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Back in the Saddle

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on August 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

As I sit on my back porch this Saturday morning, drinking my coffee and enjoying my nice quiet back yard, I think about the travels my wife and I have experienced these past 2-1/2 to 3 years, and how longs it's been since we've been able to sit here. As a Senior Project Manager for a large General Contractor, work has had us on the road, and although together as a family in residence, I ended up on the road more than I have in many years. Long story short...I'm home for now (and still proudly employed with that same General Contractor now in my 17th year.)

 

While in Fayetteville a couple of years ago (Aug 2011 to Mar 2013) I still came home on weekends and was afforded the opportunity to guide people on kayak fishing trips here on the Crystal Coast. I entered the same Tournaments (16 I recall) and traveled out of town to see parents and friends. It's just in our blood, and my family and I never mind running the roads together.

 

Then in April 2013, we piled up the Apartment in Fayetteville and moved to Jacksonville, FL, the home of our Corporate Office. Did you realize that there are places in the rural United States where internet service simply does not exist?!?!? After videoing a fishing trip and redfish catch at the 2012 IFA Championship in Chalmette, LA, Iwas finally able to post this video just a couple months ago when I moved back here to NC (it's now shown on my Home page of this site.) This lack of internet service assisted in the void of activity here and on my Anglers Nook Facebook page...but I was still there, fishing almost every weekend and burning rubber on the highway chasing the next Kayak Fishing Tournament with my good friend and "Road Dawg" Steve Yurkevicius.

 

I literally received a dozen phone calls last year for guided trips here in NC and I hated to turn them down (as it's my passion that drove me starting this Guide Service). Now being back in NC, I plan on getting back on the salt (and then rinsing off in the freshwater with those Nacho Fish boys of mine) and reacquainting myself with this great fishery here on the Coast.

 

For those of you who kept up with me...I thank you! For those of you who called me for a Guided Trip...I thank you! For those of you who simply thought of me and my family and wished us well...we thank you!,

 

We are glad to be back here in NC, and I look forward to catching up with old friends and being introduced to new ones...all while sharing the passion of kayak fishing together on the water!

 

Thank you for reading this and we'll see you on the water!

 

Nathan "Nook" Raycroft

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Winner, Winner, Redfish Dinner!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on June 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

In early February I hosted a Kayak Fishing Seminar at the Cape Fear Christian Sportsman’s Fish Fest 2011, an annual event held by the Christ Community Church in Wilmington, NC. I attended this event in 2010, and made an effort to be there again for the 2011 event. After discussion with the organizers of the event, they afforded me the opportunity to set up a few kayaks outside and present a seminar on kayak fishing.

 

During that seminar, I handed out some flyers and had each one numbered for a drawing for a discounted fishing trip (essentially a buy one, get one free deal). Winston won the drawing, and we discussed over the next few months the opportunity on when to get out.

 

The day arrived and off we went, in search of redfish and trout specifically. Though the trout bite had been slow (as a whole for the Coast of NC) I was hopeful we would put one in the boat.

 

We hadn’t been on the water long when Winston’s friend John, first time kayak angler, hooked up and reeled in this trout. Not bad for this time of year and not surprising in size due to this past winter’s freeze and fish impact.

 

 

We paddled on looking for reds and spooked a small group of fish off an oyster bar. With Winston behind me, I hollered back and directed him to cast over my shoulder and up the line of the oyster bar edges. As I poled out of the way and his top-water lure hit the surface, it was mutilated immediately! Within minutes, Winston proudly netted this 25” beautiful redfish.

 

 

We caught a few more fish, but seemed to spook many more. The lures would hit the water and fish would run off, leaving the obvious wake from their holding place.

 

 

The day ended with a calm paddle back in and several nice fish caught, with discussions of future fishing trips in the Wilmington, NC area. Thank you, Winston and John, for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you both.

 

 To the readers, I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

Nathan

 

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More "Quality" Time on the Water!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I received an email from David Walls, a Quality Control Manager from another General Contractor working on Base and just around the corner from the Project I was working on. David is up working from Georgia, and wanted a new avenue to get back into fishing, specifically; he wanted to get into kayak fishing. He wanted to spend a good amount of time in a kayak testing them out to see which one he might prefer when the time was right to pull the trigger on one for him.

