South Carolina: A Family Kayak Fishing Trip

by • July 26, 2020 • Fishing Reports, Fishing StoriesComments (0)98

We decided to take a trip to South Carolina this past week in an attempt to get away from the chaos that we find ourselves in these days and do some fishing. Truth be told, I’ve had friends in South Carolina who’ve been on me for years to come up and fish with them. So I packed up the family for a little weeklong getaway, and we headed north.

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Garrett paddling off

2020 has been simply “one of those years” for just about everyone. We’d planned a few trips this year, but nothing has come to fruition due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has stricken just about everywhere. A cruise was cancelled, a trip to DC was cancelled, and yet another cruise virtually cancelled. We simply needed a little getaway. We decided to head to South Carolina to fish with my brothers from Yak- Kayak Fishing & Outdoor Guides.

Gavin and Kaycee

We set up our fishing day for Tuesday, and met up early at the launch site. Once everyone was set up, we pushed off in search of some South Carolina fish from the yaks. It was a decent paddle to our first spot, but on the way my oldest, Garrett, hooked an Atlantic Sharp-nosed Shark. You’d have thought he’d won the lottery as this was his first shark from a kayak. My youngest, Gavin, didn’t have to wait much longer as he got a nice flounder at our first spot.

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Garrett’s Atlantic sharp-nosed shark
Gavin with a flounder

We pretty much stayed in this first area as we definitely found some fish! The area where we set up first was a great little area. It had a nice little beach area where everyone could beach the yaks and stretch their legs, but it also had several docks that you could work the yaks. Our group had 7 of us, and everyone got hooked up on some fish. I fished the beach for a little while, then set off in the Hobie PA 14 in search of some fish myself. Mike Kachman and I decided to work a couple docks just down from the beach area and it didn’t take long before I had a couple of flounder in the yak.

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my 1st SC flounder
another flounder in the yak

Garrett decided to come over and work some docks too and it didn’t take long before he was hooked up on his first South Carolina redfish. His guide, Johnny Wigfall did an amazing job guiding Garrett all day and was right there to help him land his redfish.

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Johnny helping Garrett land his redfish
Garrett’s 1st SC redfish

We worked the docks for a little bit longer, then decided to head back to the beach area to cool off and work the channel. There we landed a few nice sized black drum and a few more redfish to make our trip complete.

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Garrett and me with a nice redfish
Gavin with his SC redfish
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Gavin with a nice black drum
Garrett hooked up!

All in all, even though the heat was cranked up a few notches we all had a very productive day on the water. We had some fun catching fish in a new area to us, shared some laughs, and made some amazing memories. If you’re ever up in the South Carolina coast, we highly recommend hitting up Mike Eady, Mike Kachman, Johnny Wigfall, and Stephen Trainor from Yak Outdoor Guides, these guys will definitely take care of you and put you on the fish!

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