SUP Fishing

Kayak and SUP Angler Highlights July 2013

This Month: Bang! Pow!

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

This month started with nasty local weather and little to show around the fishing community, but Bang! Pow! out of nowhere the catches started flooding in and these kayak and SUP anglers show how to get it done!

When the angling gets tough, the tough Go Hard.

54″ Wahoo

Kayak Angler: Jameson ReddingWahoo on a Kayak
Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Manley Rods, Orca Coolers, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Bending Branches
Location: Pensacola Beach, FL
Species: Wahoo
Length: 54in
Weight: No Estimate
Reel: Penn Battle 5000
Rod: Ugly Stick Inshore 7’6” MH
Line: 30lb Power Pro
Leader: 30lb fluorocarbon
Bait: Dead Cigar minnow on a duster rig

Photo Credit: Josh Henson

From the Angler:

It was an awesome day on the water with 20+ Kings caught.  Drew Gregory, Brooks Beatty, Michael Ethridge, Josh Henson and myself had launched early and with the help and guidance of Josh (local Jackson Kayak pro-staffer) we had managed to get into the fish.  It was almost lunchtime when we decided to start the paddle in and when I got about a mile or so from the shore my line started screaming off the reel.  After a few very long and fast runs it came by the yak, and I saw the blue stripes.  Wahoo, I yelled as Josh paddled over to me while also fighting the biggest king of the day (25lb).  He grabbed my kayak and after 15 minutes of fighting he was able to get a gaff in it for me.  We were thrilled to say the least!  It is a trip I will never forget!

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75″ Tarpon

Big Tarpon from a KayakKayak Angler: Donny Miley
Sponsors: Tailin’ Toads, The Wilderness Way, Reel-Fin-Addict Kayak Guide Service
Location: Panacea Florida
Species: Tarpon
Length: 75in est.
Weight: 125lbs est.
Reel: Shimano Baitrunner 4500
Rod: Shimano Teramar XXX Heavy 8′ Spinning Rod
Line: 50lb Diamond Braid
Leader: 60lb Diamond Fluorocarbon
Bait: Live Grunt

From the Angler:

I peddled two miles to a sandy shoal that is know for funneling tarpon. I staked out and waited for fish to cruise by. After jumping a few fish I finally brought this beast to the boat. The fight which was caught on camera took about 30 minutes. After taking a few well deserved photos I released the fish unharmed. Although, I was extremely tired the fish actually jumped while I was trying to revive it with my mirage drive. I think it was just letting me know who really won.

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24″ Sheepshead

Sheepshead from a KayakKayak Angler: Rob choi
Sponsors: Ocean Kayak, Werner Paddles, Kokatat, Maui Jim, YakAttack, Hook1
Website: Angling Addict
Location: Chesapeake Bay, Florida
Species: Sheepshead
Length: 24in
Weight: No Est.
Reel: Curado 300EJ
Rod: Medium Heavy Trevala S
Line: 50lb Braid
Leader: 50lb fluorocarbon
Bait: Mole Crab

Photo Credit: Joe Underwood

From the Angler:

I was out at the CBBT 1st island, soaking bait for big uglies (black drum) while messing with small triggers, croakers, black sea bass, and oystertoads on my sheepshead rig.  I thought I had a trigger bite my mole crab when I set the hook on something big.  The drag run had me thinking it might be a behemoth trigger or maybe… then I saw the stripes of the convict.

Read more about tips and tricks for Sheepshead from Rob Choi: Sheepshead Tips and Rig

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38″ Snook

Snook from a kayakKayak Angler: Mike Conneen
Sponsors: Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop, Space Coast Kayak Anglers
Location: Beach of Patrick Air Force Base, Fl.
Species: BSnook
Length: 38in
Weight: No Est.
Reel: Penn 6000
Rod: Penn 7’
Line: 40lb Braid
Leader: 40lb fluorocarbon
Bait: Live Pogey

From the Angler:

Caught this Snook on the way back in from a Going Coastal Mothership Charter with Cptn Glyn Austin where we fished a wreck. We stopped to target tarpon in a bait pod off the beach and this guy was right up in the mix. It was a nice surprise.

