Congratulations and thanks to Gary Rankel and his friends, who feature on ‘Grip and Grin’, Kayak Angler magazine’s online section dedicated to self submitted stories and pictures.
The story is named ‘Grip and Grin Wavewalk Snook’ after Bob Smaldone’s memorable catch 🙂
About Kayak Angler magazine
Kayak Angler magazine is published by Rapid Media, a company based in Ontario, Canada, which started as a paddle sports media company.
Kayak Angler first appeared in 2007. It is published online as well as in 4 paperback issues per year.
The kayak fishing media
The kayak fishing market in North America is covered by hundreds of online magazines, various websites in forum and blog formats, and paperback magazines. This plethora of media include online outlets that are specific to kayaks and fishing from them, as well as other media that primarily cover recreational fishing in a broad angle. The latter media allocate parts of their online and printed production capabilities to the kayak fishing market.
Like several other online and printed paddling magazines and websites, Kayak Angler’s publishing company diversified into fishing as the kayaking market matured and slowed down while kayak fishing was on the rise.
And last but not least on this list of kayak fishing related media are company blogs and websites such as Wavewalk’s Fishing Kayak Blog, which is considered by many of its fans as the best source of information for sensible kayak anglers, which are people who like to stay dry and comfy… These people are perfectly aware of the fact that our blog is edited and published by a kayak manufacturer, but they also appreciate the fact that it exposes and discusses in depth the severe problems that many anglers suffer from when they try to fish from kayaks.
The latter can’t always be said about other media that depend on revenues from various advertisers, of which some offer over hyped kayaks that are suitable for neither fishing nor paddling, precisely because of such problems as our blog highlights. These ergonomic problems get critical as the angler gets older, and in case they suffer from physical disabilities, especially ones related to back pain, balance, arthritis, joint replacement in the legs, overweight, etc.
Sponsored kayak fishing media
Some other kayak manufacturers have become involved in the publishing business as well, but in a different way: They ‘sponsor’ kayak fishing websites directly, or through ‘sponsoring’ their owners. This way, the commercial affiliation is covert, or partly covert, which is an important thing for someone who’s concerned about their credibility…
In these cases, Sponsorship is a term used to describe financial support in return of the sponsored party endorsing the manufacturer’s brands and products.
It happens that sponsored individuals and their websites don’t stop at the endorsement stage, and they actively promote these brands and products, both overtly and covertly. Sometimes they even bash other brands and products, although this is usually done under alias 😉
In contrast, when we bash other brands and products, we do it here on our blog, under our own identity, and out of courtesy we don’t publish the name of the bashed brand or product 😀