From the Passion of One, Benefit for All

In this, the eighth issue of The Milkcrate, we turn our focus to a group of anglers known for the intensity with which they have immersed themselves into the practice and lifestyle of our sport.  It is one thing to claim immersion through miles logged or species caught, and by those very guidelines, the group in question would undoubtedly meet criteria.  However, the focus of the above-mentioned intensity is what truly causes these four anglers to stand out. Each man has taken his passion for kayak angling and transformed it into something greater that he then offered back to his fellow anglers, thus bettering and growing the sport as we know it.

Perhaps the man most often associated with the term “kayak angling,” Chad Hoover has put forth a truly astonishing array of offerings, ranging from print media in the form of a definitive book and popular web page, face to face promotion of the sport through appearances at seminars and demo days, and, most recently, inspiring and entertaining video via his newly launched television program.  Joining Hoover in the pioneering pursuit of making available to kayak anglers a range of quality audio-visual material is television host Ty Southerland. The host of two web-based programs, Ty exercises creativity and ingenuity as he works endlessly to transform his love of the sport into series of videos with viewership in the tens of thousands.  Professional guides Chris Mautino and Tommy Samuels have each successfully built from scratch a pioneering industry in which first time kayak anglers safely and successfully feel the initial joys associated with the practice of our sport.  As such, they have opened the doors of possibility concerning growth within kayak angling’s commercial side.

The parlaying of passion into thoughtful and beneficial immersion is an action that earns each of these men the title of ambassador, a role that they have all handled with respect, humility, and altruistic glances toward the future of the aquatic realm that we, as kayak anglers, share and value.

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