CAST is touted as the world's largest sport fishing trade show, and for the last few years has been hosted in Orlando, FL. It is a giant parade of awesome new products. Kayak fishing has increasingly become a bigger part of the show. There are a great many articles, videos, etc that come out around the show. This is my first re-cap of the days I spent on the floor and on the water at ICAST.
The storm rolled across the mountains just down river from us. Lightening lit up the distant sky as my wife and I nodded at each other and motioned towards the shore. Our 5 year old was in the canoe with her and our 3 year old was in the kayak with me. It was time to get off the water. We found a little spot of sand and resigned to watching the dark clouds roll along. Shortly my girls started singing songs to pass the time and I smiled at the memories being made on the river side.
On October 8th, I lit out for southern Louisiana and the Kayak Fishing Boondoggle. The Boondoggle is a biannual event usually held in different locations every President's Day and Columbus Day weekend. The Boondoggle had evolved from a grassroots get together to a commercialized event, complete with vendors, but things have changed again. This year it was announced that the Columbus Day Boondoggle in Louisiana was going back to it's roots. There was some excitement about this change as many folks had lamented the commercialized version as a step in the wrong direction.
On Oct. 4th, a clear winner was anointed following the Vice - Presidential Debate in Farmville , Va. It wasn't Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. It wasn't their surrogates, the VP candidates - Mike Pence or Tim Kaine, who debated in front of the cameras and the community. It wasn't Democrats or Republicans, or even Libertarians. It was Longwood University.
"I need first hand experience to sharpen my knowledge, and I hate feeling uninformed. When it comes to the business, I understand and can speak to kayak fishing, because I do it often. But whitewater kayaking is an area of weakness for me, and that makes me uncomfortable," I explained to my wife over dinner.