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Assault Hand Paddle Manufacturing Finally Underway!

At last, the Backwater Paddle Company’s Assault Hand Paddle will be manufactured, and made here in the good ole USA!  I have to tell you this has been quite an evolution in bringing these plastic hand paddles to the paddle sports market.

Back in late 2011, the original manufacturing option was to have the paddles made overseas.  The process was explored with the help of another sporting goods manufacturer who has some of his product made in China.  The process became labored, the communications was sub par, answers were not being provided and this was even before we signed any paperwork!!

Holy smokes, we have already had three months into the overseas Assault project and the ride was bumpy!  Being a retired military man, having a bullet proof action plan and readily executing the plan should be routine.  So the thought process went!  Of course with all plans, failure is sometimes an option due to circumstances out of your control.  This was on of those times!  Time to abort the mission, regroup, lick our wounds and re-plan.

Again, being a retired military man, I wanted our product to be made here in the states.  The overseas connection just made so much more sense initially because of the financial advantage of overseas production.  So the thought went!  After weighing all the wasted time, confusion and not to mention the extravagant overseas shipping charges…it became apparent to stay at home.  I could pick up the phone and get an answer, the language barrier was not present and now I can just drive up to Georgia and pick up my paddles!  Booyah!!

Peliton Plastics from Valdosta, Georgia agreed to make the Assault paddle molds and produce the plastic paddles at their manufacturing plant.  Booyah!!  Again, time has been wasted for our initial spring offering.  Peliton believes the paddles will be ready in about eight weeks…sometime in July 2012. News moves fast in the industry, articles posted on www.cardzgroup.com are already talking about smart versions.  As antsy as I have been for the  Assault Hand Paddle to hit the market, I can only patiently wait knowing we done the right thing and had the paddles made here in the good ole USA!!

Great New Florida Site – NativePaddler.com

As Backwater Paddle Company continues to grow and evolve, new paddle sites come online desiring to promote our products and company.  Any promotion about your products and company is worth its weight in gold.   Nothing beats target marketing than having an endorsement from fellow purveyors in your field, in this case, paddle sportsmen and paddle enthusiasts.  Nevertheless, you still want good representation for your company, as ultimately, your name is tied to your product.

The site Native Paddler, from Barb Langford residing on the west coast of Florida, is the latest site becoming involved with Backwater Paddles.   Barb, or Paddle Gal as she is affectionately called, recently put together this awesome site for the paddle sportsmen and enthusiasts in and around Florida.  The Native Paddler site provides weather reports, tide charts, fishing reports, tournaments and dealerships for the Florida paddle sportsman or sportswoman.  Where has this site been all along?? 

I went over to the “left coast” of Florida, as we Florida east coasters have denoted the west coast side, to have a chat and visit with Paddle Gal.  She was interested in becoming a sales rep/dealer/distributor for Backwater Paddles and our products.  Just being 2 – 1/2 hours away, the trip over was worth the time I would have spent sitting in my office, plugging away at my computer, wishing I was outside paddling somewhere.

Barb and I went for a paddle through Clam Bayou outside Boca Ciega Bay.  It was a quiet, overcast day, with wildlife in abundance.  We checked on the progress of some ecological rehab work being done in and around Clam Bayou.  Clam Bayou is a classic native mangar, thriving with all the natural species of plants and animals you could want to locate and identify.

As this was a semi-business trip, I brought along one of Backwater Paddles proof of concept/prototype Raptor Kayak paddles for Paddle Gal to beta test and provide some future feedback.   Paddle Gal took to the Raptor, like a fish to chum….maybe not such a good metaphor??

All in all, except for the trip back to the east coast (traffic jam for 50 miles) it was a great time and certainly a pleasure to have met Barb.  I look forward to bringing Paddle Gal onboard the Backwater Paddle Team. 

Visit www.nativepaddler.com to procure all the necessary information you need to have a great fishing or paddling trip around the great state of Florida. 

  Ed Halm Backwater Paddles

This is a photo Paddle Gal took of me on Clam Bayou

Again, for all you Florida anglers and paddle sportsmen, be sure you check out the Native Paddler site before heading out!!  There is a plethora of information on that site that will make your next adventure even more awesome!  

Paddle on my friends!!!

Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles Capture the World of Paddle Sports

Predator Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle in action.

