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An Inshore Review of an Offshore Kayak: The Viking Profish Reload

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As far as offshore kayaks go, there’s no denying that Viking Kayaks are one of the more popular brands on the market. Here in Texas, you’ll find plenty of anglers in one around the rigs on the southern end of the state. Whether they’re trolling for kingfish, sightcasting to cobia, or jigging for red snapper, Viking Kayaks excel in the offshore environment.  While they were designed with the offshore angler in mind, these kayaks have some great features that make them an inshore fisherman’s dream. If you’re looking for a kayak with great speed, good stability, and lots of versatility, the Viking Profish Reload is worth checking out.

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At 14′ 9″, the Reload finds the middle ground between the popular 14 and 16 foot kayaks. The extra bit of length gives the tracking and speed a nice boost, while still maintaining the ability to navigate small marsh ponds and narrow channels that require you to make sharp turns in tight areas.  As far as width goes, the Reload comes in at a slender 29.5″ wide, with a surprising amount of stability without sacrifcing any speed.  At 68 lbs., it’s one of the lightest kayaks you’ll find in the 14 to 16 foot range. The dimensions and hull design of the Reload combine to produce a kayak with the perfect balance between speed, stability, and maneuverability.

So what makes this kayak a great choice for inshore anglers? For starters, speed and the ability to cover long distances with less effort.  When fishing from a kayak, you’ll want to avoid spending a lot of time and energy while paddling to the area you plan to fish. 28-redWhether you’re making a short trip or plan on covering ten plus miles, you don’t want to waste a lot of time and energy paddling when you could be fishing. With a half a dozen paddle strokes, you can easily reach and maintain top speed with minimal effort. Not only will you reach your destination faster, you’ll feel less fatigued once you actually arrive.

Two important things offshore anglers benefit from include the ability to punch through rough surf and good stability while fighting big fish. While inshore anglers don’t have to worry about big waves or landing too many fish over 10 lbs., they can still take advantage of these features that are built into the Reload. When faced with high winds and rough water, the Reload handles them like a champ. The bow is slightly raised due to the fact that the seat sits more towards the back of the kayak. This slight elevation in the bow gives you an edge over most other kayaks when it comes to paddling through choppy water on windy days.

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While standing is not something I do very often, I do like having the option in certain situations. The stability of the Reload gives most anglers with decent balance the ability to stand and fish. I can personally stand up, pole around the marsh, and sight cast to redfish without any fear of tipping over. While I may not do so every trip, there are certain days when it comes in handy.

As far as deck space goes, there are two types of anglers. Some want a clean, wide-open deck, while others like having the option to store tackle and gear in an easy to reach location. screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-51-37-amIf you enjoy an open deck, the kid pod insert is perfect for you. It has a small, circular storage hatch that sits flush with the deck, allowing you to store a few items while still keeping a clean and open deck.

If you like storing all your gear where you have easy access to it, the tackle pod is the insert you’ll want. The Tackle Pod has the ability to house your fish finder, battery, transducer, and plenty of tackle/gear, all in one removable bin that sits between your legs. It only takes a few seconds to insert the entire unit into the kayak. Simply toss it in your vehicle and throw it in the kayak once you’ve unloaded it.   When you return to the launch after a long day of fishing, remove the pod and toss it in your vehicle before loading up your kayak. Doing so will reduce the weight of your kayak by 5-10 pounds as you load  it back up. The great thing about these two decks is that they are interchangeable. You can switch them out, based on your preference for that day on the water.

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Other features worth noting include the front rod stagers, the seating area, and the front flush mounted rod holders.

The Reload has four rod stagers at the bow of the kayak to help keep your rods tip from sliding off the side of the kayak. I personally like to keep a rod in my lap at all times for those unexpected times when shallow redfish show themselves at the last minute. The ability to drop my paddle, grab my rod, and make a quick cast has helped produced more redfish than I can remember over the years.

As far as the seating area goes, it was designed so that you sit low in the kayak, which helps to improve your overall stability. While sitting in the kayak, you’ll immediately notice that your thighs are slightly elevated. By raising your thighs a few inches, you automatically enhance your overall comfort by taking some of the pressure off of your lower back. This is great for those long days on the water to help offset any discomfort that you normally experience.

