Located in the Waterloo Harbor Campground - Waterloo, NY
Justin "gup" Hausner
I am a young outgoing up and comer in the Finger Lakes/CNY area. Five years ago I started my own business called Fuzzy Guppies, a human powered watercrafts, with my father and business partner, showcasing fishing kayaks above all. For the past 6 years we have grown the awareness of paddling and kayak fishing in the area tenfold. Holding summer youth programs, weekly lessons, and group tours, we have become the go to experts for paddling the area. Outside of the business I have also become very active in the community; starting a networking group called the Finger Lakes Young Professionals about two years ago, focusing on professional development and community enrichment. The goal for the group is to make young professionals see the benefits of remaining in the region, after they graduate, and grow together. I am simply the type of person that does not just follow along in a group, I am always out in front leading the groups I see value and importance in, which is one of the main reasons why I know I will be a valuable asset to the Jackson Kayak team.
am worked very hard to build all aspects of paddling in our area. I organize an
event every year called the “canal clean-up” we start at one point and paddle
down river picking up trash from our kayaks (We have a pontoon boat follow us
to hold all the trash). it is a free paddle and we cover a 20 mile stretch
other the course of three weekends throughout the summer. Also, holding
winter classes in local college pools, SUP yoga, an annual kayak speed race
that we run called the “Seneca Monster” %u2026 and especially the kayak fishing
tournaments that I hold every year at our location.
though I have only been in the competitive kayak fishing environment for two
years now, i have been kayaking fishing since I was nine years old. Growing up
on the banks of the Oak Orchard River in between buffalo and Rochester, you got
to be comfortable with a rod and reel at a very early age. Oak Orchard is known
for its trout and salmon during their times of the year, and sitting on Lake
Ontario, the water was always on your mind. However my best memory kayak
fishing had to be a few years ago, when I got out with my father, he has never
had any interest in kayak fishing, however, after I showed him the Jackson Cuda
14, and took some time to get him comfortable with the boat, we spent the day pulling
up beautiful steelheads. It is that day that I will always remember, and tell
my customers all the time. This is a sport that anyone can do, with the proper
equipment, and enjoy.
I started fishing as a young boy with my grandfather. As most, I started fishing for pan fish etc. I caught my first bass when I was 6years old, as I have grown older they are still my favorite fish to catch .I have been fishing out of a kayak for about 5 years, I started out with a Hobie Revolution, a great kayak. But my belief, however, is the mirage drive scares fish more so in shallow water. Then I found Jackson Kayaks, I currently fish from a Coosa. The Coosa is a great river and small lake boat, I just love it and am in the market for a big rig. Jackson Kayak and Fuzzy Guppies both have a quality kayak for whatever you decide suits your needs. You can call Justin at fuzzy guppies he is a dealer for Jackson really good guy to deal with you can test the kayak before you decide to buy. Tell them Dan sent you. I started competitive tournament fishing over the last 3 years all over WNY. Last year we started Kayak Anglers of Central NY which has 4 divisions in NY and PA and one in Ohio. I also compete in online tournaments and national River Basin tournaments. I competed well in last three years I have a few 4th and 7th place finishes. My best came last year at a river basin tournament held at Fuzzy Guppies where I won third place and big bass. Tournament fishing is exciting and like most I love to win, however the sport means more to me. It’s the friends you can make, since starting in the competitive circuit I have developed close friendships with other members, and we fish together often. I have a extra kayak and when I can, I love trying to attacked new people to the sport, adults and children alike. Even if it is just too recreational fish, the feeling of being out on a kayak, so close to nature, you cannot replace it. As I said if you are thanking of trying kayak fishing give Justin a call and if you want go out before you buy a kayak ill meet you at fuzzy guppies and we will go out from there. Tight Lines!
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