Jake Bates

I’ve always been drawn to the water, so it is a good thing that I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.  It is also pretty clutch that I was blessed with a family that loves fishing.  At 17 years old, I realize how fortunate that I am to have experienced catching fish ranging from king salmon in Alaska, to sailfish in Costa Rica, and just about everything in between.  And while any day and anywhere on the water is a good day, my favorite days have always been in my kayak.
About four years ago, my dad and I decided that we might enjoy kayak fishing.  We hunted down and purchased two used Ocean Kayak Prowler 13s.  As soon as I hit the water “we might enjoy kayak fishing” turned into “I might never go home.”  Finally, we didn’t have to wait on the tides to turn to get to the spots that we wanted to fish.  We now had freedom to explore our own spots.  It is always fun to fish with family and friends in a boat, but in a kayak we can break off and explore new spots.  Fishing freedom at last!
Athletics are pretty important in my family, so the exercise that goes along with kayaking is such a big plus.  My dad was an All SEC linebacker and captain of the 1996 National Champion Florida Gator football team.  My mom was an All American and 4x SEC Champion swimmer at UF.  Even my two younger sisters are great swimmers.  I play baseball and swim.  I won the High School city meet in the 50 freestyle and competed in the state finals.  My parents have always said “hard work pays off.”  That is probably why my favorite thing about kayak fishing is that it is so rewarding. 
Even my activities away from fishing tend to be fishing related.  I tie flies and recently fulfilled an order of twelve dozen custom flies, for a couple to use on their fly-fishing trip to Argentina.  I raise chickens, so I am working on creating new flies from the feathers of some of our birds.  This past fall, I helped to create my high school’s first fishing club.
I am truly honored to be a member of the Johnson Outdoors team.  See you on the water!

My Boats

Predator Series

Prepare yourself for a totally new fishing experience. The Predator will bring you closer to the water and the action with highly customized features that are engineered to meet the needs of avid anglers and weekend warriors, alike. Read More

Prowler Series

One of the most popular angler kayaks on the market, the Prowler 13 combines performance with features. A large bow hatch, an oversized tank well and several places to mount fishing gear, the Prowler 13 was designed to produce results. Read More

Prowler Big Game II

Designed for anglers looking for a high capacity fishing kayak that will easily carry all the necessary equipment, the Prowler Big Game II offers ample room and outstanding stability without sacrificing performance. With six removable mounting plates, the Element seating system, and plenty of storage you'll be ready for a full day of comfort and fully prepared to battle. Read More