 

After being advised of his height, I decided it would be best to bring the Native Ultimate 14.5 Solo and the Native Magic 14.5 Tandem (in the Solo position) for David to demo on the water. We packed up and set out for a day of kayak fishing with hopes of fulfilling a real kayak fishing demo, with fish in the kayak.  We started out the day with me in the Ultimate 14.5 and David in the Magic 14.5.

 

We fished long and hard without as much as a single bite. I ended up catching a small redfish while we mutually beat the water jigging jerk shad and various swim baits from DOA Cals to Berkley Gulp Pogys and Jerk Shad.

 

 

About halfway through the trip, we swapped kayaks and David paddled the Ultimate 14.5.  We decided to work opposing banks of the river with David on one side and me on the other. I heard David call me and turned around to seeing his rod tip bent in the fight. He reeled in this nice flounder, his first kayak caught fish!

 

 

As the trip neared its end, David continued to put on the show, mimicking his prior retrieve method and pulling in several more flounder.

  

About two weeks after the trip, David emailed me to inform me his was the new owner of his own Native Ultimate 14.5! To me, there is nothing like spending quality time on the water and sharing my pure enjoyment for kayak fishing with others. It gets even better when the successful trip propels the Customer into purchasing a kayak and then them sharing with me later their own adventures.

 

I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

 

Nathan

 

 

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NCKFA Battle in the 'Boro!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on April 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1)

I’m a little late in posting my pictures of the NCKFA Battle in the ‘Boro Event, but only due to traveling so much lately.  This Tournament takes place annually and to help support the Heroes on the Water foundation.

 

 

I arrived at this year’s event with a brand new Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Propel, in camo! I stayed up late the night before the Tournament with my Dad as we rigged the kayak, as much as possible, in preparation for T-Day. I didn’t get to fully rig the fish finder onto the kayak, but will be completing that task this weekend. (NOTE: If anyone is interested in the fish finder station shown in the attached (no box, FF, transducer) please let me know).

 

 

I launched at McIntosh on the Alamance side, and hit my usual coves and banks. By 8:00 a.m., I picked up my first fish, this nice 16” bass on a Texas-rigged Strike King blue and green craw dad. In just two casts later, I picked up a 14” bass and since he was smaller, I didn’t bother taking a picture but moved on up the bank.

 

 

I was standing almost the whole time, and would just reach down and push the pedals forward/backward as need be. I came into one cove and saw a nice sized bass swimming in and out of the deep and up onto a bed that she was obviously fond of. I pitched (4) different lures at her for about 20 minutes, and with no success, moved on again.

 

I hit another cove with a tree that had branches that literally provided a canopy over the water about 10’ to 15’ off the bank, but no more than 4’ to 5’ off the water. I crouched down and looked deep up against the bank and saw another large bass swimming in circles. I pitched the same craw dad into zone, and nothing. I then presented a weightless, turtle back worm (in green color) into the zone and let it flutter to the bottom. She looked at it, and after a quick twitch upward, the lure started to flutter in its fall again and she inhaled it! This 19” beauty was the reward.

 

 

I poled about 20’ up the bank to a fallen tree deep in the water and about 20’ off the bank to the tips of its branches, pitched in the craw dad and before it hit bottom, the line drew tight and was pulling back into the trees branches. I set the hook and would have sworn it was a fish that was “longer” than the 19” fish I just pulled in. Of course I wasn’t disappointed to find this fat beauty, even though she was just 18-1/2”.

 

 

 

It was another great Tournament, and another great success for Heroes on the Water.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures.

 

Nathan

 

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Let's get 2011 started off with a...redfish!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on January 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

During the week leading up to Christmas and New Years Megan called and told me of her plan to take her friend Cary kayak fishing.  She had bought him a new fishing rod and reel for Christmas, and was eager to have him put it to the test on his first ever kayak fishing trip.  The challenge was set...and I hoped not to disappoint.

 

We launched early and didn't paddle 100 yards before seeing fish.  The tide was low and water was cold and crystal clear.  We all were throwing different lures, from 1/8 oz yellow jig heads with New Penny jerk shads, or 1/8 oz red jig heads with White Pogy swim shads.  With just a few casts, everyone started catching fish.

 

 

Cary landed several nice redfish, with the nicest being this one over 21".  It's tail looked like it belonged on a 30" fish, and was tipped with that beautiful irradescent blue.

 

 

Megan was persistent and after a few fish were landed, she caught this nice redfish to put the finishing touches on the trip.

