Kayak Fishing Personalities Converge for ACK Demo Days in Austin

Meet Big Names of Kayak Fishing at ACK Austin this Weekend

I was scrolling through the list of representatives that we have coming to our ACK Austin store this weekend for Demo Days when I realized how many awesome people we have coming together for this event. If you’re a local Austin paddlers who is looking to further your kayak fishing knowledge and skills, you won’t want to miss this event. Here are some of the people you can expect to see:

Fil (far left) at the Aransas Pass event earlier this month.
Fil (far left) at the Aransas Pass event earlier this month.

Captain Fil Spencer will be here representing Ocean Kayak, Necky and Old Town Canoes and Kayaks to discuss how he utilizes their line-up of different models on the coast. Fil has been a big presence in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tours over the past couple years, placing 3rd in the recent Aransas Pass event and grabbing up the biggest redfish. He’ll be showing off his personal rig, talking about the new Predator kayak and answering any questions you might have about kayak fishing.

Thomas showing off a fly fishing catch.
Thomas showing off a fly fishing catch.



Husband and wife team, Thomas and Megan Flemons,  run the show at local Austin kayak manufacturer, Diablo Paddlesports, and kayak fly fish in their free time. They will both be out showing off their lineup of ultra stable kayaks, including their new roto-molded Amigo kayak which has been generating some buzz since it was announced a few months back. Thomas will even be holding a “Fly Fishing from a Kayak” clinic Saturday at 10:45 and Sunday at 1:30 PM.


Angler Prostaff Ryan McDermid showing off a recent catch.
Angler Prostaff Ryan McDermid showing off a recent catch.

Native Watercraft’s Tom Jester along with angler prostaff Ryan McDermid and Jose Jimenez will be on site and talking about how models like the Manta Ray, Ultimate, Versa Board Angler, Mariner and Slayer serve the different needs of kayak anglers. Don’t expect to see their new Slayer propel or Ultimate FX yet since those aren’t released until later in the year, but they’ll be able to answer any questions you might have about the new models.


Joe Poole at giving a clinic at San Marcos earlier this year.
Joe Poole at giving a clinic at San Marcos earlier this year.

Wilderness Systems angler prostaff Joe Poole will once again be on the scene. Joe has been a favorite resource for Demo Day event goers regarding kayak fishing for many years now and operates his GoinCoastal kayak fishing charter service in Corpus Christi. He’ll have his personal rig to show off and will hold Kayak Fishing clinics both Saturday at 1:00 PM and Sunday at 12:45 PM. His clinics have been known to draw a crowd and are not to be missed for those getting started!


Cully & Ester from Hobie Kayaks will be on hand to discuss the Pro Angler, changes coming to Hobie models for 2014 and how the Hobie Mirage Drive makes kayak fishing easy. Cully and Ester are long time Hobie veterans and have participated in a wide range of trade shows and events, including the Hobie Fishing World Championships (as staff). See the video below from the beginning of this year where Cully discusses the Pro Angler:

You can also expect to see representatives from companies like Feel Free, Scotty and Optic Nerve who will be sure to have some products on hand that will interest anglers. Hope to see you there!

What Sunglasses Should I Buy?

Photo by Tifosi Optics

Buying sunglasses is never an easy task. There are dozens of manufacturers out there and usually each one offers anywhere from 50-150 different styles of sunglasses. A retail location may carry up to 10 different manufacturers at one time! With all of these options presented to you, it is hard to even fathom where to even begin.

There is a way to help eliminate a lot of your selection right off the bat, and that helps narrow down exactly what you should be looking for. The key to all of this is determining what the shape your face is and also what face size you have. I know it sounds silly, but it is really just as simple as that! There are a ton of different face shapes and sizes, but it really just comes down to 4 distinctive types and those are Round, Oval, Square, and Diamond. Lets take a look at what characterizes each of these face types:

Round – Your forehead, jaw, and cheekbone width should all be equal. Typically your jaw will be slightly rounded as opposed to angular (such as in a square face). Round faces also generally have soft features. What consists of soft features? All of that lies in the lines of your face. For example a square face will have hard lines defining the jaw line or forehead. Round faces will have these areas transition smoothly from feature to feature. More often than not, people with a Round face typically have a Large face size so some of the best frames out there for people with this type of face shape and size are sized Large and Extra Large. The best frame shape at this size is typically a Square or Angular frame. A good example of this would be the Costa Del Mar Blackfin or the Hobie Escondido.

Oval – This is by far one of the easiest face shapes to determine. An Oval face shape is typically 1-1/2 times longer than it is wide. A benefit of this type of face shape, but at the same time a nuisance, is that almost any frame size and shape will look good on you. Most people with an oval face fall in the Small to Medium face size category. One piece of advice for people with an oval face is to pick a pair of frames that are at least as wide as the widest part of your face. A couple of good examples of sunglasses for Oval faces is the Costa Del Mar Caballito’s or the Tifosi Tempt.

Square – People with this face type are sized almost exactly like someone with a Round face in that fact that the width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are equal. The distinguishing characteristic however is that someone with a Square face will have very distinguished angular facial features like a very sharp jawline. People with a Square face are historically classified as having a Medium or Large face size. With this face shape and size combination, a Medium to Large frame size is typically what people will go with. You will also want to go with a frame that has a circular lens shape as well to help lengthen your face out a little bit. The Costa Del Mar Fathom and Optic Nerve Rohtan are two great examples of this.

Diamond – Typically a Diamond face shape is the widest at the cheekbones. Your jawline and your forehead should be about the same width but narrower that your cheekbone width. Right after an Oval face, this is the next easiest face shape and size to fit. More often than not, a person with a Diamond face shape goes with a Large frame due to them having a Large face size. One other important feature of the glasses you pick though is to make sure you pick a pair that has a top heavy frame such as semi-rimless frames. The Hobie Rockpile is a good example of what you should be looking for.

Just figuring out what kind of face shape and size you have will greatly assist you in finding the best fit of glasses. Check out our selection and use your new found knowledge to help guide you in a now un-daunting task! Also note that in the lower left of each of our sunglasses product listing pages we call out the Face Size to help you with this determination.

Jerron @ ACK