Student Profile: David Gallagher

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David Gallagher
Julian , Pennsylvania

Dave took his first kayak fishing class with me in spring of 2015. He followed up with my cold water class and the Kayak Fishing Boot Camp in 2016. He’s done a great job mastering the key techniques that I teach in my classes. I get a real kick out of seeing his posts on facebook and his enthusiasm for the sport of kayak fishing. That’s what it’s all about. Below is my profile interview with Dave G!

Q: What sparked your interest in kayak fishing?

David: I was a trout fly fisherman and had the idea that I could bass fish when the water got to warm for the fly rod . It was a great idea now I fish for bass all year long .The kayak has gotten me access to water I would never have fished. It is now time to try using the flyrod for smallmouth out of my kayak!

 

This fish is one of 6 in the 18” range that I caught on a submerged island with rising water during the post span in about 1 ½ hours. I knew the island was there but before the classes I probably would not have worked it the way that I did. The classes taught me how to position myself to fish and also where the fish would probably be holding
This fish is one of 6 in the 18” range that I caught on a submerged island with rising water during the post span in about 1 ½ hours. I knew the island was there but before the classes I probably would not have worked it the way that I did. The classes taught me how to position myself to fish and also where the fish would probably be holding

Q: What do you consider your home river(s)?

David: I fish the West Branch of the Susquehanna regularly but really enjoy the main branch of the Susquehanna.

 

 

Q: Generally what was your approach to kayak fishing before the class and your level of success? Where there things that you struggled with specifically?

 

David: To be honest the first class I took was in the spring of 2015 it was the first time I was on a river in a kayak. I did fish a lake near my home a few times before the class with minimal success. Since then I have taken 2 more classes fall of 2015 and boot camp 2016 probably the best experiences to learn how to use a kayak on moving water and to breakdown water , patterns and water column to catch smallmouth bass.

 

This 19 ½” fish was caught in January in 38 degree water on a Winco’s Custom Lure's Chillie Willie. I have come to really enjoy cold water fishing. This is something I never would have thought of doing before the classes
This 19 ½” fish was caught in January in 38 degree water on a Winco’s Custom Lure’s Chillie Willie. I have come to really enjoy cold water fishing. This is something I never would have thought of doing before the classes

Q: What were your expectations going into the class?

David: Controlling my kayak. I wanted to be a paddler not a floater. If you can control your kayak you can catch more fish.

 

Q: What were the two most important skills/concepts that you learned during class and how do they relate to your kayak fishing now?

David: Ferrying across without losing ground. This is one of the most useful skills. Then pattern development without this I would just chuck lures and just hope. Now I have a system to work with and it produces fish. A lot of the skills learned for kayak positioning are second nature now I really don’t have to think about them.

 

Q: How has the class changed the way you fish and your success?

David: Upped my game 1000% have gone for 2 fish in a day to 20 , 30 , 40 in a day. Now size is a factor always want that bigger fish.  I catch trophy fish in the 17” – 20” range consistently.

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