2014 Fall Demo Days: What’s New

Here at ACK we always aim to bring the latest and greatest to our  Demo Days and the 2014 Fall Demo Days is no exception. This season we’ve got a line up featuring new kayaks from Old Town, Wilderness Systems, Dagger, FeelFree and Hobie and we cant wait to get you all out on the water! Read more to get the dish on these hot new kayaks and make sure to try them out at Demo Days!

Old Town Predator XL

Like the rest of the family, XL incorporates all the innovative Predator features that put anglers on top of the food chain. And now Old Town Predator XLintroduces an industry changing XL Consoles, designed for electronics, storage and power customization in just seconds. Quickly convert to power by Minn-kota, for completely hands-free all-day navigation, trolling or structure fishing. This particular boat recently won ‘Best New Boat’ AND ‘Best in Show’ at this years ICAST trade show- the first boat to win two titles since ICAST 2009. Ultimately, it’s hard to not be impressed by the Predator XL!

Read more about the XL here and here. You can pre-order your Predator XL here!

Wilderness Systems Thresher 140*

15450Built with both the serious and the aspiring offshore angler in mind, the Thresher series ushers in the next generation of high performance big water sit-on-tops. The hull is efficient and quick, yet stable and predictable to handle ever-changing open water conditions. The deck is sleek and modern, with a thoughtful layout for maximum gear storage, capacity and accessibility. Along with familiar outfitting, the Thresher also introduces several advancements like water-shedding bow storage cover, versatile center hatch, and the FlexPod OS removable console for accommodating electronics or removable storage. If you are looking to upgrade your kayak or in the market for your first kayak the Thresher is a great option; both attractive and efficient in design this kayak wont disappoint.

Read more about the Thresher here and here. Already want it? Pre-order here.

Feelfree Lure 13.5

“The Lure 10 and 11.5 were an instant hit but some anglers demanded even more and Feelfree has 15454delivered” according to Jim Hager, Feelfree US, “We knew we had to do it, it was just a matter of time. The original Lures were designed to accommodate a growing market of kayak anglers seeking more comfort, more stability and multiple seating positions and we did just that. Now we fill the gap to satisfy the rest of them – the ones that want it all.”  Summed up the Lure 13.5 is a kayak that offers everything a kayaker would need- good looks, impressive features, and a solid brand backing it.

Read more about the Lure 13.5 here and  here. All about the 13.5? Pre-order it here.

Hobie Pro Angler 17T 

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The new Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T is a fishing machine with comfort, stability and room for everything you need, including another person. Plus, it’s powered by the patented Hobie MirageDrive pedal system. Hobie took the qualities that made the original Pro Angler a fan favorite and expanded with Vantage XT seating, a drop-skeg, and a built in transducer mount to name a few. If comfort, size, and quality are what you are looking for the 17T is the tandem kayak for you!

Read more about the 17T  here and here. Already in love? Pre-order your 17T here.

Not only will this years demo day host new boats, but it will also feature clinics by industry pro’s and other outdoor gear for you to try out! Get more details and information at austinkayak.com/demo. We hope to see you there!

*Wilderness Thresher 140 available for demo exclusively at the Austin Demo Days. 

Bethany Wine Scholarship Fund Tournament

The weekend of July 19th I had the opportunity to fish the Bethany Wine Scholarship Fund Tournament. Bethany was a young lady that unfortunately passed away last year from a rare form of cancer. She was a well-known, and well loved, person in the kayak fishing community as well as an avid outdoors woman. This paddle celebrating Bethany also happened to be the same weekend I received my brand new Tarpon 140; I like to think  it was meant to be.

That Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of rain pouring down on my roof- not the best thing to wake up to the day of a tournament. So I got up, made breakfast, poured some coffee and decided to wait out the storm. Once I thought the worst hadOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA passed I made my way to the launch. When I arrived there was a slight NE wind and no rain so I set out for a short paddle to test the water.