Since the introduction of kayak fishing hand paddles, paddle sports, particularly the sports of kayak fishing, hunting and photography has embraced these simple, yet indispensable paddling accessories with open arms.  Having open arms, at least free hands, while fishing, hunting of taking pictures is what every paddle sportsman desires.   Paddle sportsmen want to focus on one thing and one thing only.  They want success in getting close enough to catch, capture or photograph their prey.   The last thing a paddle sportsman wants to do is scare their prey away, or not be at the ready, before they have the opportunity to perform.

Kayak fishing hand paddles make it much easier to keep fishing, hunting or your subject within the camera view finder without spooking your elusive prey.   The problem all paddle sportsmen encounter is how to stealthily maneuver their boat within close proximity while still accomplishing their mission!

Compact and lightweight, kayak fishing hand paddles allow you to stow those bulky, seven foot kayak paddles.  Simply keep an eight ounce kayak fishing hand paddles between your legs, or within easy reach, and with one hand, stealthily move your boat to within range without ever setting down your fishing rod, gun or camera.   Now you can easily fish, hunt and photograph while moving your boat!

Previously, the kayak sportsman got as close as he could with his seven foot kayak paddles.   Once on target, he commenced to do what he came to do.   As we know, wildlife becomes very skittish when man, whom they view as a predator, enters their protected domain.   The natural tendency of wildlife is to move away from their predator, with stealth if possible.  The more action you provide in your approach, the faster and further they flee.   Wildlife often watch with intrigue as you approach from a distance, however, encroaching into their fight or flight zone, wariness ensues.  Flailing seven foot kayak paddles while in close proximity to wildlife is tantamount to certain failure.  They will soon be gone.

Kayak anglers continually find it necessary to stealthily move their kayak short distances to stalk their prey.  Fish are always on the move.  Facing a common dilemma as how to keep fishing, move your boat and not scare prey away, became problematic.  Having to break out their seven foot kayak paddle and lay down their fishing rod just to move their kayak a few yards put them in jeopardy of losing sight or frightening away their prized lunker.  Fish have eyes, and believe me, those eyes are always looking for predators.  No matter how stealthy you are while flailing seven foot kayak paddles, it is surely to grab their attention and send your prize darting away.

Duck hunters find kayaks as the ultimate method of quietly sneaking across lagoons, lakes or ponds.  Getting your boat situated in the reeds or cat tails, sliding into a blind or silently slithering along the surface is paramount to successful duck hunting.   Turning your boat for the correct presentation to aim your gun without sending the flock flying is easier said than done.   Again, having to break out your seven foot kayak paddle and setting down your gun to attempt a stealthy maneuver without scattering the flock is a challenge most duck hunters wish to avoid.

Water fowl, shore birds and marine mammals live in a very dynamic environment and are particularly hard to photograph unless you have a plan, or a huge telephoto lens.   Kayak photography has taken off as the innovative method for obtaining those natural habitat photos of wildlife.  Half the battle of getting that perfect photograph is being in the right place at the right time.   Paddle sportsman, particularly paddle photographers, are taking advantage of the stealth that kayaks provide in locating and snapping that once in a lifetime shot.   However, just like fish and ducks, marine wildlife is easily spooked by flailing objects.  Breaking out those seven foot kayak paddles to maneuver closer for your shot is a guarantee that your subject will be spooked.  Photograph missed.

Kayak fishing hand paddles provide the ultimate opportunity for paddle sportsmen to stealthily maneuver their boat in any scenario.  Whether you are kayak angler, duck hunter, or paddle sports photographer, having the capability to stealthily maneuver your boat determines whether you become a player or get skunked.

Kayak fishing hand paddles simply allow you to put away those awkward kayak paddles, stealthily move your kayak one-handed and successfully  keep fishing, hunting of shooting photos.  Until they figure out how to make a small kayak motor powered by one of the best rv house battery reconfigured for the sport, I will pass thank you. I’m just not the rowing type.

Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle

Terry fishing with the Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle

“Paddle or Fish” by Brad Wiegmann

 

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Brad Wiegmann, outdoor writer, sportsman, photographer and professional fishing guide took the time to review our Piranha and Predator Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles.    

Below is his review:

Nota, Nota, Nota going to do that again. I ended up the creek without a paddle. You think that’s funny don’t ya. Well, it’s not exactly what you think. See, I had my long 220 cm high-strength, air-grade 7075 T6 aluminum shaft with high impact ABS plastic blades, but the long, dangling vines and branches were making it impossible to use. So, I was literally up the creek without a paddle. At least one paddle that I could use to get around with and fish.

