Keith Ward

Keith Ward   
Location: Horsham, South Coast, England.
Kayak: Ocean Kayak Trident 15 and Old Town Predator 13 Angler, family boats include Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 XL, Kea and Trident 11.
 
My mum took me fishing in Scarborough, North Yorkshire when I was about 4 or 5 with a plastic rod and she was really not expecting me to catch anything. That was my first coalfish and I've been an avid fisherman ever since. I first combined it with kayaking when I was about 16 in my scouts old wooden tandem kayak catching mackerel in the bay. I have fished off kayaks of all descriptions over the years and remember in about 1998 asking the then editor of Sea Angler if he'd like an article on bass fishing in Pembrokeshire off kayaks. Whilst supportive the answer was no, they didn't want to encourage dangerous activities, it just shows how much things have changed with both safety and popularity.
 
With the new breed of SOT kayaks designed for fishing the sport has really taken off, starting on an OK Prowler 13 and then an OK Elite 4:5 I have despite a few forays into other brands and fibreglass/composite kayaks always maintained my love of the Ocean Kayak Brand.
I love the freedom the kayak offers and that you can tailor your fishing to both your available time and mood. From easy launches into sheltered harbours to offshore forays and rugged coastline exploration. The thought that with the inaccessibility from land and the danger of grounding to boats you can fish coves and ledges possibly never fished before.
 
My favorite species are black bream and bass which are abundant on the south coast and pollock off both the Welsh and Yorkshire coastlines. 
I enjoy competitive angling and have managed to win both the Swanage OK Classic and the SWKA Oxwich competitions, with high placings in a number of other events. I follow the UK kayak fishing competition circuit and aim to fish as many comps as possible each year.

UK Team Website: www.oceankayakukfishingteam.co.uk

Blog: oceankayakukfishingteam.wordpress.com/




My Boats

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

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