Rutabaga Paddlesports' to Feature Kayak Fishing Expert Scott Hamstra at the Madison Fishing Expo

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Hamstra works to turn Rutabaga into a premier shop and online store for Fishing Kayaks and Quality Accessories

Fishing kayaks and kayak fishing techniques will be covered by Rutabaga Paddlesports' Scott Hamstra.

2013 Madison Fishing Expo

“It used to be that fishing from a kayak
was an afterthought – something else you could do while kayaking. Now the reason
many people are getting into kayaking in the first place is simply to fish, paddling is
actually a secondary consideration."

Rutabaga Paddlesports Floor Manager Scott Hamstra, will be giving two presentations on kayak fishing at the 2013 Madison Fishing Expo. The event is slated for February 22-24 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kayak fishing is on the rise for outdoor trends, leading to manufacturers such as Jackson Kayak to create entire lines of fishing kayaks. Grindmedia isn’t far behind, launching KayakFish Magazine on April 2, 2013.

Hamstra, who is a saltwater and freshwater fisherman, as well as an avid hunter, will be introducing the sport to attendees at the Expo. Hamstra has proudly assisted to develop kayaking in the Madison area in the past five years.

“Five years ago one out of every 20 customers would ask if they could also fish from their kayaks. Now it seems like every third person who walks in the door wants to look specifically at fishing kayaks,” said Hamstra. “It used to be that fishing from a kayak was an afterthought – something else you could do while kayaking. Now the reason many people are getting into kayaking in the first place is simply to fish, and paddling is actually a secondary consideration."

Kayak fishing has become a passion of many anglers, resulting in an entirely new category of kayaks designed specifically for fishing. Kayak manufacturers consult with pro anglers to design boats with features that create the ultimate utilitarian kayak. A quality fishing kayak incorporates specialized hull designs, seating features, and mounting points for rods. Some manufacturers are even creating kayaks with live wells.
Following the manufacturers lead, many companies have designed dedicated accessories for kayak fisherman.

"Some manufacturers are creating add-on products such as live wells and through-hull mounts for fish finders” Hamstra said. "The features on fishing kayaks are very well thought-out and provide the opportunity for a great experience. When anglers realize the potential to fish previously unavailable waters, they'll understand why I do most of my fishing from a canoe or kayak."
Hamstra will be speaking at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

About Rutabaga Paddlesports:
Rutabaga Paddlesports has received Paddlesports Retailer of the Year from Canoe and Kayak Magazine a record eight times and was voted one of the best 50 Places to Work by Outside Magazine in 2011. Rutabaga Paddlesports is a nationally-recognized kayak, canoe and stand up paddle (SUP) retailer. Family-owned and operated since 1976. Rutabaga is currently developing cartop.com. The company's paddling school, Rutabaga Outdoor Programs, teaches paddling skills to over one thousand paddlers a year.

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