I am not the only kayak angler who faces this dilemma every time they go out fishing. The longer paddles of course are great for getting to where you are going to fish, but only seem to be in the way once you start fishing. That’s what Ed Halm, owner of Backwater Paddles discovered. His solution was to design a hand paddle that anglers could use to control their kayak while fishing. Interestingly, Halm not only designed and built one hand paddle, but two: Piranha and Predator. Both are designed for anglers when kayak fishing, but built different to accommodate what kayak the angler is fishing out of. The Piranha weighs 7-ounces with a blade size of 5” x 12” and total length of 19-inches. Piranha’s longer length makes it ideal for anglers fishing from sit-on-top kayaks. The Predator weighs 6-ounces with a blade size of 6” x 9” and total length of 15-inches.  Predator’s shorter length makes it perfect for anglers fishing from sit-in kayaks. Both are waterproof and have a wooden blade and handle. Backwater Paddles (www.backwaterpaddles.com) are made in the U.S.A. and 100% guaranteed against breakage.

Nota, Nota, Nota going to do that again. I ended up the creek without a paddle. You think that’s funny don’t ya. Well, it’s not exactly what you think. See, I had my long 220 cm high-strength, air-grade 7075 T6 aluminum shaft with high impact ABS plastic blades, but the long, dangling vines and branches were making it impossible to use. So, I was literally up the creek without a paddle. At least one paddle that I could use to get around with and fish.

Brad checking out the Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles

I am not the only kayak angler who faces this dilemma every time they go out fishing. The longer paddles of course are great for getting to where you are going to fish, but only seem to be in the way once you start fishing. That’s what Ed Halm, owner of Backwater Paddles discovered. His solution was to design a hand paddle that anglers could use to control their kayak while fishing. Interestingly, Halm not only designed and built one hand paddle, but two: Piranha and Predator. Both are designed for anglers when kayak fishing, but built different to accommodate what kayak the angler is fishing out of. The Piranha weighs 7-ounces with a blade size of 5” x 12” and total length of 19-inches. Piranha’s longer length makes it ideal for anglers fishing from sit-on-top kayaks. The Predator weighs 6-ounces with a blade size of 6” x 9” and total length of 15-inches.  Predator’s shorter length makes it perfect for anglers fishing from sit-in kayaks. Both are waterproof and have a wooden blade and handle. Backwater Paddles (www.backwaterpaddles.com) are made in the U.S.A. and 100% guaranteed against breakage.

Hand paddles can be used by anglers, hunters, or even photographers to control their kayaks. “Some of the benefits to using a hand paddle include being able to control the kayak with one hand so you can fish with the other and not have to lay down your fishing pole; you can also use them in skinny water or around thick cover and brush like mangrove trees. The hook also allows anglers to pull themselves next to docks, grab trees, snag lines, and maneuver their kayaks,” explain Halm. The Backwater Paddles come with a wrist strap that anglers can put around their wrist to keep from dropping or losing it. Being shorter in length than a standard two bladed paddle, anglers can store them inside their boat or hook them onto the side. It’s common to see anglers using the hand paddles in skinny water. The blade length allows the angler to control the kayak and stalk fish effortlessly; however hand paddles shouldn’t be overlooked in moving water. “Hand paddles are great in moving water like rivers and streams. They can be used to control your drift and flow with the current.; in addition to paddling yourself to a shallow spot, eddy, or like a rudder to guide the kayak,” said Halm.

 Are you going out fishing from a kayak? Would you like to fish more than paddling trying to control your kayak? When it comes to fishing more than paddling you are better off with a hand paddle. The smaller compact paddles can be used to maneuver your kayak with little effort making it easier to sneak up on fish in shallow water. Plus they can be used as a backup in case your longer paddle breaks. You won’t want to find yourself up a creek without a paddle would ya?

Author:  Brad Wiegmann

We appreciate your time and consideration Brad! 

Ed Halm

Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle Review By Outdoor Products 360

 

Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle

I was first introduced to Backwater Paddles earlier this year. When I first saw them I was skeptical, I didn’t think the paddle had a place in my already cramped kayak. Little did I know, the Backwater Piranha was going to become a mainstay on my kayaks.

