I don't know how many if anyone saw the post that was here. I've deleted it and do want to apologize to Andy Mercado for what I said. It wasn't a grand personal attack so please don't read too much into this, but I just believe the comments were better left unsaid. His position is one of a voluntary status and I'm sure it's greatly appreciated that he has taken that role.
I'm going to stop all the bickering now. My point wasn't so much to change anyone's mind and be allowed to fish but I was just pointing out the fact that I was indeed being discriminated against due to my Hobie Mirage Pro Angler. It is a very capable craft and excels at what it was designed for. It does conform to the club rules as they are written. If there is an issue with kayaks then it should be changed in the rules as it was very unfair to allow me to fish one event and then ban me from future events b/c you suddenly see kayaks as an unfair advantage. Rules are just that.....Rules! They should be followed until they can be voted on and changed regardless of what situations they get you into. I have never caught a fish while doing 5mph so I'm not sure why that was even brought up. It has carried me to many top finishes in kayak and boat tournaments and I do not wish to swap vessels at this time.
Obviously the rules need to be changed as the majority of you do not want kayaks fishing with the club. It's beyond me how that ever made it beyond a club vote to start with.
Thank you for at least allowing me to fish one event with you guys. Everyone was very courteous and friendly to me at that event and made me feel very welcome. You have some great fishermen in your club and I wish you guys all the best. Maybe we will meet under more pleasant circumstances next time. Again if you see me on the water and would like to say hello please do.
ET1 Matthew Brannon
United States Coast Guard
Training Center Petaluma
Marine Electronics School Instructor
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