I think we can all agree that the year 2020 was just crap. I mean there’s really no other way to express last year without dropping a ton of 4-letter “adjectives”. Covid-19 really put a damper on everything, not to mention the social and political turmoil that surrounded us all. Luckily, we still had fishing, well for those who were fortunate to be able to spend time on the water. We here at Yak Outlaws weren’t as fortunate. Our goal to remedy that problem began recently in early 2021, and it was one helluva way to kick off the new year.
I myself, hardly fished in 2020. We had a small amount of family fishing trips, and 1 trip out of town to fish with some friends, other than that my kayak and fishing gear had cobwebs on it. Not very conducive to someone who is supposed to fish more often than not, and provide quality stories and reviews from those trips.
2021 has come and with it new hope. I’m sure everyone has certain “hopes” for the new year, mine is to simply get back on the horse, and get back to my passions, which include kayak fishing and writing stories about fishing. So far, it definitely has not disappointed!
January 24th was our day on the water. The weather forecast at the beginning of the week was calling for almost perfect weather. As the week progressed, that forecast quickly turned to bad, as if 2020 wasn’t quite done screwing with us yet. Fortunately, the Fish Gods too pity on us and the weather switched back to great. My family was out of town, so I’d set up a trip with 2 of my closest friends. Buddy, who I’ve known since Kindergarten, and Sid, who runs Inventive Fishing. All three of us were excited about the upcoming trip, and simply ready to get back out on the water. With the weather settled back in, we were awarded with perfect tides for the day.
We loaded up our gear, and kayaks and set off to grab bait and hit the launch. The winds were a tad higher initially than we’d expected, but we pushed on. The pedal out to our fishing spot was fairly smooth, but once we got back into the creeks, everything was smooth and calm. Once back in our spot, we quickly settled in and cast our first lines into the water.
It was only a matter of minutes before we’d all three caught our first fish of the day. Redfish was our main target and lots of them, but every one of us would have been happy with with anything on the other end of our line. Just as long as we were catching, all would be well in the world, and push us further away from the chaos that was 2020.
Before you knew it, the bite was so ridiculous that we quickly lost count of the fish that were caught. In trying to guess our fish count for the day, we all came up with a low estimate and count of at least 40-50 fish caught each, for a massive total of at least 150 fish caught.
If there was any way possible to put 2020 behind us , then the first trip of 2021 proved to be epic. I’ve always said catching fish is simply the icing on the cake. The time spend on the water with great friends is what makes a trip. That being said, it’s really hard to not love a day like that perfect Sunday.
We all experienced some tight lines, screaming drags, doubled over rods, tons of doubled up action, and tons of laughs and banter among great friends. My forearms definitely got worked over, my Okuma Shadow Stalker rods got their work out in, and I definitely slimed up my new Native Slayer Max 12.5 kayak the right way!
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