Now that you're an avid kayak fisherperson, invest in the Bending Branches Classic Angler Straight Shaft Paddle to get you where the fish are biting. A step up from entry-level paddles, the Classic is light weight and durable, and it has a built-in hook retrieval to unhook a snag or help you haul in a big trout.
If you're a kayak fisherman, this paddle is nice to have on hand. I mainly purchased this paddle for its measuring capabilities. Having a ruler on the paddle itself is innovative, and makes for one less item to remember to bring or store on the kayak. You will always have the paddle, therefore, you will always have your ruler; and the ruler is glassed into the handle, so it will not rub off or fade away. Then there's the lure retrieval knotch that is located on one of the paddle fins. At first I thought of this as just an extra bonus because I wasn't sure if I'd ever need it, or just how well it would really work, afterall it's only a knotch cut into one of the paddle ends. Let me just say that after you need to use it for the first time, that alone will make you so grateful you purchased this paddle.
While trolling, one of my favorite redfish lures got snagged low on a dock post. I tried pulling it free from every angle I could think of and it would not free itself. I thought I was going to have to cut the line, then I remembered the knotch in the paddle. So I put the fishing line into the knotch and followed the line down about six feet until the paddle met the lure, and worked it free. It was great because the water was black with tannins and I couldn't see into the water to know where the lure was caught, but being able to guide my paddle down using the knotch led me right to the lure where I could pry it off, without any damage to the lure or hook.
The shaft of the paddle has oval hand grips to fit in your palms better, and makes for less soreness in your hands after a long day out. The drip guards work as well as any other, you'll still get a little wet, I don't know of any drip guards that completely keep you dry. The handles fit together snuggly and can be a bit difficult to pull apart at times, especially wet. If you have even a small amount of arthritis I'd suggest a different paddle. (My Werner Skagit FG paddle pulls apart easier)
I bought this paddle along with a Ride 115. Great combination! It is light weight and easy to manage.