 

 

I'm glad to report that Cary's new rod and reel were up for the challenge as they landed several nice redfish.  This trip allowed the bar to be set on what will hopefully be another awesome year in kayak fishing trips with first time kayak anglers!

 

I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

Nathan

 

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Anglers Nook "Best of 2010"

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on December 31, 2010 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes things take longer to get done than you ever imagined. In this case and with the launch of this Best of 2010 collection of favorite moments on the water, I think the timing, for many reasons, is just perfect!

 

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I hope you enjoy the above video's collection of my favorite fishing moments in 2010 and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

 

Nathan

 

 

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I've got your fishing story...

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on October 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I was sitting at the house one night and received a call from a guy named Doug who was inquiring about a kayak that I was selling. When the conversation was over, we were off the topic of a pedal type vs. paddle kayaks and into discussions about getting out on the water for a fishing trip together. Now it was just down to deciding what date this would happen.

 

We locked in the date and decided to hit the water together. As Doug lived near me and on the way to the launch, I picked him up and off we went to our launch destination. During the drive, we joked about people’s fishing stories in general, and how many times us fishermen try to “one up” each other. This topic carried on throughout the day on the water, and many times brought on a good laugh.

 

As we hit the water we were greeted with slick water and the fall’s high tide. For the trip, this tide’s height and nearing tidal turn would allow for the perfect path to be taken. And with that, we made our way to point “A” in the trip, picking up a feisty 14″ trout to start the day.

 

As we continued on in the path, fishing was slow but bound to pick up. We worked several oyster mounds without picking up a fish for a couple of hours. We then made our way to a deep hole that generally holds nice trout and an occasional redfish on the edges of the drop. We made our first drift through and with the second or third cast, a trout was caught! Doug caught this nice trout on the falling tide and while taking the picture, we were swept out of the primary hole and paddled back.

 

 

Once back in position, the fishing took off again, with more and more nice trout caught in almost every other cast. We would land the fish, throw a few in the cooler, and paddle back into position. And with the “flip of the switch”, it was over. The bite dropped off and we moved on to the next point.

 

 

Doug had previously caught redfish, but never from a kayak. With that in mind, my goal was to be sure that he caught his biggest redfish ever, so that not only would he be able to claim that in his next fishing tale with the friends, but that he might also get to experience the proverbial sleigh ride that can sometimes be offered by a big redfish.

 

We stopped at another oyster mound and I turn from the scouting of redfish to see Doug hooked up and pulling in this nice flounder! No redfish…but a nice fish none the less, and now 2/3′s the way to an inshore slam!

 

 

We worked the upcoming creek both on the shorelines and in the deep holes and pockets that exist in the same. With every paddle we saw the mud clouds that are common of a redfish who has been sitting and once spooked, darts off leaving a mud cloud behind. My concern, having not physically seen any of these fish, was that we were being tricked by larger mullet that we had seen earlier in the day. But with the next cast, Doug wiped that concern away as he pulled in his first ever redfish from a kayak, this one at a fine 19″!

 

 

We celebrated in the moment as we mutually sat and admired how awesome these fish are, shook hands for a “job well done”, and continued on through the creek in hopes to find another, and possibly bigger redfish.

 

Having pushed through the primary path of water and into the back narrow tidal creeks, we slowed our approach as the water started to literally come alive. With every push of the Native push-pole I would catch the glimpse of the blue on the tail of a departing redfish and call out to Doug who would launch his lure in the path directed. I tried to remain calm as I saw a larger fish take off and politely shouted out to Doug “Hit the point of the bank on the right!” Doug shot his lure to the location said and it landed perfectly and in front of the leaving redfish. Without an opportunity to twitch the bait, the fish hit the lure and took-off! Unfortunately, this hook-up was short-lived as the fish spit the hook leaving us wondering what had happened. I knew this fish was larger than Doug’s prior fish, and pushed on in hopes we would catch up to it and/or it’s older family members!

 

With the turn of the creek and just past the point at which Doug had previously just locked into his last fish, I again saw a large boil in the water and a mud cloud develop as the fish pushed on. I pointed in the direction that the fish went and Doug again pitched his lure out, landing it several feet out and in front of the fish. Time allowed just a twitch or two and Doug’s technique proved to be spot on as the fish picked up the lure and took Doug for a rod bending, drag screaming ride! I started digging for my camera and was able to catch a few action shots for the memory of this catch!