I set off in my spankin’ new Tarpon and decided to start fishing. Unfortunately the fish didn’t have the same goal as I did that day! With an hour left until weigh in I decided it was time to get grinding and really go after some fish. After my first small trout I was able to hook onto a solid 27″ red and get him up next to my kayak. That little guy put up a fight! The drag was screaming and my grip was tightening until the red reached an oyster bed and was able to cut my line. Oh well!  Ten minutes later I hooked another and after a short fight he popped my line. I quickly jotted down my notes and made my way to the boat ramp for weigh in. This one was a small trout weighing about 4.36 lbs causing me to miss the leader board. Some you win and some you lose- that’s fishing for you! I told myself there’s always another tournament and packed my gear.

Although my fishing may have been less than fantastic I can not say the same about my kayak. I have been kayaking for over 10 years and I gotta say, my Tarpon is one of the best i’ve paddled. You can’t beat the seat that is on this yak- especially if you need a little extra support for your back. It tracks great, is easy to paddle, and has plenty of storage. The paddle is especially easy when I use my AT Fishstix Paddle. The only thing I would change about this paddle is the color- I’d like AT to make it in Desert Camo to match my yak! Let’s just say the gear didn’t disappoint me like the fish that day!

Overall, the Bethany Wine Scholarship Fund Tournament was a wonderful way to celebrate Bethany’s life and enjoy my new kayaking gear.

Tight lines,

Donald Drabek, ACK Wilderness Systems Ambassador

First Look: Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K

Wildy A.T.A.K.
What’s behind the curtain?

The ACK merchandising team spent last week at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City to check out the latest and greatest products as well as revisit others that remained tried and true. On day one of the show the team was  invited to the Wilderness Systems booth to go over new products, review changes to current products, and best of all get a sneak peek of something very special, The Wilderness Systems Advanced Tactical Angler Kayak. aka A.T.A.K.

The ATAK is a new breed of boat for Wilderness Systems. Wildy used pro-staff feedback as well as customer input via social media to find out exactly what their end user would like in a boat. All this research was done before the team at Wildy even drafted their first sketch.  Based on the collected feedback, customers were looking for a boat that had both features that appeal to the new kayak angler, but needed to be a customizable dream platform for the serious tournament fisherman, all while utilizing an open concept floor plan. One of the most appealing parts to the ATAK  is that it can be adapted to many environments including tournaments, inland lakes, marsh flats, near-shore, off-shore, fly and sight fishing as well as trolling.

But here comes the banger: The designers over at Wildy have created a new console called the FlexPod OS. The FlexPod is, well, flexible. It rides forward of the paddler and can be used to house a fishfinder (similar to the pod in the Ride 115x), it can be used for gear stowage, or it can be replaced with a version that holds 2 batteries; one for your electronics and the other for the ATAK’s forward/reverse motor! This self-contained unit doesn’t require any complicated wiring and is both lightweight and exceptionally durable. Based on battery selection and speed the A.T.A.K. has a window of two-and-a-half to four hours of run time. Batteries can also be doubled for a longer run time.

Our friends over at Wildy were kind enough to show us a short clip of the A.T.A.K. prototype, outfitted with the motor, in action. Watching it cruise around the lake gave us all visions of the possibilities of this boat. Accompanied with Wildy’s October release of the its new lean bar will make this a sight or fly fisherman’s dream rig. It’s no wonder after seeing its smooth and quiet operation that Wilderness System’s dubbed their new boat the ATAK .

Estimated ship date is spring 2015 for the ATAK and late summer 2015 for the Flex Pod Motor Drive.

Kirill Braynin/Associate Buyer/ACK.com

Feelfree Expands with the New Lure 13.5 Fishing Kayak

Guest blog originally published on the Feelfree US website.

**Since originally published, Feelfree has reduced the retail price of the Lure 13.5 by $100 and no longer include the Uni-Bar system and  Uni-Track accessory mount. Those two options are now exclusively sold separately. 

Lure 13.5

Feelfree US, LLC (Feelfree US), is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular Lure series with a longer, faster, extremely stable and capable of bigger water version — the Lure 13.5.

