I’ve been wanting to visit one of our old spots, one that we haven’t really visited since the earliest posts on this blog back in 2013, hence the old headline bump-board image. I got the opportunity to check it out the day after Easter. After launching, I pedaled among the large land terraces that now populate the marsh in PAC. When these were first installed, we were upset because they muddied up the water and killed parts of our estuary. Grass flats and islands disappeared and were replaced with man-made dirt mounds.
Enough time has passed that these terraces now provide new places to find fish. Many of them are deeper in the middle of the canals they’ve created, and shallow up near banks, making a great opportunity to find cruising fish.
As I left the terraces to head across open water, I was traveling to a grass flat that existed in 2013 (hoping to find it again). The south wind had muddied up all of the marsh I was planning to fish. After about 45 minutes stand-up paddling around, I decided to head back to the terraces. They provided better wind protection and I had seen a couple reds while passing through.
Once arriving back at the terraces, I quickly started spotting reds. Most were decently sized (25-30 inches). I originally planned to throw a Cajun Lures crawfish style bait, but after seeing a bull red destroy a mullet right under the ‘yak, I swapped over to a Z-Man 5″ Paddler in a natural color. I soon noticed a red prowling a nearby bank and as I set-up my cast, I noticed he had a buddy with him. I knew if I could get the lure between them, they’d compete for it and I’d get a bite. It worked beautifully. What didn’t work so well was my leader, and it snapped around a minute into the fight.
I retied and went back to work. I soon saw a smaller red nearby and picked it off. First fish in tooooo long!
After spooking a few more, I knew the route I’d be taking the rest of the day. I made the same loop two more times with the fish really only showing themselves in the same area the second and third times. I picked off another around the same size as the first (roughly around 20″) and a beautiful 25.5″ belly crawler which made me feel like I was fishing in November again!
Two of the three made the trip home with me for dinner and the larger one made my first entry into the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club’s 2018 online CPR tournament.
Three fish wouldn’t normally make me feel like bragging, but it felt great to be back on the water. I’m hoping it won’t be another five months before my next fishing trip (hahaha).
Yeah, I know. I haven’t posted here since December and here it is April. I’ve been known to take a break from time-to-time, but I believe this is the longest that I’ve gone (since I started kayak fishing) that I haven’t picked up a rod. But we have had some stuff going on…
Shortly after this report’s trip, our second child was born. A baby girl, Wren. Additionally, after the first of the year Tracey and I decided to kick our photography side-business back into action, so a lot of my free time has been dedicated to it.
But I finally had a chance to get back on the water. I’ll post that report soon. As I was uploading the images from that trip, I noticed these images from the last solo trip I made, and it will bug me if I don’t post them…
I believe this trip occurred on December 2nd, and was out of Cocodrie. Obviously, the details are a little hazy, since it occurred a while back. I can say that all fish were caught on Buggs lures, a mix of Curl-tails and Beastie Buggs. I remember that I threw a Permital Bugg briefly, which fooled a Sheephead, but I couldn’t get him to the kayak.
Just about everyone who knows something about kayak fishing knows who Robert Field is. If you watch kayak fishing videos on YouTube you’ve seen at least one of his videos. He’s released two videos from his time in Louisiana recently.
The first involved mother-shipping with Jameson, Brooks, and Gene aboard Eddie Mullens’ kayak hauler. The second video is fishing the marsh near the marina.
It’s quite an entertaining couple of videos. I was especially surprised to see myself make a cameo appearance in it. You can check out the second of the two videos below, but definitely watch the first as well. It features Gene’s monstrous black drum, and a really sick sight-cast clip that Robert filmed!
This one, in case you hadn’t seen it, is from Chris Funk, or FeralOne as he’s also known. Great vid, Chris!