Jody Finley

Kayak Angler

“A lifelong fisherman, Jody’s love for the outdoors started at an early age when he learned to fish from his grandfather on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Fishing lead to camping, playing multiple sports, hot air balloons and photography. “ I mainly fished freshwater until, while playing football in college, I started fishing the nearby coastline of South Carolina.” Now a southwest Florida resident, you can find Jody on the football field working as an official, behind a camera lens, camping at a state park or kayak fishing. “I started kayak fishing in 2011 and it quickly turned into my favorite way to fish. There is a ton of skinny water in southwest Florida, the stealth of a kayak makes a world of difference when trying to sneak up on a tailing Redfish or Snook.” Fishing can be very therapeutic and a great way to unwind from the hustle of a work week. My love for photography and kayak fishing has given me the opportunity to help others in their own recovery. In my spare time, I am a contributing writer/photographer for Kayak Angler Magazine. When my diet requirements drastically changed in 2012 I started to eat more fish. At the time I was mainly a catch and release angler but now needed a means to keep a couple fish on ice. After nearly a 2 year search for a durable and made in the USA cooler, I found Bison Coolers. I use the 25qt to take on my kayaks and a 75qt to take home some fish to cook on the grill. The 25qt is perfect for drinks and snacks with room for several fish, makes a great seat or poling platform with the Hydro-turf pad. I usually fish with other anglers which is where the 75qt comes in very handy. It has plenty of room for fish after a couple successful days on the water. I’ve hauled these coolers from the Florida Keys to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee for camping, hiking and fishing. They are the SUV of coolers, a must, when you can fish offshore, inshore and freshwater all in one day here in Florida. Please take a kid fishing.”

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