, growth pattern is reflected.  That’s where the big money goes.

Paddle sports?  Say, what?  Who invests in such a small market?  Compared to all the other investable big market projects that are available, why bother with the small stuff?  We are looking for that elusive niche investor.  All I can say is….remember our Indiegogo campaign!  90% of those crowd funding projects were NOT sports related!  Fortunately, there are investors who dabble in the sports market arena.

Identifying these sports investors, contacting them, establishing dialog, and eventually the “pitch” can be daunting.  First, you have to be fairly sure they are “water sports” investors.  Compared to, say…athletic and sports wear, motor sports, team sports, hunting, hiking and adrenaline sports, etc.  Every investor has their specialty, or favorite sport to indulge.  If anyone knows of one of these elusive “water sports” investors…please share!

We do have a couple “pokers in the fire,”  At this point, I’d rather not identify the potential investors.  Kind of jinxes the collaboration.  We will continue searching for these elusive sports investors and performing our due diligence.  As soon as we can lock someone down for the future, we will shout it out to the world!

Thanks for your continued support!

Paddle on my friends!

“Can Your Paddle Do That?” Assassin Kayak Paddle Micro-Video Campaign Starts

Can your paddle do  that?  A spinoff video marketing campaign for the Assassin Kayak Paddle is now on the Backwater Paddle Company YouTube Channel.

As you know, we are in the midst of assembling a professionally edited video for our upcoming crowd funding project.  We have collected hundreds of hours of the Assassin Kayak Paddle raw footage to be turned over to 65 Productions.   Their production team will edit it down to a three minute, high impact, video!

Most of the field video footage was shot in 20 to 60 second increments.  Why not put all that raw video to good use?  Perfect for little video snippets on YouTube.

Can your paddle do that?  A micro-video campaign, YouTube oriented, was inspired for the Assassin Kayak Paddles.  And its FREE!  Basically…can the competitions paddle do what the Assassin paddle does?  If not…time to go buy an Assassin Kayak Paddle!! 

Below is one of our first YouTube videos.  Kurt Horn, Backwater Paddle Company VP, came out for logistical assistance and field production.  It was hot and sweaty, sun glaring, the camera batteries died right after this video…I thought the shoot was a total waste.  I was wrong!

Hours and hours were spent trying to get decent field footage.  Filming from two moving boats presents a plethora of problems.  You can never figure the dynamics out.  Up, down, in, out, sideways, back, forth…FOCUS, forget about it!  Thankfully in Florida we were kayaking in skinny water (3 – 4 feet), and it just made sense to get out of the boat to shoot video.  It eliminated one half of the moving variables!

After reviewing the days’ shoot, we have access to all the short video clips.  Our main effort was to exploit, and video, the patented “hook and teeth” blade features.  We tried to find as many logical ways to demonstrate the blades versatility.

Afterwards, we decided to incorporate our efforts and put the video footage into another parallel marketing campaign.  Can your paddle do that?

You can visit the Backwater Paddle Company YouTube Channel to see the videos we have published to date.  Feel free to share them with your friends and family.

This video below came out pretty cool.  Remember there is NO professional editing done on any of these films.  The jankiness (guess that’s not a word) is what sets these videos apart!

The video below is another simple few second shot from the dock.  Its amazing what music does to the video.

This video below…no music, just the boat motor running.  As a matter of fact the boat was slowly drifting away from the dock while we were shooting.

Can your paddle do that?  A video campaign designed for social marketing.  Any way we can promote the Backwater Paddle Company brand and its products to the paddle sport masses, particularly for free, is a success.

We are still working on the crowd funding project.  Hope to have the video together in a couple of weeks.  Shooting for a Spring 2016 debut of the Assassin Kayak Paddles.

Thanks for your continued support.

Paddle on my friends!!

Ed Halm

 

 

Australian Fishing Network Review Of Assault Hand Paddles

 

Australian Fishing Network

 Whether you’re angling for freshwater species or sport fishing for saltwater fish; we’ve got the best fishing reports, fishing spots and a great online fishing shop. We demonstrate various fishing techniques – from game fishing to fly fishing; where to get a fishing license and showcase all of the latest fishing tackle. AFN is your one stop destination for fishing in Australia.

Orange Assault Hand Paddle

FEATURES

Backwater Paddle Company’s Assault hand paddle screams “Don’t mess with me, I’ve got your number”. Its scary fish skeleton and teeth motif are a theme carried into the paddle blades physical design, which includes a hook as well as the paddles second set of dentures.

The blade hook assists kayak anglers grab onto an overhanging tree branch or jetty and draw a kayak in. The teeth allow the reverse kayak motion by providing some traction to push away from structure.

