About Matt Trucks of The Plastic Hull

About Matt Trucks of The Plastic Hull



As an avid outdoors-man and love for bonding with nature via paddling and fishing.  Although being born and raised in New Jersey Matt now resides in South Eastern Delaware. Have been fishing since I was a young boy with my father on his boat the I’m Gone. Over the years he taught me much about fishing and the skills for catching fish. In my 30’s now I still use the techniques he taught me plus ones gained from experience friends and fellow anglers.

In 2008 he sold his 20 foot Wellcraft boat. That winter Matt was looking on the internet for another boat when he stumbled on kayaks. The sit on top style for which he had never seen before. At this point in time had yet to ever see any kayak anglers fishing Raritan Bay. With enough information and searching online for a used kayak he found his first kayak. It was a Perception Caster 12.5. He decided to purchase a used boat to see if it was possible to fish off of a small platform like a kayak. It took a few days of fishing and paddling before the boat was rigged to his liking. Added a fish finder a rudder and rod holders to where the locations best suited fishing from the yak.  Since then he has been fishing for many species of fish including Striped Bass, Fluke, Weakfish, and Black Fish. Sometimes you may catch Matt fishing the low sodium but more often I’m fishing the bays and back salty rivers.

In 2010 was accepted onto the East Coast Kayak Fishing Team by its committee. Great times with the guys from the team. We typically get together at the Jamaica Bay kayak fishing classic as most members are from New York and New Jersey. Honestly we should get the whole team together at the Elks Fluke Tournament. It would be a blast!

In March of 2012 was accepted to be a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team! As being a knowledgeable and skilled kayak angler also from falling in love with the new Jackson Kayak Cuda 14. Jackson Kayak has revolutionized fishing kayaks with its extensive fishing line of boats. Both innovative and geared toward the angler Jackson kayaks have become a top of the line fishing kayak brand. I am proud to be a member of their fishing team for a fourth year!

In 2012 begun to work as tournament committee and helped organize the Elks Fluke Tournament Kayak Division later to run the tournament in 2014. The past 3 years has been a benefit to Heroes on the Water. Again in 2013 I helped as part of the tournament committee. Continuing on as the Kayak Division Commissioner for tournaments 2014 – 2015!

Also in January 2012 accepted a leadership team position within Heroes on the Water New Jersey chapter agreed to take the secretary chair for the remainder of the 2014 season. The leadership team is composed of volunteers whom devote time towards all behind the scenes planning and management. A majority of the planning and organization is completed by the leadership team.  Matt was fortunate to join 9 other LT members whom work to provide events for wounded Unites States veterans to come kayak with a fishing guide. Please see the Chapters website for more information about volunteering or donating towards the program at http://heroesonthewater.org/chapters/new-jersey-chapter/.  At 2016’s closing Matt resigned from the Chapter Secretary position as he had moved to Delaware and unfortunately could not continue with the New Jersey Chapter.

If you are new to the sport and have any questions for me also please feel free to email me Matt [at] ThePlasticHull.net or comment on the posts here. I am glad to help anyone and love to meet people new and or interested in the sport of Kayak Fishing.

So I hope you enjoyed my introduction. Looking forward to meeting you out on the water!

Pro Staff:

Jackson Kayak – March 2012 – Present

Branches LLC – January 2014 – Present

Ram Mounts – February 2014 – 2017

Torqeedo – July 2014 – Present

YakAttack – Jan 2015 – Present

Orion Coolers – Feb 2015 – Present

YakAngler.com Regional Pro Staff – May 2014 – 2017

Sealect-Designs Pro Staff May 2015 – Present

Tournament Participation:


2011 – 2017 Cape May Kayak Fishing Jamboree (North Wildwood, NJ)

2011 – 2017 Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament  Kayak Division (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)

2009 – 2016 Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Classic (Brooklyn, NY)

2012 – 2014 Susky Flats Kayak Fishing Jamboree (Havre De Grace, MD)

2012 Forked River Tuna Club Fluke Tournament (NJ)

2012 Columbus Day Boondoggle (Virginia Beach, VA)

2012 – 2016 Kayak Wars www.kayakwars.com (Online)

2014 – 2016 CBKA Tournament (Kent Island, MD)

2015 Sunshine Foundation Fluke Tournament Kayak Division (Tuckerton, NJ)

2015 MAKBF Championship Tournament (DE)

2016 – 2017 TKAA Kayak Fishing for Charity (Virginia Beach, VA)

2016 – 2017 Yakattack Tournament (Greenbay, VA)


2012 – 2014  Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament Kayak Division Tournament Committee

2014 Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament Kayak Division Tournament Commissioner

2015 Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament Kayak Division Tournament Commissioner

2016 Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament Kayak Division Tournament Commissioner

2017 Point Pleasant Elks Fluke 10 Year Anniversary Tournament Kayak Division Tournament Commissioner

Heroes On The Water New Jersey Chapter:NJ How clear (Mobile)

New Jersey Chapter Secretary October 2014 – 2016

New Jersey Leadership Team February 2012 – 2016

June 6th 2014 Port Monmouth Event Coordinator

June 20th 2015 Port Monmouth Event Coordinator

October 4th 2014 Picatinny Lake Event Coordinator (Event cancelled last minute due to inclement weather)

May 2016  Lake Denmark Asst Coordinator