KOKATAT Kayak Fishing TEAM MEMBER | Kayak Fishing

Rob Choi

Age: 40 years old website
HOMETOWN: Richmond, VA

"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." - John Buchan

Rob Choi has been obsessed with fishing his whole life. In 2007 when his dad got a kayak, Rob realized the vast potential of combining the two and bought his own kayak soon afterwards. His addiction went next level and he’s been a junkie ever since, always scheming of ways to get out on the water. “My family and work obviously come first,” Rob says, “but any free time I get I’m out on the water. Im always looking for that ‘tug that is the drug’. I just can’t seem to get enough and my passion for the sport has grown far greater than I ever imagined.” In 2013 Rob achieved VA Saltwater Expert Angler status with Virginia Marine Resources Commission after catching 6 different trophy species all from his kayak. Rob competes in local and national kayak fishing tournaments, teaches seminars to local kayak fishing clubs, and is a great ambassador for the sport. In his spare time, when he’s not fishing, he creates fish prints known as Gyotaku (gyo-ta-koo), and artful way of capturing the essence of the fish. Way back in the day before photography was available, Japanese fisherman made prints of their fish for record keeping. Today it’s a simple art form that many can enjoy viewing and doing. Robs coveted Gyotaku art can sometimes be found as one of the prizes at fishing tournaments.