Colorful Take
Jim Russell
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!
*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