Updates on fishing all over in 2014 and beyond!
So, this past winter as I was stuck inside like most of the northern half of the country (because of the weather), I was flipping through all the fishing pictures I had acquired over all the years and wished there was something I could do with them. I had previously started up a blog about all the things my wife and I were going to go through as we had just discovered that we were having our first child. Browsing through Tumblr posts, I saw a few that blogged exclusively on saltwater fishing but not too many on freshwater fishing and figured “hey, I love to fish freshwater and have tons of pics, might as well blog about my trips”. I didn’t think really much of it and thought it would just be nice to see pics I post all in one place instead of searching through thousands of files on my computer.
I started posting pics from previous trips and threw in a quote or a product review here or there to change it up a bit. My wife could tell I enjoyed blogging about something I loved to do and we joked back and forth about how nice it would be to get a sponsorship with someone and maybe even some day do it professionally. Either actually fishing or in the fishing industry in some way shape or form.
The Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel show (see previous blogs) was coming up in February and I was like a kid at Christmas. It’s literally one of my favorite times of the year. My wife suggested, “you should make a business card, or something, to pass out to see if you can do product reviews for people on your blog”. I thought it was a pretty good idea and gave it a shot…here’s what I came up with:
I went to the show thinking maybe I’d just give it to a few people see what they thought. After the first couple of booths I stopped by it was becoming apparent that most people didn’t have any clue what a blog was nor what the purpose of one was. Most of the responses ranged from “oh, thats nice…” to “ahh I’m not into that new-fangled stuff”. I thought for sure that I was just wasting my time. I started to head for the doors, dropping off stacks of cards at booths as I walked by and left.
About 3-4 days passed and one evening I got a call from a gentleman named Jim Meacham, owner of Portside Marine in Westfield, Indiana. Jim had a booth at the boat show and said that he had found one of my cards on the ground as he was walking by and he noticed the QR code in the bottom right corner of the card and gave it a look. Jim had a proposition for me that he thought we both would be interested in if I wanted to meet up with him the following day.
So, the next day I met with Jim and another gentleman named Brad at the boat show. Super super nice people who knew a ton about boating. The reason for the meeting was to find out if I would be interested in joining Portside Marine as their local Pro Angler for the Hobie Kayak Local Fishing Team. I almost jumped out of my shoes I was so excited…
I had kayak fished a few times in my life but never a ton because simply, I didn’t own one! I was very familiar with the Hobie kayak name and brand as I had seen pros like Hank Parker fishing from them on the WFN and Outdoor Network with his kid. Here is a quick video of them fishing from one:
Yesterday, I officially signed on with Portside and Hobie and got to pick up my kayak that I will be using for now. Jim hooked me up with a 2012 Mirage Pro Angler 14. Here is a pic of what it looks like:
I will get some better pics up tonight hopefully. The lighting in my garage wasn’t the best so as soon as I have proper lighting and hopefully a nice body of water to put it on pics will be flowing in.
Stay tuned as this is going to be a very, very fun ride…
Picking up my new kayak!
Thanks to Portside Marine and Kobie Cat Company for everything! Visit them here today!: