Kayak anglers spend hours at a time while fishing for big game and inshore species. They do this day after day, month after month making the need for a great kayak seat all the more important. I do the same with one exception; I suffered a very serious back injury that nags me still, years after the occurrence. While talking to the good people at Skwoosh about my problem they informed me that they had a new seat that they wanted to me to try out designed just for my kind of problem.
I received the Big Catch high back seat and low and behold, it has an adjustable lumbar pad on it. That may not sound too exciting if you don’t have a back problem but I will tell you that this seat is for everyone who paddles. Talk about comfort, I was in kayak fishing heaven. All I needed to do is catch some fish.
I adjusted the seat to fit my Diablo Adios Kayak and paddled off into the wilds of the Nature Coast of Florida for what I hoped would be a great day of paddling and fishing. I just could not get over how comfortable the seat was. Occasionally I would adjust the lumbar support to test all of the different settings and then I found the sweet spot. Another common complaint that anglers and paddlers alike have is the sore bottom syndrome. Skwoosh took care of that issue as well. The Big Catch seat has the Classic Paddling fluidized gel cushion with Air-Flo3D breathable fabric to sit on for even greater comfort and support.
It doesn’t stop there. The Big Catch High Back has a 20” contoured back with sewn in rigid stays or battens, to compliment the adjustable lumbar support and help make it the best kayak fishing seat on the market. The heavy duty, breathable, welded seam fabric and corrosion resistant hardware will give many years of comfortable, reliable service to any angler. Really it feels more like your favorite chair. All of this will help you fish all day long like a pro and speaking of fishing, Skwoosh got with our good friends at Plano and came up with a great tackle system that goes beyond convenient.
Skwoosh came up with a detachable fishing pack with two rod holders and three Plano utility boxes which are of course included, hey it’s a Skwoosh. To sweeten the deal they also included two more little Plano utility boxes that are perfect for your favorite flies or small tackle. There is one such box located left and right on the upper sides of this well thought out seat.
Upon my return, several hours later I stood up and (drum roll please) no problem. No back pain or numb legs and the bottom section of the seat its job too. Wow! I was very impressed. I didn’t stop there. The Diablo Adios is a very wide and stable fishing platform kayak. I wanted to test the stability effect of the Big Catch kayak set on a much more narrow and tippy kayak. Why? Many kayak anglers also use long and narrow kayaks for distance fishing. The narrow design can be tippy so I wanted to take a look at the effect the seat would have, if any on the stability of such a boat.
First I paddled around in the kayak with the ‘standard’ seat in it, made a few casts, again no fish for me. The boat was good but I was quickly made aware of the ‘tippy’ nature of this particular kayak. That sudden side to side jerk that you can get when you tip too far for comfort one way and counter your weight toward the other side, is not a pleasant surprise to anyone with a back problem. This is just the nature of many kayaks. There is a primary catch or balance point and a secondary catch point on all such kayaks and if you are not used to it or do not expect it you can jerk your back.
I then put the Skwoosh Big Catch seat into the same kayak, made the proper adjustments and paddled away. I did the same things that I had done while seated in the ‘standard’ seat but found a much different boat reaction to my movements. The Big Catch positioned and supported me in such a way that I never felt like the boat was going to roll over or tip. Soooo, lets rock the boat! That’s a good idea, isn’t it? Well yes as it turned out and I did it in comfort and grace if I may add.
As it turned out I just wasn’t going to catch any fish that day but I did learn just how amazing the Skwoosh Big Catch seat is. You should also know that I tested some Skwoosh gear before ever inviting them to become involved as a sponsor to the Kayak Fishing ClassicS. After all, I am an angler too…
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