Appomattox River Company Blog

Friday’s Fresh Finds: Yonton Mehler, YakAttack Story, Drew Camp, Boater/Beater, Rex Del Ray, Kayak Kevin

 

by Brian Vincent

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Here is what caught my attention this past week, from the web world.

First Up:

Here is a video of Astral GM, Yonton Mehler, ripping it up in a new LiquidLogic Kayaks playboat that hasn’t even been named yet! Astral has a PFD called the YTV. It’s the Yonton Vest. Why? Because Yonton shreds.

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Second Up:

This is a great video from YakAttack, about YakAttack. These guys are 15 minutes down the road from us and everyone who works there is considered a friend. Watch it and get a peek at this American, small business success story from the man, Luther Cifers, who started it all.

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Friday Fresh Finds: Kayak Kevin, Why Kayaking?, William Ragulsky, Dagger Katana, Seth Goodrich, Josh Dolin, Chuck Wrenn, and Drew Camp

 

by Brian Vincent

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Here is what caught my attention this past week, from the web world.

First up:

Kayak Kevin, of Ocean Kayak/ Old Town/ Aqua Bound/ Yak Attack, has been steady pumping out his summer reports. Looks like the CBBT is prime time time. Click the link below the photo for a full run down of Kayak Kevin’s CBBT adventures.

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Read the full report here: http://www.kayakkevin.com/weeklycatchsummer14.html

Kevin’s also been busy with the Podcast. Here is a recent episode with Jimmy Miller of Speedy’s Hot Sauce.

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Hanging with the Heroes On The Water Tidewater Chapter

 

by Brian Vincent

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When I first started at Appomattox River Company, a group of folks came in the shop wearing these American flag emblazoned shirts with rods, reels and paddles on them. I had no idea who they were or why they were getting the hook up on kayaks. After they left I asked, “What’s the deal with those guys?”

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Tom, our GM, told me, “They are the Chapter Coordinators for this group we work with, Heroes On The Water. Check them out, they do cool stuff with kayak fishing and veterans, as therapy and healing.”

I started researching, and immediately donated money and set it in my head to donate my time. My father was killed in active duty. I grew up a military brat, and so, I have a strong affection for groups who endeavor to assist our nation’s warriors. One of those groups had even helped put me through college after my father was killed. I decided that I had to get into this kayak fishing thing. If the way to volunteer for HOW was to bring some kayaking and fishing knowledge to the table, then I knew which direction I was going.

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Fishing Missions in Florida and Life Lessons

 

by Brian Vincent

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I attended ICast recently for work. It was a great opportunity to see new products in the kayak fishing world and the wider sport-fishing world. But it also gave me the chance to fish some new waters. I headed down to Florida a day early so I could fish in the morning, before the New Product Showcase at ICast. I arrived in Titusville, FL on Monday evening and crashed out, eager to explore the expansive Indian River Lagoon.

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I had researched a bunch of different areas and even gotten some great tips from one of Central Florida’s most prolific kayak anglers, Dee Kaminski, a Native Watercraft and Astral angler. Dee runs her own guide service and always seems to find the fish. Check her out at Reel Kayak Fishing Charters if you are ever in that beautiful section of the country.

I awoke too late to hit any of the spots I’d researched, so I headed to the closest boat ramp.

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ICast 2014 Recap: Kayak Fishing Edition – Part 2

 

by Brian Vincent

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Day 2 and 3 of ICast were full of more great products.  You can check out my ICast Part 1 Recap Here. I took the opportunity to look at some products we currently do not carry and to revisit the Old Town Booth, as those guys had just won a pile of awards at the New Product Showcase.

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 I also had the opportunity to pose down with Bear Holeman, in the Astral booth, which was pretty cool. He was a great dude and a good sport, and him and his brother, Travis, have a pretty baller fishing show at Kings Of Game.

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Another great surprise was running into some friends I used to rock climb with in WV. One of them had started up a new lure company called Riot Baits. It was cool to hang with my old climbing buddies in the middle of the largest fishing show.

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ICast 2014 Recap: Kayak Fishing Edition – Part 1

 

by Brian Vincent

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I left Farmville ,on Sunday, around 9am for the 12 hour drive to Orlando, Florida to attend the 2014 ICast Trade-show. ICast is touted as the largest sport-fishing show in the world. It’s designed for retailer buyers and media to see new products in the fishing world. This was Appomattox River Company’s first time attending. I was psyched! Many of the kayak vendors we deal with would be on hand with their latest and greatest. I also would have the opportunity to scout out other interesting gadgets and to hang out with a bunch of cool people.  But first, I decided to head to Titusville, to do a little fishing in the Indian River. I also hit the Banana River and the Mosquito Lagoon for a few hours, after the show. You can read about that part  of the trip here.

Back to ICast, I rolled into Orlando on Tuesday, and headed to the Orange County Convention Center to see the New Product Showcase.  Buyers and Media personnel could vote on different Best In Show categories as well as overall Best of Show.

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Friday’s Five Finds : Home on the James, Kayak Kevin, Rob Choi, NFC 2014, Pat Keller, RVA SUP, MyToyFishing Custom Rods, Ed Felker

 

by Brian Vincent

We’ve been pretty busy and I missed a Friday last week, so I am posting a bunch of videos and blogs today. There’s been a ton of good stuff coming out recently and this is what caught my attention.

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First up is this trailer for “Ode to Richmond’ from Home On The James. If you haven’t been following HOTJ on Facebook, etc. and you live in RVA, well, you need to get on it. Awesome content on the regular!

Products: Whitewater Kayaks

Check it out:

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