Category Archives: Kayak Fishing Tournaments

New Hi-Vis Orange Assault Hand Paddles Debut

As the Assault Hand Paddle continues to gain traction in the paddles sports community, this spring a new color was introduced.  We solicited the advice of our Face Book community for the next color…and orange it was!

Orange Assault Hand Paddle

Orange Assault Hand Paddle debuts

As we already had a low visibility color with the OD Green Assault Hand Paddle (OD = olive drab)…don’t ask me what drab means…our customers and end users thought we needed a hi visibility color for safety.  Makes sense to us.   Green, yellow and orange were suggested colors.

Peliton Plastics from Valdosta, Georgia is the manufacturer of our hand paddles.  A quick phone call to Mike, color ideas and production runs discussed, and we were put in queue for the next available run.  We had our new Orange Assault Hand Paddles within three weeks!  How easy was that?  Made in the USA!!

Assault Hand Paddles

Assault Hand Paddles by Backwater Paddle Company

Marketing the new orange hand paddles was relatively simple.   The orange color highlights the raised graphics package more.  Our FB customers and fans wanted the paddle.  We got the paddles onto Amazon and E-bay.   Sales have been great!  We are also getting serious exposure for the paddles through various kayak angling tournaments Backwater Paddle Company sponsors around the nation.

Assault Hand Paddles

Assault Hand Paddles waiting for action!

Backwater Paddle Company dealers continue to grow.  We have just signed our first Canadian dealer in Ontario.

The Assault Hand Paddles continue to revolutionize the paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility!

Paddle on my friends!

 

Backwater Paddle Company in Gear For Spring Time

Backwater Paddle Company Logo

Backwater Paddle Company Logo

Heading into the 2014 spring fishing season, Backwater Paddle Company’s successful introduction of the Assault Hand Paddle early last year put the business solidly on the map with the paddle sports community.   This spring, Backwater Paddle Company will introduce another color for the Assault Hand Paddle.

Social media, particularly the Backwater Paddle Company Face Book page, provides the management instantaneous feedback as to product value, price and function.  Check out the company Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/BackwaterPaddleCompany   So far we have exceeded all expectations on the success of the new hand paddle.  So much so…we are moving forward, again.

We surveyed our loyal Facebook fans regarding a new color choice for the Assault Hand Paddle.  As these paddles are manufactured from plastic, basically ANY color can be molded.   We can even mold proprietary colors.   The overwhelming choice was a safety color, a hi-visibility color.   Yellow, green or orange??  No-one wanted yellow!  Orange seemed to be the favorite and most recommended color.

Hi-vis orange Assault Hand Paddle

“Hi-Vis Orange” Assault Hand Paddle coming Spring 2014!

Coming soon…”Hi-Vis Orange” Assault Hand Paddles!!  They are being molded as we read this blog!  We will also continue to keep our legendary OD Green colored Assault Hand Paddles.  Next spring, new survey…see what colors are fashionable then!

Again, we must mention Facebook.  What an exceptional medium to contact, and be in contact with, the paddle sport fans, sportsmen and sportswomen, anglers, hunters, photographers, inventors and business owners whom contribute to the growth of this sport.  The BPC Facebook page just went over 2000 likes!  Good start for a new company in a growing market.

Below are some statistics for the growth of paddle sports:

– 46.2 million people fish ever year!

– 2010  1 million kayak anglers
– 2011  1.2 million kayak anglers
– 2012  1.4 million kayak anglers
– 2013  1.6 million kayak anglers

– 2012   239,500 kayaks sold…that is a lot of equipment, gear and accessories to go along with each of those sales!

