Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
As I'm sure some of you have heard, I've moved my blog to a new domain, A Bad Backcast Fishing This gives me the ability to do a bit more with the blog plus gives me the options needed that go hand in hand with my new kayak guiding venture...it's very similar to this site just minus all of the same pastel vented sun shirts and Columbia hats...just add skulls and flames.
It still has that new car smell so, please bear with me while I fumble my way around!
All of the blog posts here have been exported there, but I'll leave this blog up for a while until everyone gets used to where the new site is.
Special thanks go out to Mark Watanabe (Yaksushi) At Yaksushi Media for all the hard work and logo design! I owe you a few kayak trips the next time you're down!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Not really a fishing post! Lets hope the Rays bring their bats to the playoffs.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Yesterday, Keith, in his search for a new kayak, took me down to Sweetwater Kayaks to test drive a few Malibu's. We took our fishing stuff just in case he didn't buy one so we could fish while we were out near Gandy. Problem was, they only had one for him to check out and no Mini-X in stock.
After his test run, we unloaded our gear and headed out to fish the always popular "Boat Graveyard" which is a mangrove area with a collection of dilapidated and sunk boats and docks, abandoned and left to rot. Oyster bars dot this habitat as well.
We also wanted to test out a few new home made stake out poles, which were 8 ft long and made out of green plastic gardening poles with a PVC t at the end. These initially worked well and fit through the scupper holes nicely but wouldn't hold up and kept cracking and bending under the stress of leaning. The great thing about having a longer stake out pole like that is giving me the ability to have something to hold on to while standing up in the kayak, as well as having something to pole the kayak along. We think that inserting these green gardening stakes inside a length of PVC will add a bit more toughness and support.
We paddled through the honeycomb of wrecked and sunk boats, docks, oyster bars and mangroves. There were numerous "fishy" looking areas along the deep mangrove shoreline that didn't seem to be holding fish on the dropping tide. Finger mullet and pinfish were plentiful along the mangrove prop roots.
We found a tidal creek with a depression at the mouth dotted with piles of concrete slabs and caught a few dink trout but, beside that, all was quiet.
I cast a DOA Shrimp into the mangroves next to a concrete pile and it immediately got hammered by an 18 inch snook. My drag was set fairly loose, so he initially dragged me into the bushes, but the 30 lb leader and 20 lb Power Pro held. He was a bit on the skinny side but swam off after a long reviving.
None of his buddies that we spotted in the area were interested in playing so we called it a day....awesome weather and light breeze made it a great scouting trip.