It was a crisp morning in September, I was just picking up my first paddle board, eagerly forcing my way through a narrow swamp channel into a “secret lake”. The excitement of paddle fishing for me was being able to access these untouched back waters. I could go exploring in new areas that eluded boat fisherman. I broke free from the marsh and placed my first cast to an open pocket in the dense forest of lily pads. Instantly, a large wake formed and darted toward my lure. As the water erupted, I set the hook and began getting pulled behind as the fish started swimming for deeper water. It was at that moment I knew paddle fishing was my new passion.
He was dragging me all over the little lake. The fish repeatedly made powerful runs stripping line from my reel. As he was beginning to tire, I worked him closer to the board. I could see that it was a northern pike measuring nearly 40 inches! Having no more than a paddle, tackle box, and the fishing rod in my hand, I was wondering how I was going to win this battle with this toothy giant.
On three separate occasions he was within my reach, but he was too big to grab with one hand while balancing. In the end, I made one final effort to get a handle on the fish without falling in or getting bitten. He turned to look at me, laughed aloud, and spit the hook in my face. Being a hobby inventor who loves to create, I knew instantly what I was going to build when I got home … the first prototype of the Lunker Lander!