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St. Pete family promoting kayak fishing all on their own

Posted at 8:00 PM, Mar 09, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- What started as a hobby for one St. Pete couple has turned into a national pursuit. The goal is to introduce and promote kayak fishing by offering the sport for free.

Heath and Shannan Panganiban have recently invested in eight kayaks, but their family isn’t that big. The rest are for anyone who wants to use them.

“I just love people, and I love giving back, and I love seeing people experience this for the first time, to hop in a kayak, to paddle out, catch their first fish, and to know that we played a small role in finding that new passion that is a big passion of mine,” said Heath.

They call it, Yak Tribe. Members can pick up kayaks and fishing equipment, free of charge, from Heath and Shannon’s back yard. They live conveniently live right down the road from the bay. Just remember to return everything when you are done.

“Nets and measuring boards and tackle, we provide literally everything you need to try kayak fishing, so if you wanted to just go and rent this stuff, you’d be looking at anywhere from 200 to 300 bucks,” said Heath.

Their goal is to simply grow the sport, not just here in Florida, but nationwide. They are already working on developing Yak Tribe branches in other states.

“We’ve traveled the country and we’ve met so many amazing people, amazing families, and I have seen how much this sport has gotten people out of hard times or gotten their family connected closer,” said Shannan.

Heath said one big catch is usually all it takes to get hooked.

“Pull in a nice 36-inch red fish or snook, from a tiny little plastic boat, it’s an awesome experience,” said Heath.

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