Fishing Events News
Fishing Events News
Kayaks and paddles are a favorite outdoor recreational item, popular among all family members. They come in lots of different styles and designs. The range of choice mind spinning. Sit-on-tops are a large selling design suitable for both entry level novices as well as seasoned kayakers.
Most brands have several sit on top models. Basic models are well equipped with paddle, several storage spaces, either netted or covered. Premier models have the ability to be paddled, pedaled or sailed. They also have integrated rudder systems operated by an inboard foot pedal. The pedal models have a removable inboard drive system that is powered by the foot pedals.
Dimensions of kayaks vary significantly by model. Broadly speaking, solo paddler units have lengths of 3.0-4.5 meters, widths of 0.75-0.85 meters and weights of 18-35 kilograms. They can carry weights ranging from 150-250 kilograms.
Kayaks are available to cater specifically for several outdoor sports including fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving. These units have plenty of fishing rod holder slots and extra storage spaces to allow equipment haulage. Models as re designed for single day trips or multi day extended outdoor camping trips fully capable of hauling all the necessary equipment.
Sit-on-tops are available for solo or tandem paddlers. They are very popular for both surfing and short exploration trips up estuaries, along canals and rivers and other closed water areas. Their strengths include good stability and ease of use.
Top of the range touring kayaks have finely crafted hulls to allow accurate steering and course tracking. A flared bow allows the vessel to cut through messy chop. These models have with extra storage zones, both sealed and netted, including large (up to 24 centimeter) hatched storage wells. Some even have stern storage recesses that serve as a cool box plus large recesses to store scuba diving gear.
One useful accessory worth highlighting is a dodger. It is particularly suitable for premier pedal, touring kayaks. It provides lower body protection against sun, wind and spray. It attaches to the kayak and lifts and folds like a tent. Bungee cord ties the dodger to the kayak on fittings installed on the rails. The dodger fits just forward to just aft of the kayaker. A Velcro fastener closes the dodger. The dodger folds to provide kayak entry-exit. The dodger installs in minutes and packs into a small stow bag sized about 15 centimeters by 70 centimeters and weighing under 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds).
In summary, sit-on-tops are popular among both novice and experienced adventurers looking to invest in kayaks and paddles. As well as the above features, other items to look for include slots for fishing line holders, extra large storage hatches; foam padded seats; netted pockets for easy storage on the bow, stern and midships; wheels built-in to the hull at the stern for easy transportation over land; foam padded seat and backrest; side paddle parks and a screw-topped drain hole.
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OUTDOOR RETAILER SUMMER MARKET – is the world’s largest outdoor sports industry gathering in the world, bringing retailers and media together with over 1000 brands in the business of producing and selling the active outdoor lifestyle. Brands include Timberland, The North Face, W.L. Gore, Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia, Ocean Kayak, Merrell and ; buyers include REI, The Sports Authority, Cabelas, Nordstrom, and thousands of other retailers. Media players include Outside Magazine, National Geographic, Men’s Journal and hundreds more, including non-endemics like WSJ, Forbes, Newsweek. 21,000+ overall attendees. 200,000 page impressions/month around showtime.
OUTDOOR RETAILER WINTER MARKET – is North America’s largest winter lifestyle and sports industry gathering in the world. 16,000+ attendees. 150,000 page impressions/month around show time. Brands include Timberland, The North Face, W.L. Gore, Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia, Ocean Kayak, Nike, Merrell and ; buyers include REI, The Sports Authority, Cabelas, Nordstrom, and thousands of other retailers. Media players include Outside Magazine, National Geographic, Men’s Journal and hundreds more, including non-endemics like WSJ, Forbes, Newsweek. 21,000+ overall attendees. 200,000 page impressions/month around show time.
Visit http://www.outdoorretailer.com/summer-market/ for more information.
Future Show Dates:
Summer Market: Summer Market 2012 – OAD August 1, ORSM August 2-5
Summer Market 2013 – OAD July 31, ORSM August 1-4
Winter Market 2012 – MLK Holiday 16th, AMD Jan. 18, ORWM January 19-22 Winter Market 2013 – MLK Holiday 21st , AMD 23nd, ORWM January 24-27 Winter Market 2014 – MLK Holiday 20th, AMD 22nd, ORWM January 23-26
- Buyers looking for the latest outdoor products for the upcoming season know exactly where to find them - at Outdoor Retailer.
- OR shows are considered the most powerful buying events in the outdoor industry,
- More quality brands, cutting edge technologies and emerging trends here than at any other single outdoor industry event.
- We are committed to helping you grow your business.
Contact: Sharon Pitz, 906-228-6561 or Debbie Munson Badini, 906-226-1352
Women seeking to improve their outdoor skills can now register for the 14th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) summer program, held Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, in Big Bay, a picturesque community overlooking Lake Superior 30 miles north of Marquette.
Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this BOW program offers instruction in more than two dozen kinds of outdoor activities, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, fly-tying, archery, geocaching, boating and birding.
Volunteer BOW instructors provide basic and advanced instruction that is uniquely tailored to each participant's individual ability, helping the participants learn the basics in a short amount of time.
The $175 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies (except as noted in the registration materials). Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility at the universally-accessible Big Bay Health Camp, with numerous amenities, including a pool, sauna, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails and easy access to Lake Superior. The BOW summer program also includes special evening programs, such as birding hikes, group bonfires and more.
For more information about the various Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs offered in Michigan, go online to www.michigan.gov/bow.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Team River Runner Lexington, Kentucky
We offer kayaking and canoeing trips on flat water and white water for Veterans, active duty military and opportunities for volunteering as well. Our weekly trips are perfect for beginners, as we use either local swimming pools (in the winter) or flat water streams (in the summer). We also offer monthly trips to whitewater rivers in North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Our yealy Leadership Clinics reach as far as Key Largo, Florida.
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Read more about Team River here: http://teamriverrunnerlex.blogspot.com/
Article posted in Lex in the Herald Leader below:
Healing on the water
KAYAK PROGRAM HELPS IRAQ WAR VETS FORGET THEIR WOUNDS
ALONG ELKHORN CREEK IN SCOTT COUNTY — Josh Williams had just re-signed with the Air Force when he and four buddies went out on routine patrol.
This war has been going on long enough that you know what comes next: A bomb went off on an Iraq roadside, Williams was thrown 45 feet and knocked out. When he came to, what was left of one friend's leg lay across his body.
"All four of my buddies died," said Williams, in a tone that says he's told this story many times before. "Four of my closest friends. Every one of their moms gave me a dog tag."
That was six years ago.
He strives to keep those dog tags close, tucked safely in his room. He can't shake the memory, even though he tries. It's every minute in his head, a shadow behind every thought. Over time, it made his world small, then smaller. He eventually ended up in the Veterans Affairs Hospital on Leestown Road in Lexington.
And soon enough, Williams found some relief paddling down a Kentucky stream. On the water, "you are not in your head. Stress is somewhere else, because you are right there in the moment. You can't be thinking about your problems," said Linda Tribble, who helped create the program that brought Williams and others to the water.
Learning to paddle
The Central Kentucky program is not an original idea, although it has some unique features. In 2004, some Washington, D.C., kayakers decided to help vets from Iraq and Afghanistan re-enter the world by learning how to paddle in the pool at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They would then venture from the pool out onto calm streams; then the most adventurous would go onto white water and eventually even the ocean. It's called Project River Runner.
Tribble, a full-time compliance office at the Lexington VA and part-time paddler, saw an article about the Washington program and thought, "There's no reason we can't do it here." The goal behind the idea was simple.
"We have a society of veterans who were young and active when they left. We want to get them back to that lifestyle," she said.
She found the right people to talk to in the VA, contacted some fellow paddlers who would volunteer, tracked down some federal money aimed at rehabilitation that could help buy kayaks and two years ago started taking to the water.
Helped by Nathan Depenbrock of Canoe Kentucky and volunteers from the Bluegrass Wild Water Association, they started in tranquil waters instead of a pool.
The program was open to all veterans at the hospital and those who had completed programs there, including recent vets and warriors from conflicts long off the front page. Their wounds range from physical to emotional. A number suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or struggle with addiction. Some appear physically sound but have suffered closed-head injuries that complicate everyday life.
Others have severe physical challenges but thrive with the help of volunteers. One, Ben Brown, an Army vet and paraplegic, has excelled, going white water rafting in Montana and becoming a vocal advocate for the group.
Getting out on the water has therapeutic values, said VA speech pathologist Lyn Tindal. For vets with head injuries, for example, it helps sharpen spatial perception, helps patients practice how to follow directions, solve problems and stretch their memory. On the physical side, it takes balance and strength.
They have to interact with strangers and depend on one another to venture out into a world many have avoided too long.
Last week in Georgetown, on the shores of Elkhorn Creek, the mostly silent veterans got out of the VA bus as the sun was going down. Most were quicker to light up a cigarette than put on the kayak gear. But soon there was a buzz as they emptied boxes of water shoes and suitable shirts and grabbed paddles and vessels.
It wasn't 10 minutes in before the first vet tipped over into slow, green current but he was soon righted and on his way.
There was a little game of kayak football but mostly just smooth waters during the hourlong trip. There was lots of laughing as they ventured just far enough out of civilization that they could no longer hear the cars on the nearby roads.
They came back energized. Williams stowed his gear and then helped his buddies. "It's just like in the military," he said as he stacked kayaks in a trailer.
"You can tell there is a big difference between them when they go out and they come back," Tribble said. "They've bonded. They're more relaxed."
