You’ve discovered the adrenaline rush known as kayak fishing, and now you want a paddle that will take you to the action. The Angler Scout is what you want. There are going to be some mistakes along the way, but luckily there is a paddle to help get you through it. A paddle built to take tough knocks, the Scout provides beat-it-up durability at a wallet-friendly price.
An entry-level paddle, the Scout provides great value, along with qualities you expect from Bending Branches: functional design, light weight and durable construction. Any way you look at it, it’s quite a catch.
Enjoy having the right blade color for your trip. The Sage Green blade helps you sneak up on the fish, while the Autumn Orange blade is a bright option for any waters.
When determining paddle length, the kayak width is the limiting factor for recreational kayaking. The sizing chart below should ensure you aren't hitting your knuckles on the hull as you paddle. For sleeker touring/sea kayaks ones paddling style and physical size plays more heavily.
An easy way to measure in the field is to hold a paddle horizontally in your hands with your elbows slightly inside a 90 degree angle (most paddles are ovalized in the area they should be gripped). Your hands should be about two-thirds of the way between the center of the shaft and the shoulder of the blade. Again, always take stroke angle and boat width into consideration, and demo the paddle whenever possible.
If you are looking for a durable paddle that won’t break the bank, the Angler Scout is for you. When I first got this paddle in my hands I knew it was built to last. For someone that fishes tournaments, the tape measure on the shaft is the way to go. The tape measure gives you that quick reference to see if you have that next fish to put you in the money. The wide blades make it easier to turn with the least amount of effort. The other option on one of the blades is the hook retrieval. I have to admit I was hesitant when I first saw it. Thanks to the hook retrieval I still have my favorite lures. What really sold me on the hook retrieval was when I snagged a stingray. I used it to unhook the stingray without any danger to me or the ray. Overall I feel that Angler Scout can hold up to any situation you put it in.
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