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Austin Canoe & Kayak Newsletter October 2009
In This Issue
Circle of Excellence
Toyota Texas Bass Classic
Keep Up With Us
Getting your Camping On!
Yakima Rebate
ACK Fishing Challenge
Free Shipping
Product Review Gig Bob
ACK Recognized for our Customer Service


We are proud to have achieved BizRate's "Circle of Excellence" award. Tthis award recognizes the top 4% of online merchants based on customer satisfaction.

This award is a bit more meaningful than others since it is you, our customers, that rated us.

For more information on the award you can click here.
ACK and The Toyota Texas Bass Classic

Austin Canoe and Kayak will be showing off our gear at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic this year!  We are gonna show those motor boaters how to get after the big bass in a water craft that is cheaper, keeps you fit and gets into shallow water with ease. 

While we're there we're going to take advantage of a great environment and listen to some fabulous music and check out some big fish on Lake Conroe!  We are really looking forward to it.  Come see us.  
Keep Up With Us

Twitter and Facebook  as well as the ACK Blog continue to be regular stops for the ACK Staff.

Check in on some exciting information and product discounts.
ACK Recognized for our Customer Service
BizRate Circle of Excellence


We are proud to have achieved BizRate's "Circle of Excellence" award. This award recognizes the top 4% of online merchants based on customer satisfaction.

This award is a bit more meaningful than others since it is you, our customers, that rated us.

For more information on the award you can click here.
New Products at ACK
Getting Our Camping On

ThBackPacke transition into Camping Gear was really natural for us.  We are all avid campers, hikers and general lovers of the outdoors.  Right before we moved to Austin Steve and I did an overnight trip on the Appalachian Trail.  It was a great trip that included a hike out in the rain but the best part about the trip was that it was one of the last times I can remember when my blackberry was utterly useless.

So, following this love, we went out and found products that are we believe our core customers will  embrace while camping at a riverside park or loading down in the kayak for an over-nighter.  Check out selection of Tents, Backpacks, Cookware and Sleeping Bags and Mattresses that are ideal for your next trip.
Yakima Rebate
Yakima Base Rack
For the month of October, Yakima is offering a $30 cash rebate to anyone who purchases a Yakima roof rack system.  That's free money just for purchasing one of the best car rack systems available today.  So if you need Railgrabs and 58" bars.  You get $30 bucks back.  Q Towers and 78" bars with some q clips,  $30 bucks. Control Towers and 48" bars,  well I think you get the idea.  If you don't know what kind of rack you need use our rack selector and don't forget the locks
ACK Fishing Challenge Part 2
Back For More Fun! Come Test Your Skills.

The ACK Fishing Challenge is back again this year and bigger than ever.  That means more prizes, more food and more anglers.  We have changed locations and will be fishing Lady Bird Lake this year.  Entry is a very affordable $25 for the Competitive Division and $20 for the Amateur Division. 

We have simplified the format to a Competitive and Amateur Division.  The Competitive Division  will be competing by fishing for Bass Only, while the Amateur Division will be fishing for any species of fish.

The ACK Fishing Challenge is designed to bring the kayak fishing community together as well as introduce new anglers to the sport in a fun and easy fashion.  If your up for the challenge sign up today!

Free Shipping!
Free Shipping on ALL Orders

For the Month of October we are offering Free Shipping on ALL orders.  This includes Kayaks* and all Accessory Orders.

If that isn't enough, check out the offer below for 15% Off Any One Item.
The Fishing Machine With The Funny Name
The NRS Gig Bob Review  

Floating and Fishing on the NRS GigBob
I recently had the opportunity to try the NRS GigBob Personal Fishing CataRaft. When I arrived at the ACK store, I saw that it was still in its box. I was asked if I wanted to put the craft together in the store, but I said that I wanted the complete experience of taking it out of the box, putting it together, transporting it to the river and fishing from it. I loaded the 70 pound box into my car and headed out. I figured that since it was a frame-less craft, it would be fairly simple to put together. I own two Hobie 75 pontoon boats that I really enjoy. In my mind, the GigBob had a tough row to hoe, but I would test it with an open mind. I was excited to try out a new craft.
GigBobWhen I opened the box, I saw that the craft was already in a large carrying bag/backpack. I immediately put the pack on my back. I was able to carry the bag with ease even though it was a bit bulky and about 65 pounds. It is small enough to be checked as baggage on an airplane. I was able to fit the boat into the trunk of a Toyota Corolla  as well as in the back area of a Honda Element.
The GigBob was very easy to assemble. Since there is no frame, all I had to do was use the K-Pump 100 to fill up the two bottom pontoons and upper sitting attachment and deck. The first time I put it together my father helped me. We put it together in an hour, though we took our time and looked over all of the features. Most of our time was spent on pumping it up. A mistake that we made was not adjusting the air valves to accept air properly. Once adjusted, the air bladders took air easily.
We detached the upper section from the bottom pontoons. This was easy to do. An angler would have to detach the two sections if he or she wanted to use the upper section as a small and light kick-boat. Putting the two sections back together was easy, but slightly awkward. However, with a little practice, it should only take a couple of minutes to attach the two sections back together again.
Mounting the oars was simple and only took a couple of minutes. Adding the seat, gear bags, and stripping basket was also very simple. The directions that come with the GigBob are easy to follow. One could most likely put the craft together without the instructions.
After we put the boat together the first time, we took it apart and packed it back in its carrying case. I wanted to put the craft together by myself. I put everything together in 21 minutes. Most of my time was spent pumping up the pontoons and the kick-boat (upper attachment). It took 140 pumps for each pontoon and the upper attachment. The craft pumps up easily.
I was able to load the complete boat into my Toyota Tacoma with ease. There are many places on the boat that allow it to be strapped down easily. I drove to the San Marcos River. I found that at the put in, I had to lower the boat down about three feet to put it in the water. I was able to jump on the back deck and actually walk around. The craft was very stable and soon I had no fear of tipping. I would not have been able to do this in my Hobie 75. There was plenty of room and the back solid deck keeps belongings high and dry.
Once in the river, I found that I liked the way the boat handled. Compared to my Hobie 75, it tracked better and did not spin as much in the current. I was in good position for fishing throughout the day. I am not a big fan of using the oars. Even in my Hobie 75, I do not use the GigBob2oars. I feel that they get in my way while fishing. When I am in moving water, I tend only to use Force Fins for propulsion. I am constantly moving and fishing downstream. It is a way that I have learned and I am able to keep up and even beat folks to the takeout who are fishing and floating from canoes and kayaks. However, during this trip, I fished with the oars attached. I was spin fishing and fly fishing and I found that the oars did not bother my casting. It would have been easy enough to detach the oars and strap them to the back of the boat if I had felt they were in my way. I found that the oars really move this craft. The GigBob is much speedier than I thought it would be.
One thing that I noticed is that you're at the perfect height for casting a fly rod. The craft does not sit as low in the water as a canoe or kayak. With some casting skill an angler is easily able to keep his or her backcast off the water. The GigBob is also a great height for looking down into the water. Much of my fishing involves sight casting. I was able to do some sight casting from a sitting position. I did not cast standing up, but it would be easy. The GigBob in my opinion can be better for casting in a sitting position than a kayak or a canoe.
I also tested getting back into the GigBob while in deep water. I jumped into water that was about eight feet deep. I was able to get back in the boat with ease. There are several handles on the boat that allow a person to pull the boat around or help him or her get back in the boat. Again, I saw that the craft was very stable and I had no fear of flipping it.
A few days later I took the boat down the two mile stretch of the Comal River. I took my six year old daughter along for the ride. We went down two chutes and the GigBob was a very dry ride. We also used the boat as a diving platform. We had a great time and my daughter loved being able to walk around on the back deck. I met at least ten people while floating on both the San Marcos and Comal Rivers and all of them complimented the boat and said it was beautiful.
All in all I am pleased with the GigBob. I think I found a new boa to add to the fleet.
Marcus Rodriguez
The Guides of Texas

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