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Kayak Angler Highlights May 2013

This Month: Cobia and Wahoo, Gulf Coast Style

Every month we will showcase some of the best and most notable catches from the kayak fishing world. Kayak anglers who do it big on what is probably one of the most technically complicated platforms on the fishing planet.

Our opening month could not start much better than this. We have two members from Team Primus out of Navarre Beach, Florida who prove to do it big and in pairs. These anglers truly Yak Hard!

55″ 70lb Cobia55" 70lb Cobia

Angler: Doug Richardson aka YAKNTAT
Fishing Team: Team Primus (Kayak Wars)
Video: YouTube
Location: Navarre, Florida
Reel: Penn 550 Spinfisher
Rod: St. Croix Mojo Inshore heavy
Line: 50lb Power Pro
Leader: 40lb Flouro
Bait: Pink 3oz Bucktail jig, tip with a piece of hardtail

From the Angler:
Caught in 60ft of water 1 1/2 miles off the beach on natural bottom.

54″ 36lb Wahoo

Kayak Fishing Wahoo

Angler: Robert “Ginzu” Long
Fishing Team: Team Primus (Kayak Wars)
Location: Navarre Beach, FL
Reel: Calcutta TE 401
Rod: 7’6” St. Croix Mojo Inshore Heavy Power
Line: 30lb Power Pro Slick
Leader: 40lb Wire on King Rig
Bait: Dead Cigar Minnow

From the Angler:
I rolled out this morning to get a little time on the water, since I have to work an evening shift today. I had visions of landing another Cobia after seeing my boy’s slob from yesterday. Well, it didn’t take long. I had a 25lb Cobia decide to hit my Yozuri deep diver after I got out past the second bar. Fought a short fight and had him yak side. Hit him with the gaff and he flips out doing the gator roll. In the process he slips off the gaff and bent out the treble on the lure and off he swam. I was livid. Cussing at no one for hours. Pulled up one trophy snapper on a spot, then moved to another pulling the only live bait I had, a big hardtail. Well somehow he wiggles off, so now I am stuck pulling nasty cigsicles I had. On the way to our famed Trigger hole I see some birds working the water pretty hard. I start heading that way when I notice an odd thump on the King rig. Bout to get even more upset cause I figured it was remora time. Pick up the pole and start to move a little more when I feel deadweight grab the bait. It felt substantial, so I did my Bass fisherman impression and set the hook as hard as I could. That’s when shit hit the fan. 200 yds of line came off my spool in seconds. I could see smoke coming out of the reel. I start hauling ass towards the fish to try and catch up. The only time I have ever seen line move that fast was when I accidentally hooked flipper. 15 minutes I’m working this fish. I take some line and he hauls ass again. All this time I had no idea what it could be. There was no jumping and I couldn’t see color till he came along side the yak. When I did finally see him, all I saw were stripes. Big stripes! I’m kinda upset that my main GoPro didn’t start recording when I hit the button. But I did get footage from my front camera right when I landed him. You will get a chuckle out of my antics. I got a little overzealous in my celebrating. 36lbs and 54″.I don’t know if this year can get any better, but it’s been a hell of a ride so far!
Tight Lines!

Fishing Report: Black Point Marina May 23 2013

I thought today, a last minute idea, had all the makings to be a great one out of Black Point Marina. On the water at 6 am, sunrise at 630 am, and high tide at 740 am. That is the ideal scenario for me when going skinny water. Black Point in itself is hit or miss.. mostly miss. But, if history is an indicator, the above ingredients should have led to an active bay – or at least vastly increased odds for Tarpon, Snook, and Trout. However, I spent 6 hours stalking and casting to every square inch of this area without a single hit, no activity was found, no mullet, no nothing. Well, except the occasional wandering dolphin.

Usually, hitting the water with tides and dawn nearly coinciding it is time for top water action. So my first trial was running my top water along every edge and crevice in the immediate bay. The only action I saw was some over zealous needle fish. I then switched to my mullet colored Mirr-O-Lure with red hooks/eyes, and headed to my Tarpon area. In this area that lure always brings them up, but gain.. hours spent and no takers. I then again switched to another sub surface bait with a pink belly and worked all the mangrove lines and drifted across the grass flats several times.. again, no takers.

Finding myself digging into my flats box and decided to pull out a DOA Terror Eyez in gray/black. This at least mimicked what little schools of fish there were on the breeding grounds. Worked and worked, but this lure sank too quick, and 80% of the retrieves came up dirty. I then switch to my clear and red glitter DOA Shrimp, this always attracts hits, and it did. The hits unfortunately were Pin Fish who couldn’t fit on that hook if they tried, and they did try.

Now feeling the need to leave and park myself on the couch in the comforts of home I headed back towards the launch. I threw my pink belly sub surface off the back of the kayak and slow trolled it across the grass flats. In the middle I foul hooked a Pin Fish and just decided to leave the lure up the rest of the way. At the final area before the mangrove tunnel I did see a school of 15-20 Barracuda averaging from 12 – 24 inches. I grabbed the pink belly and gave it a toss. This worked and I pulled up one in the 20 inch range. I tried a repeat for a few minutes, but they had moved on.. as did I.

