User Spotlight Richard Ofner
Why little plastic boats? When did you start kayak fishing?
My brother built two stitch-and-glue Pygmy kayaks, and I decided that I would build my own. In the fall of 2006, I purchased a Waters Dancing stitch-and-glue kit, which I was planning to have completed by the time the ice thawed in 2007. After getting about half completed by the spring, I became impatient and purchased the first of two Hobie Mirage Drive kayaks. I purchased the second Hobie in the fall of 2007. I didn't get out much in them until I saw someone fishing out of a kayak late in 2008. Not being an experienced angler (other than dropping a line with a hook and sinker with a worm or minnow) I really had no idea how to catch fish, let alone from a kayak. In 2011 I sold my unfinished stitch-and -glue kayak and used the money to buy another fishing kayak.
What is your first fishing memory?
In my earliest memory of fishing, I was about ten years old. I grew up on the water and had a fear of boats. My father and uncle took my brother, cousin, and me to a park on the Detroit River, and we fished from shore for silver bass. I hated it!