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David A.



West Palm Beach, FL
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California

Organizer since:

November 12, 2010


What is and how much experience do you have kayaking, canoeing, and/or stand up paddleboarding?

I learned the kayak Eskimo roll in a lake in Iowa back in the 50's and now use mostly sit-on kayaks, but do have both sit-ins and sit-ons and a canoe. I guess I have quite a bit of experience both kayaking and canoeing. I also enjoy passing on whatever I know.

Including your kayak(s), how many and what kind or kinds of watercraft do you own or use (size, brands, etc.)?

(1.) A 16 foot Indian River canoe with 200,000 miles on it, (2.) a heavy (it will carry a lot) 17' wood and fiberglass sit-in touring kayak I bought for camping and going around the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, (3.) a fast 15' extra light sit-in kayak made from rip stop nylon, (4.) an old Hobie tandem foot peddle powered sit-on kayak without the steering lines or rudder, (5.) a new cheap inflatable 12' kayak, (6) a new cheap inflatable 10' kayak, (7.) a 9' sit-in Lobo kayak rigged for fishing that I still use, and the one I use the most, (8.) a 2012, 12' sit-on Hobie Outback foot (leg) powered kayak. I should probably sell some of these . . . maybe, maybe not.

Do you have a Florida salt water fishing license?

At my age, I do not need one in Florida, so when an officer asks for my fishing license, I usually give him a dumb stare (easy for me to do) and say, "Uh, sorry, I don't have one." Most of the time, they recognize why I do not have one, but I have had my "fun" with some of them (me bad). Yes, I do carry my Florida D.L. as required by law.

Do you have a Florida fresh water fishing license?

Again, at my age, I do not need one in Florida, but actually, my Florida Driver's License is my fishing license.

Don't be shy. What is your fishing experience and what kind of fish do you want to catch?

I started fishing as a kid in Iowa in the 1940's and by the early 50's was catching lots of Bass and Catfish with my Langley Reelcast (and I still have it). As a teenager, I bought the most expensive spinning reel available at the time (a Mitchel 300, imported from France, and it cost $29 from my saved up paper rout money) and Later on I fly fished for Trout in the Rocky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains and fished in the ocean off of Southern California (deep sea and surf) for years before moving to the Bahamas where I speared fish with a Hawaiian sling, free diving in waters around 40 to 60' deep, but sometimes over 100'. I moved to South Florida in 1976, where I went Bass fishing a lot and did some free diving but later became primarily a Snook fisherman and continued fishing as a hobby. I use mostly light spinning tackle (10 to 14 test line) and do have a little used 9 weight fly rod for salt water fly fishing and still have a couple of lighter fly rods all set up.


My introduction to canoeing and kayaking was back in the early 50's. I am what is politely called a senior citizen and my home number is public, 561 area code, 683~8933. I do not bite so call me, and my normal e-mail is photo01 (at)

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