Colorful Take
Jim Russell
Hometown
New Orleans, LA
Current city
Watsonville, CA
Favorite paddle
AquaBound Surge Carbon
Favorite fishing spot
Monterey Bay
Favorite paddling spot
Monterey Bay
I grew up fishing the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico with my Dad, started diving at the age of 15, and have been hooked on kayak fishing/diving since the first time I tried it here in California. I love the adventure of paddling out in my kayak and diving off to see what kinds of fish, abalone, or other critters I can find. Monterey Bay is literally in my back yard, but I also like exploring up and down the coast from Big Sur to Humboldt County. I’m looking forward to many more paddling and diving adventures with my AquaBound paddle!
Specialty
Fishing
Accomplishments/Experience
*Three time and current California State Diving Record Holder for Monkeyface Prickleback
*Winner of the Gimme Shelter IV Kayak Fishing Tourney in 2010
*Winner of the NorCal Kayak Angler's Diver Of The Year competition in 2013
*Winner of the Top2Bottom2 KayakFishing and Freedive Spearfishing Contest in 2015