Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mariner Sails Kayak Fishing Club

In September of 2013 I joined forces with the awesome group of folks at Mariner Sails.
I am honored to have been chosen to be an Ambassador on their team.
While discussing my role as an Ambassador Aris and I discussed the idea of a kayak fishing club. He asked me what I thought a kayak fishing club would look like. I (having had the idea in mind for a couple of years) quickly explained to him what I thought would be a fun kayak fishing club concept. His face lit up like a Christmas tree!!! Thus, the MSKFC was conceived. We quickly put together a logo and some hat, decal, and shirt/jerzee ideas. We also created a mission statement that would closely describe the vision of the club.

"The Mariner Sails Kayak Fishing Club exists to share a common love for kayaking, fishing and the outdoors in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We exchange information on safety, paddling experiences and other kayak fishing related subjects. We support outreach and fundraising efforts for worthy charitable organizations related to the sport of kayak fishing. Our club is open to all who would like to participate in this sport. We are active all year, both on the water and at our meetings with various programs and guest speakers."

In September we began signing up members. A membership was $5 and 100% of that money was donated directly to the DFW Chapter of Heroes on the Water. Membership came with many perks. A member gets a card which entitles them to a 15% discount on regular priced items throughout the store. Members also are eligible for pop-up discounts during meetings, get-togethers, etc. Another privilege of membership is the ability to participate in meetings and instructional camps throughout the year.

We had our first meeting in November at Mariner Sails on November 9th and it was an awesome time. We had approximately 30 folks. We discussed the goals and future plans of the club, catfish camp, outreach and education, and had a couple of great presentations. 

Next up was Catfish Camp 2013 on the 23rd at East Fork Park on Lake Lavon! 

We unanimously voted to raise the dues to a $10 donation to HOW effective January 1st.

We have since had a meeting in March with two great speakers teaching us about crappie fishing, and a Crappie Camp on March 15th at lake Bonham.

Plans are now in place for the Spring G2G for all DFW Kayakers which will be May 10th at East Fork Park on Lake Lavon. All proceeds from the G2G will go to support HOW DFW so mark those calendars and plan on attending.

I'll post more on that event as we get closer.

ALSO, mark your calendars for a meeting on July 8th and Hybrid/Sandbass Camp at Lake Cooper on July 11th & 12th.

Tight Lines for now,

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