The Lure 10 and 11.5 were an instant hit but some anglers demanded even more and Feelfree has delivered according to Jim Hager, Feelfree US, “We knew we had to do it, it was just a matter of time. The original Lures were designed to accommodate a growing market of kayak anglers seeking more comfort, more stability and multiple seating positions and we did just that. Now we fill the gap to satisfy the rest of them – the ones that want it all.”

New to the Lure 13.5 is the front multi-use console, which sits directly behind the bow hatch. The console lid features an inlaid cutting board, handy for prepping feelfree lure 13.5bait or cleaning fish. The lid is also insulated and together with the console cooler insert makes it an ideal container to keep your drinks, bait and even fish cold. The console can also be used as a child’s seat.

Other key features unique to the Lure 13.5 are the integrated transducer recess and port for easy installation of a fish finder and a flat wide open deck area. This larger deck area was designed without any obstructions for ease of movement when standing, casting or even stepping forward to access the hatch or console. There is so much space that Feelfree’s design team will be offering an optional stand assist bar unique to the Lure for those who wish to stand with added support.

At 13.5’ long and 36” wide, the Lure is no small kayak. It offers a whopping capacity of 500lbs capable of carrying all the gear you need for a long day of fishing. The added length makes this kayak ideal for paddling longer distances on larger bodies of water.

“We recognize this kayak is not for everyone,” said Hager, “fact is, the Lure 13.5 is designed for the serious kayak angler, the one who’s ready to take on even the most extreme fishing adventures. Adventures where paddling longer distances on bigger waters combined with stability, comfort, capacity and the ability to stand is important.”

Kayak anglers will be pleased to know that the Lure 13.5 will come complete with Feelfree’s Uni-Bar system along with a Uni-Track accessory mount.

All Lure models come standard with a variety of unique features including Feelfree’s Uni-Track system, which allows for quick and easy mounting and adjustments of kayak fishing and other accessories, Wheel in the Keel for easy transport to and from the water and most notably, the Gravity Seat. Just like the Lure 10 and 11.5, the 13.5 features the patent pending Gravity Seat offering 5”-10” in seat heights for a better viewing perspective and a natural more comfortable sitting position. What really sets the Gravity Seat apart is the ability to sit flush on the deck of the kayak for additional stability and a more efficient paddling position for longer distances.

The Lure 13.5 will retail for $1,599 and is available with additional upgrades including a rudder option and a stand up assist bar. An external Feelfree cooler, which will double as a seat turning the Lure into the perfect standing platform, will also be available. The Feelfree Lure 13.5 will be available in fall of 2014 through the United States and Canada at authorized dealers. For more information, visit www.feelfreeus.com. To stay up to date on the latest, visit the Feelfree US Facebook page at www.facebook.com/feelfreeus or the Fishing Team’s page at www.facebook.com/feelfreefishing.

 

About Feelfree US, LLC

Feelfree US distributes kayaks and accessories designed for recreational and fishing use, which have redefined the paddling industry with unique and innovative features and designs. Feelfree US is based out of Swannanoa, North Carolina and is part of a worldwide team manufacturing and distributing Feelfree kayaks to over 40 countries around the globe. Feelfree US distributes to dealers all over United States and Canada.

 

Lure 13.5 Specific FeaturesGravity Seat with pockets

Front oval hinge hatch

Front insulated console / cooler with integrated cutting board

Large standing platform

Uni-Bar with 1 Uni-Track accessory mount

Front Uni-Track rails

Rear Uni-Track rails with tie down system

Molded-in crate recess with attachment points

2 Fishing rod holders with rod leashes

Stand up assist leash

Cup holders

Adjustable foot rests

Drain plug

Transducer recess and port

 

Feelfree Standard FeaturesWheel in the Keel

Molded in handles

Recessed fittings

Molded in paddle parks (both sides)

 

Optional Features

Rudder

Stand up assist bar

 

Available Colors

Lime Camo

Navy Camo

Winter Camo

Desert Camo

Pink Camo

Sun Camo

Orange

Kayak SpecificationsLENGTH: 13.5′

WIDTH: 36″

WEIGHT: 95 lbs

CAPACITY: 500 lbs
Retail Pricing

Lure 13.5 – $1599

 

 

You can also pre-order the Feelfree Lure 13.5 through ACK here.

