I made many mistakes when I got into Kayak Fishing. Those mistakes were corrected when I found my local kayak shop. I remember very distinctly being treated by a friendly young guy named Travis. Travis taught me many things that I pass on too many still to this day. For example, Demo,Demo, Demo…. This was something I didn’t know was an option as a new guy to the sport. While I was there every question I could come up with was answered , or an answer was found. To me as a consumer, service is always a crucial key to shopping with any company. I wanted to be a part of that.
Some close friends used to think I was crazy for going down, and spending my free time hanging out in the kayak shop, talking kayak fishing, and helping customers. It always amazes me when I talk to folks that work or own kayak shops, how they have a hard time getting kayak fisherman to help or work in their shops. I love helping out at Rocktown. I meet a lot of folks, and help them get into the sport we love, the right way. After spending some time in the shop, and several conversations, Kevin the shop manager offered myself a part time position. He sees the direction kayaking in general is going, and what better asset to have on your team, a kayak fisherman.
Today many shops have the shop teams, Fishing teams, or whatever you may want to call it. I approached Kevin and Travis about starting our own shop team. We figured it would be a great way to promote the shop, and the angler’s that promote us. Because it was my idea I was offered the spot of team manager. I’m grateful for the opportunity , and look to take the role on full bore. The first thing I needed to do was start to look at the guys or gals that I wanted to put on the team. A team that would do great things for the shop, the sport, and themselves. This isn’t the easiest thing however as your choices have to be great ones for all involved. I knew of a few great choices right off the bat, which has made it easy this far.
So far we have two great guys signed up on the team Rodney Hicks & Titus Dominguez. These two sticks have been heavily involved with the local tournament scene. Rodney has a 1st place finish and Titus a 2nd place finish this season. Couldn’t be happier to have these two awesome fisherman as my team mates. the big question is “Who will be next?” I will update as we seal the deal with the next person to join the team.
Until next time, Tight Lines and Smooth Paddlin!