Casting for a Cause- Chris’s Story

I got the opportunity to fish the Casting for a Cause tournament for the second year in a row last week.  The word tournament might be featured in the name but the event is far more than a tournament.  The people that come to this event are there to support injured veterans.  As the child of a Purple Heart Recipient from the Vietnam conflict this hits home for me.  The opportunities that CFAC and Heroes on the Water provide veterans is amazing. Continue reading Casting for a Cause- Chris’s Story

Casting for a Cause 2014- Barrett Takes the Coast

Casting for a Cause Tournament Banner

Living in Florida I’d heard nothing but good things about the Casting for a Cause tournament held annually in Port Aransas, so when I moved back to Texas I had to add this tournament to my schedule. This year’s beneficiaries for the tournament are The National MS society, Haven for Hope, Heroes on the Water, and over 20 other charitable organizations. Opening a new ACK store in San Antonio has kept me busy, so this would be my first trip to the coast.  I managed to find a laid back and experienced partner for the tournament, thank you Fred, fishing with you and the girls was awesome!!!
My tournament preparation was pretty chaotic, and not everything went as smoothly as planned.  I didn’t double check my electronics after my kayak had sat unused for 8 months, so of course my GPS/FF acted up. Continue reading Casting for a Cause 2014- Barrett Takes the Coast

Team Austin Kayak Recaps the Casting for a Cause Kayak Fishing Tournament

Andrew with Redfish
What could’ve been a top 5 fish..

No matter how much time & preparation you put into an event like Casting for a Cause, sometimes things just don’t go right. That’s why it’s important to remember why you’re there in the first place: to support a good cause and enjoy your favorite sport.

Smooth Start to a Day of Kayak Fishing

Team Austin Kayak, made up of ACK Co-Owner Chris Hackerd, Ivan (previously part of our Austin store team) and  Houston team members Brock & Andrew, arrived the night of the 27th for the Captain’s Meeting and social  where they got to know their fellow anglers and got registered.

Predator Sunrise
The Predator at Sunrise.

The guys were up early next morning and Chris & Andrew shared in their pre-tournament ritual of singing the Micky Mouse Club House song to each other. When it came time to fish, they headed for spots they had identified using the Hook-N-Line fishing maps. They fished hard and threw tons of different baits.

Chris landed an undersized redfish and everyone was finding bait fish – just not a ton of bigger bites. That is, until Andrew reeled in a big old 27′ inch redfish! That’s about when things started going downhill…

Some Things You Just Can’t Plan For

With what they thought was ample time, Team ACK made their way back to the weigh in. That’s when they realized the ferry system was going to be a problem. Chris & Ivan made it through first but Brock, Andrew and his big catch got held up. They made it a heartbreaking two minutes too late, and what could’ve been a top five fish was disqualified.

Nothing Like the Camaraderie of Kayak Fishing

Despite the setback, Team Austin Kayak made the most out of the day, proud to be a part of event that supports a great cause and spending a day kayak fishing to boot.

Chris shares that one of his favorite moments was stopping at a Whataburger (Texas fast food) on the way to the event and seeing another car with kayaks on the roof. It turned out they belonged to a group of wounded veterans also making their way to the event and the two groups ended up sharing a table & talking about paddling. They had such positive outlooks on the day!

Can’t wait for our next opportunity to put our kayak fishing team to the test!

Team Austin Kayak – Casting for a Cause Kayak Fishing Tournament

Pre-Game - Kayak Fishing
ACK managers Andrew & Brock arrive early in Port Aransas to pre-fish before the event.

Who Can Say No to a Little Kayak Fishing for a Good Cause?

ACKer’s Chris Hackerd, Andrew Moczygemba & Brock Nedland have set course for Port Aransas today with plans to tackle some coastal fishing in the Casting for a Cause Fishing Tournament  that starts tomorrow (June, 28th). The volunteer-driven event has grown to become the premier charitable fishing event in the Coastal Bend of Texas and last year had 160 kayak anglers participate out of a total of 500 anglers.

Always looking for a way we can give back, ACK is proud to be a sponsor this year and is donating a Feel Free Moken 12.5. Proceeds from this event benefit amazing charities such as Heroes on the Water(HOW), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as several other local charities.

Kayak Fishing Takes Strategic Preparation

ACK Truck with Kayaks
Chris’s truck loaded & headed to Casting for a Cause on the coast.

Forming Team Austin Kayak, the guys have put all hands in; working together to come up with a strategy for this event.  After reading over the Hook-n-Line fishing maps for the area and consulting with fellow kayak anglers who have experience in these waters like Fil Spencer (who ironically will most likely be fishing in the tournament as well), they’ve got the best fishing spots mapped out and ready to go.

Plus with ACK’s own kayak fishing gear-head, Jerron Wosel, giving them tips and equipment suggestions, they are locked and loaded with some sweet gear like the Engel Live Bait Cooler and the brand new Predator 13 Kayak from Old Town.

Wish them good luck!  We’ll keep you posted with the results.