If someone would have told me back in December of 2017 that this December, I’d be writing a blog for my kayak fishing podcast website, I would have told them that they were "Nuts". Equally, I wouldn’t have believed that in six months, Brian and I would finish the year with 20+ episodes, thousands of downloads and new relationships with product manufacturers, pro staffers and most importantly, the listeners within this wonderful community of kayak anglers. Please don’t misunderstand me. By no means am I injecting pride into any of this. This is not about what we’ve done but more importantly what’s been done to us. If anything, this whole experience has me humbled beyond belief.
We started this podcast back in June with one goal; to expand and connect the kayak fishing community through our common interest and, by George, that’s what we are experiencing, and namely, the Kayak Fishing Community giving back to us. To be honest, what I didn’t expect was how much others would share with us by way of cool products, fishing knowledge and unique experiences. Looking back, we’ve been fortunate enough to talk with folks from all walks of fishing from panfish to monster Sturgeon and all from a kayak! We were introduced to cool and innovative products and have heard the wonderful stories of how folks got started in fishing and how they continue to pursue this passion. When we started this journey, I really thought to myself, “How are we going to talk for hours at a time, week in and week out!”? What I quickly found out was how important it was to listen. There are so many awesome folks who have so much to share. They have different perspectives, techniques and stories. Selfishly, I’ve learned way more than I’ve given and for that I am very grateful.
Additionally, this blog wouldn’t be very complete without addressing the listeners directly. I can’t tell you how humbling It is to look in our inbox and see emails from all over the world. Whether giving us a word of encouragement, requesting stickers or simply just saying “Hello”. We read every email and respond if requested So keep the emails coming and let's keep building the community together.
With humble hearts, we thank all of you for participating and partaking in this thing we call Paddle N Fin. However, when I really think about it, it has little to do with a an episode, a logo, or a blog. This whole thing is driven and sustained by nothing more than a "Community of people" who share a similar, simple interest and passion, we call Kayak Fishing.