Meet Marvin Forte – Kayak Fishing Pro Staff

Marvin Forte – Team Dakota Lithium – Kayak Fishing

Hometown: Estacada, Oregon

Hailing from the Portland Oregon area, Marvin Forte actively pursues multiple freshwater species in his kayaks, traveling all over the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. He is the Tournament Director for Kayak Fishing Northwest (KFNW), which manages Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing (OKBF), Idaho Kayak Bass Fishing (IKBF), and Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WAKBF). He’s participated in over 45 kayak fishing tournaments, placing first, second and third in many of them. Marvin is also a prostaff member of Native Watercraft and is on the Next Adventure Kayak Fishing Team.

Sport of choice in the winter? Summer?

Fishing, all year ’round!

What circuits do you compete in?

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF)

Hobie BOS

Yak-A-Bass Nor Cal

Kayak Fishing Northwest (KFNW)

Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing (OKBF)

Idaho Kayak Bass Fishing (IKBF)

and Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WAKBF)

Wins, Accomplishments, and Big Moments

Caught a new personal best smallmouth bass on the Columbia River in 2019, a 20.5 inch monster. Still hoping to break by personal best largemouth bass, a 25 inch giant caught in Arizona in 2015.

Two second place finishes and one third in the 2019 OKBF Tour Event Series.

One Big Moment was placing 11th out of 200 anglers in the 2018 Shasta Bass Kayak Classic with almost no prefishing, no fishfinder, and my first time ever fishing Shasta Lake.

How did you start in your sport? (What’s your origin story?)

I grew up fishing the banks of New Jersey and Tennessee, then later fished North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. In 2015, I bought my first kayak, a Native Watercraft Slayer 12, and I guess you could say, I’m the one who got hooked. I have been an avid kayak angler ever since.

What is your favorite Dakota Lithium Product & WHY?

I LOVE my Dakota Lithium 10Ah battery. It’s lightweight, and darn near bulletproof. I got 3-4 days of fishing from one charge on my Humminbird Helix 5. I’m upgrading to a Helix 7 Mega for 2020, and I am looking forward to see how the 10Ah holds up. I have my eye on the Powerbox and hope to get one for the 2020 season.

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