ACK Big Announcement Newest Addition to the ACK Family
Lots of stuff going on in the ACK world these days but nothing bigger than the birth of a child. Peter and his lovely wife Molly welcomed a wonderful addition to their family with the birth of Claire Marie Messana, an olive skinned stunner at 22" and 8 lbs 2 oz. She was born on 4/20 at 9:48PM and is such a sweetie. Her brother Jack tried to sell her at www.austinkayak.com but he must like her cause he listed her as priceless.
Goodbye To A Friend Blake Bartlett Set To Graduate
Blake Bartlett walked into Austin Canoe and Kayak in San Marcos on Sept. 17, 2007 with the idea that he was going to buy his first kayak. He not only left with a kayak that day but I was so impressed with this young man that when he asked me about a job I hired him on the spot.
A year and a half later Blake is graduating from Texas State with a communications degree and a ton of great experience from running a business. It didn't take Blake long to earn my trust and be the 'go to guy' in any situation at the San Marcos store.
I applaud Blake for seeing the potential in our company and embracing and learning every aspect of it. He was not only an employee but a friend that I know is headed for great things.
We will miss you Blake...
Demo Days Come To An End
The 4th spring ACK Demo Days are over and we are exhausted. A lot of planning and organization goes into putting on these extravaganzas. It's no small feat I assure you and we couldn't do it without our amazing staff, vendors and of course our customers.
Outside of a bad day of weather and some muddy conditions the Demo Days were awesome. The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler was by far the most popular kayak during the events and it certainly won me over as a great fishing kayak.
Look for us again in the fall and don't forget to mail your rebates in as soon as possible.
The ACK fishing teams had an exciting month of April and they did not disappoint. Team TKF/ACK had a strong showing in Freeport that put the team in 2nd place in the Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series. Joe Peddy is currently in 3rd for Angler of the Year.
The Team Redtide fellas fared well in Freeport also placing John "the OX" Sixta first in the Redfish Division and put team Redtide in 4th overall.
Mike Bayer fishing the KATS series hit Lake Decker with one eye closed and came away with the Big Bass of the day as well as a solid 3rd place finish to cement his overall lead in the series. The next event is on Lake Fayette where Mike grew up fishing.
New Kayak From Hobie Hobie Mirage Pro Angler
It's been some time since the rumors of the Pro Angler were being tossed around. Nobody really new what to expect from the description of ultimate fishing machine but now that I have seen it with my own 2 eyes and paddled it I can say absoulutely for sure that this was not what I envisioned. I am however totally impressed with what was delivered.
The Pro Angler is really stable. I have trouble standing in almost every kayak but I could actually stand and jump in this one. I took the paddle and practiced my golf and softball swings in it. I turned around and sat back down without incident. So to say the least sight casting won't be an issue.
The seat which looks like a camp chair on steroids was comfortable but what I found most enjoyable was how high it was so when I needed to paddle I didn't feel like I need to reach excessively to paddle since it is a wide beamed kayak. When I wasn't paddling the mirage drive worked awesome even though I was in pretty shallow water. By the way, the kayak turned on a dime.
Now it is car-top-able but I would suggest looking into some rooftop additions from Yakima and Thule to make loading and unloading easier or in the best case scenario look into a trailer like the Rack and Roll or the Malone Downeaster to haul it around. Another must have item is the Hobie Trax cart which will help you get it to and from the water.
All in all, if serious paddling on lakes or in the ocean is what your looking for, the Pro Angler isn't what your looking for. If your looking to catch your limit in total comfort, have tons of space for your gear and the capacity to haul it, then the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler is the kayak for you.
New Products From ACK
Advanced Elements Lagoon Single and Tandem
Advanced elements set out to create a great kayak for those with limited space and budget. The Lagoon kayak in either the single or the tandem version will get you from car to water in just a few minutes. They are easy to put away and made of high quality material for years of use.
NRS Chinook Fishing PFD Life Vest The Chinook PFD is just about the best thing going when it comes to a personal floatation device. You always need to have a PFD on when out kayak fishing, the wind or the weather can turn on you at any second, so why not have one that enhances your fishing as well? Pockets galore, dedicated spots for your knife, forceps, and rod along with a wool patch for drying flies. It's a top notch jacket.
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