Map of C:\Users\Dade Digital\Desktop\Black_Point_Marina_North_Side_Grass_Flats.png

Launch Location:

24775 SW 87 Avenue
Miami, FL

Park: Sunrise – Sunset
Office: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., seven days a week
Marina: Open 24 hours
Boat Ramp: Open 24 hours

Fishing Report: Pompano Beach May 18 2013

Pompano Beach Wreck Fishing and Live Bait Trolling
So, let’s get one thing out of the way..  not a single fish landed by me! So, why listen? Well, had bites and drag screaming occasions all day, but these were accompanied by some terminal tackle failures. In any case, I did have fish on, and I was surrounded by people who did land some big fish. I will share all these details in this report.

I had hook ups, but no landings.. came down to my equipment. I had severely hard hits off wrecks using a variety of vertical jigs, the jig type didn’t seem to matter (color variations) but speed did. The faster you jigged up the quicker the bite. Of these, I figured that the lines were getting cut in the wrecks. I would come up with a clean cut and no fray on my 35lb Power Pro. However, after watching the video I saw that I should have been far above the wreck during the strikes and the amount of drag peeled on impact did not equate to getting back down the the wrecks. So, this is my second time using the Power Pro 35 and the first time I had the line break just jigging! So now I assume the line is the issue. I am going to switch over to Diamond Braid and see. The rig for that was simple.. the braid to to 60lb fluro in pink. I have yet to come up with a broken bit of fluro, so I will stick with that end as the bites do happen with it.

I spent the day dragging around the same large Goggle Eye from the tourney launch until noon.. checked him 3 times and he was always kicking, so I sent him back in. This rig was 20lb Ande Tourny mono to a 44lb solid wire leader in coffee color with a stinger set up (4/0 and 5/0 circle hook). At noon I finally had a screaming drag off that line at about 160ft trolling it. I set the hook and began a 40 minute 2 mile battle. When at that point the stinger broke off. It looks as if, after inspecting what was left of the rig, that my stinger some how slid down onto the arc of the leading hook. It is slightly bent open and I do not believe he was hooked by it. I think my rig failed and he was able to twist the stinger twist out during the fight. But before that it must have been hanging onto the leading hook for a bit to get it bent like that. So.. the rigs worked and they didn’t. I talked to the bait guy who had just won a local King tourney and he told me to switch to 50lb 7 strand braid wire leader. I am also going to switch to this.

Most of the other anglers shared in the same tactics, but made the grade with large Aj’s, King’s, BFT’s, a Wahoo, and even a Sail being landed. The difference being that the terminal tackle failures for these guys simply did not happen. The live baits were mixed between Google Eyes and Pilchards. Believe it or not (I saw the video) an angler landed a Sail on 20lb mono, 6″ of single strand wire leader, and a set of 3/0 hooks in a stinger rig. His bait was a 3 inch Pilchard who once rigged up couldn’t even swim, the kayaker was just dragging him around as he flopped and spun on the surface.. then BAM! Sail on.. he was drug 4 miles and did land the sail.

Blackfin Tuna’s were also hitting Pilchards on mono leader rigs with no stinger. These were averaging at or around 5 lbs, but a single 26lb was landed as well. The King’s and the Wahoo also hovered in this 25-30lb area. Large Barracudas were had all day by all, with either type of live bait. Of course Goggle Eyes providing the largest ‘cuda slams.

I will head back out after some minor tackle adjustments and do plan to load that cooler. Until then abosrb what you see here and plan your own game accordingly. It’s on in Pompano right now.

Launch Location:

222 N Pompano Beach Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Fishing Report: Bird Key, Miami, Florida April 14 2013

If your looking for Biscayne Bay trout, then Bird Key is your answer. The grass flats located to the South of Bird Key is an absolute breeding ground for Sea Trout in the area. This last trip proved so yet again. With kayak launch sites out of either Pelican Harbor Park or Morningside Park, a Key Biscayne kayak angling adventure is not very far for Miami residents.

Launching at dawn I found myself at the stall of low tide. I did paddle around to not encounter much but some very small trout out of the grass flats, and a few jacks outside of the grass line. As high tide moved in, fishing turned around.  The sweeping tide brought in the big fish, namely trout averaging from 20-25″ on the big side, with just under slot trout to be had all around and in between. A natural colored DOA shrimp will pretty much cover all of your needs, while a top water will slow your bite but increase your quality of fish. I had a few big slams that broke my leaderless 12lb test, I went through an entire set of DOA’s on this day, but managed to complete the day at the peak of high tide with a happy little list of catches. The peak also slowed fishing off the grass as everything continues to sweep North with the rising water levels.

Bird Key Grass Flats map

The key to these grass flats is this: Time of day and water temperature did not seem to play much of a role, which is the opposite of sites like Flamingo, a swinging tide is key. For an incoming tide work the grass flats edge on the North side of the field, staying in that zone of 2-3 feet while casting out away from the grass edge and working your bait back in. Once this tide peaks work the edges towards the sea wall on either side, or go for some different varieties in the channels.  On an outgoing tide do all of the above but be stationed at the South end of the grass flats. These tips will keep your day active.

Launch Location:

Pelican Harbor Marina
1275 NE 79 Street
Miami, FL 33138

Park: Sunrise – Sunset
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., seven days a week
Boat Ramps: Open 24 hours