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The front flush mount rod holders that were originally installed for trolling baits are a great place to put your rod after you’ve landed a fish. This keeps your rod out of the way while you work on unhooking your catch.

As far as kayaks go, this is definitely a paddlers boat. You can cover long distances while maintaining great speed with minimal effort. Whether you’re punching through rough surf to head offshore or stalking skinny water reds on the inshore flats, the Profish Reload excels in both environements.

For more information, visit the Viking Kayaks website at http://www.vikingkayaksusa.com

 

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Trout Support Instructional DVDs

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Christmas day is quickly approaching with only 10 days before Santa Clause makes an appearance.  As I mentioned in my last post, buying fishing related gifts can be extremely difficult unless you’ve been told exactly what the person you’re shopping for wants.  Most veteran fishermen have already purchased every lure, rod, reel, and gizmo for his boat/kayak in existence while the rookie anglers have a hard time figuring out just what they really want/need.

One thing that every angler will never be able to gain enough of is knowledge.  At the end of every year, I’m always amazed at just how much new information I’ve gained.  In my mind, I’m always thinking to myself, “I’m not sure how much more I can really learn at this point”, yet every year I prove myself wrong.  In fact, I’ve come to realize that no matter how long I spend kayak fishing, I’m never going stop learning from all of my experiences while on the water.

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Whether you’re new to inshore fishing or you’ve been doing it for years, the Trout Support DVDs will make a great gift suggestion if your loved ones are asking you to toss them a hint.  As of right now you can choose between two different trout DVDs titled “Finding and Catching Big Speckled Trout” and “Finding and Catching Limits of Speckled Trout” and two redfish DVDs titled “Bays and Shorelines” and “Marsh and Grass Flats“.

As far as trout fishing goes, the “Big Speckled Trout” DVD is my favorite of the two since the areas that big trout like to frequent are very accessible for kayakers.  However, I’m way more infatuated with skinny water redfish, so the “Marsh and Grass Flats” DVD is hands down my favorite one to watch.

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When I purchased the Marsh and Grass Flats DVD a few years ago I had already been kayak fishing for a few years.  I was having a good amount of success and had even started putting some of the information I was gaining on the water together. I was pleasantly surprised to have the DVD confirm so much of what I had already suspected such as signs that fish are present, areas to concentrate on, and bait that redfish like to eat.  What I hadn’t realized was that there were so many other factors involved when trying to locate and catch redfish.  The height of the tide, whether its ingoing or outgoing, wind direction/speed, and several other factors had never crossed my mind when it came to consistently catching fish.

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While the experience you gain while on the water can never be duplicated, the ability to sit in your home and watch some of the top guides/tournament anglers on the Texas coast explain things with actual footage and great animations will help cut the learning curve by an unmeasurable amount.  Tobin does a great job on the DVDs and will answer any and all e-mails you send him for clarification on the information provided.

If you see a DVD that you’d like to purchase, you can use the code “TailTailSigns” when you checkout to save 10% off your entire order.

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JPI Invitational Day 1 Video

I put together a short highlight video of some of the fish from the first day of our annual camping trip down in Matagorda.  I fished an area that I’d never fished before and found plenty of schools and singles roaming the grass lines.  The bite was great on this day considering I only fished from about 11 to 1.  All fish were caught sight casting 4″ Bass Assassin Sea Shads in colors Fried Chicken and Candy Cane.

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Werner’s New Redfish HD Graphic Paddle

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If you’ve ever visited my blog, one thing that’s obvious is my obsession with redfish.  They are hands down my favorite fish to target whether I’m fishing for fun or competing in a tournament.  With that in mind, I’m really excited about the new Redfish HD graphic paddle from Werner Paddles. Keep an eye out for it at your local retail store beginning September 1st in both the Shuna (high angle) and Camano (low angle).

