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Lines In The Soup


Russ Caipen

We had a pretty chilly start to 2015 and it seems like every weekend has been either windy, cold or both. After several weekends of fishing different places and finding very little activity, I was cautiously optimistic that our sudden "heat wave" would turn the fish on. The weatherman predicted storms for late Saturday so I woke up at the crack of dawn and hit the road. As I approached my destination the sky opened up but I was determined to go fishing.

Snook seemed to love the rain and were hitting everything that came through the water. I caught or lost at least a dozen fish but only 5 were over 20". Here are a few pics of the better ones.


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*All fish were handled with care and released after a quick pic for Kayak Wars.




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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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Lucky Fish Fry

Andrew Nitz


I had plans of sleeping in and fishing Sunday afternoon once the sun had a chance to warm the water. Of course I woke up at 6:30, so I started texting my usual pals to so who was fishing and when. My buddy Mike was already on the water with a bucket of fiddlers looking for sheepshead for dinner. Not one to have much fun soaking a crab, I told him to have fun and I would talk to him later. I got to bishops at 10:30. The tide was pretty low and just starting to come in - perfect timing. I hit a few of my usual spots without seeing a thing so I continued moving toward the mouth. I was hoping to find some big reds coming in with the tide.

While on my way out I noticed an orange bobber up near the shoreline. I threw my jerkbait over towards it thinking it may be a "marked" redfish by a tournament guy, but no bite so I paddled over to pull it out of the water. The bobber never moved when I got close so I reached down and grabbed it thinking it was trash. Next thing I know the line goes tight and a nice sheepshead comes to the surface splashing like crazy! I grabbed my net, took a picture, and sent it to Mike - "I got you some more dinner!".

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Does it count for kayak wars??? ;laugh: ;laugh:

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What are the odds that on that day I would actually have use for a "found" sheepshead, and actually had a cooler on me to keep it. Having only one sheepshead himself, Mike said bring it over tonight and we'll have a fry. Well two sheepies aren't going to feed five people so I told him I would keep a red too, not thinking that I just jinxed myself by promising dinner.

The wind was kicking on the flat, seemed much higher than the 8mph SW wind it they were calling for, so I deployed the drift chute and set up a long drift across the grass flat. Standing and fishing the potholes, I didn't see a single red or trout for almost two hours. The wind changed direction a bit and pushed me up toward shore. I let it push me and planned to get out on the shoreline to take a break, eat some lunch, and relieve myself. About 20 yards from the shoreline, just after texting dan that I wasn't catching sh!t, my jerkbait gets thumped. Sure enough, I was able to make good on dinner.

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This perfect dinner-sized red was unlucky enough to be one of the 2-3 I eat each year.

I decided to skip lunch and explore the shallows a little bit and was rewarded with a couple of top slot fish. Saw a bunch more, but these fish did not seem to be in the eating mood. All fishing caught within 30 minutes of one another.

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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 The Red Rocket
Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Sage

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Braved the winds...
Steve Burke aka Tide1On

 this afternoon and on my 5th cast, less than 30 minutes from launching I sight casted this little guy!


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NATIVE Redfish14
Steve
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G/F's First Kayak Trip!

Jesse Wright

Started the morning going to Wawa to get an AMP and breakfast sandwich since neither of us got any sleep. We had the kayaks in the water by 720 which wasnt to bad. Tides were still pretty low which is what I wanted. Incoming till around 12 in the afternoon. We went over what you needed to do just incase an accident happened and how to paddle correctly. She pretty much knew everything so off we went. Paddled up on this small flat with a good drop off. Popped one red on the Zman MinnowZ in Rootbeer/Gold. Tons of ladyfish over the flat. Almost looked like mini Tarpon rolling. After a few minutes of fishing we managed 2 more nice fish. First one I hooked and gave her the rod. She did very well on fighting this red for her first legit fish. Jumped back in the kayaks and fished a small dock. Locked down my smoke30 and pulled a decent red out of thier but that was the only fish under that doock. It was around 1030 when we moved up to a small island and anchored up. Caught a few ladyfish and chunked them up. She baited her hook and casted out. It wasnt 10mins later she stickes a decent 25" red all by herself. Total rush on my part and hers. After that fish she made another cast and her bait got WRECKED by a decent 7pound fish. Its like one trip and shes already got everything down. We managed a couple reds today on Zman and Cutbait. It was such a fun day fishing with my girlfriend and sharing my knowledge with her. This wont be our last trip out. She has many fish species she wants to cactch.
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Quantum Smoke Inshore 30
St.Croix Legend Xtreme 8-17
FINS PRT and Windtamer 10#
Trokar Circle Hooks 3/0 and Zman MinnowZ on 1/8oz Jighead
Enjoy the photos!

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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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