We hear about it every day. Everybody loves to see things grow. Whether it is a business, or the flowers in your garden, anytime something gets bigger or more successful, it is viewed as an achievement. Well if growth is a measure of success, Kayak Anglers of Missouri, or KAMO for short, is on fire!
Since its inception early in 2018, KAMO has added 51 new kayak anglers as members. That is 51 new anglers who are now ready to hit the waters of Missouri in their kayaks and fish for bass. While this rapid growth is impressive in itself, what does it mean for Missouri and the supporters of KAMO? Well, let’s dig into it a little bit deeper.
There are now 51 new kayak anglers travelling across Missouri. These anglers will spend money on hotels, stop at gas stations for snacks and fuel, eat at local restaurants, and spend money at not only KAMO sponsor locations, but also at various stores, tackle shops, and even souvenir stores along the way.
The families of these kayak anglers will often join them. While the anglers are on the water, their families will be searching out activities to keep them busy and exploring some of the tourist attractions that Missouri has to offer. Or, they may just decide to hang out at the local campground and spend time with nature, enjoying some of the beautiful lakes and rivers that Missouri has to offer.
Thanks to the Catch, Photo, and Release (CPR) rules that the kayak tournament world works under, although the anglers will be catching hundreds of bass, they will all be released as quickly as possible causing as little stress to the fish as possible. This is a great way for anglers to compete, but also to ensure that one of Missouri’s natural resources will be there for other anglers to enjoy in the future.
New friendships will be made, and old friendships will continue. Children will find themselves surrounded by adults who want to teach them “this is how we grew up”. Sorry kids, but there won’t be a lot of time to watch TV or play video games. Those adults are going to make you run around in nature, spend time on the water, and wear yourself out enjoying the outdoors.
While the growth of KAMO is impressive, 51 new anglers doesn’t tell the whole story. The story will unfold as the season unfolds. KAMO sponsors, Missouri campgrounds and hotels, local eateries, and local businesses will all be a part of that story. So while 51 new anglers is great to see, the impact those anglers will have is the real success story and we can’t wait to see it happen.
Until next time,
Tight Lines everyone!
Well, it's official! Kayak Anglers of Missouri Inc. aka KAMO made their first public appearance as Missouri's newest elite kayak fishing club at last Saturday's "Guides and Outfitters" event. The event was held at the Bass Pro shop on the Branson Landing.
Tournament Director Mel Isaacs and member Dave Pilgrim were onsite throughout the day introducing the club and answering questions from the general public.
This will be KAMO's first year and already it has signed up over 25 paid members and is looking forward to continued growth as the public becomes more aware.
Janet Collins of Rockaway Beach, Mo. stopped by and visited and states " I Love fishing from my kayak and is cool to know there is a group where women can join in as well. I definitely want to know more on how to become a member"! Janet is an avid kayak angler and we look forward to having her join us! Janet was also the winner of the drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate from SheAngler Custom Baits held at the booth.
Live demos were given on the different types of equipment needed, such as the Hawg Trough, Tourney Tag, Tourney ID, life jackets, how fish are carefully handled and judged using the CPR (Catch Photo and Release) method to help preserve our fisheries, and the TourneyX applicatoin as well as how to measure fish using the Hawg Trough.
Bass Pro was also very kinds in giving us some awesome blankets to give away to those who stopped by. It was a fun time had by all and so awesome to be able to promote the sport of kayak fishing to young and old and getting to know fellow anglers!!
We would like to give a Big Shout out to Bannon Cobb and Cynthia Nunez for inviting us and to Rose and all the others at Bass Pro who helped us out in making the event awesome and last but not least to our members who are making this possible. We look forward to a GREAT YEAR and we hope you will join us!
Not just a fishing club, it's a community! Whether you are a new or experienced kayak angler, KAMO is the club for you. Providing kayak fishing tournaments, group outings for anglers and their families, educational events, and other activities. It is also a place for kayak anglers to share and gather news and other kayak fishing related information from other anglers in and around Missouri. KAMO strives to foster camaraderie, sportsmanship, and conservation and preservation of our fisheries throughout Missouri and the kayak fishing community.