Home waters: Southern US
After fishing day three of the Hobie World Tournament I figured out what the fish were doing on Fayette County Lake. Very cool to be able to get up on stage and finish strong.
When the Texas Parks and Wildlife first built Purtis Creek they were trying to keep the kayak angler in mind. The powerboats on this lake can only operate at idle speed and has an abundance of bass, crappie, bluegill as well as catfish.
Lake Fork in Texas is known for big bass all cross the world. This little bass put up a heck of a fight and what a way to get the day started!
Thanks to his father, Rob Milam has been fishing since he could hold a rod and reel. His earliest memories include a family vacation when he was three years old during which he fished with his father off a dock in South Padre Island and caught speckled sea trout and flounder. As a youth, he fished during numerous other vacations to the Texas coast and other beaches and oceans.
Despite all the exposure to fishing, it wasn’t until ten years ago, when a friend took him to a bass club tournament that he truly fell in love with fishing. Over the next few years Rob sharpened his skills and as a result became very successful with top finishes on local and regional levels.
He never imagined fishing from a kayak until 2009. He was on yet another vacation at the Texas coast with his wife and children, but had no boat or means to fish. That was when he noticed how many people had fishing kayaks. He had followed several of them all the way from north Texas to the coast, saw even more once he got there, and they all had access to fish waters right off the road! It didn’t take long for him to “catch the fever,” and become a very enthusiastic and committed member of the kayak fishing community.
He is a regular contributor on several kayak fishing forums and shares his passion by hosting a weekly bass fishing tournament series, kayak fishing clinics, trade shows as well as demo days. Intent on growing the sport in the North Texas area, Rob is looking forward to passing the kayak fishing torch to his son, Hayden. Hayden, at the tender age of three years old, has already caught three species of fish ranging from black bass, speckled sea trout to channel catfish.