An amazing weekend. It’s something that doesn’t come around too often, but when it does you simply have to take full advantage of it! I’d gone fishing the day before, and was hoping for more of the same that chilly Sunday morning. The conditions were simply perfect. On the trip that Saturday, I’d fished with Lucas from Swivel Stick and we’d landed 74 fish. By most standards (heck, who are we kidding… all standards) that was one heckuva day or month for that matter. My hope was that the bite and my luck would continue to flourish and make an already amazing weekend even better!
I have to admit, I was pretty worn out from the day before, but the thought of another amazing day on the water was just too much to keep me off the water. Add in the fact that my good friend, Darryl Barrs of The Fisherman’s Journal, had loaned me his NuCanoe Pursuit kayak to play with for a couple of weeks and I was dying to test it out. I’d fell in love with this kayak over the summer when I’d seen it at the iCast show. Blake Young did a walk-through showing me all the nice features and I couldn’t wait to get some time in it on the water.
I was ok with it being a solo trip, but honestly I wanted a partner to get some pics of the yak on the water for an upcoming review. My wife wanted to relax on Sunday (boy did she miss out), so she suggested I take my mother in law out for a day of fishing. Yeah I know, it seems strange that I’d want to fish with my mother in law, but we’re a very close knit family and are always doing stuff together. Besides my father in law wanted some fish! I’d decided that we’d follow the same game plan as the day before. We were going to have an 8:30am low tide, so we decided to meet at 7:30. I pretty much had everything loaded up, so all we had to do was jump in the truck and go.
We headed to the launch, and started getting gear unloaded so we could head back to the spot. After a relaxed paddle, we came into the creek and started tossing bait near the oyster mounds. The winds were simply nonexistent, and it looked like a perfect lake everywhere. Not a ripple in the water except for bait. I’d said to Karen that this was perfect, because we’d see the slightest movement of the redfish with such flat conditions. Unfortunately, nothing was active at all. We both saw a couple of fish boil and wake near the oyster mounds, but nothing was taking the bait. Immediately, thoughts of a skunk popped into my head. I thought to myself that I’d pretty much pushed my luck with the epic day we’d had before. I told Karen that we were going to pick up and head straight back to the redfish hole and hopefully the bite was still on.
We got back to the honey hole around 9am. The redfish certainly didn’t disappoint us at all. By 9:18am we both had 2 stud slot redfish hanging out on our Stinky Pants fishing stringers. 18 minutes in and we had our keep limits of redfish. Already started to look like the amazing weekend was going to keep going! Karen and I sat there the rest of the morning pulling in redfish after redfish with a couple of undersized black drum tossed in for good measure. The best part was that the quality was even better than the day before and the fish was fatter. Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to fishing, it definitely is! We’d already landed a ton of slot redfish, and even had about 7 redfish landed and released who were over the slot. We were both beaming from ear to ear with how this amazing weekend was going! Around noon or so the bite had slowed down just a bit. I’d said to Karen that if we didn’t get anything else to hit in a little bit, that we were going to pack it in and head home for the day. Of course, as luck would have it Karen’s rod doubled over! That Okuma Helios rod and Helios reel was getting a work out! We both knew she had a stud on the other end of her line. This thing was a hoss, hugging bottom and peeling drag. I stopped fishing and simply watched and enjoyed the show that was going on. It finally surfaced and I said to Karen, “Holy crap, that’s a big redfish!”. She landed it, did a quick measurement, and it was a FAT 30″ redfish. She’d caught a couple more fish than I had to this point, and now she just edged me out with the biggest of the day. My best of the day had been a quality 29.5″ redfish!
Of course no kayak fishing is complete without some sort of “doh” moment! While we were sitting there landing redfish after redfish, I’d completely forgotten about the redfish swimming by my yak on my Stinky Pants stringer. I’d had it tied to my seat, but with all the up and down of landing fish, it had worked itself loose. Karen just happened to notice that it wasn’t yakside anymore, but the redfish were swimming away with my stringer! I quickly pulled up my Swivel Stick and started slowly paddling over, hoping the whole time that the redfish would stay up near the float and not get away. I got up near them, then they turned around and started heading towards Karen. Luckily we were able to work together and grab the stringer, reattach it to my yak and keep fishing… teamwork was at its finest!
We took a couple hero shots to capture the moment, and soon after paddled back to the launch, still beaming from the day’s action. It was another amazing day on the water as Karen and I had landed 61 total fish; 2 black drum and 59 redfish. My amazing weekend had netted some great stories, great memories, and 135 fish! It’s these simple things that make kayak fishing so much fun. Great fishing, spending time with family and friends on the water, and simply being outdoors! I truly had an amazing weekend on the water, and I can’t wait to get back out there for some more fun, and hopefully more epic kayak fishing!