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Old 04-21-2015, 11:29 PM   #1
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My new Malibu X-Factor arrived roughly a week ago and after what seemed like an eternity of waiting on the weather, I was finally able to make it out today. Put in around noon at Navarre and trolled two duster rigs up and down the beach line. Caught two decent size spanish and lost three cigs to a remora while trying to put the lines out. He would sit under the kayak and as soon as I would start letting a fresh bait out he would come out and suck the bait clean off the treble. I had hopes of hooking up with a nice king but no such luck today. Being my first time in the new kayak i stayed roughly a pier to a pier and half length off the beach, never deeper than 35 to 40 ft. Is this too close for kings?

The spanish look small in the picture but, in my defense the kayak is a behemoth at 14 ft. If you're in the market for an affordable ocean kayak this thing has it all (minus a pedal drive). I got mine through OEX Mission Bay. It comes as a fishing package which included the paddle, seat, fish finder, built in live well, battery pack with waterproof case, wheel cart, two rod leashes and a paddle leash. This package runs about $1500. I'm just very satisfied with mine so I figured I'd put it out there.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:31 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new yak. Using piers is a good way to judge your distance off shore, a pier to a pier and a half is plenty far out, if your new to kayaking I wouldn't venture much farther out
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:45 AM   #3
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Congrats on your new Malibu. When I go offshore from our Texas beaches, the water is not deep enough to attract kings.

The water off of Freeport, Texas where I sometimes fish, one has to travel 8 miles from the beach just to reach the 60' water depth mark. Since this is too far to paddle to try for kingfish and red snapper, I usually yak fish about 1 1/2 miles from the beach and target spanish mackerel.

The spanish that I catch from my kayak are usually between 22"-29" in length. In Texas, we call spanish mackerel, the poor man's kingfish. It's a good eating fish.
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Old 04-22-2015, 04:51 PM   #4
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That is not too far out. They catch them off the pier. If you ever want to meet up I am always looking for people to go btb with. Shoot me a pm.

Also nice kayak and spanish!
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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You can add me to that group of invitee's I love going offshore in navarre. I will be off work next Thursday and Friday if you wAnt to line something up!

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Old 04-24-2015, 04:27 PM   #6
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Plenty of people catch them that close especially if that's where the bait is schooling. I prefer to go further out trolling over the nearshore reef complexes and then I also have the opportunity to see if I can pull something from the bottom.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:29 PM   #7
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Good looking boat
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