My experience/love affair/complex relationship with kayaking has taken a new turn this season. Where as, in the past I was always up for new and innovative things and gadgets that would put me “on the fish,” I now seek to simplify, simplify, simplify! That’s right! Oh, sure … I could haul off and upgrade with dual-purpose sonar options that would also serve for ice fishing. I could invest in a pedal-drive unit from one of the big companies. Or, perhaps, I could buy one of those kayak-specific trolling rigs that could propel me from one end of the lake to the other without having made a single paddle stroke. And indeed, I could justify all these bells and whistles based strictly on my age. Throw in my current physical condition, mental state and emotional inconsistencies and these options appear to be almost mandatory. However, I could be wrong, but I do believe kayaking comes under the realm of “paddling sports,” where by one actually uses a paddle to physically propel one’s craft through the water and currents in quest of fish, game or wildlife observation. But I’m not. So, with that, I had sought during the off season to improve my upper body strength so I co...