I'm not sure the exact brand, I know it came from Dicks. It is my first kayak so I took the bargain, figured it was better than nothing, lol. All the reading I've done sounds like Ft Fisher and Buzzards Bay are the best places to try. I've had good luck in both via boat. I guess I need to get out next week and give it a try.I've launched there a few times in the past, but my best spots are in the Topsail area. It would be nice to learn the Bradley Creek area a little better. Congrats on the new kayak. What kind is it?