G'day Roller, great to see you've joined the AI club and yep, it's good to hear I helped inspire the direction you decided to take. That's partly why I do it. My love for the sport goes well beyond a hobby, so promoting the sport, and inspiring people to participate in it is what I'm all about.
Haha Slaughter... not deep pockets. On the contrary... you might be surprised to learn that I am actually bankrupt, and live pretty much from week to week... long story. I am fortunate though, in that I worked with Hobie Aus for a year (so some of that gear was bought at cost, or otherwise supplied to me at the time), and now also work for a Hobie dealer, and have the same luxury. And some of the gear has been supplied as part of sponsorship arrangements as well, with Nitro & Hobie AU. That said, over time, yes, I've spent more than most on the gear I use. But kayak fishing is really the only real 'freetime pastime' I have, so I'm more than happy to spend money to make sure I'm using the very best gear I can get my hands on. Life's too short for crap gear