Capt Fil Spencer

Home Base: Corpus Christi Bay, Laguna Madre, Baffin Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
 
 
My Favorite Ocean Kayak and why: I have an original 24 plus year old Scrambler which I have sentimental memories of because it is one of my first sit on top kayaks. But I have many favorites. Here are a few:  Prowler 13, Predator MX & 13, Big Game, Caper, Drifter, Malibu 2 ,Ultra 4.7, Torque, Tera 12, and Trident 11. I like the Prowler and the Trident series they are one of the most versatile kayaks I've ever paddled. Having several of each I'm able to switch them out and use them on a consistent basis.

Other gear used and why:
Costa Del Mar Sunglasses. performance eyewear Costa Del Mar is the industry leader in performance sunglasses. Scotty water sport products. Virtually indestructible, versatile and corrosion proof, Freestyle watches (great tide watch),
Scotty rod holders and mounts are the standard in kayak accessories. Keen footware, Keen shoes hold up to harsh saltwater conditions that we put them through. Buff head wear, protection form the sun's damaging rays and the hard Texas winds.
 
About Fil: My name is Captain Filip Spencer. People call me Fishman. I'm a Local fishing guide here in Corpus Christi, Texas. I have been kayaking and fishing for all most forty plus year's in south Texas.
 
I'm a Pro-Staff/Ambassador to Johnson outdoors,Ocean kayak,Old Town, Necky, Freestyle watches, Costa sunglasses, Buff head wear, Keen shoes, Scottie, Bass Assassins lures, TFO rods, Malone, Daiichi hooks, Petzl , Fish Grips, Water sports warehouse and a few others.
 
Growing up fishing the Texas Gulf Coast I've had the pleasure of seeing and experiencing some of the greatest fishing, that most people only get see pictures and get to read about. When I was a young boy I was taught by my father who I still to this day think is the greatest fisherman in the world to me. That's why I think the strong values he instilled in me like fishing etiquette (respecting a fisherman's area), helping people and the fine art of using Mirrolures and soft plastics has made me the type of fishermen I am today. I must say with today's technology in lures, I still use the same techniques and secrets to find the fish that he taught me all those years ago.
Growing up near the water and helping my father as a young boy on his shrimp boat he bought after he retired from the navy in 1970. There were several times when I would be out fishing and think to myself, " maybe I could make something that I could float on to get across that deep gut or channel". So like most young boys with big ideas, and not a lot of money, I decided to make a type of raft out of inner tubes. (The tubes worked very well for while).
 As a teenager I began using my surfboard with a milk crate strapped to the front of it loaded with all my fishing gear that get me across those same areas, until one day I found and old windsurfing board. I decided to take it home and mount the old swivel boat seat to the top of it. This windsurfing-kayak hybrid worked very well for a couple of years.
At about this time of my life new plastic boats were being developed for fishing like the P"row and the little pond boats as well as several sit inside kayaks.
When the new sit on top kayaks came out I knew I had to have one.
So I went down to Wind & Wave the local surf shop/ kayak shop and bought one of the very first sit on top kayaks on the market, It was a OCEAN KAYAK Scrambler.
 
That original Ocean Kayak boat is now over 24+years old and I still have it today along with about a dozen other Ocean kayaks.
It amazes me every time I go fishing the amount of kayaks and kayakers I see on the water today. Looking back over 25+ years and being the only kayaker on the water back then, I'd never thought in my wildest dreams that kayaking and kayak fishing would become as popular as it is today.
 
I have now been kayak fishing for over twenty five years in south Texas and have won many tournaments, Texas and National titles, set over 26 state records on a kayak as well as many more accolades. Was the first guide to to help get the Heroes on the Water program started in Texas.
I'm the Founding Father of Team Ocean Kayak fishing team and we have been together for all most ten years now.
 
Utilizing kayaks over all these years has allowed me to get to places that I could never reach in my boat or much less get out and wade to. Being able to use a kayak to sneak up on schools of fish and explore areas that most people have never seen is one of the most exciting things about kayaking.

One of the greatest things I can tell people is being on a kayak you're able to take your time go a little slower and take in a lot more of mother nature's beauty.
As a successful kayak fishing guide on the Texas Coast one of the things I enjoy doing is teaching people how to use top waters and soft plastics.
Sharing story's with people of when I first started fishing and kayaking and the stories of big fish that I've caught from my kayak.
One of my main goals in life is to be an ambassador to the sport of kayaking and fishing. Sharing the love of the sport and helping people with their future experiences and challenges. So that they might have the same experiences with the sport that has been so good to me.
 
Remember some of the best adventures in life are ones that you can experience at a slower pace.
 
 
Thank You.
 
Capt. Fil Spencer
ACA certified kayak instructor
 
Johnson OutDoor Elite Pro Staff

E-mail: Filiplisa@aol.com
Website: http://fishmansguideservice.com/

My Boats

Torque Series

The Torque is unlike any kayak you have seen on the market. Based on our popular Trident 13 model, the Torque features a Minn Kota trolling motor. Infinitely variable speed control allows you to hit the perfect pace for trolling. And if that wasn't enough, this quiet motor also has reverse capability to allow you to easily maneuver in and out of tight spots. Not in the mood to motor around? Not to worry. The motor can easily be removed for transport or swapped out with a skeg plug. The Torque takes kayak fishing to the next level. Read More

Predator Series

Prepare yourself for a totally new fishing experience. The Predator will bring you closer to the water and the action with highly customized features that are engineered to meet the needs of avid anglers and weekend warriors, alike. Read More

Caper Series

The Caper is a compact sea kayak. Stable and easy to maneuver, this kayak comes complete with a performance hull and storage options rare for boats this size. Suitable for most body types with a roomy cockpit and an impressive weight capacity. Don’t let the size fool you – the Caper delivers big fun. Throw it in the back of your pickup and head to your favorite fishing or paddling spot. Read More

Trident Series

Got fish? With the help of our Modular Fishing Pod you soon will. Featured on the Trident 11 and 13 this central command center provides unmatched flexibility for rod mounts along with sports trays for odd-shaped lures, and it even has a built-in ruler to make sure that catch is legal. Read More

Malibu Series

These highly versatile sit-on-top doubles with patented overlapping foot wells allow for one, two or even two and a child (or dog) paddling day trips. These boats have the same rough sea abilities as the singles and offer great fun and stability to families, outfitters, and resorts. Read More

Prowler Series

One of the most popular angler kayaks on the market, the Prowler 13 combines performance with features. A large bow hatch, an oversized tank well and several places to mount fishing gear, the Prowler 13 was designed to produce results. Read More

Vector Series

Most sit-on-tops are designed to be extremely stable by adding width and making sure the characteristics of the hull react accordingly to rough ocean conditions. The Vector series was designed to push the performance envelope. The increased stability allows paddlers to lean turn or sit it up on edge with ease. In fact, the design premise of the Vector series was to make sure the hull performs very similar to our high end sea kayaks. This unique kayak will take sit-on-top kayaking to a whole new level. Indeed, it's a perfect blend of styles, with sit-on-top stability and sit-in performance.
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