 

 

 

Doug fought this fish perfectly, not ever putting too much pressure on the fish but also not letting it get out and around the nearing oyster mounds in the creek. With one swoop he netted this 24-1/2″ redfish and leaned back with a smile and sigh of relief that couldn’t have been bought!

 

 

 

I, in normal fashion, “hollered” out a big “Yeah!” as I was so happy for Doug and proud to have been able to assist in the day’s catch!

 

 

I finished taking a couple of pictures and Doug kindly released the fish to the water to live another day. Time had gotten the best of us and we made our way back to the dock, loaded up, and drove home.

 

On the drive home Doug and I discussed the fine fish caught, recognizing that Doug on his first kayak fishing trip had caught an inshore slam that had an aggregate length of nearly 60″! We laughed about different events that took place through the day and probably carried our mutual smiles from the launch all the way back to the house. Once home, we split up the day’s catches for what ended up being a fantastic dinner, and exchanged a handshake until the next time we could get out on the water. In closing conversation, I reminded Doug of the initial conversations of the day about “the biggest fish” and “the most fish” stories that we all love to share, and offered that I was pleased to be able to write that “I’ve got your fishing story…!”

 

I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

Nathan

 

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My son's first redfish!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on October 20, 2010 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My son Reece turned 7 years old Saturday and he and I spent the day visiting some local tackle shops and distributing more business cards. While at The Reel Outdoors on Emerald Isle, Reece spotted a rod and reel combo that as he stated was “just his size”. Many tackle shops sell either “kids” rod/reel combos or “adult” sized ones. The combo that Reece found was a “youth” size and though his natural ability allows him to handle a smaller adult-sized set, I thought this would be a perfect gift for his birthday. After a full weekend of birthday gatherings and time spent together as a family, the business week resumed and it was apparent that as it progressed, that new rod and reel combo was itching a hole in Reece’s hand just waiting to get wet!

 

So with the weather fair and the first opportunity arising, I left work early on Wednesday evening, picked up Reece from the house and headed towards Queen’s Creek in Swansboro. After launching, we headed to the nearest island with a cut passing through it and began the hunt. Specifically, we were hoping to find redfish and/or flounder at this location. I told Reece during the first couple of casts to put his bait as close to the bank and surrounding oyster bars as possible and then begin the usual retrieve. While demonstrating, I said “watch how close I put this bait”, and after the first twitch, I hooked and landed a small 14″ redfish. Reece’s eyes were as big as basketballs as he asked for the net and proceeded to land my fish for me.

 

  

He was smiling big and said “I can’t believe you called it, Dad!”

 

 

We went to another marsh wall that is common for holding flounder and were able to hook-up with one fish, presumably a flounder, but lost it just seconds after the bite. With the sun setting fast, we made our way back towards the launch and Reece called out that he wanted to hit another spot, pointing to an “L” shaped island that held a small island in the inside corner, creating a small creek passing in between. We paddled in the back creek of the set of islands and Reece said “Dad, look at all the bait fish” as a pile of bait kept exploding in the water and scurrying away. He directed “paddle closer, Dad”, and I did as directed.

 

 

While standing in the front of my Native Ultimate 14.5, he leaned to the side to peer around the next corner of the grass edge and made a long cast, holding his rod out to the side to keep his line out of the grass. ”Paddle closer, Dad, but be very quiet” he said. The lure hit the water and Reece started the retrieve. In an instant, Reece yelled “I got one, Dad!” and the fight was on!

 

I grabbed the net and asked him to bring the fish to the left side of the kayak, and he fought the fish and directed him right to the net. Once landed, we confirmed the fish was another nice redfish. This one provided me with one of the proudest moments in my kayak fishing experiences as Reece landed his very first redfish, this beautiful 15″, four-spotted trophy.

 

 

He smiled from ear to ear and looked at me for my response…I grabbed him and hugged him with all I had, advising him that I was so proud of him and so happy that I could be with him when he caught his first redfish!

 

I say often that there is nothing better than putting someone new in a kayak and putting them on fish. Even after some recent successes and opportunities to do just that with my mom, my dad, and some of their friends, this outing lands itself on a shelf of highest elevations.

 

At the end of the trip, Reece offered that I might need to purchase the Native Ultimate 16′ so that “we both can have our own seat”. I figure it won’t be long before he’s paddling his own!

 

I’ve offered in a previous post a challenge for my fellow anglers to introduce someone new to kayak fishing, specifically if its your own child or another young person in your life. Again I commit that you might just be surprised as to who has the better experience; them or you!

 

Take the Anglers Legacy Pledge at www.takemefishing.org and pledge your commitment to introduce someone new to fishing this year!

 

I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

Nathan

  

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My folks and friends go kayak fishing!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on October 10, 2010 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I had an opportunity to take my Mom and Dad and their friends Chris and Christy kayak fishing this weekend. Chris and Christy are fly fishing guides through my Uncle’s shop in Estes Park, Colorado, Scots Sporting Goods.

 

I borrowed my friend’s kayak for my Mom to pedal and loaded up my fleet of red and camouflaged Native Watercrafts and headed out towards North River.

 

 

We hit he water around 9:00 a.m. with a flood tide; one like I had not seen in the area before. I had told everyone to be looking for tailing redfish, and described the flag-like appearance they should be watching for. We hadn’t paddled 100’ from the launch and the first “flag” showed itself in the slick calm water with thin strips of grass in the backdrop. I pointed it out and led Chris and Christy to the area I spotted it and began the hunt. Within minutes and after several missed hook-sets by Chris, I was able to land the first redfish of the day, one at just 18”. I showed the fish to them and pointed out the spots and the beautiful blue tips of the tail, and then released the fish.

 

 

Mom and Dad were on the back bank by the launch and I kept looking back to check in on them. As we started to push through the creek to the front side of the main marsh island my Mom informed me that she had lost a huge fish. She proceeded to tell me that she had cast into the grass and the fish hit and began peeling line immediately! Once boat-side she didn’t know what to do (and I didn’t give her a net (sorry Mom)) and while holding the fish’s head above water, the line finally broke and the fish swam off. She held her arms out and explained the fish was “this big”. I must admit that I was somewhat doubtful at first. She offered that the local boater had stated the fish was over 30”, and probably 32”! I wiped her tears and pushed on in hopes that I could make it up to her throughout the day.

 

 

After a few more redfish and a nice 19” trout, I led the fleet to an area that occasionally produces nice fish.I told my Dad to pitch his line in and towards the oyster bed, being sure to retrieve it quick enough to not get snagged on the oysters and he hooked up! After a few minutes in the fight and being drug by the fish, he successfully landed this nice 21” redfish!

 

 

 Chris ended up catching a few nice flounder from this same spot, and with all but Christy having landed a nice fish, I continued the push through the backwater in hopes that we would find her something more pleasing to look at and hook into than the pesky lizard fish that invaded her kayak all day. After pushing deep into the creeks and more redfish, flounder and trout caught by Chris and I, we turned into a very narrow creek with Christy in the front and Chris behind me.

 

 

I was standing and poling through the creek when a large redfish darted from beside Christy’s kayak and headed past me straight towards Chris. This happened a second time and I offered that we should slow down, though we were moving slowly through the creek as it was. We were just about to reach the mouth of the creek when Christy says, “Hey look, a tail” and literally pitches her line free from the bell and just feet to her left. She immediately sets the hook and takes off out of the creek on a sleigh ride! After a long fight with many long screaming runs of the drag, we were able to net this beautiful 25-1/2” redfish! We held it for minutes admiring the large blue tail and many spots and without hesitation, released the fish for another day’s hunt.

 

 

 

As we made our way back to the launch I was poling across an open flat and saw a redfish kicking up mud in his run away from us. I followed it and finally had a chance to see it and pitch at it…IT WAS HUGE! I expect that this fish could have easily been the estimated 32” redfish that my Mom had caught earlier in the day, which just drove my regret for my Mom deeper in my chest. I couldn’t convince the fish to take the bait and just kept reminding myself that “big fish get big by being smart!”

 

We piled up the kayaks in the truck and headed for the house for an evening of hamburgers, redfish, trout, flounder and fried shrimp and with appetites filled, reminisced through the day’s catches and the beautiful weather.

 

I am always thankful for time on the water, and more so when I can share it with my immediate family members and friends.

