I love getting outdoors. My wife and I regularly ride motorcycles, both dirt and street. We explore out-of-the-way places in our Jeep. I have over 5,000 hours as a pilot in small airplanes with extensive experience at “bush flying” in the backcountry. So when my editor at Oklahoma Living Anna Politano asked me to write a story about outdoor adventures, I didn’t even have to leave my desk. I just pulled from my huge archive of images and stories to write this piece titled “5 Outdoor Activities in Oklahoma”. We wanted the story to be about unusual activities rather than the normal golf or tennis.
To continue with my fishing theme from yesterday, today I bring you kayak fishing around Oklahoma.
Although I grew up around fishing and my grandfather LOVED to take me fishing, I never was big into fishing – until I got a kayak last year. I am not sure what triggered the fun compared to boat or bank fishing, but being out on the water in a small farm pond and pulling in a big bass right next to you in the water is quite the thrill. It is also a peaceful experience on hot summer days. My brother-in-law Mark Hanks bought a kayak and started going with me so that makes it even more fun. He and I have known each other since high school and are very good friends. He has always been a fishing enthusiast and now it is fun for both of us go to and paddle around on a pond, within earshot but not crowding each other, trying different lures, working to see what the fish are biting. Most times we toss the fish back in the water after catching them, but sometimes we take a mess of them home for a fish fry.
I don’t do a lot of photography while fishing because of the fear of dumping my kayak in the water and ruining a very expensive camera, but I do have a few pics. I think this year I will be taking a cheap film camera along so that in case I dump my kayak I won’t be out a huge sum of money.
I would REALLY like to get more editorial or commercial fishing photography assignments across Oklahoma!
A little video of me catching a nice bass at a farm pond near Crescent, Oklahoma.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a link to my own video from turning over my kayak.
During a story last year about Oklahoma Highway 3, Nathan Gunter and I spent the night at McGee Creek Lake in far southeastern Oklahoma. We were invited to go out on the lake and do some fishing with the park ranger. I grabbed my camera and got a few photos of him fishing at sunset. These were not used in the article but I really liked how they turned out.
My grandpa LOVED to fish. I loved to fish with him, but after he passed away I didn’t do much fishing until the past year or so. Part of what got me started again was this story I did with Nathan Gunter with Oklahoma Today, which was published in January 2014. We did a story on fly fishing in Oklahoma. I had to opportunity to join Nathan in far southeast Oklahoma in Broken Bow to shoot the majority of this story. It is a bit nerve wracking carrying an $8,000 camera/lens combo out into the slippery cold waters to get these photos, but luckily this time I didn’t drop anything and got some great photos for the story. I also took my old 4″x5″ view camera and shot some black and white film for fun after our primary shoot was “in the can”. I love the layout of this story. The cover I shot in studio.
Below are some of the outtakes from the story that were not used.