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84″ Sailfish

Sailfish from a KayakKayak Angler: Brian Nelli / Pushin’ Water Kayak Charters
Sponsors: Hobie Kayaks, DOA Lures, Eagle Claw, Victory Lures, Pelagic, Shimano, Engel Coolers
Website: Pushin’ Water
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Species: Sailfish
Length: 84in
Weight: No Est.
Reel: Shimano Saragosa 14000
Rod: Shimano Tervala 30-65lb
Line: 30lb Braid
Leader: 40lb fluorocarbon
Bait: Goggle Eye

From the Angler:

Ate in 175’ off downrigger set at 40’

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38″ Redfish

Redfish from a KayakKayak Angler: Dee Kaminski
Sponsors: Native Watercraft Endorsed Guide, Tactical Anglers, Aqua Bound/Bending Branches, Tailin’ Toads, Edje Joe Jigs, Big Fin
Website: Reel Kayak Fishing
Location: Titusville, Fl
Species: Redfish
Length: 38in
Weight: 25-30lbs est.
Reel: Shimano Sedona 2500
Rod: Custom BlackDog  Rod – Medium Fast
Line: 10lb power Pro
Leader: 20 lb Yozuri Flourocarbon (*a Yak Hard favorite)
Bait: 12 Fathom Buzz Tail – Pro Cure Blue Crab bait scent

From the Angler:

There were several reds plowing through the flat with their tails riding above the water. After catching up and making a cast into the zone, a smaller red picked up my lure just as it dropped under his mouth. He pulled me around in my Native Ultimate for 10 minutes. He was probably the most copper red I have ever caught.

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96″ Sailfish

Sailfish from a Kayak in HawaiiKayak Angler: Andy Cho
Sponsors: Ocean Kayak ,Penn Fishing ,Aqautecko Knot2Kinky, Aloha Army, Pure fishing ,  Aquahunters
Location: South Kona , Big Island Hawaii
Species: Sailfish
Length: 96in jaw to fork
Weight: 94lbs
Reel: Penn International 12 vs 2 spd
Rod: Penn Stand up Mariner 6’0 30-80#
Line: Spiderwire Stealth braid 80 lb
Leader: Berkeley Vanish 60#
Bait: live Blue Goatfish

From the Angler:

The fight lasted 17 mins. It was an awesome fight right next to the yak the whole time. It did at least 5 full body jumps within 15 ft of the yak.

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One Big Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle from a KayakKayak Angler: Robert Field
Sponsors: Yak Gear, Inc
Website: Yak Fish TV
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Species: Jack Crevalle
Length: No Est.
Weight: No Est.
Reel: Penn 309
Rod: Ugly Stik Tiger Medium Heavy 7′ 30-50#
Line: 40lb mono
Leader: 3′ 84# Malin Single Strand Wire
Bait: Rapala X-Rap Jointed Shad

From the Angler:

This Jack fought harder than any of the seven kings I caught this trip. These fish do not give up and he would burst off 50-100 yards of line in an instant. I hooked up with him about 300 yards from the first oil rig and he towed me right past the rig. He was safely released after a little revival and watching him swim off in 25′ visibility was a sight to see. Such a beautiful and underrated species!

From Yak Hard:

Angler Robert Field had a lot of fish to show us for July- We asked for the Jack specifically. As Robert mentioned “Such a beautiful and underrated species!” We couldn’t agree more. There is a lot more to this fish considered “trash” by most anglers. So much so, we are going to launch a series in hopes to change your mind about these magnificent fighters.. maybe eating it too..? That’s right, stay tuned! Thanks Robert for the submission, and we expect to see you around here again!

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Lobster Mini Season!

Lobster from a KayakKayak Angler: Ryan Bancroft with Mike Xanders
Location: Biscayne Bay, Florida – Between Fishermans channel and The Rickenbacker Causeway
Species: Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus
Length: 3.2 and 4.5 Inch Carapace
Weight: Varied
Reel: My hands!
Rod: My Arms and Legs!
Bait: Persuasion and a tickle stick

From the Angler:

My Buddy Mike Xanders and I paddled from the Rickenbacker Cswy to the shallow waters just south of Fishermans Channel in Biscayne Bay. We snorkeled depths between 7 and 10 feet  with about a foot of visibility. About an hour and a half after we set out, we eventually restored morale by finding our first lobster walking in tall grass. As the current slowed down, visibility and effort improved. We managed to land 8 keepers before the outgoing tide removed all hopes of limiting out. We were then “Boarded” by FWC and reporters from The Miami Herald, A process the caused us to drift from the strong currents about half a mile in the opposite direction of the truck.  All in all I say we paddled/dove about 6-7 miles. But in the end it was worth it to come home with a meal and to be on the front page of the Herald as a representative of the resilience and determination by Kayak Anglers.

FWC Boards a Kayak

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SUP Kingfish

Kingfish from an SUPKayak Angler: Chad Paulsen
Location: Cocoa Beach Florida
Species: Kingfish
Length: No est.
Weight: 25lbs est.
Reel: Quantum Cabo 30
Rod: Carrot Stick
Line: 15lb Braid
Leader: 30lb mono
Bait: Storm Jig

From the Angler:

Great way to spend a birthday, mid morning paddle board sesh on the Bote HD. The Kingfish was caught about 3/4 miles off the beach right after landing four Bonita. Pristine conditions with a gorgeous flat glass ocean.

From Yak Hard:

I would like to thank Chad for the submission and am very glad to break the SUP ice with this great Kingfish catch.

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