Kayak Fishing History
If you’re unaware of the kayak fishing movement, it’s time to wake up and smell the freshly molded plastic. It’s a movement and something that we think has been way overdue.
There was a huge gap between bank fishing and buying a $60,000 bass fishing boat or inshore skiff. We couldn’t be more excited and supportive of the 10-13 foot piece of plastic that is beginning to bridge this gap. The kayak fishing era is now and we’re not going to watch it happen from the shore.
2018 ANGLR of the Year, Cody Milton with Chad Hoover
“KBF is constantly looking for new ways to enhance the kayak angler’s experience and improve the caliber of competition and opportunities for our members. Because of this we are delighted to be working with ANGLR who shares our commitment to continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and deeper enjoyment of the sport.” – Chad Hoover, KBF Founder and President
“It’s so cool to find another brand who is as passionate about growing this sport as we are.” – Joe Haubenreich, KBF COO
“Kayak fishing has become incredibly popular in recent years and continues to grow,” said Dave Washburn, FLW Vice President of Operations
Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF), the nation’s foremost organization supporting kayak bass anglers, has been a key player spearheading this movement since 2009. The KBF was formed in 2009 to offer kayak anglers the opportunity to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at premier fisheries around the country. They are currently in their seventh season for live events. KBF offers more than 25 professional-level bass fishing tournaments to kayak anglers. For complete KBF details, schedules and updated information, visit KayakBassFishing.com.
About the KBF AOY Program
Only four years old, KBF’s Angler of the Year (“AOY”) award recognizes season-long, consistent, outstanding performance and commitment to competition in all KBF TRAIL series.
The award is based on a points system. Points are awarded based on performance of KBF members who compete throughout the tournament season. Points are summed up from three primary trails:
- Top three scores from the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments
- Points from one Regional KBF TRAIL Series Championship
- Double points from the 2019 KBF TRAIL Series National Championship
The New ANGLR of the Year
Cody Milton, the 2018 AOY will be the first official “ANGLR of the Year” title holder. ANGLR also stepped up to sponsor the upcoming 2019 crowning, AND we’ve picked up the future 2020 race as well! We are committed for the next two years and wanted to show our enthusiasm for this segment of fishermen right off the bat.
“To me this partnership is massive, I believe in both companies, the people working for them and the community around them. Some of the best people in the world paddle these little plastic boats. This community is unlike any other, this is something special. AOY will never be the same…” – Scott Beutjer, Kayak Angler and Industry Developer
Much More Than a Sponsorship
We wanted to form a closer working relationship with KBF and their members to learn how we could better serve their community. Chad’s expertise in the Kayak fishing industry will be critical to help us shape the ANGLR app and future development of features for the kayak fishermen.
We loved the play on the name and how well it fits, but we also loved what this title represents to KBF members. It is a symbol of the ANGLR mission in many ways. It represents drive, constant improvement, learning, and commitment to the craft. The title encapsulates everything we stand for. We exist to help anglers constantly improve.
We’re committed to the kayak community and love the passion these anglers exhibit both on and off the water. This community has repeatedly proven they put the angler first, and that’s what we’re all about. This partnership is just the first paddle stroke of many in the journey ahead into uncharted waters with kayak anglers. We couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds!