Kayak Bass Adventures is pleased to announce that we just raised over $20,000 for Heroes on the Water – our chosen charity and a fabulous organization committed to helping our injured military personnel.
The funds – $20,812.65 to be exact – were raised at our Second Annual Poker Tournament on October 2 hosted at the Colleyville, Texas home of Terry Sandlin, a principal of Sandlin Homes. This is the second year in a row that we held this fundraiser for this worthy cause, bringing our total raised to almost $50,000.
I first learned of Heroes on the Water at a bass fishing tournament – and was so touched by the veteran’s story and so impressed by the organization that I wanted myself and my fellow bass fisherman buddies to do our part. Heroes on the Water helps our nation’s veterans from all branches of the military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. Founded in 2007, this unique fishing program gives these warriors a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the rigorous physical and mental rehabilitation they must endure when they get back. Guided fishing trips are hosted for these veterans by Heroes on the Water and held in local communities around the country. Funds raised at our Poker Tournament will go directly to help hold more events.
I can’t think of a better way to support our community as well as our military than this worthwhile cause. It was an honor just to be involved. I have experienced such joy from my fishing that I am always looking for opportunities to share it with others and what could be better than combining honoring our serviceman with the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy nature?
At the event, participants enjoyed a fabulous dinner, played poker and took part in a raffle. Top prizes included an Ipad, gift cards, exclusive fishing equipment and a Hobie kayak. The winner of this grand prize kayak kept the love flowing and donated it to the Heroes on the Water organization. For more information, visit their website at http://www.HeroesOnTheWater.com and consider your own fundraiser as well!
I would like to extend some special thanks to our sponsors and those who donated raffle items including
Title Sponsor- Valley-Dynamo, the largest manufacturer of pool tables, air hockey tables and foosball tables
Table Sponsors – Valley-Dynamo, Mariner-Sails, Champs Americana, Dominic Via, Guild Mortgage, Sandlin Homes.
Partner Sponsors – Hot On Homes, Anderson-Hanson-Blanton, Perry Hix, The Getz Team,
Product Sponsors – Temple Fork Outfitters, Smith Optics, Brute Outdoors, Hobie Fishing, Xcite Baits
And of course, to our poker players for their participation and donations!
If you missed the fun this year, mark your calendars for next September and be sure to join us again!
The largest sport fishing show of the year just concluded yesterday. ICAST is the place where all products fishing make there way into the market. Hobie has always made a splash at the ICAST show and this year was no exception. Check out this video and see the world of kayak fishing change before your eyes with the Hobie Pro Angler 17 – tandem.
Look for it in your local Hobie dealers shop by the end of 2014. If you are in the DFW area we hope to have one available for show in October. This is going to take kayak fishing to the next level.
The stars aligned and it all came together for myself and a good friend to hit the water. I have fished with Eugene before, but he had never used a kayak due to his concerns about stability along with not being a great swimmer. I figured the best way to get him on the water was to let him have an opportunity to use the Hobie Pro Angler 14.
My goal was to get Eugene as comfortable and confident as possible so he could focus on fishing. After a brief demo of the Mirage Drive, Vantage Seat and Rudder controls we were off.
All I can say is that Eugene is a natural! He was able to put the kayak where he wanted to go and hold his position allowing him to catch his first kayak bass, in short order.
All his concerns about getting wet, being unstable and having to do a lot of work left the building and he just kept on catching fish.
People ask me about how we can grow the sport and increase participation on the North Texas tournament scene. My answer is to always be talking, posting and inviting others out to experience what we already know. This was an excellent case of a guy loving to fish and having no way to get of the bank. The Hobie Pro Angler 14 changed that for him. For more information about Hobie Products check out http://www.mariner-kayaks.com
KEEP LIVING THE DREAM!
Tournament fishing is where it’s for me. I love the competitive spirit and getting together with everyone for a full day of “Live Action” on the area lakes. That is just what Capital City Kayak Fishing Tournament Series delivers. Stop two happened last Saturday on Lake Lewisville and we all know the result. Congratulations to Todd Hiley on his great win. The conditions were rough with water temperatures in the low to mid 40’s. I was hoping to pull off a little magic, but all I pulled was my shoulder from throwing the Flash Mob Jr all day.
My tournament day was far from perfect and started with a major equipment failure. I would like to thank Brian Row for helping me figure out the electrical issue and getting me out on the water. I realize it’s a tournament and that there is money to be won, but Brian went over the top to take time to help and show me where the problem was. As many of you know I am not a hammer and nails guy, but in times like these it pays to have friends who are. After issue one was handled issue number two raised its head. Yep, my trusty battery went out and left me in the dark and basically fishing by instinct. For those that know me most of the times my instincts are opposite of what the fish are doing, however, another good friend to the rescue. Tournament Director Beau Reed let me use his battery and at least I was able to have power for another hour. That is until the Humminbird drained his battery as well. Like I always say it’s your intentions that matter most and Beaus intention was clear and that was to help me out of jam. Thanks Beau!
When I think of kayak tournaments I think of NASCAR, due to having teams, secret alliances, egos, and the occasional drama. However, I also see the human side of our sport and that is those guys’ in the know, helping guys who want to know. This is the most important part of the sport. There are statistics across the board showing paddling as one of the fastest growing sports. With continued help from the faithful and good promotion from the media guys in our ranks and the willingness of the angler to help those who may be new I feel we can grow the tournament scene to large numbers. We all have to be committed to do our part. Whether your part is to try and win all the money, help people who are new or just make observations through video or blog. When we all work together for the good of the sport then great things will happen.
I just realized that I pulled out the soapbox and rambled. Sorry about that but, I support the above and what the heck else could I have written about when we only had one score able fish? Anyway, great tournament and I am looking forward to battling those secret alliances on Purtis Creek. All I can say is come on water temperature.
KEEP LIVING THE DREAM!