Watch Igor Azevedo display incredible balance while reeling in a behemoth of a wels catfish.
A kayak can be a very practical way to fishing, but it has its drawbacks, too. The light weight and narrow shape of a sit-on-top kayak come at the cost of limited stability. You can get just about anywhere, regardless of tight spaces or shallow water. But standing isn’t typically an option like it would be on a full-size boat.
Pro angler Igor Azevedo apparently prefers the best of both worlds, though, as he’s perfected the art of balancing on his Hobie kayak. And, not only can the kayak angler stand up without any issues, he’s able to do it while landing fish, and big fish at that.
Watch the clip below to see for yourself:
No need to question the Pro Angler's stability. Watch as Igor Azevedo gets spun around and around while reeling in this beast.
Posted by Hobie Fishing on Thursday, June 7, 2018
As you can see, this wasn’t just a big bass or walleye, this was a full-grown wels catfish. These fish can easily grow more than 7 feet long, and well over 140 pounds. The world record was 8.7 feet and weighed a modest 280 pounds. While Azevedo’s wels catfish in the video above wasn’t that big, I doubt the world record holder could maintain this kind of balance while kayak fishing.
Hobies have become the standard for kayak fishermen over the years, and perhaps this display of stability is a good indication of why. These fishing kayaks feature a sit-on-top setup, the ability to paddle or pedal drive with your feet. They also feature rod holders for your fishing rods and plenty of room for the rest of your fishing gear.
Have you ever caught a fish while trying to stand on a kayak?