We’ve all experienced it at some point during our kayak fishing careers. It’s absolutely beautiful while we’re stuck at work, then absolutely nasty on the weekend. That was definitely not the case this past Saturday, as it was a picture perfect day on the water.
An acquaintance through my day job had inquired about kayak fishing for a couple weeks, and even mentioned that his dad wanted to test kayak fishing. My schedule had been pretty hectic as of late, but we finally found some free time when the three of us could get out on the water together. Luckily for us, it turned out to be a picture perfect kind of day. Nick was pretty excited about getting to go fishing, and his dad, Scott, really wanted to see if he’d really like kayak fishing. Of course, what’s the best way to see if you like something? Get out on the water and see what it’s all about!
We decided to meet up around 9am on a picture perfect Saturday morning. Everything was lining up perfectly. We had a great midday low tide, which meant we’d be afforded the opportunity to fish the last of the outgoing and the incoming tide. Exactly the scenario I love to fish when I’m out on my yak. I’d set up Scott with the Old Town Predator MX due to its clean and open deck, as well as the ease of paddling and its stability. Nick would fish out of my Thresher 140 as I figured he’d handle the speed of it pretty good. I set myself up with my Wilderness Systems ATAK 140 with the Power Pole Micro so I could easily set up for photos.
Once we got all the yaks and gear unloaded, we did a quick overview of each yak, made sure the PFD’s fitted properly, then set off in search of some great fishing. The paddle out was pretty smooth, and we took our time to let the guys get acclimated to bring out on the yaks. We hit our first spot, and couldn’t even get a sniff. We pick up and check another spot, and got more of the same, nothing at all. We tried it a couple more times and still more of the same, nothing at all! At this point, I’m thinking I’m taking these guys out for their first kayak fishing experience, it’s a picture perfect day on the water, the tides are perfect, and we’re going to go home with a skunk!
I decided that there was no way we were going to let this day go to waste, so we headed off to our last stop. We set up camp, Nick on one side of me, Scott on the other side. Scott struck first with a nice little rat red, then again with a solid slot redfish. Before we knew it, Scott had landed 3 reds. Of course, that’s when it got really fun. Seems there’s no age limit when it comes to having fun and talking a little smack! Scott starting ribbing his son, Nick, and all I could do was laugh uncontrollably. Of course, Nick finally got on the board and starting catching reds himself. Once they’d gotten their feet wet, I took the opportunity to start casting my line. First cast and bam, fish on with a nice red. It pretty much went on like this the rest of the afternoon. We had a blast catching redfish after redfish, sharing tons of laughs, and simply enjoying that picture perfect Saturday afternoon.
There’s nothing more rewarding in my opinion than sharing the passion of kayak fishing and introducing others to our amazing sport. Of course, all of us already know how amazing it is to be a kayak angler, and once you see that same passion blossom in a newcomer, it’s truly a great feeling. Scott recently emailed me and left this message, which resonated with me. “Tony, I truly enjoyed my first kayak fishing trip. Thanks so much for the trip to the lake, it was perfect. Far as I am concerned we slayed em. Without a doubt, I have been bitten by this type of fishing. Best of luck for you in the future, I will definitely be back to Jax soon.” Thank you Scott and Nick for reaffirming my love for our great sport of kayak fishing, and I definitely look forward to getting out on the water with you guys again soon!