I started fishing when my officer in the military brought me on my first offshore fishing trip. Ever since, I was addicted. However, fishing on chartered boats in Singapore meant that I don’t have the freedom to go wherever I want or whenever I want. Getting my own boat was never an option because of the massive cost involved. This led me to look into fishing on my own kayak. No docking cost, no fuel cost, I go as I pleased and I fish wherever I want! Mathew was one of the pioneers of the small fishing community back then. In 2010, I got in contact with him and eventually bought my first kayak. We started posting our videos online and in no time, we had massive support from our local fishing community. In 2013, Mathew bought the Native Watercraft Mariner 10.5. The need for a more advanced and specialized fishing kayak got to me and I followed up to order my very own. Ever since then, our passion grew leaps and bounds. We have our own Facebook page, Youtube channel and are now officially sponsored by CatchBay and Railblaza.
From a very early age I have had a passion for fishing. Any chance I could get I was in the surf casting to bluefish and striped bass from the shores of Connecticut or on my uncles boat catching yellowfin and shark out of Montauk. I didn’t care what the fish or how I had to fish for it, I wanted to do it all. When I was 16 I began kayak fishing, and quickly realized all the benefits to such an incredible approach. This later evolved into paddleboard fishing, allowing a perfect combination of stealth, speed, and line of sight. The Native Versa Board is the evolution of the two with the ability to keep all the benefits of a traditional paddleboard along with carrying capacity and durability of a kayak. When I am not guiding or fishing kayak tournaments I also mate on a sport fishing boat fishing for tuna, sailfish, wahoo, and marlin.
My Grandfather Albert taught me to fly-fish at the age of eight. Now, I am always on the water, even in rain. I grew up in Chiefland, Florida and moved to Canada in 2005.I have fished most sport species of fish available in Florida, I have also done lots of trout fishing in Washington, and Colorado. I just love the sport and love boating as well.
I have lived in Albany since 2002 and know the community and the local waterways well. My wife has lived in Albany since 1965 and has had a long familial connection with the local salmon fishing industry. We are both committed to our region and would not think to live anywhere else. I live to fish and I would like the opportunity to ‘fish to live.’ To that end, my wife and I have started a kayak tour and charter company called the ‘Great Southern Discovery’. We use Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Multisport kayaks exclusively, as we find these are best for our waterways, which vary from inland to offshore. We are passionate about our NW’s and totally convinced of their virtues.
MICHAEL DELMARCO Date of Birth: 02/03/1980 Occupation: Fishing shop owner & Fishing TV personality From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Lives: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia About: Michael has been fishing since the age of 3, it has always been a big part of his life and a strong passion, well renown as one of the up and coming faces of Australian fishing television on his series, Oz Fish TV, along with his co-hosts, Chris Monnier and Jesse Hommelhoff. Main fishing style(s): Surf fishing, estuaries/river, squid fishing, soft plastics, and lure trolling. Michael specialises in saltwater fishing, preferring open water, targeting large predatory species. Kayak(s): Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5’ Propel Native Watercraft Slayer 13’ Propel Primary target species: Sharks, flathead, mulloway, estuary perch, snapper, squid.
Fishing has always been in my life, but it only “took over” in 2007. Since that first all womens barramundi tournament in the crocodile-dominated waters of Australia’s Top End, I’ve been addicted. Having now shunned my corporate suit and closed my fancy-pants advertising agency, I focus entirely on fishing and fishing-related business. I’ve followed my lures all over Australia and further afield, casting flies or conventional lures at fish in New Zealand, Timor Leste, Cook Islands and Indonesia. Hailing from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Oz, kayak fishing was never on my radar due to my respectful wish to stay as far away from the crocodiles as possible. However, two years ago saw me relocate to the more hospitable waterways of the far south coast of New South Wales and thus, my kayak fishing adventure began! Whilst there are no barra down in these safer waters, there are plenty of other species to keep me constantly challenged and inspired. You can keep up with my adventures and connect with me on my Fishings cool page on Facebook.
I cut my teeth at the age of 5 fishing scrub worms for trout on the banks of Lake Eildon. It was those family camping trips that sparked a passion that has been with me ever since. In 2008 I purchased my first ever kayak, a Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Propel which took my passion for fishing and turned it into an obsession! All of a sudden there was no piece of water that was off limits and I found myself catching fish in places I’d never dreamed possible. I’m pretty happy catching anything with fins nowadays but spend most of my time fly and lure fishing for estuary perch, bream and snapper. I also have a love for Australian native fish and regularly find myself drifting a river in NSW fishing for bass or throwing spinnerbaits and hard bodies for Murray cod and golden perch. I live to get involved with anything fishing related and have been part of a number of fishing clubs and stocking program’s as well as working for various fishing tackle and kayak stores across Melbourne. This has enabled me to mix business with pleasure and share and promote my love of kayak fishing with like minded people.
I was raised in Southern West Virginia and my dad raised me to love the outdoors with a special love for the water and fishing. In 25 years I’ve fished almost every major water way on the east coast from Claytor Lake in Virginia to Lake Okeechobee in Florida to Lake Fort Phantom in Texas, and to every little pond and creek I could find. I am a United States Air Force veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After my tour in the military I returned home to West Virginia and now I am serving my community as a Deputy Sheriff with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. I have been deep sea fishing, pier fishing, surf fishing, and flats fishing off the East coast of Florida. My current days find me in my kayak on local lakes, and rivers fishing in bass tournaments. I am the Vice President and Co-Founder of the Mountain State Kayak Anglers. I am a member of the Kayak Mafia, Kayakbassfishing.com (KBF Nation) and a team leader on Kayak Wars. I am also starting the West Virginia chapter of Heroes on the Water getting Veterans’ out kayak fishing.
Keith Gelhar grew up fishing and paddling from his father’s 17ft. Grumman aluminum canoe. When he purchased his first kayak in 2004, he rediscovered his love for the quiet sport of paddling and fishing. Keith guides on local inland lakes for bass, northern and pan fish. He specializes in fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan where trolling is the predominant method used to locate and catch fish.
I have been an outdoorsman since I was able walk, learning from those before me like my father and grandfather. I am a kayak fishing filmmaker for Yaktastic Adventures, as well as an avid Heroes on the Water supporter and volunteer. I fish the mighty Chesapeake Bay, and its tributaries, specializing in catching numerous species like Redfish, trout, flounder, and striper.