High wind hampered fishing all last week but when it let up fishing was very good. Solid trout are coming to the dock every day. Captain Mike Bares reports that the fish are there and re biting very good. Fishing on the east side of the lake was the best place to stay out of the wind. Live bait has been very scarce for this area the last 3 weeks or so, but Mike says that fishing soft plastics under a popping cork has been working very good. His favorites are Hackberry Hustler, Berkley Gulp and H & H Cocahoe minnows. The best working colors have been Chartreuse. Black/Chartreuse tail and Glow with a red tail. Redfish have been very good all along the channel and in the marsh. Tanya is back so give her a call at 888.762.3391 and ask her how her knee is and come get in on some of this action.
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Kayak Fishing Basics
Kayak fishing sounds pleasantly promising, and anglers have taken notice. By Chris Woodward February 10, 2021
When you first start kayak fishing, keep the rigging simple and take a minimal amount of gear and tackle.
Access hyper-shallow waters with the utmost stealth, fish isolated shorelines, and explore remote backcountry locations. Kayak fishing sounds pleasantly promising, and anglers have taken notice.
And while kayaks, like all boats, require at least some effort and cost to outfit, launch and clean, the level of difficulty and expense drops significantly when compared with an outboard-powered fishing boat. Praises and Caveats
“I like the simplicity and the ability to go on a moment’s notice,” says Chris Vecsey, an Old Town pro angler who works at Sam’s Bait and Tackle in Orange Beach, Alabama. “When you have narrow windows of time to get on the water, a kayak is the perfect craft for accessibility. It gives you range and efficiency.”
Kayaks put you close to the action. Big fish may tow you long distances.
Despite the appeal and advantages, beginner kayak anglers also must understand their limitations. For instance, the sustainable speed for most kayaks tops out at about 5 mph, which restricts the distance you can travel from your launch.
First-time kayak buyers also might assume that their years on the water in power-boats give them all the experience they need to become kayak anglers. But they need a different set of skills. As well, every newcomer to kayak fishing must initially decide on a preferred type of propulsion: paddle, pedal or trolling motor.
Paddle boats launch more easily through the beach surf than boats with pedal propulsion. And in super-shallow water or when fishing marsh grass, propulsion gear that extends below the hull must be pulled up and placed on the deck.
With traditional paddle kayaks (top), you must paddle to your destination before you can start casting effectively. Pedal-drive boats (bottom) free up your hands to fish while you’re on the move, but also require more water under the hull for clearance.
However, pedal kayaks and those with trolling motors take less effort to move, and they also keep your hands free for casting. Of course, they do cost more.
“You also kind of need to understand how kayaks behave in the water,” Vecsey says. “Not all of them are really that hydrodynamic. I think people should start in paddle kayaks.” Making the Choice
Propulsion and boat length top the list of purchasing criteria. To choose the right boat for you, consider your own size, how much gear you want to take, and how you’ll store and transport the boat.
A 12-foot rigid-hull, sit-on-top kayak qualifies as the standard for fishing these days, but a smaller or larger option, from 10½ to 14 feet, can be a better choice.
Once used to your kayak, try standing for a better view.
Kayak-makers note a maximum weight capacity for all of their models, and that’s generally in the 300- to 600-pound range. Be sure to add your weight, and that of your tackle and gear, and the boat itself for a final tally on poundage.
Smaller anglers must pay extra attention to boat weight. Depending on where you fish and how you transport the kayak, you might be carrying it, pulling it, or even lifting it above your head.
“It’s entertaining to watch me get my kayak out the door by myself,” says Bri Andrassy, a Hobie pro ambassador from North Palm Beach, Florida. “On the driveway, I put the beach wheels on, and then put it on the truck-bed extender and push it. You just need to anticipate how much a kayak is going to weigh.”
Andrassy says the truck-bed extender works well for her Mirage Passport 12.0, a pedal-drive boat that measures 12 feet and weighs 73 pounds unrigged.
Anglers without a truck can opt for car topping or trailering.
If your boat is a heavyweight, or if you’re fishing with a friend, a trailer capable of hauling one or two kayaks can be a perfect fit. But parking a trailer at home, at a beach launch, and even at some of the more rugged off-road sites can be a logistical problem. Gearing Up
Common beginner mistakes include buying too much gear right off the bat, and failing to purchase a high-quality paddle.
A great benefit to kayak fishing is the ability to go
Kayak fishing mandates that you maximize space, so start slowly when purchasing gear. An auto-inflatable life jacket tops the list of necessities, followed by a carbon-fiber paddle. That lightweight paddle can help you get home if a pedal drive or trolling motor breaks.
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3 tbsp granulated sugar
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