It’s Almost Boondoggle Time!
The Boondoggle is only two weeks out and we’re getting excited to send off Jerron Wosel and Andrew Moczygemba (our ACK two man team) to go meet the community of kayak anglers from all over the nation who have helped build the event. It seems like each day I hear something new that Jerron and Andrew are getting excited about – be it the beard competition, some new rigging accessories to show off or just plans to fish with people they’ve never had a chance to meet in person before.
As time draws nearer for the 2013 Columbus Day Kayak Fishing Boondoggle, I took a moment to sit down with Jerron and talk about his expectations for the event.
I understand there’s a bit of a funny story behind how you found out about the Boondoggle. Care to share?
About three weeks back Chris, ACK co-owner and VP of store-operations, walks up to my desk and says to me “You’re going to Pensacola.” Before I can say anything he just tells me to look up the Boondoggle and walks away. And that was it. I started looking into and it didn’t take long for me to start getting excited. When I found out my buddy Andrew was going too..well, that made it even better.
Tell me a little bit about your experience kayak fishing and why you think you and Andrew were chosen to represent ACK at the event?
Sure, before I moved to Austin to work on the ACK merchandising team, I was living in Houston and doing a lot of offshore kayak fishing. I got my start kayak fishing a little over 8 years back when my friend asks me if I want to go out to the Galveston ship channel with him to chase some flounder. The next time he took me out, my second time kayak fishing, we went beyond the breakers and I’ve been hitting the coast from my kayak ever since.
In 2010 I wound up asking Andrew, who was managing the ACK Houston store at the time, for a job at the store. I worked up to assistant manager under Andrew and just under a year ago I relocated to Austin to work at the ACK corporate office as part of the merchandising team, mostly focusing on kayak fishing gear.
Andrew is now the regional manager for our two Houston stores has been with ACK since 2008 – actually coming to the company from a position where he focused on power boat sales. He’s a long time angler and the two of us have spent a lot of time together fishing the bays and taken a couple beyond the breaker trips together. He’s a great resource for all things kayaking and a great person to talk to about hull design and things of that nature.
What are your expectations for the event? Is there anything you’re particularly excited about?
I’m excited to get out there and put faces to names. We’re very active in online communities and social networks at ACK and I’ve met a lot of people whom I only know through those types of interactions. The Boondoggle is going to be an opportunity to see these people up close and in person, so I’m excited about that.
A little while back, for example, I sent a private message to a guy named Rich Winfield after watching his video about kayak fishing for sailfish and we ended up having a good discussion about coastal kayak fishing. Turns out he’s based out of the Pensacola area so he’s going to meet up with Andrew and I and take us fishing for sailfish, kingfish and snapper. We’re both pumped about that.
As for my expectations, I’m just looking forward to hanging out at the booth talking about ACK, having a cold one and listening to all the fishing stories that are bound to come out at an event like this.
What will the two of your be bringing along to show off at the event?
We’ll be bringing a pair of rigged out kayaks to show off at our booth as well as fish out of and use during our seminar. Andrew has linked up with Bill Bragman from Yak Gear and, I’m a little jealous about this one, gets to take a new Moken 14.5 through the Yak Gear warehouse to pick out whatever rigging accessories he wants. It’s going to be like he won a kayak fishing shopping spree.
I’ll have my Ultra 4.7 out there which I have been using forever and all the rigging accessories that I use. Mostly YakAttack stuff like the Zooka Tube, BlackPak and plenty of GearTracs. I use it mostly for off shore stuff so I’ll be referencing it during the Beyond the Breaker seminar we do on Saturday for sure.
Can you give me a sneak peek into you and Andrew’s Beyond the Breaker seminar?
Absolutely, it’s a topic I’ve spoken about before and my favorite type of kayak fishing. I’ll be covering things like safety equipment, online resources, rigging tips, gear you need and what to expect when fighting/landing offshore species of fish and more. You can actually get a sneak peek at some of what I’ll talk about in a recent blog I wrote about offshore safety and weather concerns. I’m hoping I’ll actually learn from some of the audience members as well during the Q&A at the end too. Everyone has different styles of fishing and gear that they rely on, and I feel like meeting those people and learning from them is what the Boondoggle is all about.
The Beyond the Breaker Seminar is going to take place Saturday at 12:00 PM (see it on the Boondoggle Event Schedule here) and you’ll have a chance to win some ACK gift cards for attending, so hope to see you there!