Eric Henson | YakGear

Eric Henson

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Eric’s paddling and fishing began at a very young age. He grew up on a beautiful lake in Deland, FL. His father bought a red Old Town Canoe for them to paddle around the lake. Lucky enough to have a next door neighbor that was a Pro Bass fisherman who regularly stocked our lake with all types of freshwater species. At the age of 9 years old, his dad and neighbor bought him his first “high dollar” spinning reel for his birthday. Eric was blessed to have such a great introduction to the water at such a young age. “I spent much of my childhood on that shiny red canoe paddling the lake every day, catching Largemouth Bass, Stripe Bass, Speckled Perch, and Blue Gill”, mentioned Eric with a smile. The memories were flooding back.

When Eric turned 14 he moved over to the SW Florida. Now 26 years later, he is the proud owner of Casting Kayaks, LLC where he is a full-time Professional Kayak Fishing Guide and Professional Tournament Kayak Angler out of Sarasota, FL. Specialties are using artificial lures and flies to target inshore species like Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon here in SW. Florida. Tournament fishing and guiding are some of his biggest passions. One of the greatest enjoyments in life is helping friends and clients experience the beauty and thrill of kayak fishing. Teaching them how to use different types of lures and watching them catch the biggest fish of their life!  His mission in life is to get anyone and everyone into a kayak on the water and to show them life through his eyes… to bless them as he have been blessed.