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Old 01-08-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Decided to take advantage of the nice January weather and go fishing. Launched at Jim's around 7 in patchy fog. Saw several other kayak fisherman on the water, most of them were going north of the bridge. Pedaled south under Hwy 90 and thought I would try the deeper flats until the sun warmed up the water. Fog was much heavier out in the open water and I soon lost sight of any landmarks. I could hear the traffic but couldnt see more than a 100 yards or so. Kept moving south and came up on 3 more kayak fishermen working the shoreline - 2 PA's and a Freedom Hawk. The water was very low and still no sun so I moved out towards the deeper flat. Water was flat calm.

I came up on a line of debris - branches, reeds, etc. and was surrounded by small glass minnows or finger mullet breaking the surface. The Gulp / jig wasn't working so I switched to a small mullet swimbait and chucked it out. It got inhaled by a large redfish and started towing me around, finally coming to the boat after 25 minutes. After a short boatside struggle, I got my lure back and revived the fish. Naturally, my camera batteries were dead, so all of the photos are from my phone...

Caught one more bull using the same lure - not sure how big, it was longer than my law stick. By this time the fog was lifting and the pelicans were active, repeatedly lifting and diving. Ran into Dave (tan Revo) and we started chasing the pelicans, throwing into the melee and hooking up more bulls. They loved those swimbaits and I was scrambling to find more as they were getting chewed up. We were about 1/2 mile south of Hwy 90 in 4 to 5 feet of water. About 11, Robin pedals up with a rattletrap attached to his hand and asks for help. Dave extracts the hook with the loop technique - nice work, by the way - the three of us then went back to the pelican chase.

Called it a day about 1:30. Total for the day was 5 reds, shortest one was 30 inches.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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heck yeah, nice day getting some sleigh rides! great job!
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Nice job Ferd!
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Nice work on the reds and great report, thanks.
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way to go...
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wow looked like a awesome....and creepy (fog) day for sure
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Nice job. I was one of the fishermen you saw going out with Oscar that early morning. Remember the "Navy" is deploying!!
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Its crazy how diferrent the fishing can be depending on where u go even if u launch at the same place
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Awesome catch. I managed a few rat reds, smaller trout and a striper. It was a tough morning. Im glad I had my iPhone with map so I didn't get loss in the fog
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Great job guys, 
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