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Not only does this new graphic look great, the paddle is constructed with materials that will provide you with the perfect balance between quality, durability, and affordability.  The combination of fiberglass blades and a carbon blend shaft has the Shuna weighing in at 27.75 oz, while the Camano comes in at a mere 27.5 oz.  Not only does this paddle allow you to paddle further with less fatigue, it will last several years, even for the angler that is rough on his gear.  On top of that, Werner Paddles are handmade right here in the USA, with an attention to detail that is unmatched.  For more information, check out both the Shuna and Camano in all the available designs at http://www.wernerpaddles.com

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Blind Casting the Marsh with 20/20 Vision

As an avid shallow water angler, I enjoy spending the majority of my time sight casting to fish that I can see, instead of blind casting for the ones that I can’t. Since the first day I pitched my lure into the path of a visible fish, I have been hooked (pun intended). Being able to watch a large redfish as it slowly moves through the shallow water, seeing it pounce on my lure, and then getting to listen to the sweet music made by my line, as it gets ripped from my reel, is an experience that I never get tired of. When the tides are right, the water is clear, and the fish are cooperating, this is the style of fishing that I prefer over any other.

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However, things don’t always work out the way you’d liked. Sometimes the tides are going to run a little higher than predicted, which makes spotting fish more difficult. You’ll also have to deal with dirty water, fish that are laid up and not feeding, and even ones that spook easily. The hard truth is that you’re not always going to be able to sight cast them. In the event that you’re forced to spend your day blind casting, make the most of each cast by putting your lure where the fish should be.

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DSC_0118 copyPlenty of anglers out there view blind casting as a style of fishing that requires a little bit of skill and a whole lot of luck. In their mind, blind casting is about tossing your lure in every direction possible, with the only emphasis being, “cast as far as you can, to as many different spots as you can”. However, the more experienced angler knows better than to believe that. He doesn’t make a lot of “random” casts. Each cast he makes is to a targeted area for one specific reason or another. He doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in dumb luck, and instead believes that fish tend to hang out in certain areas for a number of reasons. With this in mind, you should constantly scan the water (and shoreline) for places that are more likely to hold fish than others, and make casting to those spots a priority.

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PointAny and all points along a shoreline are worth casting to. By points, I am referring to parts of the shoreline that extend out towards the open water or a sharp bend in the shoreline. A good point provides redfish with a great place to ambush bait as it passes by. While some points are better formed than others, all deserve a cast or two as you paddle/drift by them. As you approach the point, be sure to cast several yards past it and work your lure back across the tip. I normally try to make at least three cast at each point. One where my lure passes within a few yards off the point, one where it is 5-10 yards away, and another that is 10-15 yards off.

Coves

While points protrude out toward open water, coves do the exact opposite. They dip inland, forming small half circle pools along the shoreline that are normally a little shallower than the surrounding area. The combination of the shallow water and ability to trap bait makes a good cove the perfect spot for a group of redfish to feed. They can corral the bait towards the back of the cove, or slowly roam the area looking for something to munch on. These coves also provide redfish with a great place to hide from strong winds and choppy water as well.

Windblown Shorelines

DSC_0153 copyMany anglers overlook a good windblown shoreline because the location of it changes as the direction of the wind shifts. These shorelines are also difficult to fish since the wind is constantly pushing you towards the bank. However, a shoreline that is being repeatedly pounded by waves as a result of the wind, provides redfish with a great place to feed.   Baitfish and shrimp that are seeking shelter along the shoreline get pushed up against the bank, where they become disoriented as the waves crash down on them. As they struggle to regain their sense of direction, redfish are able to grab an easy meal. If you’ve ever wondered why a specific shoreline only holds fish on certain days, pay attention to the direction of the wind and see if a pattern develops.

Wind Protected Shorelines

While windblown shorelines have been known to produce a solid bite on many days, sometimes fish like to go the opposite route and hideout against the wind protected shoreline. These areas offer calmer water that will be much cleaner than the windblown side. The fact that the water near these shorelines has less chop and current, allows redfish to remain stationary and conserve energy. Windblown shorelines are great places to start when you get on the water. However, if you aren’t having much luck, don’t be afraid to change things up and give the wind protected side a try. 

Drains

image2Drains within a marsh are created when a channel connects one body of water to another or when a narrow portion of the water branches off of a main lake, only to eventually come to an end a short distance later. Depending on whether the tide is outgoing or incoming, current will flow through these areas. Redfish, trout, and flounder all take advantage of the bait that gets caught in the current, which makes a drain an outstanding place to fish. I like to start by fan casting the area about thirty yards before I reach the actual channel. As I enter the channel, I’ll fish it as well, often times bouncing a soft plastic along the bottom. Since water is constantly being forced through these channels, you can expect the majority of them to be a little deeper than the surrounding areas. As I exit the channel and enter the lake it connects to, I like to work the area about thirty yards out once again. 

