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Old 01-16-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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I launched at the Simpson River Pier and only caught one 10 inch speck after hitting my normal spots. I put the Kayak back on the truck and headed for Mulat Bayou.

Something slammed my bait on my first troll along the north bank, but it came unhooked half way through the battle. Felt like a big red, but the hook pulling out makes me wonder if it wasn't a giant speck.

I hit a couple more spots around that shoreline and finally boated my first fish of the day. It was a 18" speck on a Gulp shrimp. The next cast also produced another speck, but this one was a little smaller. Two fish in two casts; now I got a pattern. The fish seemed to be holding on the 8 ft shelf before it dropped off into 20 feet of water.

Just as I was cashing in on my new pattern with Gulps and DOA's, I noticed an offshore boat drifting towards me. They had an anchor thrown off the bow, but kept getting closer to me. Then I noticed they couldn't keep their motor running. By this time they were only 30 yards away and closing fast, so I pulled the anchor and decided to see what was going on. They said they had ran out of gas and wondered if I could meet a friend of theirs at the boat ramp and bring a tank of gas to them. I said sure and fished my way back to the ramp just in time to meet the "gas man", which ended up being a younger lady. She asked me if I was going to be able to paddle the gas can out to them; to which I responded, "I don't know, my kayak has never ran out of gas before."

I decided to call it after all of that. Mulat saved the day.

So the final count was 4 specks, 1 white trout, 1 rat red, and 4 guys that didn't have to spend the night out on the bayou!
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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Good fishing. Stinks to get interrupted, but you did your good deed for the day.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Good of you to help them out. Karma will pay ya 10 fold ! Beat it must of been a sight to see a yaker going across the bay with a fuel tank LOL

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A good deed for sure..nice report
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Pics of you "towing" the boat would have been priceless!
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:24 PM   #6
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Haha, no matter how silly it seems I really did wonder if I could have towed that boat back to the ramp. I would've needed to eat my wheaties, because it was a 20' Sea Fox with a 200hp motor complete with a cabin and sleeping quarters I'm sure. But the mental picture of me putting the screws to it and digging deep into the water with my paddle crossed my mind!
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Great story - caught fish, did a good turn for a fellow fisherman. All in all a great day!
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:17 AM   #8
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I can remember my grandfather saying, "get a horse"... modern corollary,"get a kayak!"
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