With a design evolved from a World War II US Air Force jungle survival tool by company head Ed Halm, the paddle is constructed of 10% fiberglass and infused polypropylene plastic. The Assaults construction ingredients allow it to float should it try an escape. Absconding is hindered by a foam grip and lanyard.

Assault Hand Paddle

ON WATER TESTING

In practice, the best endorsement of the Assault’s utility is that the tournament guys use them to gain an edge. “They help set up a silent cast at a snag. When a kayak is disoriented by wind or current, or drifting in too quick, reaching for a full length paddle can create noise and spook fish”, says tournament kayak angler and Hobie guru Scott Lovig. “A quick forward or reverse re-orientating paddle stroke with the Assault can be done with one hand, while a rod is ready for a cast in the other. Alternately, the hook can allow attachment to a branch upstream of a target snag”.

In verification mode I tested the Assault in amongst the timber on Lake Fyans, a Victorian trout and redfin water. Paddling a Dagger Drifter II, a kayak more workhorse than a nimble fox, the Assault achieved all expectations. When mooching from tree to tree, only one or two paddle strokes were required to aim a kayak bow, and then fire a cast. With wind assisted kayak motion drifting onto a tree, the Assault blade is effectively an oversized rudder guiding you in.

The hook and teeth aided snag traction, and I was also impressed that it allowed me to navigate under branches more easily than a full paddle length would. In shallow water over rocks, an Assault hand paddle could also save more expensive paddle blade damage. To test the Assault’s strength, I thumped it around during testing and it was unbreakable, no kayak fishing gear is, but there’d have to be a whole lot of force and a good fisherman’s tale behind snapping an Assault. If you’re an in tight and snaggy kayak angler, the Assault is a worthy multi-tasking paddle buddy.

Contact www.mlte.com.au for stockists

                                                                         www.freshwaterfishing.com.au

Backwater Paddle Company Ready For The Holidays

Again, the holidays have snuck up on us.  It is already November!  Thanksgiving is just a week away…and we are already inundated with Christmas advertising!!  TV, newspaper, magazines, radio, Face Book, Twitter, Pinterest, billboards, even the dude standing outside your favorite store ringing the bell soliciting your change for the “red pot”…you cannot escape the fact that Christmas is here!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…time to get your marketing and advertising campaigns in gear, or get left behind!!  Time waits for no man!!  Not even Santa Claus!!

Below is some of the photos we are using for this seasons holiday advertising campaigns.

Santa's Orange Assault Hand Paddle

Santa’s Orange Assault Hand Paddle

As you can see, the Assault Hand Paddles are a perfect fit for the legendary Christmas stockings.  Paddle sportsmen around the world will be waking up to see what Santa has left under the tree, or hanging from the fireplace mantle.  Along with their new kayak…they are hoping for the latest paddle sports gear, equipment and accessories that will compliment their growing hobby.

Assault Hand Paddles...the perfect stocking stuffer!

Assault Hand Paddles…the perfect stocking stuffer!

Thankfully, we are in the game this year with our holiday marketing.  Having over 50 dealers around the country significantly enhances our brand exposure and availability.  Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) has three stores and buys four to five dozen paddles a month!

We are now working with an e-mail consulting agency.   They provide us with professionally designed templates, from which we add our own text and photos.  They track the sending, opening and bounce rates, providing us feedback for our e-mail campaigns.  This alone has stepped up our corporate identity, profile and professionalism within the paddle sports community.

So, on to the season…from the Backwater Paddle Company family…Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah…

Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow!!

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Assault Hand Paddle review by Aaron Stiger

By Aaron Stiger

Aaron Stiger is a force in the kayak angling community.  He is a member for the Jackson Kayak Fishing team, Crew for Hook 1 Kayak Fishing Gear and Pro Staff for Manley Rods. 

Backwater Paddle Company most appreciates your time and consideration in providing us with this awesome review Aaron!

How many times have you found yourself floating down a river, or holding a spot on flat water when the current or wind takes you past the area you intended to fish. You are now out of position, and handling your paddle is noisy, clunky and will more than likely scare away any fish in the area.
In situations like this, especially in the fall when the water is very clear, it is important to have a stealth approach to handling and maneuvering your kayak. Today, I am going to review a product that I feel can make a huge impact on your fishing by being a positive fish factor in your kayak. This product is the Assault Hand Paddle by Edward Halm’s Backwater Paddle Company.

When you first see the paddle, you will see it comes it one of two colors: “Orange” or “OD-Green.” Each spring, Backwater Paddle Company also solicits votes from paddle outdoorsmen for new colors, so be on the lookout and vote for your favorite color. This is a great feature and shows that the company is truly in-touch with the kayak anglers and other outdoorsmen it serves.
After picking up the paddle, you will notice it’s almost a full pound. Weighing in at 12 ounces, this brute paddle is made for daily use. It is 22 inches long and the blade is over ¼ inch wide. This sturdy plastic is made for taking punishment on the water. Also featured on the blade is a hook, which is used for pulling, and teeth, which are used for pushing. I will detail these aspects in more detail later in the review. The handle is also covered in foam which aids in the paddle’s buoyancy and comfort. A rope lanyard is also attached, which allows it to stay on your wrist or tethered to you kayak.

