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Had To Do It...

 Steve Burke

Had to get back out this past Sunday after the tournament on Saturday and give it a go. This tide headed out just as the other tide was just starting to come in. Seen some Reds but they for what ever reason are not interested in my offers, one did take a swipe at the Spook Jr but gave up on it quickly. Don't know what's up with them but I hope it changes soon, like before the next event. The airboat running up and down the flats probably wasn't any help either. After working the flats for a while and having no luck I decided to do what the tide was doing, move in closer to the mangroves. The southwest winds were really picking up and pushed the water in a lot higher than the predicted height. Got a couple small Snook under 20" near the leaves and under some branches but I kept at it and just as the tide started to make its exit the bite went dead again. Wasn't long before the water really picked up its pace outward and the bite started to pick back up too, managed a few more Snook with each one again just under 20". Not good for Kayak Wars but the skunk was off and I wasn't giving up. Kept casting in every direction around me and finally a nice solid thump and I pulled back on some substantial weight that just slowing swam away from me. I started reeling a applied some more pressure and then all hell breaks loose, drag starts screaming and my line is headed directly for the mangroves. I had no choice but to grab the spool to apply some emergency brakes while remembering it's only 10# line and then she abruptly changed directions running away from the bushes at warp speed out into the open. After a couple of burning runs, one more try at the trees and a few loops around the kayak I was rewarded with this beauty of a Snook.

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After hoping for some more I got another strong hit and finally thought I got the elusive Red but much to my surprise this nice Trout cooperated and posed for a picture and then swam away with the moving waters.

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Gear that got it done...
7ft Medium Fast Action Dogfish Stik
10# Fins PRT Braid (white)
FG Knot to 25# Ande Mono leader (pink) "the big girls like pink"
and a loop knot tied to a %@$&%



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Welcome to the HardCore Kayak Anglers Club!

 

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YeeYee!

Jesse Wright


Today marked the day. March 21st 2015 the first Hardcore Kayak Anglers Club tournament. I had just received all my new Quantum smoke reels and they were all filled with fins braid. Started the morning off around 650am. Just as the sun was creeping over the horizon. As merrick (fishmaster892) and I paddled out we came up on a big school of bait. Casting basically anywhere we wanted with our spook jrs we knew we will get a bite. It wasn't maybe after my third cast I seen a tailing redfish nearly 5ft from my kayak. I put my rod down and grabbed my 2nd rod behind me rigged with a Zman MinnowZ in the Shad color. Right as I made the cast that red jumped on it. Stuck him good and the fight was on. The fight lasted a few minutes and the start of the day was good with a 27.5in red. As we moved down the bank with a negative low tide we had redfish all over. Almost every cast we had a blow up. We both missed a bunch of fish on top but I did land 2 or 3 smaller fish which included my 21in trout. As the day went on the boat traffic got worse and the tide started moving in. The red bite just kept getting better. The main bait of the day was the Unfair lures Ripnslash70. I caught most my fish and my biggest red at 28.5 on that bait. I also did get a 28.5in 10# fish on a Zman too but didn't help me in upgrading. Anyways. We got on a school and doubled up. Right as a boat slid right in on us to hole jump us we out these 2 fish on their mug. The interesting part was the massive sheepshead I caught on the ripnslash. Lost it at rhe boat sadly. So no photo. We fished hard till around 130 with no snook. A killer day on the water. Fished the tide from the bottom to the top but couldn't get a snook on. We had them in the area just no takers. I did manage to get biggest red and win $20 to Winghouse. Yeeyee lets hope next time we get in the CA$H. Total reds for me today lost count after 15. 2 trout
  • Tackle for today
  • 2015 Quantum Smoke Inshore 30
  • St .Croix Legend Xtreme Inshore 8-17 and Rage 6-12
  • Fins 10# PRT and Windtamer
  • Zman MinnowZ-Unfair Lures RipnSlash 70-Spookjr
  • Seaguar 30# Red Label
  • Tides: Negative but incoming till 1230
  • Winds: NNW @ 10-15mph

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Swoosh Swipe And Finally!

Rick Klosicki

Well well well, finally get to post a report. I had more swooshes and swipes at the Spook jr than I care to mention but finally connected. This fish
fought like hell making numerous full air born leaps and violent head shakes but surrendered after a very majestic fish fight. I thought for sure she was
gonna pop my 10lb braid or 20lb leader.

31.4 very fat inches

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Kayak Fly Fishing Video


 Randy Farber

 Here is my latest fishing vido. This on is all fly, clips are from Louisiana, Chicago and Tampa Bay. If you like it please share or subscribe to my page as I have other fishing videos as well.


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GoPro Year In Fishing!


Randy Farber


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Teach Him The Art Of Reeling And Cast

 Adrian  Correa


                             


               
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The Future!

Steve M. Gibson


My boy Jacob and I took a quick trip around the pond in our new Emotion tandem. He quickly surprised me and stood up and said he was going to find us some fish. He will be a future HardCore member for sure!

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