From our continued marketing, customer support, Facebook fans, kayak sportsmen and sportswomen, Backwater Paddle Company now has 29 BPC Dealers in 15 states, all within the past six months!  At least 15 or so in Australia!  We have been adding new dealers at 1 – 2 per week.  Here is the latest list of BPC dealers:  www.backwaterpaddles.com/Dealers.html

We have also been supporting many of the regional kayak angling tournaments.  This type of field marketing provides tremendous exposure for minimal financial expenditure.   Half page ad…$2500.00 in leading kayak angling or paddle sport magazine.  The magazine is looked at, and maybe our ad was perused once, and forgot.  We send six to fifteen paddles per tournament series, receive serious exposure via social media and paddle sport networks, and the paddles are in the hands of the true sportsman…whom continue to promote our product!  Cost…less than $100.00!!

Our plan for 2014 is to get the paddles into the big box stores.  We have been soliciting Bass Pro, Gander Mountain, Academy Sports, Cabelas, Dicks, Sports Authority…but can’t get them to bite, yet.  Not quite sure why they are holding out…but trying to talk to them is impossible.  We will continue expanding our BPC Dealerships around the nation and world.  One shop at a time!!  The Assault Hand Paddle revolution is ON!!

BIG picture…full size kayak paddles.  It is simply a matter of getting the funds together for the mold.  Once we can finance the mold tooling and first run production…we will have resources already available to inventory our stock with our expanding dealer network.  That is a BIG plus in moving Backwater Paddle Company into the BIG LEAGUES!!

Thanks for all your continued support!  Paddle on my friends!!

World Fishing Network Writer, Peter Wagner, Blogs About Piranha Hand Paddle

Peter Wagner, writer for the World Fishing Network, blogged about the Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle.  Below is his commentary:

I recently acquired a Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle by the Backwater Paddle Company. I have found this paddle to be a valuable tool that could be useful to all kayak fisherman.

I have a Hobie peddle kayak and when I would try to sneak up to the mangroves to sight fish most of the time the water is to shallow to use the peddles. I would have to undo the bungee cord from the paddle holder and use the paddle. Most of the time I end up banging the paddle on the kayak scaring the fish away. I keep the Piranha paddle behind my seat and I can quickly and quietly grab that paddle and sneak up to the fish. It is also a great tool for making adjustments to your drift when you are drift fishing.

There is and old saying in South Florida ” if your not snagging your lures in the mangroves your not casting to where the fish are”. I snag the mangroves quite often. This is where this paddle excels.You use the Piranha to paddle into the mangroves and hold onto the mangroves with the hook that’s built into the paddle while you dislodge your lure. Then you use the serrated edge of the paddle to push yourself away from the mangroves.
The Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle hardly takes up any space on your kayak and is a handy tool to have on your yak. This is one of those inventions you look at and say to yourself “why didn’t I think of that”. You can order your Piranha paddle at http://backwaterpaddles.com/ .
Tight Lines

Backwater Paddles and GKF Tournament Trail meet at Lake Oconee, Ga

Closing events at GKF

This past weekend, September 16th – 17th, was spent up at Lake Oconee, Georgia with the Georgia Kayak Fishing 2010 Tournament Trail.   Backwater Paddle Company has been a sponsor of  this state’s kayak fishing tournament all season.  This last trail leg was blessed with beautiful Lake Oconee as a backdrop and finally, wonderful weather!  No rain!!

The last time Backwater Paddles met the GKF Team was up in Tallulah Falls, Georgia earlier this year to fish the northern lakes.  All I can say, coming from Florida up to the Georgia hills and mountains is a special treat.  Florida, being a topographically challenged state…all flat, driving through the mountains and seeing all the terrain features is something I just cannot get enough.

Tony Narcisse and his Georgia paddle sports posse, put together one of the finest kayak angling tournaments.  I cannot fathom all the hard work and logistics that must go on to present such a fine event.   All I know is that he has some of the best staff (men and women) working relentlessly to get this show out.

Visit the GKF website for all the final results of this four leg kayak tournament at  www.georgiakayakfishing.com/Tourney  or at www.kayakfishingtrail.com

Special thanks to Tony, Stan, Zach, Ruth and Debbie for the wonderful tournament presentation!  Paddle on my friends!!