 

To the readers, I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

  

Nathan

 

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Redfish, friends and personal bests!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on September 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I had another opportunity to get on the water with my friend Kaleb Dutil and co-worker/friend Luis. Kaleb is a fellow Native Watercraft Endorsed Fishing Guide and is the Coordinator for the Cape Fear Chapter of Heroes on the Water, an organization that serves all military personnel who have been wounded, injured or disabled while serving on active duty, in the reserves or national guard. In this trip, Kaleb’s wife Danielle was also able to get out with us. As the day started, Kaleb and Danielle joked that she was there as the “photographer”, but as the day progressed, there was no mistaking the fact that she was there to show us how to catch nice redfish and flounder!

 

We were on the water at about 6:30 a.m. on a falling tide and unfortunately, one that had not gotten as high as the tides we saw just last week. We were hoping to get up in the grass for some tailing redfish but with the falling tides, realized we needed to stick with our usual fishing pattern for reds here on the coast. As we made our way through the first creek, I heard Kaleb say “Here we go!” as he leaned in on a very nice redfish that smashed his top-water presentation. He had tossed his plug near an oyster bed off the bank and with proven bad intentions a very hungry 24-1/2” redfish came up mauled the lure and attempted to run off with it. Kaleb set in on him and landed this beautiful redfish for a nice start to the day!

 

 

After getting a few pictures, I continued with my search for a redfish and hoped to find one willing to dine on my favorite Zara Spook Jr. It wasn’t long and I had a few signs of a fish chasing the lure on retrieve, but no hook-ups. I was just about to put the rod down and push down the shoreline further when I made another cast, and landed a small 14” redfish. Not what I was looking for in size, but I was hopeful I would find its older brother, father or grandfather during the rest of the day.

 

I floated the outgoing tide into the open bay area and worked the outside shoreline of the island. I met up with Luis there as he was chasing a large pod of mullet that was repeatedly broken up by what looked like small blue fish. Having no interest in that matter at the specific moment, I offered that I was heading back into another creek to get back “inside”, and invited Luis to follow me. He held back to work the pod of bait and I pushed on as intended. Just as I pushed past the immediate entrance of the creek where the outgoing tidal current was the strongest I saw a large wake begin to push further up the creek. I staked out and made a couple of casts…but nothing. So I pulled the stake-out pole and started moving up the creek more and again, saw the large wake slowly leaving me. I nearly talked myself into the fact that it might be a big ray, but it was too narrow of a wake and was pushing water like a nice-sized red. I staked out again…nothing. I pulled the pole and started up the creek and turned the bend just in time to see a large boil at a small oyster bar in the center of the creek. I staked out and pitched into the area where I saw the fish…FISH ON!!! I know you all will be surprised about this, but I let out a good “holler” as this fish stood still, fighting my every pull and not giving me any leeway. He then made a run at the oyster bar that was partially submerged and I had to lean in on him in hopes that he wouldn’t cut me off. About 3-4 minutes later, I landed the very nice 23-1/2″ redfish with 5 spots on its tail! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my GoPro camera or the mount for it and my other camera, so the pictures taken are as good as I could get at the moment.

 

 

Kaleb and Danielle were held up quietly catching a bunch of fish without me and too far off to provide me with an outside photographer opportunity. With my more familiar “photog” up catching fish in VA (skooteri), I released the fish and made my way towards Kaleb to see why he had been sitting still for so long, as if I didn’t already know.

 

 

When I got to where he was he informed me that he and Danielle both had been catching some nice fish, with Danielle catching her personal best redfish at 21”, and her first flounder at 17-1/2”! We all caught up and worked this spot for a while, with Luis following up with his first and second fish of the day; both nice redfish around 14”.

 

 

We decided to head back towards the launch with Kaleb leading and me following him and Danielle. All of a sudden Danielle shouted “I’ve got one” and her drag starts screaming as line is peeled out of her reel without hesitation. I tried to paddle closer to her without crowding her but the fish was pulling her away just as quick in a full-out sleigh ride! She finally lands the fish and to close the day, beats her personal best as caught earlier in the day with this very fine 25” redfish! As if there was any question going into the day, she put her stamp on the day and reminded us that she, too, was there to fish and if need be, show us just how it’s done!

 

 

As we paddled back to the launch we collectively discussed the fish caught for the day and the awesome events that took place. With “personal bests” broken twice in the same day, and “personal firsts” taking place, you couldn’t have really asked for more. I am thankful for another beautiful day on the water with good friends, and congratulations to Danielle for an excellent day of fishing!

 

I hope you enjoy the above fishing post and pictures and thank you for visiting AnglersNook.net! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!

 

Nathan

 

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