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shellOne of the most productive types structure to fish around along the upper Texas coast is a good patch of shell. Baitfish and shrimp love hanging around shell for the protection and food it supplies them with, which of course, makes it a great place for redfish to feed. One of the main things to keep in mind when fishing around shell, is that size is not always the most important thing. A small patch of shell the size of your kitchen table can sometimes hold fish just as well as a patch that’s the size of your house. A good pair of polarized sunglasses will allow you to see the shell, and where to cast without getting your lure hung up. Cast along the edge of the shell and try to keep your lure running parallel to it. Often time’s redfish will roam the edges where the drop off from the shell to the soft mud occurs.

The next time you’re faced with unfavorable conditions on the water, spend the day making the most of each cast by tossing your lure into high traffic areas. You might realize that a little bit of knowledge plays a key role in what was once referred to as “a lucky cast”.

If you’d like more detailed knowledge of the information listed above, Tobin’s DVD (Shallow Redfish) is a great resource to consider.  It’s about 2 hours in length and covers everything listed above, plus more.  I picked it up a few years ago and still pop it in every now and then to review things.  If you decide to purchase one of the DVDs, be sure to use the code “TAILTAILSIGNS” at checkout to save 10% off your total purchase.

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3rd Annual Jiffy Pop Invitational Camping Trip

 

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This past weekend myself and 16 friends made our way down East Matagorda beach for our annual kayak/camping trip. We met up Friday around noon before making the short drive down the beach to the spot where we enjoy camping.

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Adam treated everyone to a delicious gumbo dinner on the first night from BB’s Cafe that went great with the keg of Saint Arnold Lawnmower that Michael brought.  We ate gumbo until we were completely stuffed and then ate a little more.  We sat around the campfire the rest of the night enjoying a few drinks along with the cool breeze before heading off to bed.

We woke up the next morning and enjoyed a few breakfast tacos that Tombo had prepared before hitting the water to compete in our 3rd annual lures tournament.  Each angler puts two lures in the pot as part of their entry and then tries to bring in the heaviest stringer of 3 trout, 2 reds, and 1 flounder.  The winner takes all the lures and the coveted trophy along with a package of Jiffy Pop Popcorn. The lures and popcorn are for the winner to keep while the trophy goes home with the winner for one year and then gets returned the following year for the next winner to keep.

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Fishing was pretty tough on Saturday, but everyone caught fish.  The winds were blowing around 20 mph and the tides were running about a foot higher than normal which was the complete opposite of last years trip.  When it was all said and done, I ended up with a little over 15 lbs. of fish and took home around $200 in lures, the Jiffy Pop, and trophy despite the fact that Charlie planted his Rastafarian Banana (Banny) in my front hatch.

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We cleaned a mess of fish Friday evening and enjoyed a fried fish dinner on Saturday night.

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I look forward to this trip each and every year, and next year will be no different.  A good time is had by all with plenty of good food, fishing, and campfire stories.

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Hook Spit Lone Star Kayak Series 2015 Event #4

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For the first time since last spring, I actually considered putting on a jacket to start the morning. The temps were in the mid 60s with a cool breeze blowing through the air, which was a nice change from the heat we’ve had this summer. Johnathan Meadows and I were fishing the last event of the 2015 Lone Star Kayak Series on this morning and were patiently waiting for the clock to show 6 am so that we could begin our day.

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We were the only two people at our launch, which in my opinion is always a small advantage on tournament day. We wouldn’t have to worry about dodging other anglers that were fishing the tournament or miss out on fishing certain areas because someone else arrived first. I’ve spent 99% of my kayak trips sitting in the seat of a Jackson Cuda 14, but on this particular morning I decided to go with the Cuda LT instead. The marsh we were fishing consists of several dozen small lakes that go on for as far as the eye can see. With the Cuda LT weighing in around 20lbs. lighter and a little over a foot shorter than my Cuda 14, I decided to go with the kayak that had the ability to make sharp turns without needing a lot of space.

