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MARK VEARY

USA Kayak Fishing Saltwater  |  Athlete

Mark’s kayak fishing journey began in 2007. Back then, there were no how-to’s or well trodden trails.  There was only his desire to catch big fish without the yoke of a powerboat. Out of necessity, he became a bit of a crash test dummy, who spent countless hours searching for the best access to Oregon’s and Washington’s world class fisheries.  Most trips garnered attention from curious power boaters and shore fishermen and as word spread, he found himself giving regular seminars and eventually writing a kayak fishing column for a regional sporting magazine. As the popularity of self propelled fishing craft grew, he found his way to the winner’s circles in a host of fresh and saltwater tournaments for species ranging from crappie to salmon and smallmouth to rockfish. When not competing, he was still chasing first water from a kayak.  This chase led to mothership trips for offshore albacore, DIY halibut trips to Alaska and nearshore salmon and halibut hunts at a multitude of previously untapped venues. Once industry attention shifted to motors and bass however, Mark stepped away from the limelight to focus on the things that truly matter, like the friendships he’d made and the simple joy of catching big fish under his own power.