Playing Catch Up

It’s no secret that it’s been a little while since the blog’s seen a new trip report. As I type this, it’s been about a month since my last trip in my Cuda 14. I’m hoping that the trips will be coming a bit more frequently now. I’ve been updating my schedule, as well, to trip to take part in a few different tournaments than I originally aimed for.

One of the problems with working for a retailer like Pack & Paddle, is that the majority of our boat staff and install team are kayak anglers and have interest in fishing tournaments. We’re all also members of the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club, who host their own Angler of the Year (AOTY) series. My manager, Scott, is chasing the AOTY title meaning he fishes most of the club’s tourneys. Sometimes, another one of us can also take off a Saturday to fish the event, but there’s no guarantee. And so, my resolution has been to find other tournaments to fish instead, to allow my participation to be a little bit more possible. Anywho…

My last report was posted on April 6th, but there have been a few more trips made since then. I’m just going to briefly post about them, and share the photos.

April 15th – Flat Lake in Morgan City

This was the first of two trips involving motorized water transportation & the only trip with a motorized vessel exclusively.

We had planned to make a ride to Bear Bayou on the north shore of Flat Lake, but rough water pushed us back toward Bayou Grobeck. The motor didn’t do much to our favor as we skunked, but we did end up enjoying the scenery.

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April 22nd – Pointe Aux Chenes

A week later, we returned to the salt water and the marsh, making a morning trip to PAC. It ended up being a pretty slow day for both Karl and I. I ended up with just a couple of fish; a rat redfish and a pretty nice Sheepshead. They were both caught on the blue crab Aqua Dream Spoon.

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April 25th – Pointe Aux Chenes

We returned to PAC a few days later hoping to redeem ourselves. Karl wanted to check out the spot I had fished earlier in the month but it was a little bit of a long one-way paddle to the spot. His solution: take his deep-v and use it as a mothership. I ended up just with two, Karl had three, I think. One of mine did help me upgrade my placement in the ongoing Cajun Grand Slam Catch-Photo-Release tournament, put on by the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club.

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This catches us up (mostly) for now. Lafayette’s Speck & Redfish Cup was this past weekend, and while I didn’t get to fish it, I did get to hang out at the weigh in and enjoy catching up with everyone. I’ll throw that in with another post in a day or so. And I also hope to have another video up sooner than later. For now, though, I’ll leave you with a quick video I posted on instagram a few weeks back.

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