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7/1/2014 8:54:00 AM
Kayak fishing group seeks members, sponsors
Vickers hopes 'outdoor mentality'will grow sport's popularity
Greg Vickers (right) poses with Hobie reps Esther (left) and Culley Veid (center) at North Trout Lake landing Saturday, June 28. Hobie was showcasing sport and fishing kayaks.
Dean Hall photograph
Greg Vickers (right) poses with Hobie reps Esther (left) and Culley Veid (center) at North Trout Lake landing Saturday, June 28. Hobie was showcasing sport and fishing kayaks.

Dean Hall photograph

Craig Turk
Outdoors Writer/Photographer

One area group seeks to enjoy and promote a quiet water sport and is looking for others who are interested in the same.

The group calls themselves the “Northwoods Kayak Anglers” and their sport, as the name implies, is fishing from kayaks.

According to the Northwoods group’s founder, Dr. Greg Vickers, the group’s “goal is to gather like-minded kayak fishing enthusiast for social interaction and tournament participation.”

The group plans to meet once a month from May through September and hold at least one club-sponsored tournament on an area lake.

“There are no fees associated with membership at this time but we are welcoming sponsorship to help fund our activities,” Vickers wote in an email to The Lakeland Times.

The Northwoods Kayak Anglers’ next gathering will be Tuesday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., in conjunction with Chequamegon Adventure Company. The gathering will be at Minocqua’s Torpy Park.  

The club hopes to have enough club members and prospective members attend the gathering to plan a subsequent outing and enjoy a paddle/pedal on Lake Minocqua that evening.

The club hopes to continue a Facebook presence to allow members and followers “to arrange fishing outings among themselves in small groups outside the scheduled club meetings,” Vickers said.

The group’s Facebook page can be found by searching Facebook for “Northwoods Kayak Fishing Club.”

Vickers is an optometrist and owns Vickers Eye Care in Minocqua. In his spare time he is a Hobie Fishing Team member and is sponsored by Coontail Sports in Arbor Vitae through Hobie. The Hobie Fishing Team is comprised of kayak anglers from around the world.

“As a member of the team, it is my responsibility to promote Hobie Kayaks, the sport of kayak angling, participate in Hobie kayak demos and organize the fishing club and activities,” Vickers says.

Vickers was on hand last Saturday, June 28, at the North Trout Lake boat launch, where Hobie reps were showcasing their line of sport and fishing kayaks. He was there to give demos and discuss kayak fishing, as well as to invite potential club members.

Vickers admits to being “a fishing fanatic since childhood,” but got into kayak fishing fairly recently.

He started fishing from Hobie kayaks three years ago in Louisiana. There, Vickers and his two brothers pursued redfish from kayaks. 

“It is such a dominant sport in the southern coastal regions that I wanted to bring some of that energy I experienced down South to the Northwoods,” Vickers wrote. “Hobie and Coontail are very proactive with the idea and sport and we think given our abundance of lakes and rivers and the outdoor mentality of our Minocqua residents and visitors that this will eventually become very popular.”

For more information on the Northwoods Kayak Anglers, visit their Facebook page, “Northwoods Kayak Fishing Club.”

Craig Turk may be reached at cturk@lakelandtimes.com.

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