 

Bass Baiting by Season: Understand the Cyclical Feeding Habits of Bass

Originally published on fix.com by Mike Cork

Bass Baiting by Season

Understand the Cyclical Feeding Habits of Bass

Bass are among the most sought-after freshwater game fish. Everyone from professional anglers to weekend fishermen spend countless hours trying to discover the magic lure to catch bass every time they fish. But the truth is, there is no single bait that mimics all the forage opportunities bass have throughout the year. Knowing the primary forage bass eat at any given time improves your chances of catching them.

Specific, reliable forage opportunities for bass come and go with the seasons. In spring, bass have the most complex feeding habits, so let’s start there.

SPRING INTO ACTION

There are three stages to a bass’s life cycle in the spring: pre-spawn, spawning, and post-spawn. Each stage has its own available forage. When the temperatures begin to rise, a bass’s metabolism speeds up and it needs more food to survive. During spring, all species of fish start moving toward shallow bays and north- or west-facing bank lines to capture the sun’s warmth. Larger baitfish that survived the winter limit the available food sources for bass. Shad, minnows, bream/bluegill, and other smaller species are all primary targets for bass. In spring, bass are not picky eaters and devour anything available. Presenting larger baits better mimics the available forage size.

Bass Lure

Pre-Spawn: As spring advances, bass start preparing for the spawning season. Bass feed heavily prior to the spawning ritual because they know that during the 10 to 14 days of spawning they will not feed at all. As the water warms above 50 degrees, bass change their primary forage to a high-protein diet. This helps egg development in females. Because of the protein content, crawfish are a highly sought-after food source during pre-spawning. Lures that have the size and color of lake crawfish species are the best options for mimicking what the bass search for during this time of year.

Spawn: During the spawning phase, a bass’s attitude changes, becoming defensive. Bluegill, bream, crawfish, salamanders, and even small turtles will attack a bass’s nest. Bass will aggressively assault these species, not for food but as a threat. First, a bass will try and run these pillagers away from the nests. If an invader returns, the bass will kill it. Anglers should choose baits that imitate these species that threaten bass eggs.

Post-Spawn: The last phase in the spring cycle is the post-spawn. In this cycle, the females leave the males to guard the fry. The majority of the female bass can be found in deeper water, resting from the spawning ritual. The males will stay near the nests, protecting the recently hatched fry. Bait options vary depending on whether you target male or female bass. To target male bass guarding fry along the shorelines, use top-water baits. The fry stay very shallow and near the surface, so the male bass protecting them swim just beneath and attack anything that poses a threat to the fry. Surface baits that make noise and scare the fry become an immediate enemy of the male bass.

Female bass migrate to slightly deeper water; although they are healing from the spawn, they are very hungry. Just about any bait that’s slow is a good choice. By now the water has warmed significantly and the shad in the lake will migrate to the shallows for their own spawning season. Their migration intersects with females moving toward deeper water, and the shad become a primary food source as the two fish cross paths.

After the bass spawning cycle is complete in spring, the tables turn and the bass becomes the predator again. As the water continues to warm, other species begin spawning cycles. Bass utilize these spawning species to their advantage for easy feeding opportunities.

As the water temperature gets to about 70 degrees, shad start to spawn; this typically occurs about two or three weeks after the bass spawn. When shad follow a bait to the boat, that’s a telltale sign of shad spawn. That signifies male shad looking for a female mate. At the water’s edge, you will also notice small groups of shad chasing each other around items such as rocks, dock pylons, vegetation, or any debris in the water. This is how they spawn.

I like to call the shad spawn Mother Nature’s way of fattening up the bass after they have spawned. Hungry bass gorge themselves on this abundant food source in the shallow waters. Once you notice the shad spawn, choose baits that mimic the same size, shape, and color of the shad in your local lakes. Silver or white baits with a green or blue hue are very effective.

Bream, bluegill, and other sunfish species start their spawning rituals after the shad spawn. You’ll see this by locating small, cleared-out circles cleared on the bottom of shallow pockets. A good bream/bluegill bedding ground will have 20-50 of these circles inside a 20-yard square. Large bass prowl the edges of these spawning grounds, waiting for weak or tired bream/bluegill to swim by. These species have a tremendous color variance across the country. It is important to investigate the local waters to best match the colors of the species. During this phase, bait choices should mimic the bream or small sunfish in your area.

SUMMER LOVIN’

As the season moves into mid-summer, forage opportunities for bass open up, consisting of everything from shad that have migrated back to deeper waters to bream/bluegill that live in shallow water most of the year and crawfish that are plentiful in all lake depths. As summer progresses, shallow waters become extremely warm and bass seek deeper water for cooler temperatures. Bass use creek channels, ledges, deep grass lines, or points to migrate in search of shad. Finding one of these structures and presenting baits that mimic shad will increase your chances of landing bass.

Bass Lure by Season

FALLING FOR IT

In autumn, the water cools down and everything in the lake seems to migrate to the backs of creek channels. As the fall rains wash nutrients from summer growth into the lake, these nutrients trigger plankton explosions. Shad, in search of this food source, migrate towards incoming water. Your lake’s larger feeder creeks fill up with shad and the bass are never far behind. Bass use the fall shad migration as a means to fatten up for the winter. This time of year bait choices are nearly unlimited. Bass aggressively feed and eat anything that resembles a shad. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and top-water baits all allow you to cover a lot of water and draw violent strikes from bass.

As the water temperatures continue to decrease in winter, forage starts to die off. These dying species become prime targets for bass. Most shad species cannot survive when the water temperatures fall below the mid-40s: they become easy meals for bass. This time of year, if you find shad, you find bass. Use baits that fall through and around shad. The slow-falling bait mimics a dying shad and bass aggressively strike.

Bass Lure by Season

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!

Once winter has a firm grip, feeding opportunities for bass become slim. Cold-blooded bass are the same temperature as their surroundings. The bass’s metabolism slows tremendously and they don’t need to feed as often, which means they’re difficult to catch. The available food sources are the largest of the forage species that survive the cold. Your best chance is to mimic any species in the lake with larger bait and a very slow retrieve.

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As an angler, there are some general feeding habit rules that should be considered. First and foremost: bass are opportunistic feeders. When presented with an easy meal and the energy used to capture it is less than the energy gained from eating it, the bass sees this as a benefit and takes the opportunity to eat. Second: there are geographic feeding habits that can’t be ignored. An example is the West Coast. Bass have adapted to eating the trout that are stocked in lakes; this forage has to be considered when fishing lakes stocked with any kind of fingerlings. Lastly: crawfish are in every lake, river, and stream, making them available, year-round forage. When choosing baits that mimic crawfish, pay close attention to water temperature. The colder the water, the slower your presentation.

By knowing the feeding habits of bass, anglers can present a bait choice that the bass seek out. Choose baits that mimic the size and color of the forage bass are feeding on for the season. There are many keys to a successful day on the water and using the proper bait starts you in the right direction.
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Barrett and the Bob Hall Pier Launch – Offshore Kayak Fishing

I’m very fortunate that with my job I get to meet a lot of people that love to kayak fish.  I met Mike Morales  from Fin Factory Kayak Charters in Corpus Christi when he and his wife visited the store.  We’ve talked pretty frequently about getting offshore down to the coast, so when  Mother Nature recently gave us a break with the surf conditions we decided to go for it.  

