Howler Dispatch: 2016 Privateers Hit the Road

Posted on June 23, 2016


The first week of Privateering began with an indoctrination at HB's Austin headquarters and a sendoff gathering at the Johnny Cash-themed Mean Eyed Cat. A nice way to begin our quest. After a few breakfast tacos the next morning we left HBHQ, in search of Texas cuisine and saltwater. After some of the most amazing BBQ brisket on this planet at Kruez’s in Lockhart, TX, we made our way to Mustang Island. We were blessed with clear skies, a campfire, and a view of the Milky Way. What more could you ask for.

We woke early the next morning ready to get salty, either surfing the Gulf side or fishing the Laguna Madre. Turns out we were fortunate enough to do both. After a couple of waves we met up with one of the awesomest dudes in town. Captain Marcus Haralson showed us a day on some of the best water in south Texas. Suffice to say we had some laughs, swapped stories and even caught some fish.

After a pit stop for the infamous kolaches we heard so much about, our path led us to Dallas where we met up with the awesome folks at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company. I learned more about dog breeding than I ever thought I would, added 15+ feet to my cast, and even landed my first needle nose gar on the fly. Week numero uno is in the books! 

Two weeks in , 3k miles on the van... LIFE IS GOOD! The second week came fast with the first trade show of the summer. Grassroots was a good time, we met some of the coolest Howler representatives, and a handful of ABQ’s finest. Everything was under control at the booth, so it provided the opportunity to escape to Santa Fe for a night of camping and half day of fishing. We emerged from the trip with an appreciation for the Pecos River and possibly some voodoo spell put on me, but that’s neither here nor there. Next up, Colorado, Utah, San Diego, then back eastbound!