It was too windy to fish in the river so I stayed in the lagoon by where my friend lets me keep my Wavewalk kayak on his floating dock. I had been out in the morning about 7:30 AM and caught a small snook about 14 inches – a beautiful fish and since I got him on a small foam rubber “gurgler” fly it was fun to see a fish take that surface fly less than a foot from the mangroves in about eight inches of water. It took a little while reviving him in the water before releasing him before I could go looking for his big brother.
Fished until about noon got a couple of hook ups but nothing came to the boat.
I went back just about 7 PM and staked out at the corner of a nice grass flat in the lagoon next to the mangrove creek that feeds in from the Indian River.
It was low incoming tide one of the best times for the bigger fish to get in close to the flat in about four to five feet of water, they slip up on the grass flat and raid the little mullet fingerlings and grass shrimp and can dash back into the deeper water for cover.
So I fished different flies and different sides of the flat for about an hour… fifteen minutes after sunset I was making my “last cast” for the night and bang a freight train hits my fly about thirty five feet from the kayak I am standing on my platform on top of the center tunnel and all the line starts to shoot out of my striping basket and (for once it is not tangled up) whiz all the line is out of the basket probably 125 feet or so and I am on the reel and it is buzzing. First time I am down to my backing line it is still going out to open water in the lagoon
(not back to the mangroves like sneaky snook usually do). So I let him go
I mean he is too big and hot to horse in with an eight weight and 10 lb
tippet. Three good runs, a couple of tries for the mangroves and 15 minutes later I have him in the boat.
26″ snook WOW the first really nice fish I have ever caught out of the “W” and it was a beauty it took me almost 10 minutes to revive him pushing him through the water next to the boat.
But finally he swam off before I was eaten to death by Florida mosquito’s it was almost dark but I was as high as a tree frog just paddling back to the dock whistling Dixie.
I have caught a few smallish fish in the lagoon but started to think that all the nice ones are in the river.
Oh yeah all you northern woodsman who are wondering why I released a five pound snook instead of eating him, there is a limit here we call “slot” fish, 28″ to 32″ inches if they are in the slot then they are keepers but he was a little shy of the slot. And after one of the best battles I have had on fly since my Trinity river steelhead days, I figured he deserved a second chance anyway.
I love my Wavewalk… when that fish was on I was thinking he went 360 degrees around the boat did three really long runs and in general made 15 minutes feel like about three. I honestly don’t think there is any chance that this old man could have landed that fish in any other kayak but the Wavewalk fishing kayak. I mean I fish with a friend who has five kayaks SOT and Sit in type and he is an athlete, but I have seen how little room to
move and how cramped it is and if your line snags on anything when you have a big fish on a fly (even just for a moment) it is good by fish.
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By Rox Davis
Well, after my first Connecticut River W500 kayak Striper trip, you know I had to get back out there 🙂
I Hit the river at 9:00am. First drift, at 9:39am, the first Schoolie was in the boat. The Bite wasn’t as good as my first trip, but with 2 stripers a 32″ and one at 32 1/2″ I’m one Happy Friggen Yaker 🙂
The best part of my day was having a striper hit the top water lure, sending in the air, then coming back and hitting it again with a tail slap, when I realized, it was 3 Stripers fighting over it.
When Finally it Happened, I Had a Double on, and it was 2 Good size Keepers, they were rolling and fighting when one popped off.
But the one I got in the boat was the 32 1/2″ fatty. I ended up with 10 Stripers, ranging from 24″ to the 32 1/2″.
I headed for the ramp at 12:30, I was pooped out, didn’t think I could reel in another fish
Plus, I was soooooooooo tired from standing and fishing all morning.
That W500 is a work out machine, just as much as she is a FISHING MACHINE!!!!!!!
Notice, my GoPro Hero2 mounted and ready to record – Enjoy the porn
(Best viewed in full screen mode)
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
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Sungjin Kim is the distributor of W fishing kayaks in South Korea, and a master in rigging fishing kayaks.
Sungjin created this outrigger system from foam boards and aluminum rods that he cut and assembled himself.
His goal: motorized tandem kayak fishing in the ocean, and he fully succeeded:
The 2 hp 4-cycle outboard motor from Honda propels this W fishing kayak and its tandem crew at a fairly good speed:
The two kayak fishermen get to fishing:
And here Sungjin’s fellow fisherman is filleting a fish on board their kayak, and preparing it for for their lunch on board:
And here is Sungjin’s outrigger tandem motorized fishing kayak, beached on this beautiful South Korean beach:
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