My 3rd shakedown cruise on the 2019 Hobie Outback. It turned out to be an extremely windy day. I was lucky enough to grab a couple of nice trout and several small reds. Fighting the wind and current back to the launch was tough but the Outback performed well. I am trying to figure this new yak out, but every trip gives me new ideas to think about before I get it rigged the way I want.
A shout out to PAC Kayak Rentals for hosting Redfish Roundup this past weekend! I was able to pull in 5 fish: 1 undersize, 2 oversize, 1 keeper, and 1 non-species. Many nice stringers were weighed in but the usual heavy hitters stole the show. It was a great time and many thanks to Eddie and Lisa for putting on a great tournament! Here's a few of my highlights.
A nice, quiet, and peaceful morning in 'da' marsh. First cast and foul hooked a new PB for my smallest speckled trout!
Went looking for trout but couldn't catch a single one. I was still lucky to land him even though he and the surf beached my yak.
A few hook ups from a lazy Tuesday morning in 'da' marsh before the storms brewed up.
What is that in the beginning? Otters?
There was about 6 of them just popping up and saying high and then go under to only pop up again.
Anyway- post tropical storm Gordon trip. Literally fished for 17 minutes.
The trailing bands from the storm ran me off. But I was lucky to hook up early on and go for a ride!
A few highlights from a quick trip the other morning before the afternoon storms rolled in. Even though the water was dirty, I was still able to sight quite a few fish. Hooked several and spooked a lot more.
I started out my day looking for Jacks in Lake Pontchartrain. I had my big reel spooled with 60# braid and a live target popper. Not that I was expecting any trout, I also brought along my little trout rig spooled with 20# braid, a 12# mono leader and a mambo mullet.
After about 2 hours of seeing plenty of mullet and bait, I didnât see any signs of the Jacks. I decided to call it a trip and started making my way back. While heading in, I tossed out the trout rig then all hell broke loose!
Practiced a little bit with a top water this morning. Had several 'suck downs' but no real blow ups. Missed more than I caught- but a single top water strike is more exciting than catching several fish with a subsurface lure.
I just canât stay away from PAC! Made another trip the other day and was able to get a few nice slot reds, a few rats, and even a couple of specks before the lighting and rain chased us off.
I finally broke my jinx of catching nothing but rat reds lately. Still caught one rat (and lost a few) but then I realized the bigger ones were towards the middle of the pond. Sight casted 9 and was able to land 6 ranging from 22' to 26' with the largest one right at 27'. Here's 3 of them.
Very low and dirty water but I was able to get on a few rats and a pretty nice slot on a short trip before it got to hot.
Got on a few rats in PAC yesterday.
Got on a little rat red bite the other day with a fellow angler. We fished for about 4 hours and called it quits due to the normal afternoon lighting and rain squalls getting to close. We stopped twice due to the lighting and luckily we found shelter to stay away from it. We got a few hair standing strikes and a couple of wet a$$âs. Yaâll be careful out there!
I made another quick trip back to PAC and hooked up several times but was only able to pull in 3. I had a few real good hits on a fluke but didnât set the hook in time.
Drizzly overcast day but I had to go fishing.
I didn't make it past my first stop. The bite was sporadic but it was there. Then I got bit.
1 rat, several misses, and a flesh wound.
Got on a few rats and even a couple trout early on. Went into the ponds and saw a lot of bait. Sight casted a few but missed more than I caught. A few highlights and then some lowlights at the end.
A few more from the other day. After that 33' skinny bull almost broke off my smaller reel, I swapped over to a larger reel and caught 5 more. None of them were as long as the previous fish but they were fatter. Maybe I could have kept using the 2500 RD Sienna? Here's a couple more that I caught on film.
It's the right lure. Is it the wrong reel?
An ode to my little Shimano RD Sienna and a Red.
Fought the wind today to pull out a few rats and a nice slot right at 27'. Here's a few I caught on video.