The plans I had for Saturday fell through at the last minute and I found myself with no plans and no entry to the CapMel Redfish and Trout Classic.
I hit the water about 7 am and pedaled to my flats destination just as the tide started flooding. As I approached the quickly disappearing sea grass, I made my first cast with a top water plug at the edge of the flat. As soon as I started walking the dog, a huge wake came up from behind it and the water exploded!
Since I wasn't in a tourney, I just put the fish on the board for a quick Kayak Wars photo to show that it was over 20". At 27", it ties my personal best Trout. Still looking for that elusive 30"er.
It was one of those magical mornings where almost every cast got some attention. Redfish moved onto the flats as soon as they could and were feeding heavily! I lost a couple of them and landed this one before the winds picked up around 9 am.
After seeing the results of the CapMel I would have won.
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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
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!