Kayak Fishing Boondoggle
I’m proud to announce that ACK will be supporting the Kayak Fishing Boondoggle slated to be held on October 11-14 in Pensacola, Florida. Back in July, the growing event launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a new website to respond to organizational needs. With a goal of $10,000, they still have quite a ways to go!
While an ACK representative will be unable to actually attend, all of us at ACK were impressed with this kayak fishing event. It differs from the typical events that we sponsor in that it doesn’t require event goers to be a pro angler – just someone that likes kayak fishing!
Giving Kayak Anglers An Event Completely Their Own
There isn’t much to the Kayak Fishing Boondoggle other than, well, kayak fishing. It’s a free event put on by popular kayak fishing online resources like Kayak Fishing Radio, Yak Angler and Paddling Fan and brings together anglers from 16 different states, kayak fishing manufacturers, retailers (like ACK!) and local residents. The whole idea is to give kayak anglers a chance to meet new people, paddle new locations and hang out and fish with other kayak anglers from around the country.
The event got it’s start in 2011 and takes place twice a year over Presidents Day weekend and Columbus Day weekend. The initially small group has quickly grown to over 300 participants. So far it’s mostly been held in Florida but has also traveled to South Carolina and Virginia. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a Texas destination sometime in the near future.
Paddling Fan’s Geri Fairbanks gives an in depth rundown of the event in this video:
Even if you can’t attend, remember that this is a travelling event – someday you just might be able to! This is a great opportunity to help build something lasting for the kayak fishing community. Check out their crowd-funding campaign and show your support!