We launched from just South of the Bob Hall Pier. Seeing the oil rigs from the shore really got me amped up for the trip; I’d never fished a rig Bob Hall Pierbefore and I was dying to try it. Our group of five had a variety of experience levels, this would be my first TX trip but I have 400 hours/700+ miles logged on my Humminbird, however this would be the first offshore trip for a few in the group.  All five of us were in Hobie Pro Angler 14’s so I had no doubt we could keep everyone upright through the surf with a little coaching, especially considering the mild conditions. Once everything was leashed down we broke through the small breakers and gathered up to get ready for trolling. We decided it would be best if everyone only trolled a single lure to minimize any possible tangles offshore and used a good variety of baits at different depths. One of the first things I noticed during the trip was a lot of bait getting dived on by birds and blown up by schools of Spanish mackerel, the other thing that caught my attention was the scattered clumps of Sargassum grass.  The scattered clumps never materialized into a true weed line but it was encouraging.  I cut my teeth offshore in Florida so I didn’t really know what kind of a hand Texas was going to deal me.
Bob Hall Pier Closing in on the rig I decided to do some long and narrow NASCAR type loops past the rig heading directly into the wind and then letting the wind push me back past the rig.  On my first pass I had a boat cut right behind me and almost foul my line, which most times is frustrating, but my rod quickly bent over and I am pretty sure the boat driver could hear my drag squealing over the sound of his motor.  As the fish got closer I could see color but couldn’t positively ID it until it was beside the yak, I ended up boating my personal best 28″ spanish.  The next kayak through hooked up with a king mackerel boating a nice healthy 40″+ fish.  Taking a little bit of a break I moved in close to the legs of the rig and dropped down my bottom rig to see what kind of reef fish were hiding out.  It didn’t take long to land a few undersized red snapper but I was pretty relieved to find that the things that work in Florida were also working in the cloudier water West of the Mississippi.  Eventually persistence paid off and I landed a legal red snapper, so it was time to start trolling again to see what was lurking just off the rig.  After a few passes with a king rig with a green skirt I decided to switch baits on my Tactical Anglers Power Clip back to a deep diving hard bait, this time a Yozuri.  My first pass through the area where I caught my spanish and the rod again doubled over and drag started to peel.  I knew pretty quickly this was a bigger fish and when I finally got eyes on him it turned out to be another king in the 40″+ neighborhood.  Bob Hall Pier
With about 6 hours on the water we decided it was time to head back in with a nice slow troll just soaking up the day and enjoying the gulf.  Once we got close to the breakers we put everything away and made sure it was all leashed down again.  A quick pep talk on how and where to attack the surf on the way in was the last thing we did before we had 5 flawless landings on the beach. All totaled we landed plenty of fish for the grill; final count was 3 kings, 2 spanish, and a snapper while having a great day on the water with new friends.
Barrett Fine
Manager, ACK-San Antonio
Photo Credit:  Sandra Morales from Fin Factory Kayak Charters!

My Experience with KATS

Written by guest blogger and KATS participant, ACK & Wilderness Systems Ambassador Eugene Mora  III.

First, let me begin by thanking the ACK and KATS tournament personnel and sponsors. Without the joint efforts of all, this series would not have been as awesome as it was.KATS-Logo2014

The 10 events for the 2014 series were scheduled to be fished on some of the Lone Star States finest waters. Of these events I was able to fish 6, and although my numbers were less than stellar is was an awesome first year on the water.

Being a lifelong fisherman and frequent tournament angler, I came into the kayak tournament scene thinking it would be a simple transition. I could not have been more wrong. It was a game of efficiency. Making sure you packed just what you needed and nothing more was important. Loading the yak with every soft plastic shape, size, and color was not only impossible, it was ridiculous. Just think, I still had to pack every spinnerbait, jerkbait, and crankbait ever produced. Did I mention top water toads and floating frogs?

Other than bait selection, deciding which rods would be chosen for the desired presentation was another battle in itself. Taking 15 different rod and reel combinations would be a bit overboard. Carefully deciding which 5 or 6 were the lucky ones to make the cut was a long thought out process, but a necessary one. Every bass fisherman or woman knows this routine. We do it before every tournament.

