|Posted by Nathan Raycroft on June 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM|
This past Saturday my friend Luis and I had the chance to get out kayak fishing together. Luis is the Quality Control Manager for the Company we work for, and one of the best in the “biz”.
We launched from a favorite local fishing hole around 7:00 a.m. with warm weather, slick-as-glass water, and a falling tide. As the day progressed, the weather stayed relatively the same with the only real change being that “warm” turned “warmer”, yet a light breeze kept the real heat at bay.
We paddled around searching for the deepest holes and steepest-sloped banks we could find in hopes of picking up a few flounder in the kayaks. With little time having passed, Luis shouted out that he had just lost a fish. While lifting a nice flounder out of the water and onto the bow of the kayak, his flounder slapped his body against the side of the kayak, spit the lure from his face, and flew Luis the “peace out” sign while entering the water! Unfortunately, this fish was only bettered by Luis when he landed a small croaker much later in the day.
While continuing the hunt for flounder, I poled across the occasional flat hoping to locate a nice redfish. With nearly 4 hours under our paddles now, there wasn’t a spotted tail to be found. I paddled over to another deep hole and launched out a new favorite lure, watching it hit with water with a thud and slowly falling under the surface. As with most retrieves, I started looking around the area to see if I could spot some “fishy” movement on or in the water, hoping to locate the next bite. I turned my eyes back on the incoming lure just in time to locate it and see a dark black shadow coming from the depths of the hole and with one quick flash of white, this 17-1/2″ flounder opened his big mouth and spread his gill plates engulfing the nearly 7″ long lure! He leaned his shoulders in and tried to fight the drag back into the depths he came from, but within seconds, he was boatside and in a net for the photo-op!
We continued on into skinny waters with our pursuit for a nice redfish with only 2 seen much later while poling through the opening of a creek, and them heading in the wrong direction. We paddled to the ramp together grateful of the beautiful paddling weather and thankful for the time out of the office!
With the week slipping right on by, the chance for an evening launch is nearly out of the question. Hopefully the trip West this weekend will allow for some time on Kerr Scott reservoir and tight lines with a few large mouth bass!
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!
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