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We pushed off into the dark at 6 am and made the short paddle to the first lake we planned to fish. Johnathan started off throwing a topwater while I went with a popping cork and gulp. The plan was to throw different set ups to see what the fish were wanting and then both go with the lure that was producing more fish. It didn’t take long before I had my first bite on the cork which turned out to be a solid 26 ½” redfish. A few minutes later I had my second bite of the day, a chunky 25” red which gave me two fish on the stringer before the sun had a chance to peak over the horizon. Anyone that has ever fished a tournament knows how good I feels to have 12+ lbs. on the stringer within the first hour. It was obvious that it was going to be a popping cork kind of day with the higher than normal tides, so Johnathan put down the topwater and grab his rod with the cork on it. Anyone that’s in the market for a good popping cork rod that won’t break the bank should check out the Hook Spit Zephyr Elite.  At 7′ 2″ you can make those long casts and pop a cork the way its meant to be popped wit the extra fast tip.  It’s a great popping cork rod priced at $159.

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Another one for Clint

 

It didn’t take long before we figured out the pattern for the day and both had fish two fish on the stringer. With a decent NE wind blowing through the marsh, we used it to our advantage by focusing on all points and small coves on the windblown shoreline. It seemed like every point held at least one fish, along with any small cove that was located on the SE shoreline. The reds would wait on the wind protected side of the points and ambush the bait as the current forced it by or they would focus on the bait that was unwillingly being pushed up against the shoreline by the wind.

At one point we thought we had doubled up on two solid reds, but come to find out, Johnathan had a 27 ¾” red while I had a two foot alligator. It didn’t take long for the gator to realize what was going on and make a mad dash for the protection of the tall grass on the shoreline. He hit the bank and never looked back, eventually slicing through my leader and letting me keep my cork.

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Shortly after the gator broke me off I was able to sightcast a 30” red by standing up in the LT and letting the wind push me towards the tailing fish. I could tell this fish would be out of the slot, but who can resist sightcasting a 30” red in a foot of water. Johnathan was able to catch an oversized red a few hours later as it and a couple of other fish were barreling down the shoreline destroying any bait in their sight.

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We ended the day each catching more 6 lb. reds than we could count, our two oversized fish, and a few larger ones that stayed in the slot and made the trip to the weighin. In the end, Johnathan took home 1st place out of 96 anglers with 15.56 lbs. while I finished 6th with 13.15 lbs. Congratulations goes out to Jason Blackwell who took home Angler of the year honors once again, giving him his third AOY trophy in as many years.

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1st and 6th Walking to the table

 

We had a great day on the water with a couple of nice stringers to end the tournament season. We took full advantage of the benefits that comes with fishing with a friend on tournament day, which I believe helped both us catch more fish than we would have alone

I’d like to give a huge thanks to Werner Paddles, Hook Spit Performance Rods, Buggs Fishing Lures, and Jackson Kayak at this time.  These companies provide me with quality products that have helped me become a better angler over the last several years.  I am truly blessed with the opportunity to represent them and look forward to doing the same when the 2016 tournament season kicks off.

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On a side note, the Lone Star Kayak Series will be back again next year, but the tournament owner and director will change. Dustin Koreba has decided to step down and hand it over to Cameron Barghi and Justin Rich. Cameron and Justin already run the Saltwater Survival Series and have been a part of the LSKS team since it began 4 years ago. We can expect a new beer sponsor and a few new lures, but overall, the things that make this tournament so special will remain the same. Now we all have to fish against Dustin instead of accepting prizes from him.

Conditions:

Wind: 10 mph from the NE

Weather: Sunny skies with temps between 65 and 75 degrees

Tides: Outgoing

Bottom: Mud with occasional patches of grass

Depth: 1-2 feet deep in most areas

Lures:

Bomber Paradise Popper with a Gulp Pogy or Mantis Shrimp on a 1/16 oz. jighead

TTF Killer Flats Minnow on a 1/8 oz. jighead

Rod and Reel:

Popping Cork setup – Daiwa Ballistic EX 2500 on a 7′ 2″ Hook Spit Zephyr Elite

Soft Plastic setup – Shimano Citica on a 6′ 10″ Hook Spit T-N-T

Kayak: Jackson Cuda LT

Paddle: 250 cm Werner Cyrpus: Hooked

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7 Signs You’re “THAT Kayak Fisherman”

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Here’s a good article written by Ben Duchesney over at Kayak Angler Magazine titled: 7 Signs You’re “THAT Kayak Fisherman”.  There is a short excerpt below with a link to the entire article at the end. Whether you’re new to kayak fishing or you’ve been doing it for years, this article is a good read.

