Guided Kayak Fishing


Back in the Saddle

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on August 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (1)

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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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.




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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! Allow me an opportunity to share my passion for kayak fishing with you in my next trip here on the Crystal Coast!






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O' Canada - My future kayak fishermen!

Posted by Nathan Raycroft on July 18, 2010 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (1)

This blog post is being written specifically for my children and to document their fishing experience while we were on vacation at the family Cottage in Ontario, Canada. My daughter Brooklyn and my son Reece enjoy fishing with me locally, but had an even better time fishing in Canada. Granted, these pictures were not taken during kayak fishing specifically, but are worth posting for sharing my excitement for my childrens fishing and ‘catching’ experience.


From the dock, Brooklyn and Reece rotated lures throughout the day, catching small largemouth and smallmouth bass right in front of the cottage. When the fish stopped ‘taking the bait’, they would change up lures from small crappie grub-type jigs to chartreuse colored jigs, to Berkley earthworms (similar to Gulp products). I would go kayak fishing early in the morning and return to find them both awake fairly early for them, and standing on the dock trying to catch the next ‘bigger’ bass.



On the pontoon boat, it was no different. They both would change between rods rigged with different lures, and if I caught a fish, they would ask to have the same lure put on their rod. Many times, immediately after the hook set, I would turn the rod over to them to finish fighting the fish while the other would grab the net to land them.



Reece and Wendy were fishing on the front of the boat while Brooklyn and I were on the back. I was watching Reece present his lure with a ‘reel, reel, twitch, reel, reel, twitch’ presentation as I showed him. I signaled Wendy for her to witness, and we smiled about how focused he was on what he was doing. Just then, I hear him holler ‘Dad, Ive got one’ and turn around to see him leaning back, with his rod bent from the pull from a very nice fish. The last picture below is the bass that Reece caught from cast, to retrieve, to hook-set, to landing him, all by himself! This sure was a proud moment for me as a dad who loves to fish, and one who hopes to continue spending time on the water with my family doing what I love. There is no doubt that he enjoys it as much as I and that Brooklyn is finding a special place in her heart for time on the water as well.



I am a big advocate for introducing others to fishing, and remember the people who introduced me to fishing. I remember the first big fish, and dream about the next one. I offer that taking a kid fishing, specifically when they are your own, will heighten the fishing experience, especially when they catch a fish and their face-of-focus becomes covered with a grin from ear to ear! Let this blog serve as a challenge, one to push my fellow fishermen/women to introduce their child, or a kid, or someone new to fishing, and if possible, to kayak fishing! You may be surprised who has the best time on the water, them, or you!



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




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