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Kayak Fishing Going out on the seas in very small plastic boats and getting towed by very big fish!!

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Old 04-13-2008, 05:35 PM
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Default RB 4/11-2/12: First Yak Bass!

I was planning to hit BB with the Aegean to do some fishing and clamming, but the reports out of Raritan convinced to stay farther north. I borrowed Hannah's Mini-x to be more moblie and hit the road Friday night. Several errands and a stop for good clams got me to the bay around 10. I scouted up and down 36 for an hour, using a launch guide from another site and a RB fishing chart purchased from Grumpys.

I unloaded the yak and humped it over the dunes around 11. I paddled out about 50 feet from shore to get the feel of the yak and test my rigging set up, but the storm came in aftter 5 minutes and the lightning had me on shore immediately. I fished all night from the beach, using the yak as a base and rod holder. I lost lots of clam to light taps and drops, but hit three short bass at the top of the incoming and slightly into slack tide. I was fishing 5/0 circles with half a clam on each.
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It rained like heck all night and I went through all of my extra clothes, trying to stay dry and warm. Nothing hit at all after about 2:30 am and a very fuzzy german shepard woke me up from a nap with a nose in my face on the yak with a nose in my face at about 8am.

After a trip to the laundrymat to dry my clothes, I decide to bay hop north to try some other spots on my launching guide. Got some very interesting looks while standing in front of the dryer in my waders and a set of thermal underwear! I sealed my status as a kook when I went outside and fired up the camp stove on the carge rack to make coffee and have breakfast.

I put back in around 10am at an ultra secret spot known only to thousands of anglers , catching the incoming tide in an area with lots of pilings and docks. Clam produced nothing, but I think I need work on my clamming from the kayak technique. I set one rod up with a 5" shallow swimmer and decided to troll. Game on! I landed my first yak bass withing 5 minutes using the flush mount rear rod holders as a trolling base. That singing reel was sweeeettttttttttt!
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Two more came in over the next 30 minutes as I paddled the area, then the sunny skies were blocked out by dark clouds and a few distant lightning bolts. I had been staying pretty close to shore for safety's as I don't have a dry suit, so I turned the yak and began paddling as hard as I could for the nearest landing point. After ten strokes my reel went off HARD and the rod yanked way down and stayed there, jerking and bobbing with what was obviously a nice fish. I decided to take the chance and land it (come on, you would have too!) I played with that fish for awhile, gettting the yak turned one way then another, then towed forward for a litle it. Eventually I boated a beautiful girl between 30-32 inches. I'd already decided to release everything due to the time of year and spawning potential, so I snapped a pic, gave her a kiss, and sent her on her way.

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Two more fish hit the boat before complete slack high tide, both healthy and fighting well.

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No hits at all between 2pm and 5. I finished the day frontside at SH, drowning my last few clams for kicks. My daughter's kayak was great to play with and perfomed very well for a small craft.

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A few notes to self:

GET A PROPER DRY TOP!

Raritan Bay has some scary people with interesting ideas about how to fish.

Learn how to drift clams from the yak.

Go get 'em boys!

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:08 PM
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Nice report, sweet pics.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:56 PM
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Good stuff! Thanks for sharing with us.
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After a trip to the laundrymat to dry my clothes,Got some very interesting looks while standing in front of the dryer in my waders and a set of thermal underwear! I sealed my status as a kook when I went outside and fired up the camp stove on the carge rack to make coffee and have breakfast.
Once had to do the same thing camping in Maine, but I had the feeling the locals had seen it before
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:41 PM
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I'm glad you had a great on the water and great pics too. That was a good way to break in the yak.Man I think I would have paid to see you in that getup.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:59 AM
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I have woken up next to plenty of dogs licking my face. That could have been alot worse. At least you did not have to give her a ride home

Great report Ed. You really picked a crappy weekend to go out, but you did great. I will be out there this week and the sods too. I was up there on foot Sat night around midnight and it was a zoo. I went home.

Way to go!
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congrats Ed nice job
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:02 PM
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Congrats on the fish and nice pics. I have a Mini-x along with my Hobie Revo and love em both.

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Nice job Ed.....
Glad to see Hannah's Yak caught IT's first bass.....
Remember....it wasn't the "fisherman" it was the "mojo" of the Mini....

If you're heading North this weekend and just happen to be going by the Gap, give me a call on my cell...and bring my share of that "promised" syrup....I really don't want to miss out and did commit to buying some.....I'll be at Worthington from late Thurs PM thru Tues AM..... (gobble-gobble time)

I'll send you a PM with number....

bOb....ski
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:45 PM
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Great story. It was good to see that it paid off. The kook, that's funny. LMAO. You may not lose that tag. Best of luck for the rest of the season.
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