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That’s a wrap! Ok, now that we have got that bad, but irresistible, pun out of the way, it is time to reflect on another year in the books at Eco Fishing Shop. First, we have to give our heartfelt thanks to all of you. It’s cliche, but no business exists without its customers. The best part of our job is sharing the experience alongside you.
Our goal is to provide each customer with more than a purchase. We want to be your one-stop kayak fishing shop. This means working harder to be more than just a kayak and accessory retailer. Knowledge, support, customer service and collaborating with other kayak anglers are what takes a small business and makes it a community.
2023 brought many new resources to Eco Fishing Shop and its customers. Let’s reflect on some of the highlights from the year and look ahead to a 2024 focused on reeling in even bigger goals (not apologizing for this pun).
As our business continues to grow, we continue to add more and more vendors to our selection. 2023 saw the addition of multiple new brands our customers were asking us for. Here are the new brands that joined Eco Fishing Shop's lineup in 2023:
Perception & Wilderness Systems
By customer request, Eco Fishing Shop added many of Perception and Wilderness Systems' kayaks and accessories to the vast options we already offer.
Innovative designs tuned for performance, premium outfitting, and stunning quality have made these boats among the most acclaimed paddling experiences in the world. From new entrants to seasoned experts, Wilderness Systems and Perception kayaks are designed to get you where you want to be, more often - on the water.
Freedon on the water. With a growing demand for motorizing fishing kayaks, Eco Fishing Shop added Newport next-gen electric motors to the after-market options for kayak motors.
Forget the traditional gas-powered outboard, the way forward is electric with a motor so clean and light, you can skip the line at the pump and the boat ramp. No fossil fuels. No leaks. No maintenance. No noise. Just you, the water and the fish.
In 2023, Eco Fishing Shop became the only dealer in the United States for the Italy based NEPTVN inflatable boat.
It's not just a sexy shape, we design the most efficient shape in the market: The progressive thinning of the tubular near the bow makes this boat so aerodynamic to exceed the speed of 25 mph with just a 10 hp outboard. This means you will get the best performance ever saving a lot of money in everything you will buy: boat, fuel, engine and transport.
Check out our full NEPTVN Pro YouTube Video.
With more and more electronics and motors becoming available to fishing kayaks, we wanted to offer additional options for powering those electronics. Amped Outdoors makes high quality batteries at an affordable price. With kayak-specific designs, Amped batteries are a great option that is easier on the wallet.
Few things in the kayak world are despised more than having to toss and retrieve an ancho hand over hand - again and again and again. If you are looking for a better and more efficient way to anchor your kayak without excess mess in your kayak, the Anchor Wizard is a great solution. It's time to, "Stop Yanking and Start Cranking"!
In 2023, we launched Hooked! The Kayak Anglers Resource. Both an online community forum and our in-house Podcast, the Kayak Anglers Resource was launched to help connect kayak anglers to one-another to share their experiences and help the sport grow. No one knows fishing kayaks better than your fellow angler who has been there.
Hooked! The Kayak Anglers Resource is your one-stop resource for all things fishing kayaks. Watch, listen and engage with kayak anglers like you. Our experts cover everything from kayak fishing for beginners, fishing kayak accessories to fishing kayaks with a motor. Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced kayak angler looking to learn new tricks, the Kayak Anglers Resource aims to help every kayaker of all levels of experience.
You start the topics, ask the questions and learn from other kayak anglers with real experience. Here are some discussions to get you started:
Hooked! The Kayak Anglers Resource is your one-stop resource for all things fishing kayaks. Watch, listen and engage with kayak anglers like you. Our experts cover everything from kayak fishing for beginners, fishing kayak accessories to fishing kayaks with a motor. Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced kayak angler looking to learn new tricks, the Kayak Anglers Resource aims to help every kayaker of all abilities.
Our goal for 2023 was to expand everything. More kayaks, more community-focused outreach and more content. We put forth an effort to deliver YouTube content that was both fun and educational. Here are a few of our favorites from the year:
2023 marked year two of the Big Bass 250 – a kayak-only fishing tournament with HUGE payouts and even bigger giveaways. Catering to the kayak angler, the Big Bass 250 is a bass fishing tournament for all levels of experience. With a guaranteed $10,000 payout for biggest bass caught, you are always one cast away from taking home a huge payout.
Year two saw more than $30,000 in giveaways alone, including fishing kayaks, motors, trailers, and tons of accessories. 2023 also saw angler participation grow to 117 anglers. Outside of Missouri, Nebraska showed up strong in the tournament. Chris Longshore took first place and biggest bass for a total of $15,000 in winnings.
Hooked! podcast hosts, Johnathan and Travis, recap the 2023 Big Bass 250 and why they have heard from anglers that 2024 will be closer to the 250 anglers the tournament is aimed at reaching.
Keeping the theme of wanting to be more of an all-around resource, we aimed our blogs at answering the frequent questions we get about fishing kayaks and accessories. Here are some of our top helpful blogs.
Last but not least, we express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support throughout the year. Customers are what make our small business thrive, and we are truly grateful for the trust and loyalty you've shown us.As a small business, we understand the importance of community and connection. We would not be here today without you choosing us. We stand behind every piece of content we produce, kayak we sell, or accessory you purchase from us. We are always here to listen, learn and adapt to where our kayak fishing community is going. Looking ahead to the next year, we are excited about new products, events, content and opportunities we will continue to unveil throughout the year. Thank you, from everyone at Eco Fishing Shop.