Appomattox River Company Blog

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 which was pretty cool. He was a great dude and a good sport.

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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

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Friday’s Five Finds: Sightcasting to Stripers, Paddling With a Purpose, Offshore Hatteras Mothership Trip, Kayak Kevin Podcast in Farmville, and Mothership Trip #2

 

by Brian Vincent

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This Friday I picked a little mix of blogs and videos. These are the things that caught my attention this week.

First up: Rob Choi, our local RVA angling assassin, posted a great video of him sightcasting to stripers on the Eastern Shore. Rob paddles for Ocean Kayak | Old Town Canoes & Kayaks | Werner Paddles | Kokatat | YakAttack. He’s always producing high quality content. Rob’s paddling his Trident 13 in the video. Stay in the know at Angling Addict.com and check out his slick video below:

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Second up: I’m a sucker for a good heartwarming story and here is a quick post from Ken Hoeve over on the Jackson Kayak page that fits the bill. Check out Ken’s meaningful adventure in the Dynamic Duo. Below the picture is a link to the blog post from Ken.

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Click for the full story here.

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Big Demo Day, Briery Bass Mission, and Father’s Day in NC

 

by Brian Vincent

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 I have a daughter that is almost 3 years old, a 6 month old daughter and a wife who works part-time in the ER as a nurse, so my time is thin these days. I know many anglers/ paddlers face similar family duties and I’m not looking to make excuses, but rather to explain why this blog is an amalgamation of different trips.

First off, Demo Day 2014 happened on the 7th. It was awesome! Thank you to all the Reps., Pro Staff, etc that made the trip. A big thank you to all of the folks who came out to test different kayaks, canoes and SUPs! That is what it’s all about. And a giant thank you to the staff at the shop! All the boys in the warehouse work their tails off every year! Demo Day 2014 was the biggest event yet. 700-800 people attended and the weather was perfect.

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You can find more pictures from Demo Day 2014 on our Facebook page. If you’ve never attended this event, put it on your radar for next year.

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VA Running of the Bulls, Mothership Mayhem, Spring Sight Fishing : A Special Blog Edition of Friday’s Finds

 

by Brian Vincent

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 Spring has fully sprung into full-fledged summer! The action on the water is heating up and all the local guys are getting after it. Reports seem to be surfacing daily, loaded with awesome photos and nuggets of intel. You want to know what’s been happening? Read the reports. You want to plan for next year? Read the reports. You just want to see pics of giant fish? Read the reports. You want tips and hints? Dig into the reports.

Here is what has been going down on our local waterways. This is how these guys PaddleVa.

First up:  Kayak Kevin Whitley- Ocean Kayak/ Old Town Canoe & Kayak/ Aqua-Bound/ Bending Branches/ Kokatat, ARC- Hampton Employee.  Below is a link to Kayak Kevin’s blog page where you can find his Spring Red Run entries for last month as well as a host of other excellent intel. Red Drum Jesus has been for a long time, and continues to be, the man. If you don’t know, ask somebody. Just look for the highlight below the photo.

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Kayak Kevin’s Weekly Spring Catches

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Second up: Rob Choi – Ocean Kayak/ Old Town Canoe & Kayak/ Werner Paddles/ Kokatat/ YakAttack. Rob posted a couple of great blogs about his Spring Red Run including one where he slung his fly rod at schools of stripers!  Rob is the consummate professional, targeting and catching big fish, and doing it with style. Just look for the highlight below the photos.

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Check out Rob Choi’s awesome reports.

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