Lawrence Fishing Aboard his Hoby kayak

A year for Getting Back to Basics

I am quite fortunate to have the backing of a number of terrific sponsors – most of which have been with me for over ten years. Not being someone who drives due to my being blind, I wrestled with how I would do what I normally do during the open water fishing season. It didn’t seem it would be safe for all concerned for me to be getting into my truck 2-3 times a week with a different fishing buddy each time. How would I know if they were free of the Covid 19 virus, and what would they think of me? So, after talking with Ranger Boats and Orleans Boat World, we agreed that 2020 might be one that I approach somewhat differently.

Thankfully, kayak fishing is a great way to maintain social distancing, so I’ve been doing lots of that aboard my Hoby.

And, as I do every year, I pulled my folding Porta-Boat out of the garage, the world’s first “Blind Fishing Boat”.

Lawrence Gunther aboard the Blind Fishing Boat

I’m still getting lots of filming done outdoors, and surprisingly, getting lots of other work done as well. I’m also fishing and camping a lot more with my family, which is nice since our two youngest will soon be of an age that hanging with their folks won’t be as much of an option – or priority.

So far this year fish species that have made an appearance on my hook include: sunfish, smallmouth, largemouth, pike, walleye, brook trout and lake trout.

Link below for a 5-minute video I made in July about the Blind Fishing Boat and how I navigate it on the water solo (yes, I have my pleasure craft operator’s certificate).