New to the game. With a bang!
This Christmas I treated myself to a bargain bin angling kayak when the Black Friday sales were on. It was a cheap ten footer with two rod holders. Nothing extravagant, but I pride myself on catching trophy fish while being frugal. A friend of mine also purchased a kayak this winter. In the process of planning a trip last Sunday we said what the **** lets kayak. Sunday morning was a mad dash to get ready. I found a old Canoe anchor and a short wooden oar and loaded the truck. After the standard forty five minute wait at Walmarts sporting goods counter we had our water usage stamps and headed to a pond we've fished since we were wee lads.
We unloaded the yaks and after setting it in the water I noticed 6 drain holes in the hull. Just as I suspected as soon as I sit down a rush of cold water shot through the holes and soaked my bottom. They will be plugged on my next outing.(along with a long list of other modifications) Outside of the wet butt I was really enjoying paddling even with a wooden oar and no kayak paddle. My friend who had a "real kayak" paddle wasn't enjoying himself nearly as much. A lot of profanities were being yelled as he struggled to get his yak to track and go where he wanted. This particular pond of about 5 acres has two holes of about 9 feet and the rest is relatively shallow. I bee lined to my preferred hole and made a cast with a lipless crank. First cast fish on! A sporty largemouth of about 13 inches. Nothing to get too excited over, but very gratifying to catch my first kayak fish. I caught 7 largemouth out of that spot in about 15 minutes before they shut off. One was about 3 pounds the rest were cookie cutter fish of about a pound to a pound and a half. Oh yeah and my friend caught one too and the profanities ceased after that. I then decided to beat a bank with a swing jig and craw trailer. The kayak was plenty nimble and maneuverable as I worked the bank and managed a couple more bass. I'm hooked on kayak fishing. On my way back I noticed a lone branch in about 3 feet of water. I pitched the jig to it and popped it once. Boom! The line moves sideways and I hammer back on my biggest fish of the day. A solid bass in the three and a half to four pound range.( a good bass for this particular pond). All in all I boated 11 bass in a hour and a half. I lost a couple fish boat err kayak side as landing a thrashing bass with 2 treble hooks in its mouth in a kayak is an art in itself.(a landing net wil be some gear I bring on my next trip as well). For all the cussing my buddy did the first 5 minutes he was quick to plan a subsequent trip on the drive home.
I'd rather be fishing!
Last edited by Polish Joe; 03-21-2017 at 10:01 AM.