Kayak Fishing Team

CCK Fishing Team

 CCK Fishing Team

California Canoe & Kayak is your premier kayak fishing retailer in Northern California. We have Hobie, Jackson, Wilderness Systems & FeelFree fishing kayaks available to demo and buy. We are represented on the water by a professional team of kayak anglers who love nothing more than to share their passion with our customers.  We are proud that our team members belong to both the Hobie and Jackson fishing teams.

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James Pratt - Team Manager

James Pratt - Team Manager-Hobie Fishing Team Member

James is a hardcore kayak angler who has been fishing for as long as he can remember. He got into kayak fishing in 2012 and quickly became addicted to the sport joining the CCK Fishing Team in early 2014. He spends a lot of time fishing local lakes but loves getting over to the coast, and out on the salt more than anything. Besides kayak angling, you can often find him diving off his kayak somewhere along the coast spear fishing or getting some tasty abalone. James says, “Let’s go fishing!”

John Keane

John Keane-Hobie Fishing Team Member

John grew-up fishing the waters around San Francisco Bay and has been kayak fishing both freshwater and saltwater across Northern California since 2005.  He is a member of the Hobie and CCK fishing teams, and a member of NorCal Kayak Anglers. His favorite fishing pursuits are king salmon, California halibut and white sea bass in the Pacific Ocean, and trout and bass in the foothill and mountain lakes of the Sierra Nevada and Inner Coast Range.  Professionally, John is a research wildlife scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station in Davis, CA, where he studies the relationships of raptors/birds of prey to wildfire and forest management in the Sierra Nevada. John has over 30 years of teaching and training experience in a variety of areas and enjoys getting folks on the water in kayaks and sharing fishing information and experiences.

Jason Tanagon


Jason Tanagon-Hobie Fishing Team Member

AKA – Str8FiSHiN to the team.

Jason started fishing as a teenager and primarily fished from the banks of lakes, reservoirs, and the CA Delta. In 2012, he got into kayak fishing and fell in love with ocean fishing. Most of his kayak fishing experience comes from spending a lot of time on the water and learning from some the best. In addition to chasing big fish, he enjoys clamming, crabbing, and hunting using his Hobie kayak.




Brett Freitas-Hobie Team Member

Bret aka “NoSoupForU” started fishing at a very young age shadowing his father while fly-fishing in Northern California.  Since then, Bret continues to search for his next big fishing adventure.  He started kayak fishing in 2008, but wasn’t hooked until he joined NCKA in 2011 and purchased his first Hobie kayak.  He enjoys fishing salt water from time to time, but his focus has been fresh water after a friend re-introduced him to the local waters he once fished as a kid.  Bret loves catching trophy size trout while being an advocate for catch and release tactics.  His love for the sport has come full circle, as he now enjoys sharing his passion with his own son and others new to the sport.

Nick Chatelain-Hobie Team Member

Nick a Sonoma County local grew up crabbing and fishing in Bodega Bay and local lakes. As he grew older he started to progress with his fishing and started to look for new ways to get out and on the water. Going from a float tube to a Stand-up paddle board to and eventually to a kayak. After buying a Hobie Outback in 2013 he soon found himself on the hunt for new adventures and big fish. He enjoys fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, Sturgeon, Striped Bass, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead, and all species of trout. Also a diver and spear fisherman you will find him somewhere along the California Coast doing what he loves most.