My first use came on the Georgia Kayak Fishing Tournament Trail. The Lake Harding event made for a great proving ground – the waters were high and fast. Holding over an area without an anchor was going to be difficult, and this is where we kayak anglers usually fish with a rod in one hand and an 8′ paddle in the other. I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t the most ideal situation.

I took my regular paddle out of my lap whenever I wasn’t paddling to my next spot – that is to say, fishing. The Backwater Paddle made keeping my spot easier. I wasn’t fighting 8 feet of paddle lying across my lap or in one of my hands. I was able to make adjustments to my position with the Backwater Paddle with very little effort, and without the splashing around you’d normally get with a standard paddle. This meant I was able to spend more time fishing, and less time spooking fish. It didn’t take long before this paddle impressed me.

Fishing along jetties had me switching up between rod and traditional paddle to keep me off the rocks. The Backwater Piranha Hand paddle worked just as well to shove me off the rocks, and I didn’t have to put my rod down to do it. The cut edge gripped the rocks well and allowed a great push-off.

It’s also come in useful when anchored in moving water. Sometimes water movement might sway you just out of where you wanted to be. This is definitely inconvenient right before you cast. I just drop the Backwater Paddle into the water and use the drag created to swing me back into position.

By far the most important thing I found with the Backwater Paddle is efficiency. Kayak fishing is a very physically active sport. I’ve paddled as much as 12 miles in a day. Any amount of time I can spend not throwing around a heavier kayak paddle one-handed just to maintain position gives me more energy to get from hole to hole. The Backwater Paddle makes it easier to fish more water – that means you can catch more fish.

The only issue I have for the Backwater Paddles is the finish. While this paddle has held up just fine in the last 7 months, I think an epoxy might be better suited. So far it’s held up in fresh and saltwater, so I my concerns with the finish probably are not warranted.

I like the Backwater Paddle so much that I now have one paddle for each of my kayaks, and one to give anyone I might end up fishing with. They’re that nice to have.

You can find this product at Backwater Paddle Company for about $19.95.

Please feel free to leave your comments below if you have used this product or have questions and we will be happy to help.

Outdoor Products 360 Field Staff
Isaac Miller
Portland OR
11/03/2010

Distributors and Retailers Needed!

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Backwater Paddle Company Distributors and Retailers Needed!

ATTENTION: Looking for Backwater Paddle Company Wholesalers, Distributors, Sales Rep and Retailers for our new and revolutionary Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles.  

NOTE: This is not a Pro Staff offer but a chance to help sale and market some of the newest paddle sport accessories  in Kayak Fishing.  

REPS: MUST HAVE SALES EXPERIENCE AND GOOD PEOPLE SKILLS AND BE WILLING TO DO POSSIBLE TRADE SHOW/SHOWS   

Email  Ed Halm at:   ephalm@yahoo.com or ed@backwaterpoaddles.com 

Subject Line: BPC Distributors  

IMPORTANT:  Please include resume and or Company Contact Information

We appreciate all your time and consideration in this matter!!  Paddle on my friends!!

Backwater Paddles and GKF Tournament Trail meet at Lake Oconee, Ga

Closing events at GKF

This past weekend, September 16th – 17th, was spent up at Lake Oconee, Georgia with the Georgia Kayak Fishing 2010 Tournament Trail.   Backwater Paddle Company has been a sponsor of  this state’s kayak fishing tournament all season.  This last trail leg was blessed with beautiful Lake Oconee as a backdrop and finally, wonderful weather!  No rain!!

The last time Backwater Paddles met the GKF Team was up in Tallulah Falls, Georgia earlier this year to fish the northern lakes.  All I can say, coming from Florida up to the Georgia hills and mountains is a special treat.  Florida, being a topographically challenged state…all flat, driving through the mountains and seeing all the terrain features is something I just cannot get enough.

Tony Narcisse and his Georgia paddle sports posse, put together one of the finest kayak angling tournaments.  I cannot fathom all the hard work and logistics that must go on to present such a fine event.   All I know is that he has some of the best staff (men and women) working relentlessly to get this show out.

Visit the GKF website for all the final results of this four leg kayak tournament at  www.georgiakayakfishing.com/Tourney  or at www.kayakfishingtrail.com

Special thanks to Tony, Stan, Zach, Ruth and Debbie for the wonderful tournament presentation!  Paddle on my friends!!

