Monday, March 7, 2011

Kayak Fishing-a hit at Quiet Water Symposium

   Despite all the snow that fell this past Saturday, attendance was good and interest was even better at our booth, Kayak Fish The Great Lakes on the campus of MSU, in conjunction with the Quiet Water Symposium.
   To clarify, we don't have anything to sell at these shows. Our booth is informational and hopefully educational. We're trying to promote the sport of kayak fishing here in Michigan.
   We're able to do this by bringing our own boats and personal equipment to shows, setting them up, then answering questions and explain the who, what and why of what we do.
   Some of the equipment we use is homemade. It's come about from tinkering in the garage, seeing what others have done on their yaks, and looking at web sites that promote the sport.
   That brings me to Kayak Fish The Great Lakes or A Michigan-based web site, it's full of good information as well as links to other related sites having to do with kayak fishing.
   Take a look at it. Like the show and our booth, there is no cost. If you see what you like, join up. Again there is no cost.
   However, if you want to fish in the second annual No-Mo fishing tournament, a benefit for Make-A-Wish, there is a cost for entry of $50 which includes support for Make-A-Wish, a goody bag, a chance to show your stuff, and support for a worthy cause. Details are on the website.
   A lot of interest had to do with a product called Stowmate, which are individual bags or compartments designed to be used on boats and kayaks.
   Attached by Velcro strips or specially desgined tracks, these "pockets" allow you to see what is in them, keep things secure and well-organized, and can withstand wind and water.
   To see the complete line of StowMate products visit

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