7. Don’t Spoil The Newbies

As a general rule, most of the kayak anglers you’ll ever meet are some of the coolest people around, willing to give you the money lure right out of their tackle box, even if it’s their last one. But, every once in a while, you’re going to come across that guy who looks down on new kayak fishermen. News flash, if they are no new kayak fishermen, then there’s no growth, no new gear or new tournaments, no sport of kayak fishing.

The easiest way to not be that kayak fishermen is to just relax, have fun on the water, and be the best ambassador to our sport that you can be. If you see a young angler or an angler that is clearly struggling or very green to the world of kayak fishing, give them a hand. Help them tie their boats to their truck, give them that money lure, or just tell a joke and make them relax. Make sure you remind them, it’s all fun and games. Just don’t have this talk on the boat ramp.

This is an excerpt from the article “7 Signs You’re THAT Kayak Fisherman,” from Kayak Angler magazine’s website. Click here to read the full article

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Fishing Tackle Unlimited Demo Day

 

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This past Saturday, Fishing Tackle Unlimited held its first demo day of the fall season at The Club at Riverstone, located in Sugarland, TX.  A little over 30o people showed up to paddle several different models of Jackson Kayaks including the Big Rig, Big Tuna, Cuda 14, Cuda LT, Coosa HD, and Kraken 15.5.  If you missed out on this one, there are two more events in October to take advantage of.  One on the 10th at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear and again on the 24th at Tuscan Lakes in League City.  For more information, visit the Fishing Tackle Unlimited web page.

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Hook Spit Lone Star Kayak Series #3 2015

Photo Credit: Jeff Herman

Photo Credit: Jeff Herman

I’ve often heard other tournament anglers say, “If you don’t have your fish by noon, odds are you’re probably not going to get them”. Although I would never give up while fishing a tournament, I have to admit that little saying had crossed my mind a couple times the other day during the Hook Spit Lone Star Kayak Series.

This was the third event of the season, and for the first time this year, I felt pretty good about my odds of doing well. The wind wasn’t bad, we had sunny skies, and I had been on some solid redfish over the last few weeks. Shallow patches of shell and soft mud bottoms had produced a good amount of redfish during the beginning of August, so I decided to stick with what had been working. The majority of my fish had come from a popping cork with gulp, with the rest coming off of a soft plastic that I would use to sight cast singles or pitch into a school.

Plan A was to locate the schools that had been roaming the area in recent weeks, but they were nowhere in sight. After spending a good hour trying to locate the school, I decided to head for shallower water with plenty of shell. I made a long drift across one of the larger lakes, staying within 30 yards of the shoreline, and on the edge of the large shell patches. I sight casted one small redfish along the shoreline before deciding to try the opposite side of the lake, which happened to be the wind protected shoreline.

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Photo Credit: Aaron Ferguson

As I approached the protected shoreline, I immediately noticed a few mud boils pop up, which was a good sign. I fan casted the area for a few minutes and hooked up with what felt like a solid fish. Five seconds into its first run, it spit the hook, leaving me with a sick feeling in my stomach. I decided to stay on the move, trying to spot more fish to cast at, but didn’t have any luck. I didn’t have much time left to fish, so I decided to work a small channel as a last ditch effort. I had one lower slot red on the stringer after seven hours of hard fishing, so the odds that I would pick up my second fish were looking pretty slim.

The channel only produced a few rat reds so I decided to fish my way back to the truck. I had only made it about 20 yards across the main lake when I spotted a group of birds hovering a few feet above the water about a half mile away. I knew these birds were on a school of fish, and that this was the best chance I’d have at picking up a much needed second fish. I caught up with the school after a five minute paddle and with one cast, I went from 41st to 9th place, thanks to the 26 1/4″ red that pounced on my soft plastic. The fish weighed in at 8.09 lbs. and ended up being the heaviest fish of the whole tournament. My two fish had a combined weight of 11.70 lbs. and helped me bring home a small amount of cash and a few prizes.

The fishing wasn’t hot and heavy on this day like it had been during my previous trips, but that’s how fishing goes. Still, I had a great time and enjoyed visiting with friends at the weighin. We have one event remaining this year in October and I’m looking forward to it.

Photo Credit: Aaron Ferguson

Photo Credit: Aaron Ferguson

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