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Most fishing technologies are iterative of what’s come before, but some technologies approach a fishing challenge in a new way. You might call it hare-brained, but we call it innovation. Three cheers for the fishing tech innovators!

Burn Your Outriggers! This Kayak Has a Deployable Fan Tail

Kayaks have been around for millennia, but it’s only recently that they’ve become one of the favorite vessels of anglers in bodies of water around the world. More recently still, the pedal drive kayak phenomenon has rolled in like a summer storm. These boats are totally lean and green. They are stealthy. And they’re sure easier and cheaper to deal with than a motorized vessel. But they also have their drawbacks.

Don’t listen to what they say: size matters. Most fishing kayaks are marketed so you can stand up in them. But even with the biggest, most stable fishing kayaks, weather conditions or large marine creatures can arrive and flip you like a renovated fixer-upper. And we’re not talking about the Joeys here. Experienced angler after angler has capsized his kayak in a variety of conditions. It really doesn’t take much.

One kayak designer has seen this problem and presented a solution. Inventor David Cameron (presumably not the former U.K. Prime Minister) holds dozens of patents, many of which relate to portable toilets. But in 2005, he turned his attention toward fishing kayaks. That year, he conceived the “Fishing kayak with a deployable tail.”

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