|Derek Akin was raised in the suburbs of Chicago which gave him access to a vast array of different waters throughout the Midwest. He grew up fishing everything from local streams to the Great Lakes. Having access to these waters helped him hone his skill set to become a multi-species angler. It wasn't until the last few years he was introduced to sport of kayak fishing. Previously he had always been a traditional boat fisherman, but once he hit the water in a kayak it was an instant addiction. While he usually competes locally and nationally in kayak bass tournaments, you will find him regularly trolling for salmon from a kayak on Lake Michigan as well.