AWESOME Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle YouTube Video!!

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Ty Southerland, pro angler and videographer, from 30 Miles Out, put together this totally awesome video review about the Backwater Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles!

A few months ago Ty contacted Backwater Paddles and wanted to do a review of our kayak fishing hand paddles.   Of course, not wanting to pass up on a prospective product review, I sent Ty some paddles and waited.  I actually forgot! 

WOW, was I pleasently surprised by his video review, as you will be too!

Check this video out.  It will turn skeptics into believers!!

 

I can’t thank Ty enough for his time and consideration in providing the review and promoting Backwater Paddle Company and our paddle products. 

Thanks Ty!!  I hope to see you on the water one day my friend!!

Predator Hand Paddle Voted BEST by Kayak Angler Magazine!

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As seen in the 2010 Kayak Angler Magazine Fall Issue,

Ultimate Kayak Fishing Gear Guide!

Kayak Angler Magazine, the #1 magazine for kayak fisherman, selected the PREDATOR Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle for its 2010 Ultimate Kayak Fishing Gear Guide!

 

 

Backwater Paddle Company is extremely pleased to have achieved this accolade!  We want to thank all the kayak fishing hand paddle owners, anglers and sports writers who dedicated their time in consideration of this achievement and made this selection possible!

 Backwater Paddle Company sincerely thanks KAYAK ANGLER Magazine for their time and consideration in recognizing the PREDATOR Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles as one of the BEST Paddles to have in their 2010 Ultimate Kayak Fishing Gear Guide! 

You can check out our PREDATOR Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles on page 44 of  the 2010 Kayak Angler Magaizne Fall Issue 

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Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles: Catch More Fish!!

Unquestionably, any and all legal advantages available to catch more fish are every kayak angler’s ambition!  Fortunately, kayak fishing is a more “visual spotting” sport.  Paddling a kayak silently through the shallows gets you in close to observe your prey.  The closer you get, the more opportunities you are provided to catch more fish.

Recently, kayak fishing has exploded into the paddle sports market.  Anglers and kayak sportsmen joined forces to combine the best of both worlds.  Today, kayak fishing is one of the  fastest growing sports. With the advent of inexpensive and lightweight fishing kayaks, a new paddle sports niche was created overnight.  Kayak sportsmen are demanding gear and accessories reflective of their specific needs.  The kayak fishing community is challenging the fishing gear and paddle sport manufacturers to step up their innovations. 

Kayak fishing hand paddles evolved onto the scene to solve a major problem for kayak fishermen.  Known as the “kayak angler’s dilemma,” how do you paddle and fish while on a kayak?  With only two hands, how do you hold your fishing rod and maneuver your kayak?   It takes two hands to use a kayak paddle, and one to hold your fishing pole.  Simple math says…something has to be set down. 

“Catch more fish” is every anglers mantra!  The kayak fisherman has the distinctive advantage of getting up close and personal with their quarry.  Having the ability to glide through just inches of water, kayak fishermen must exercise caution or risk spooking their prey while flailing seven foot kayak paddles.  Yes, the fish can see you!  Stealthy paddling is a major skill in providing tangible results in catching more fish.     

Simply break out your compact, lightweight, kayak fishing hand paddle.  Stow that unwieldy seven foot kayak paddle.  Now you can stealthily maneuver your kayak with one hand while continuing to fish with the other.  Silently sneak in and catch more fish!   

Kayak anglers rely upon first hand knowledge, years of instinct and mind boggling multitudes of fishing tackle and gear.  Luck, whether you subscribe to that notion or not, is generally the common thread that ultimately bonds the angler to the fish, and eventually to the “fish tales.”  

Every angler’s ambition is to invest in the most advantageous fishing equipment.   Kayak fishermen spend crazy money annually in that pursuit.  They continuously seek the latest and greatest gear and accessories.  While trying to minimize the luck factor, kayak anglers want high performance fishing equipment to increase their probability of catching more fish.  Who wants to hear that you were just lucky, when you skillfully landed that trophy fish!  Placing emphasis on talent, intuition and having the best available kayak fishing equipment is tantamount to future angling success.

Optimize your kayak fishing experience by taking advantage of all available opportunities.  Kayak fishing hand paddles provide a stealthy, one-handed paddling approach, allowing you to keep fishing and ultimately, to catch more fish.  

Paddle one handed, chase stealthily…keep fishing!  Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles!

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