On the water, I found myself finding various uses for this paddle. The first place I found it especially helpful was to approach a partially-submerged brush pile. When fishing shallow or clear water, dipping a paddle and knocking it off of branches underwater puts fish from a predatory to prey mentality. Your chances of catching a fish decrease significantly. Approaching the brush pile, I simply used the hook feature to grab onto a branch. I continued to grab another time to get even closer, and I then tethered off onto one of the branches. I tethered by clipping a small carabineer onto the rope and then securing it to my kayak. This worked brilliantly.

Another significant use I immediately found for the hook was after I got my lure caught in the submerged limbs. Normally, I test the strength of my knot, line and rod tip as I pull and tug, trying to free the lure. With the Assault Hand Paddle, it was a much more simplified process. I took the hook of the paddle, and grabbed the small branch, pulled the branch up, and freed the lure with my hand.

After fishing around the wood pile, it was time to push off. I untethered the orange Assault paddle and used the teeth side of the paddle to dig into a log and push my kayak a sufficient distance away from the brush pile so I could begin my normal paddle stroke.

It was not long when I realized another opportunity arose for the Assault Hand Paddle. Normally on a river, fishing headwater is extremely difficult in a kayak. Most of the time, a kayaker will simply blow through the headwater, riffles, and only fish the back end of a pool. I have tried to fish headwater in the past, but it always required me to drop my anchor in and let it drag, undoubtedly scaring any resident fish I was targeting. Today, I was able to locate a stray tree caught on a rock right at the push water before the riffle. The process I took was to tether the Assault Hand Paddle to the side of my kayak, secure the hook to the exposed limb, and begin fishing. This paddle surprised me at how well it held up in the push water. Even though the water was trying to push my kayak downstream with all its might, the paddle held, and I was able to stand and cast until I was satisfied I had fished the area thoroughly. When I was done, I unhooked the paddle, and pushed off as I was taken quickly downstream through the riffle.

Throughout the day, I tend to target my casts more and more precisely on an ordinary fishing trip. This means I am pinpointing specific targets, often around heavy cover. As I continued this ritual, I found myself hooked up in a tree about 8 feet in a branch. I was unable to reach it by hand, but immediately had an idea. I saw a low-hanging branch and tethered my OD-Green Assault Paddle to it. I then let out line, and took my Orange Assault Paddle and hooked onto the small limb, bringing the lure into reach, and freeing it. In this scenario I was rocking the boat back and forth, and even was able to jump up to reach the limb. The OD-Green Assault Paddle never let off its grip. What a great application of two paddles that scenario proved to be.

One of the most well-known uses of the Assault Hand Paddle is for maneuverability and positioning of your kayak. Today, I did this countless times and the subtle ease of movement around structure or to maintain a position on a slow-moving section of river was invaluable. Not having to occupy both hands with a paddle, and just quickly using a hand stroke to maintain my spot allowed me to fire-off more casts, and catch more fish.

Having my Assault Hand Paddle served one final purpose on the day. The water I typically fish is extremely skinny. I often drag much of the flow or try to paddle through, digging my expensive paddle into the rocky river bottom. By using the Assault Paddle, I was able to save the wear and tear on my other paddle when I would get stuck on bottom. By using the teeth to push into the river bottom, I was able to free myself without getting into the 50 degree water. This was extremely convenient and kept me dry.
One final use I can see for the paddle that I was not able to try today was to use the paddle as an ice breaker. I fish quite often in the winter and sometimes find my kayak surrounded and stuck by skim ice. Normally, I carry a hatchet with me, but now I will simply carry an Assault Hand Paddle. With Backwater Paddle Company’s warranty of “100% Guarantee, You Break it We Replace it,” I feel comfortable placing this paddle through the wringer.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at the Assault Hand Paddle’s versatility. After using it, I realize it is the Swiss Army Knife of kayak paddles, and there are none like it. For $29.95 at http://www.kayakfishinggear.com/search?q=assault+paddle&type=product it is a no-brainer as far as an accessory for the kayak. It was a great tool to have on the water, and I look forward to exploring many more uses for this paddle in the future.

 

Assault Hand Paddle Review by Shane Coleman from “Marsh Life Yakin”

Review: Backwater Assault Hand Paddle

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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?

Assault Hand Paddle providing stealth and mobility!

Assault Hand Paddle providing stealth and mobility!

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)