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Patrick Gallagher

About Me:

Patrick Gallagher has been fishing exclusively from kayaks for over ten years using a variety of kayak fishing platforms. He prides himself on being a mult-species angler in both freshwater and saltwater. He prefers fishing off the Wilderness Systems Radar 135 due to its combination of speed, space, and stability which creates the perfect balance for kayak fishing. Patrick is an accomplished kayak fisherman and has been awarded numerous state angling awards and scored tournament wins as well. Patrick has also been the author of 14 published articles in On The Water Magazine and The Fisherman Magazine on a range of kayak fishing topics on targeting various saltwater species such as weakfish, tautog, striped bass, false albacore, bluefish, summer flounder, and scup. Patrick holds 32 angler awards from 4 different states, all of which were caught from a kayak. In New Jersey, Patrick is also one of the few kayak anglers to achieve the Master Angler Award with fish caught exclusively from a kayak. Patrick was also recognized by the State of New Jersey with Certificates of Achievement for the largest musky and hybrid striped bass caught from shore, boat, or kayak in 2016 and largest landlocked salmon in 2017, which were all caught from his kayak. In addition, Patrick holds 11 New Jersey DEP Skillful Angler Awards for kayak catches of muskellunge, landlocked salmon, walleye, hybrid striped bass (4), smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch (2), and sunfish (2). In New York State, Patrick has received 15 New York State Angler Achievement Awards from the NYS DEC for 9 different species (Lake Trout, Brown Trout (2), Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass (5), Chain Pickerel, Carp, Crappie, and Yellow Perch (2)). Patrick has also received a Commonwealth of Virginia Saltwater Fishing State Citation for Speckled Trout and a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Catch & Release Angler Award for Trophy Fish for Walleye. Patrick's tournament wins include 1st Place, 2nd Place and Third Place in the Individual Angler category of Kayak Wars in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. During these years, Patrick's teams were Kayak Wars World Champions in 2012 along with 1st Place finishes in the Northeast Division in 2010 and 2012 and a 3rd Place finish in 2011. In 2012, Patrick won the DOA Mult-Species Challenge catching 26 different freshwater and saltwater species in one season. He also placed 2nd in the brown trout division of the Catskill Kayak Fishing Jamboree in 2013. Patrick is a long-term member of the Kayak Fishing Association of New York and the only member to win both Saltwater Angler of the Year and Freshwater Angler of the Year. He set a record for the club in Freshwater Angler of the Year with a total of 310.75 inches for the 2017 season. Patrick is also a member of New England Kayak Fishing and placed 1st in their club tournament in 2014 for the divisions representing brown trout, false albacore, splake, kokanee salmon, summer flounder, and scup. Patrick has found kayaks as the most effective platform for targeting different freshwater and saltwater species and most effective means for exploring new waters. From Quebec to Florida, there are very few waters or fisheries in the northeast that have not been explored by Patrick during his time as a kayak fisherman.