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2016 Lone Star Kayak Series Event #4


Well, the 2016 season of the Lone Star Kayak Series has finally come to an end.  Going into the last event of the season I was in a 3 way tie for first, followed closely by two others that were behind us by 3 and 5 points.

I started the morning off by alternating between throwing a MirrOlure She Dog and popping cork with gulp.  I would throw the topwater along the shorelines the majority of the time with an occasional toss towards the middle of a lake and grab my cork rod anytime I approached a drain or pinch.  It took a while, but I finally had a 23″ red suck down my topwater near the back of a small cove.  Not quiet the fish I was looking for, but it gave me a fish on the stringer early with plenty of time to upgrade.  The next 5 hours were a grind.  I worked big lakes, small lakes, channels, back coves, and everything in between with only a rat red and dink trout to show for my efforts.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s to never give up on tournament day.  During the second event this year, my only fish of the day came with about 20 minutes of rising time left.  The same thing happened during the 3rd event.  I fished all morning without a single fish, only to find 15 lbs. right before making it to the truck and placing second.  I was hoping for another miracle on this day and kept moving around, hoping to find a second fish.

We were down to our final hour of fishing when I heard a large splash way back in the grass of a large lake I was in.  I stood up in my kayak to get a better view and noticed a really small marsh pond about 15 yards back in the grass.  The only way in was through a very small channel that was about the width of my kayak.  I thought to myself, “There’s no way a fish is back there”.  I forced my way down the channel, entered the small pond, and stood up for a better view.  At that point I spotted an upper slot red cruising the shoreline, reached down for my rod, and fired a Bass Assassin 4″ Sea Shad (Color: Fried Chicken) in his path and he jumped on it.  The pond was small and the fish went berserk, using ever square inch of the pond to try and escape before finally hitting the net.  It measured 27 1/4″ and was just what I was looking for.  I had about 45 minutes left to upgrade my last fish, but that fish never came.


I made it back to the truck, loaded up the kayak, and hauled butt to the weighin.  I knew I had a small chance for AOY, all depending on how the others did.  After arriving, I saw that Jared Esley had 14.06 pounds, which was going to make it close.  In the end I had 12.59 lbs with 4 anglers separating the two of us.  This caused me to end up 2 points behind him, finishing 6th place for the day and 2nd place for angler of the year.


It was another fun year of tournament fishing, and just like in previous years, I learned a lot and grew as an angler.  I’m already looking forward to next year where I’ll work on making another run at AOY.

As always, a big thanks goes out to all the companies out there that support me and help make all this possible.

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West Houston Kayak Club Presentation


Photo Credit: Robin Janson


This past Tuesday I had the honor of speaking to the West Houston Kayak Club about my favorite redfish lures.  The meeting was held in the banquet room at Spring Creek BBQ in Katy, TX where the club was having their second meeting since forming a few months back.  In January, a meet and greet was held to get to know one another and discuss the future of the club with interested members.


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I assumed around 30-35 people might attend the meeting to see me speak since 15 had attended the first meeting.  You can imagine my surprise when the banquet room with a capacity of 65 people was completely full, forcing about a dozen people to stand on the back wall.  I was completely shocked to see that 78 people had made the long drive through Houston traffic to hear me speak and I enjoyed every minute of it.


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The presentation started off with me introducing myself to the group and then telling them a little about myself.  I showed them a few examples of the different types of structure I fish on google earth before moving on to the lures, where I explained when and why I use them.  After discussing a lure, I would show video footage of me catching a few fish on each of them, while walking everyone through each hookup.

At the end of the night, the club had a drawing where they gave away and Igloo Marine Cooler, a few bottles of Pro-Cure, and a large gift basket full of soft plastics.  I was also able to give away two each of the Hydra Buggs, Beastie Buggs, Curl Tail Jigs, and a new Buggs Gator Trout shirt that Buggs owner Heath Hippel had sent me.


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It was a fun night and I hope everyone that attended went home with a little more knowledge than they came with.  Adam and Scott have big plans for this group and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow.  Their club will meet on the 2nd Tuesday each month at the Spring Creek BBQ in Katy, TX and anyone that would like to attend is welcome.  They will have a speaker each month with Bill Bragman  and Andrew Moczygemba of Yak Gear and Railblaza USA presenting at the March meeting.


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I had planned to try and video the presentation for those who were not able to attend but we had to turn off most of the lights in order to see the projector on the screen.  I will try to create a video with a voice over while the slides and videos are shown but it will probably take me some time.  The presentation was about an hour long so I will have to find time to sit down and recreate everything I had talked about.


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I know its a long ways off, but I have already been invited to speak again at the PACK meeting here in Houston on September 15th.  The topic I’m leaning toward is “Signs of Redfish in the Marsh” where I’ll focus on discussing the ways redfish give themselves away in shallow water.  

If you’re reading this post and attended the meeting the other night, then thank you for taking the time out of your day to come and listen.  Thanks to Adam and Scott for allowing me to speak, Heath Hippel for the Buggs, and Robin Janson of Kadien Photography for capturing a few pictures.

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