“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” they ask. If you ever asked yourself this question, you have either labored in finding out what new thing you can do, or you’ve let it slide into the nether regions of your mind. Athlete Colby Blackwell inadvertently found himself in a situation he’d been in several times but never quite like this. In 2019, he became the first person to catch a rare fish from a kayak. Let’s hear more.
Blackwell is one of those individuals whose philosophy comes from constantly putting his body to the test. He hails from Alabama, where he is finishing his high school in Mountain Brook and using the time he can give himself outside the school to do the things he enjoys most. He says, “I feel I don’t have to be very narrow-minded in what I wish to pursue in life just because I am 18-years-old. That doesn’t mean I don’t understand the importance of focus. It’s just that I’m one of those people who love to focus on many things, which are often strenuous, to make their focus clearer and sharper.” Indeed a multi-tasker, Blackwell is often seen dribbling on basketball courts and being an enthusiastic kayak angler which brings us to one of his most famous conquests, a massive 52” Cubera Snapper.
In 2019, Blackwell was kayaking off the coast of Panama at the Los Buzos Resort. He has always taken his kayak fishing seriously, and on that particular day, he decided to put all his passion and intuition into that one kayak and set out to see what the aquatic world had in store. Lo and behold, he found his hands full with a huge and heavy 52” Cubera Snapper and a 50” Broomtail Grouper. “I was ecstatic. My joy is best understood by anglers who understand that catching a large fish requires 99 days of patience and 1 day of luck,” says Blackwell.
Fishing requires patience. Fishing from a kayak, more so. But it’s the thrill that keeps Blackwell going, who is also the first person to catch a Swordfish, Marlin, and Sailfish from a kayak. Colby Blackwell says, “In 2020, I completed the billfish grand slam from my kayak when I caught a swordfish in the Florida Keys with Captain Nick Stanczyk.” Here’s wishing him more good luck on his next fishing adventures.