John “Toast” Oast is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and currently resides in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Oast is the founder of the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association (PKFA.org) and the Williamsburg Kayak Fishing Association (WKFA.org) in Virginia. He is the publisher of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine and its online platform, SusquehannaFishing.com, the leading media outlet serving the outdoor community of the Susquehanna River region of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. His popular Fishyaker kayak rigging video series has received over 1,400,000 views. The Fishyaker.com homepage is a resource for kayak fishing news and videos from throughout the world.
“Toast,” often referred to as a “pioneer of the sport of kayak fishing” and “the MacGyver of kayak fishing,” is a member of the Johnson Outdoors Pro Staff, representing Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoes and Kayaks, Necky Kayaks, Carlisle Paddles, Extrasport PFDs, and Humminbird electronics. He is also a member of the Okuma Pro Staff, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) Pro Staff, the Hook 1 Crew, YakAttack Pro Staff, and several other angling and paddling industry teams and pro staffs. Oast’s kayak fishing exploits have been featured in various regional and national publications, videos, and television shows, and he travels extensively competing in kayak fishing tournaments and promoting the sport. Oast is proficient with both fly and conventional tackle, and can often be found fishing for any of the Chesapeake Bay’s abundant species of fish, or floating Pennsylvania’s rivers and lakes for bass, crappie or anything else he stumbles upon. When not on the water with friends or on the road at kayak fishing events, he introduces others to the sport as a founding member of Broken Rod Kayak Fishing Charters (Brokenrod.com).
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