The idea for Ironclad Fishing started with a work buddy and I grabbing our kayaks and bumbling around a local inlet with a few random lures hoping to catch whatever fish we could. Don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun, but we didn’t really have any idea what we were doing!

I would take a few pictures of our trip and put them up on Facebook, because nothing really happened unless it is made official on Facebook!

It was THIS picture that spawned the idea for Ironclad fishing! My buddy Chris started his kayak fishing experience in a Perception Sport Caster 12.5 shown above.

It is a perfectly fine starter kayak, but with a larger guy and load of fishing gear it tends to be a wet ride as it sits lower in the water. A coworker saw this picture and commented that Chris closely resembled the USS Monitor with just the turret sticking out of the water!

For reference the above is a side profile of the USS Monitor, one of the Ironclad class of ships involved in the Battle of Hampton Roads.

Below is the picture of Chris in his kayak in a battle with nature. With his highly fashionable hat he does bear a striking resemblance to the USS Monitor!

To be fair to Chris, most kayakers have a similar profile sitting low in the water and hence resemble the Monitor. With that, the idea of Ironclad Fishing was born!

Ironclad Warships

The Ironclad class ships were steam powered naval vessels protected by a layer of iron or steel layed over their hulls to protect from enemy fire. The advent of explosive or incendiary cannon shells were wreaking havoc on the traditional wooden-hulled ships of war, and the layer of iron provided protection to the ship and crew. The iron plating obviously increased the weight of the ship and they tended to sit lower in the water.

Probably the most unique profile belonged to the USS Monitor, which more closely resembled a modern submarine running on the surface than any ships manufactured during its day.

The most famous battle involving the Ironclad Ships was actually here in Hampton Roads!

The Battle of Hampton Roads occurred during the Civil War over the course of several days in early March 1862. The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia began wreaking havoc on the wooden Union ships until the Union ironclad USS Monitor arrived in support. The two Ironclads pounded each other with cannon fire yielding minimal success but providing cover for their non-clad wooden ships until both sides withdrew.