Photography

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Aside from kayak fishing, I also put some time into other activities; music, video making, graphic design, etc. Another hobby that I really enjoy is photography.

Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to shoot a few weddings and have a small photography side job. Before shooting weddings and portraits, my favorite style of shooting was (and still is) nature photography. It’s been a huge challenge for me to bring along the camera while fishing, mostly due to the fact that it’s not waterproof. I will begin to bring it along soon though.

I’ve created a new page as part of this site specifically for some of my photography. You can access it from the navigation bar above, or by clicking here. I hope you enjoy.

Ride The Bull IV

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August 16 – 17 at Bridgeside Marina

LA 1 Slamboree Recap

I’ve been wanting to get out and start fishing tournaments for a while now. This weekend I got my chance at the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club’s (LKFC) LA 1 Slamboree. It was hosted at Bobby Lynn’s Marina in Leeville, LA. This would be our first time fishing in the area. 

We decided to pre fish the weekend before. Andrew, Karl & I headed down LA 1 Saturday morning and as we neared Port Fourchon on the new expressway, we could see storms off the coast, including a waterspout! We combat launched into the area south of the first bridge between Fourchon and Grand Isle. It was about 9am by this point. I started throwing top-water and got a few hits on it. Reds were everywhere but they weren’t interested but the trout were. In one small pond, a trout nailed the lure but came off at the boat. Karl, who had never fished out of a kayak before, landed a small ladyfish. He was borrowing Andrew’s Big Tuna. And Andrew, who was fishing out of my wife’s Cruise 12, was also getting trout hits, but no hookups. A thunderstorm started to form quickly and ran us off the water for the day.

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Now for tournament weekend, Andrew had to work but Karl and I headed down. I just bought the Aquabound Sting Ray Carbon paddles, and got to use them for the first time! Nice upgrade from the BB Whisper. Anyway, we decided to fish a different area of marsh than what we pre fished. We were on the water at about 5:45, right as the horizon was beginning to brighten behind the clouds. Rain was forecasted for around 12, though we only saw a small shower around 7. Wind, however, was the story of the day! We fished around and I landed an 18.25 red around 6:45. I figured that, if nothing else, he’d make a nice supper that night. We continued to work the bank, protected for the wind.

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My first trout came as I was reeling back in my line. It slammed my lure right as I got it to the boat. It jumped right into my topwater that was hanging off the front of my kayak. I landed him but he only measured in at 11.5. I also had a new VUDU Shrimp rigged under a cork and had been trolling it as I was drifting and looking for reds and flounder. I decided to reel it back in to check on it and recast it. When I got it back to the boat, a small trout was hanging onto to it. I didn’t measure him as he was way undersized.

We continued to check the weather throughout the day. We decided to head back closer to the put in and fish a small bayou running through the marsh. That plan didn’t quite work as the water was so low. There was another cove near this and I decided to stake out and try to upgrade my red, hoping to at least participate in the heavy red division. As I was checking the banks for signs of life, I noticed the back of a red right up against the grass. We had noticed a lot of shrimp jumping so I had taken the cork off of my VUDU shrimp and casted it right to the fish. He took it almost immediately. As I began fighting him, I realized that he was a big guy. Maybe not quite a bull, but definitely near, if not over 27″. He was peeling drag headed for some grass so I thumbed the spool to stop him. He headed to the boat and looked about ready. Then he took off on one final run, under the boat. I again thumbed the reel and the line went slack. I almost threw my rod in the water.

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It took me a few minutes to get over losing him. I eventually went back to searching for tails right up against the banks in the wind protected areas. I did get a few more to bite, but I was too anxious and set the hook to quickly.

We tired out of fighting the wind and headed back to the truck. I was tempted to weigh in my fish but decided it wasn’t worth it and to just save it for the grill.

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All in all, it was a great time and I enjoyed myself. We stayed for a while at the weigh in and heard that the other guys had a rough day as well. Looking forward to the next tournament now!

