Team Ocean Kayak

This issue of The Milkcrate has us talking with four members of Team Ocean Kayak, a venerable tour de force of kayak angling talent and passion.  With a tour schedule rivaling that of the biggest rock bands, Team Ocean Kayak travels about the country in search of podium finishes at a variety of angling events.  The group in question has taken Team of The Year titles from a variety of tournaments, including Shimano Extreme Edge Fishing, Texas Kayak Series, Third Coast, and Kayak Masters.  Team members have also been named Angler of The Year in many of the same events.  Impressive in its own right, the team’s ability to land champion-level catches is trumped only by their desire to promote and grow the sport through demo days, seminars, in-store clinics, and trade show workshops.

The term “ambassador” is often mentioned in these pages, and the label is accurately placed upon all who share a love of our sport.  However, when like minded anglers combine their stoke and means of promotion, extraordinary things can happen, as is evidenced by the countless throngs of interested people touched by the team’s efforts.  By participating in highly attended events, including those put on by Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, REI, and Austin Canoe & Kayak, the members of Team Ocean Kayak have placed the sport in front of tens of thousands of eyes, and have done so with the enthusiasm and dedication of true professionals.

With the emerging trend of club formation meeting the already explosive growth of our sport, it can be deduced that the kayak angling world will see rise to many new teams, both sponsored and informal.  It is therefore fortunate that the sport has pioneering groups such as Team Ocean Kayak serving as galvanizing illustrations of the benefit of combined passion.

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