teamckaTeam CKA is made up of community members who, through there dedication and passion,  have established solid reputations as leaders in the the sport of Kayak Fishing in Canada. They are avid, well respected members of the kayak fishing community. While acting as ambassadors for the sport they help to push the growth and visibility of kayak fishing in Canada.

Jeremy HockinJeramy Hockin

Jeremy began his yak fishing career backwards.  As a sea kayaker first, turned kayak angler, he was looking for an excuse to spend more time on the Ocean.  Now he spends his days exploring the diverse salt water fishery of Atlantic Canada, and introducing people to the unique challenges of fishing from a very small boat in a very big sea.

Stephen Laurie1 - Copy

Stephen Laurie is a kayak fishing addict. He started fishing from a kayak years ago and like most who have entered the sport of kayak angling was hooked instantly. Most of Stephen’s free time is spent exploring the rivers and lakes of Alberta in search of his next kayak fishing adventure. He shares his passion for the sport at shows, seminars and as the tournament director of the CKA’s Eastslope Kayak Fishing Classic. Stephen is a Kokatat Ambassador, member of the Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles and  Settles Bridge Supply House Fishing Teams as well as kayak fishing instructor at Undercurrents Paddling Store. You can catch up with him on his blog at

Mike ZilkowskyMike Zilkowsky

Mike Zilkowsky is the owner of Camo Consulting Corp. and when he is not working as a Health and Safety Advisor he can be found paddling the lakes and rivers of Alberta and sometimes British Columbia fishing from his kayak. Mike’s main species to target is Northern Pike but enjoys fishing for any other type of fish that will take a hook. He is an advocate for the sport of kayak fishing and sustainable fishing practices and is a pro-staff angler with Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Bending Branches Paddles and Scotty Fishing Products. Mike is also on the Aquabatics Calgary Fishing Team.

 John GibsonDCIM100GOPRO

John Gibson, AKA “Ouird”, having fished most of his life, its not an obsession, its an necessity. Fishing from paddled powered vessels most of that time, made the transition to a Kayak a natural progression. John has been heavily involved in the Kayak fishing industry for the last 4 years, first as a member, now as one of the Administrators of CKA, and tournament organizer. He has been a very loud advocate in his area, and across Canada promoting, and supporting, not only our community, but Kayak fishing in general.He is the main voice behind CKA’s Twitter account @cankayakanglers.  You can also check him out on his personal twitter account @johngibson76, and blog Be on the look out for him in 2013 and beyond, as were certain he’ll be making a big splash.

Richard OfnerPikecreekNPS

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake uperior to the French River, and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives. He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. The past couple of years he started doing seminars, working fishing and boat shows, and writing blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience. As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks trying to catch as many different Freshwater Species that he can, helping him to compete in the various Online Fishing Derbies.

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson started fishing from a kayak as a simple, cost effective way to get off the shoreline and on the lakes of Nova Scotia. From humble beginnings in an inflatable kayak, Ryan eventually put himself into a purpose built sit-on-top kayak, and has been chasing tails across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ever since. Fishing is a pursuit for Ryan, competing in kayak fishing derbies and catching all different species of fish. Freshwater lakes, rivers, the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic Ocean, it’s all about the next big fish, and the next new species to check off his list. Along the way Ryan has continued to help new kayak fisherman with advice on the water and off, promoting the sport of kayak fishing while also working to maintain the quality of fishing throughout Nova Scotia as a River Watch Volounteer through Trout Unlimited Nova Scotia. Ryan documents his exploits on his blog at and through active participation at

Chris Arnold

Chris has been an angler his whole life but his kayak fishing passion caught fire just over 18yrs ago. Recreational and tournament angling lead him to kayak angling before he or anyone else knew what kayak angling was. So, for nearly two decades he has been inadvertently promoting this new sport and has surrounded himself with some of the finest anglers and friends any fisher could ask for. Now he’s fortunate enough to use some of the finest fishing gear available to anglers as prostaff for several companies.
Tight lines!

Rodney Wassenaar

Rodney, also known to many as “Sturgeon Rod”, started his kayak fishing experience in small lakes and quickly progressed to the Fraser river in a search for the mighty Fraser Rivers monster sturgeon, to this day his largest catch from his 9′ Hobie Sport has measured a whopping 8.5 ft and since this achievement he has gone on to share his excitement, techniques and experience with several fellow kayak anglers resulting in a surge in the popularity of this crazy past time.

Rodney is an active member of the Western Canoe and Kayak Fishing Team, The Vancouver Hobie Island Club and a very aggressive promoter of lower-impact and eco-friendly fishing equipment and techniques. Rodney has taken his quest in conservation and more environmentally safe fishing practices to the next level by helping organize and develop a network dedicated to information, awareness and implementation of “L.I.F.E.”(lower-impact fishing equipment) and the methods in which make these products successful.  You can follow some of Rodney’s experiences and adventures on his blog at
“Bent rods and wet yaks”