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Ryan, assistant manager at ACK San Marcos, headed out for a day of bass fishing with Grant on the San Marcos River. Little did he know it would turn into a personal best!
Written by San Marcos Assistant Manager Ryan Schaper Having the opportunity to work at an outdoor retailer like ACK gives us, the employees, many awesome opportunities to learn about and use products so that we can better understand how they work and relay that information to you, the customer. One of the biggest opportunities is what’s called a Go Play day, where we get to leave the store, office or warehouse for the day and pick up a paddle (or whatever other outdoor gear we most feel like ‘playing’ with).
On February 15th and 16th, I had the opportunity to attend Trout Fest which was held at the Rio Raft Resort and put on by the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. I am fairly new to ACK so this was a great opportunity to interact with a lot of our fantastic customers and meet several people that are very influential to our sport.
One of the most fulfilling things about a life spent on the water is introducing family and friends to the joys of watersports. For my recent ACK employee perk of “Go Play For A Day,” I took my 13 year old niece on a kayak trip on the San Marcos River.
As a kayaker, I am fortunate when I see new water but it never seems to come often enough. When you do find yourself somewhere new, it forces, and teaches, you to focus on finding a new technique or a different rhythm to the way you kayak or more importantly the way you fish.
Anyone who has paddled on the Colorado River below Lake Austin in the summertime knows about the frequent changes in the level and flow. Longhorn dam has historically been the last stopping point between the lake water and its trip to the Matagorda Bay system, visiting the many rice fields along the way during their growing season.
We had a customer come in and tell us a crazy story about sailing off the coast of Florida. It was a mother, father and two teenage kids that had flown to Florida to purchase a sail boat and were planning on sailing it back to Texas.