Depenbrock, of Canoe Kentucky, sees it, too. "These guys are real heros," said Depenbrock, who chokes up a little when he talks about the transformations he's seen. "I get way more out of it than they do."
He hopes to expand the program. He, Tribble and Brown will soon be speaking at a national meeting of water sports professionals, hoping to help others start a program in their area and secure more sponsorships to serve vets.
It's not that one trip down a country stream can heal years of pain. But it helps.
For a while this week, Williams didn't dwell on what happened, what should have happened, what's going to happen next.
He floated and splashed and laughed a little.
He went out in the world, and he wants to do it again. He's going to get a necklace for those tucked-away dog tags so he can wear them and keep them safe the next time.
"This is the most fun I've had in a long, long time," he said.
Reach Mary Meehan at (859) 231-3261 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3261.
Youth Day 2011 - by Sportsmen for Youth
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Muskegon County Fair Grounds
6621 Heights Ravenna Rd · Fruitport, MI
Who we are...We are Sportsmen for Youth - For more information, visit http://www.sportsmenforyouth.com/
The youth of today are our most important resource -- The leaders of tomorrow. We believe that our youth are the future of outdoor sports and recreation. However, many of today's youth never get introduced to the great outdoors or the organizations that work to preserve it for future generations. It's for this reason that Sportsmen For Youth was organized.
To establish that appreciation of the great outdoors in our youth, 17 Western-Michigan area sportsmen organizations have, for the past 16 years, joined together to create Youth Day which brings together the youth of West Michigan with the sporting organizations that work hard to preserve out outdoor recreation.
Youth Day is designed to introduce youth to the great joy of outdoor sports. Youth Day's are both educational and fun for area children. Absolutely free of charge to all children and guardians, those in attendance can participate in hands on activities and special demonstrations that will be conducted and supervised by each of the listed organizatio
ns. The event offers hands-on activities including a trout pond, archery shooting, live animals and furs to touch and feel, public safety demonstrations, wildlife management demonstrations, door prizes, free lunch for the children and many more fun activities.
Each participating organization will have a display unique to its individual sporting activity designed to interest and ducate. Outdoor celebrities will be invited to address the group. Refreshments, snacks and a lunch ticket will be provided free of charge to all children.
Learn how to become a sponsor: http://www.sportsmenforyouth.com/about/
PPA ANNOUNCES FREE PADDLING PASSPORT FOR 9TH GRADERS
Professional Paddlesports Association Working with US Paddling Outfitters to Provide Passport for Free Paddling for 9th Graders!
9th Grade students all over the
American Children are in trouble. The socially acceptable way of life is to sit inside and become a stagnant mass in front of a computer screen, video game or television and to only go outside to get into a vehicle to take them to school where they sit for eight more hours learning how to go to work to do more sitting. What happened to playing outside? What happened to using their imaginations to make up games instead of just robotically following a game that came from another’s imagination? This appears most critically as children are entering High School and they begin to form patterns of what their future will become. To combat this trend the Professional Paddlesports Association is partnering with Nova Craft Canoe from
Since 1979, the PPA has existed as an association of outfitters and retailers that has a mission to promote the growth of paddlesports recreation and business. To do so, the PPA devotes equal effort for its membership toward three main goals: increasing paddlesports participation, improving paddlesports safety, and enhancing business education for industry professionals. For more information on the PPA call the main office at 231-652-1830 or view the website at www.propaddle.com.
Michigan's finest tradition for the avid fisherman, hunter or outdoor loving family! Exhibitors will be at the show with the latest outdoor gear, travel information and fishing boats. The features are famous: World Class Taxidermy, Antique Lures, Trout Pond, Woodcarvers, Pellet Range, Fishing Simulator, Rock Wall and Fly Casting Instruction. Nearly 100 fishing and hunting seminars will be held on 4 stages, including "Lake Ultimate," the 110,000 gallon indoor lake. Michigan sportsmen never miss it!
2011 Dates & TimesAdmission (Public)
Thursday, March 17 3pm - 9:30pm
Friday, March 18 11am - 9:30pm
Saturday, March 19 10am - 9pm
Sunday, March 20 10am - 5pm
Interested in marketing to women? You should be!
In 2003-4 women surpassed men as main users of the Internet and became primary buyers of electronics, vechicles, household goods, business travel etc! Women are transforming business and society!
"Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" (BOW) offers outdoor skills workshops, specifically for women 18 years of age and older. The emphasis of BOW and Beyond BOW is on the enjoyment and camaraderie that goes along with outdoor recreation, whether hunting, fishing, hiking, or boating. Contact your area.
Fishing For A Cause
Fishing For A Cause is a not for profit fishing organization that will assist charities nationwide by providing them a means to accept donations.
FFAC is leading an effort in 2010 to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF). She’s So Fly currently ha