Kayak Angler Highlights June 2013

This Month: Drum Roll Please

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.

This month we see some monster Drum’s, a stellar Kingfish, and a huge Wahoo from kayak anglers who pull some Yak Hard and land some slammin’ catches.

42″ Black Drum

black drum from a kayakKayak Angler: Donny Miley
Sponsors: Tailin’ Toads, The Wilderness Way, Reel-Fin-Addict Kayak Guide Service
Location: Panacea Florida
Species: Black Drum
Length: 42in
Weight: 35-40lbs
Reel: Shimano Symetry
Rod: G-Loomis Greenwater Medium Heavy 8′ Spinning Rod
Line: 15lb Diamond Braid
Leader: 6 foot of 60lb fluorocarbon
Bait: Half of a Blue Crab

From the Angler:
“I fought the fish for nearly 30min as it drug me thru the bridge pilings. It made one final run towards a dock and was landed with help of my friend Ben Colona. I had Ben take some pictures and then spent the next few minutes reviving the fish. The most rewarding part of the battle was watching the monster drum swim back to the bridge after being revived.”


45″ Red Drum

Ric Burnley Kayak Angler Red DrumKayak Angler: Ric Burnley
Editor: Kayak Angler Magazine
Website: Kayak Angler Magazine
Location: Eastern Shore, Virginia
Species:  Red Drum
Length: Estimated 45 inches
Weight: Estimated 40 pounds
Reel: Shimano Calcutta 700
Rod: Shimano Tescata
Line: 40 lb Power Pro
Leader: 50 lb Segar Fluorocarbon
Bait: 2-ounce jig and Gulp! twister

From the Angler:
“I paddled 7 miles, saw one school of fish, made one cast, caught one fish.  A big one.”


48″ Red Drum

Kayak Angler: Rob ChoiRob Choi big Red fish
Sponsors: Ocean Kayak, Werner Paddles, Kokatat, Maui Jim, YakAttack, Hook1
Website: Angling Addict
Location: Eastern Shore, VA
Species:  Red Drum
Length: 48″
Weight: Not weighed
Reel:  Shimano Sustain FG 5000
Rod:  Shimano Terez 7′ MH
Line: 50lb braid
Leader: 60lb flouro
Bait: Artificial

Photo By: Joe Underwood

From the angler:
Rob Choi put together a great story about this day of fishing and this catch at the following link:
Tardy to the Drum Party


kayak kingfish52″ Kingfish

Kayak Angler: Nathan Floyd
Team: Team Gone Fishing (Kayak Wars)
Location: Panama City Beach, Florida
Species: King Mackerel
Length: 52″
Weight: 35-40lbs approx
Rod/Reel: Penn
Line: 20lb mono
Leader: 50lb steel
Bait: Cigar Minnow

From the Angler:
“Caught approximately 3 miles off shore from a Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak.”


wahooo65″ Wahoo

Kayak Angler: Doug Richard
Location: Dania Beach, Florida
Species: Wahoo
Length: 60-65″ est.
Weight: 61lbs
Rod: Custom Conley 7’ Live Bait Rod
Reel: Penn International 12V
Line: 20lb mono
Leader: 30 lb Flouro to #4 wire stinger rig
Bait: Live Gog’

From the Angler:
“Hooked in 380’. Aprox 1 hr fight started in Dania and Fish was landed in front of Ft Lauderdale.”


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