My first real fishing kayak was a used 2007 Hobie Outback I purchased in 2017. It was a huge change from my Old Town Discovery 119 solo canoe. Clearly when I purchased that first Hobie I was upgrading from a solo canoe with zero fishing features. But what is an actual upgrade within fishing kayaks?
My brain was analyzing the situation. Perch and pickerel were all I found and it was saying this isn’t right, you need to change. My gut kept telling me I’m doing the right thing. I just needed to land on the right little patch and it wouldn’t be a school of perch, but a school of bass.
I showed up to the launch just after it was getting light out. It was going to be a chilly day with a chance of rain coming through so I wasn’t in a huge hurry to get going.
I woke up Monday morning in Kissimmee still feeling good about my performance at the TENvitational. Riding that high, I took my time packing up and loading the truck for the next leg of my journey. It was on to Lake Seminole for the first Hobie BOS event of the season. This was going to … Continue reading Florida Roadtrip 3: Lake Seminole
Tournament day was finally here and I couldn’t wait to put that first fish on the board! Launch time came and I took off towards my first waypoint.
I chose to start my trip off on Lake Gentry. The idea was simple, stay off the big lakes. I preferred smaller lakes anyway, and felt they would be less pressured.
If you’re a duck hunting purist, and feel that setting up a spread of decoys and skillfully calling in a flock of mallards to your spread is a sacred art form that is paramount above all else then you should probably turn back now because what follows is none of that!
It was my 8th cast of Sunday morning, not even three minutes after lines in and she smoked the chatterbait. Not a giant, but a 15.75-inch smallmouth on the board that early was a good sign and I was pumped. A feeling that would quickly fade as the day went on. Maybe I should back … Continue reading Day Two Struggles in Maine
I realized that many anglers…. correction, MOST anglers don’t know how to practice!
I was pretty irked. If i just said no, they probably would have kept on walking. This got me thinking, am I too honest to be a fisherman?