K.A.T.SNext on the list of things to think about is location. Moving from one fishing spot to another is also very different. You don’t have a trolling motor to ease on down the bank and a 200 horsepower outboard to motor across the lake. Where you go and how fast you get there is up to you. Several factors come into play when planning just how far you want to take your kayak. Winds, boat traffic, and fatigue are all important things to consider.

Once my baits, rods, and locations have been established other accessories were chosen to aid in the experience. For me a small ice chest with snacks and drinks was essential. Along with that I add my anchor, stakeout pole, and a drift sock. These three additions aren’t the only things to bring along, but they were most helpful to me. A sonar system and battery pack are soon to be added to this list of items.

The KATS tournament series of ’14 has since wrapped up and although I failed to make the cut for the championship, the season was a huge success. I cannot say enough how great the series was. Many fish were caught, much knowledge was gained, and many friends made. The staff, volunteers, and sponsors were five star. The participants and fellow anglers were some of the nicest, most polite and helpful individuals I had ever encountered on any body of water.

Truly an unparalleled group of anglers. Thank you.

 

Eugene Mora III

Wilderness Systems Ambassador

Best in Show – Old Town Predator XL Kayak!

Not since ICAST 2009 has a kayak won ‘Best New Boat’ AND ‘Best in Show’.  Old Town came into ICAST 2014 with their guns blazin’ as they showed off their tricked out Predator XL Kayak. This boat has plenty to show off and definitely deserves to be at the top of the kayak fishing food chain.

Old Town Predator XL

 

The Old Town Predator XL Kayak might be a game changer for the sport of kayak fishing.  Having the ability to use a trolling motor on your kayak is nothing new, but the way Old Town incorporated the motor into the boat design is revolutionary.  I know its in the back of every kayak tournament anglers mind…can I use this kayak in a tournament? Will they be allowed? Will there be separate tournaments for motorized kayaks?  The fact that these questions are coming up and the fact that we are now considering the possibilities of advanced motorized kayaks is a clear sign that the sport of kayak fishing is continuing to evolve. Somewhere between a bass boat and a kayak is the perfect bass boat/kayak hybrid, the question is, who will get there first?  The Predator XL  is definitely one step closer. Check out more details and the specs for the Old Town Predator XL here.

ACK would like to send a BIG congratulation to the Old Town team! You have definitely evolved the sport of kayak fishing.

Check out the pic below of the Old Town team showing off their awards for Best in Show at ICAST 2104.

Predator XL Best in Show
Predator XL Best in Show

 

 

 

 

Save the Date- Fall ACK Demo Days is in Two Months!

ACK Demo Days – Fall 2014

2014 ACK Fall Demo Days

Save the date- The ACK Fall 2014 Demo Days are only two months out! As always  this FREE event will feature a gigantic selection of paddlecraft for you to check out as well as paddling & outdoor clinics from our vendors and other experts. Not to mention, we will continue to offer you some killer deals at the event!

Locations and Dates

Austin: September 13th & 14th

North Houston (Spring): September 13th & 14th

Houston: September 20th & 21st

San Marcos & San Antonio: September 20th & 21st

We will be posting more details on locations, available models, clinic schedules & more on our ACK Demo Days webpage as the event gets closer.

What To Expect at the ACK Demo Days

So now that you know about the massive selection of kayaks, canoes & paddleboards available to demo and the free paddling and outdoor clinics provided by our vendor representatives and local experts you may be wondering exactly what the ACK Demo Days looks like. Well, luckily for you we made a video of our Spring 2014 Austin Demo Days so you can check it out before September! Enjoy and be sure to check back for updates up until the event.

Unwrapping Two New Kayak Colors From Diablo Paddlesports!

We’ve been anxiously awaiting some new kayak colors from Diablo Paddlesports for the Amigo Recreational Kayak. The Amigo’s featuring the new colors of orange and dark olive finally arrived at the ACK warehouse today. We couldn’t wait to get a closer look and show off these great new colors! Check out the Diablo Amigo Kayak on our website here .

More photos coming soon!

Diablo Amigo New Kayak Colors
Diablo Amgio – Orange and Dark Olive