 

Afternoon Reds

Sundays are a busy day for my wife and I. Most of the time when I make plans to fish on a Sunday, it’s a short local trip. Andrew & I had planned to head to the marsh on Saturday but due to too much wedding food on Friday, those plans needed to be pushed back. So on Sunday, after church was over, Andrew and myself, and a rookie named Mark, decided to load up the truck and head down to Pointe Aux Chenes.

It was probably around 3:30-4 by the time we finally got on the water. With Mark having never been kayak fishing before, Andrew felt it best to set up his Big Tuna in tandem seating, and have Mark paddle with him. The water had been muddied up a little, probably because of the storms that had been rolling through all morning & the grass was still thick and matted on the surface. I started the evening throwing a black spoon but with no luck at all. Eventually I decided to try out a Gulp minnow, again with no luck except for a crab taking half of it.

The day consisted of a lot of casting for all of us, but wasn’t completely unproductive. We came up to a cut where we had some sign of life last time. Andrew caught a nice little 16.5″ Red. After a few minutes we headed past it and along a long shoreline. We just drifted with the wind and fished it. That’s where I hooked onto a Red that measured in at just under 18.25″.

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We came to the end of that shoreline and I hooked onto another one. This one measuring at 15″ so back in he went. Immediately after releasing him, Andrew got hooked up on a 17″.

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We continued to fish all the way back to the put-in but with no more bites, it was getting late. As we headed in, we met up with another kayaker in a 10′ Pescador. He had caught 2 reds, a 16″ and a 26″.

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It was 9:30 by the time we got back to Morgan City. We were determined that Mark get to eat redfish on the half-shell. As I unloaded the truck, Andrew cleaned the fish, and they went straight to the grill. Mark, who mostly plays video games for fun, had a great time and is ready to go back!

Lures: Bayou Chubb Minnows (LSU Colored), Matrix Shad (Tigerbait), Gold Spoon.

I have a friend who about 10 months ago moved to Dallas. He and his family were visiting us this week and we made plans to head to the marsh. The plans were to originally head to PAC, but with the weather we had over the weekend, we figured we’d head west of us to Cypremort Point to try and avoid the most of the weather. Last year around this time we made a similar trip to Burns Point which resulted in him catching one 16″ red, and me; just sore arms and a sunburn. The bay was rough as we headed from Burns Point State Park to the marsh (about a mile to the north), and he was smoking me in my father-in-law’s Old Town Vapor 10 (I was paddling a Jackson Coosa at the time).

This year’s trip was a little bit different. We reached Cypremort Point and went into the park. We headed to the north end of the park and started unloading my truck. It was me, Trey (from Dallas), & Andrew. I just bought a Jackson Cruise a couple of weeks ago for my wife, and Trey was using that boat for the day. We put in and headed north into Shark Bayou.

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Now, Cypremort Point is new water for us. We’ve mostly stuck to the Cocodrie/PAC areas this year. As we headed into the cuts along the main bayou, you could see plenty of bait busting everywhere. We put in around 8am or so, and eventually Trey hooked up. He caught the guy out of the current on an Avocado Matrix Shad. He barely made it past 16″ but was legal! We continued to fight the winds and current as we paddled through the different cuts and canals. I would occasionally check my phone’s google maps to navigate through the maze. As we pulled the boats up to the grass on each side of this canal, Trey hooked onto another! This one around 16.5″ on a Tsunami Holographic Swimbait in blue tiger.

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The day was turning out to be pretty uneventful for me. We were just about done but Trey wanted to fish one of the two manmade canals behind the park. After checking the map, he decided on the canal directly behind the park. We battled the wind as we paddled/casted up it. I spooked about a six foot gator off of the bank. There was a small cove at the dead end of the canal and just for kicks Andrew casted his Sac Au Lait rod in there. His cork bobbed and he felt a snag, but knowing better, he kept tension and pulled up a decent Flounder. As he got it in the boat, the hook came off straightened.

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After that we called it a day and leisurely paddled back to the park. Out of the whole trip the only thing I got was some severe sunburn on my feet. But I am glad that Trey got to fish while he was visiting and more glad he caught two of the three fish of the day. We will be back to Cypremort Point eventually to try to learn the area better.