Issue 1

Searching for Definition

It can be reasonably stated that our sport of kayak angling is young, but developing rapidly.  Niche-specific products are being introduced with increasing fervor, and anglers are developing innovative ways to use these items.  Tournaments, internet forums, and seminars are all gaining popularity.    The goal of The Milkcrate is to document this growth through a [...]



Tim Niemier

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If modern kayak anglers attributed the birth of their sport to a single spark, it could be said the the ignition lie, in part, within Tim Niemier.  The founder of Ocean Kayak, Tim’s original designs propel a large majority of those who seek fish atop small plastic boats.  Constantly innovating in pursuit of a kayak [...]



Gary Sinkus

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  A pioneer in the truest sense, Gary Sinkus was one of the first individuals to place kayak angling into the public conscience.  In 1993, Gary published an article on kayak fishing, titled “Different Strokes”, in Outdoor Life Magazine.  This was after many years of kayak fishing in the 80′s.  That article planted the seed [...]



Paul Lebowitz

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With hundreds of articles to his name, Paul Lebowitz is arguably the most prolific writer to address the world of kayak angling.  Paul’s storytelling abilities, which seamlessly weave literary talent with a true passion for the sport, have earned him a place among the true ambassadors of kayak angling.  He is currently serving as editor [...]



Karen and Mark Ezell

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Mark and Karen Ezell are a husband and wife duo known for founding the popular online retail shop Hook 1 KayakFishingGear.com.  Their passion for the sport and its practitioners is trumped only by their love of each other and the time spent together on the water.  Though no longer in possession of their original business, Mark [...]



Bryce Molenkamp

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Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Bryce Molenkamp is an angler and artist known for his ability to transform the spirit of the sport into incredible and inspiring designs.  The founder of Slayride KayakFishing, Bryce is filling the niche of providing kayak anglers with fun, innovative apparel and accessories.  Bryce’s passion for the kayak angling lifestyle is also exhibited through [...]



Ron Sauber

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A fisherman in the truest sense of the word, Ron Sauber runs Groundswell Kayak Fishing, a kayak angler guide service based out of Oregon City, Oregon.  Combining passions for science, education, and the culinary arts, Ron is making a thoughtful and unique impact within the industry and sport. 



Mark Veary

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Mark Veary is an Oahu-born angler now living in Oregon.  A man of many titles, including engineer, author, surfer, inspiring father, and accomplished fisherman, Mark manages to exude a quiet, almost mystical stoke for the sport.  Though firmly self-rooted on the later side of the kayak/angler dichotomy, Mark has the willingness and ability necessary to paddle a small boat amongst some of the [...]



Brian Steves

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Brian Steves is an Oregon-based angler with a penchant for the smaller things, be it kayaks or fish.  A most-welcoming individual, Brian has sparked the kayak angling stoke in many an inquisitive visitor to paddling events and online forums.  Though an ecologist by trade, Brian is responsible for much of the look and feel of the [...]