The first time I ever saw an Ocean Kayak boat in real life was last summer. I live in Sweden and over here kayak fishing has not taken off quite yet and therefor not many kayak brands have been available. So, I have been kayak fishing for quite some time and I had tried pretty much all the brands available to me and found what I thought was a winning concept.
I was hosting a kayak fishing trip for Atlantic halibut in Söröya, north Norway in August 2014 and one of the clients was in his personal Ocean Kayak boat. We were drift fishing a tidal current travelling at approximately 5MPH and the wind picked up. It started blowing against the current and it got messy. It was not extreme by any standards but the kayaks I owned were all over the place and did not sit well in choppy waves. The client in the Ocean Kayak was fine and the boat seemed almost unaffected by the conditions.
It was the narrowest boat we had among us and it still was by far the most stable under tough conditions. I gave it a try and realized it was time for a change.
I am so hooked on kayak fishing I have decided to give it my all. I am sure the sport has every potential to grow in both Sweden and Europe. We might be a few years behind the states at the moment but once the ball starts moving I think we will pick up fast and I want to be a part of that process. I am opening a kayak fishing shop, well actually two of them in Sweden, one in the north in the city Luleå as well as a one in Gothenburg where I live in the southwest.
After having tried an Ocean Kayak boat I knew I needed to have them in the shop and I began trying to find out how to get them over here. I actually found out there was a distributor in a neighboring country, Norway only a three-hour drive from my place. Negotiations were made and before I knew it I was an Ocean Kayak and Old Town dealer and the natural progression was to also be on the team to market the kayaks. So here I am!
From a Scandinavian perspective both Ocean Kayak and Old Town boats are perfectly suited for our fishing. We have got two different types of venues that require different boats. First we got the freshwater kind of fishing. Although many waters are big, conditions rarely get too bad compared to the sea and the angling typically is more specialized and technical so a stable kayak is preferred. I personally do a lot of heavy lure fishing similar to the American Musky fishing and being able to stand up in the kayak is a must. The Predator series were perfect for all my freshwater fishing. They were surprisingly fast to paddle and extremely stable, all in all the perfect freshwater boat for me.
I am an angler turned paddler and with time the paddling and saltwater fishing has become my preferred type of fishing. In Scandinavia we have got some of the best saltwater fishing for cold water species like Atlantic Halibut, cod, coalfish, wolf-fish and Greenland shark to name a few in the world. This type of fishing differs a lot from my freshwater angling. You need a boat that sits low and is capable of paddling long distances AND fight big fish. After trying a couple of models I opted for the Trident Ultra 4,7 to give me the best for the north Norwegian conditions.