Poling The W Kayak In The Tidal Flooded Grass, Fly Fishing For Redfish, By Kevin Eastman

As promised, here is the October flooded grass fishing report. I ventured into some new areas this week and found some new hot spots that I've never seen anyone fishing in. Most likely because they can't get to them. This is probably the last flood tide of the season that the weather and water will still be warm. In November the water will cool off and the flooded grasses don't have a lot of crabs left in them so the fishing slows a lot. Once again it's great to pole the Wavewalk kayak around the shallow water while standing high on that platform. It's a unique experience pushing your way through miles of areas that I usually have no access to other than during flood tides. Catching the fish is a bonus.

As promised, here is the October flooded grass fishing report.
I ventured into some new areas this week and found some new hot spots that I’ve never seen anyone fishing in. Most likely because they can’t get to them.
This is probably the last flood tide of the season that the weather and water will still be warm. In November the water will cool off and the flooded grasses don’t have a lot of crabs left in them so the fishing slows a lot.

stand up fly fishing kayak for poling in shallow water, with poling pole

Kevin's Stand Up Poling Fly Fishing Kayak In The Tidal Flooded Grass

I was fortunate to get out a few days this week to take advantage of the flood tides, and poled the W through the grass in search of feeding Redfish. My efforts were rewarded with a couple of nice fish. It’s getting harder to get them as the season progresses. They don’t do a lot of tailing now and you must spot them moving through the grass and try to get the fly ahead of them so you can give it a twitch as they pass by. When they are tailing earlier in the season I will usually get out of the kayak and sneak as close as I dare, and get a few shots at each fish. Now I find that I have to stay in the kayak and make my casts quickly, because they are most often moving. So, the game is a little faster paced and stealthy now vs earlier in the season.

Redfish caught on a fly in stand up poling kayak, in the tide flood grass

Redfish caught on a fly in stand up poling kayak, in the tide flood grass

Once again it’s great to pole the Wavewalk kayak around the shallow water while standing high on that platform. It’s a unique experience pushing your way through miles of areas that I usually have no access to other than during flood tides. Catching the fish is a bonus.

Kevin

Kevin showing a redfish he caught while poling his kayak in the tide flood grass

Kevin showing a redfish he caught while poling his kayak in the tide flood grass

Kevin showing a redfish he caught while poling his kayak in the tide flood grass

Kevin showing a redfish he caught while poling his kayak in the tide flood grass

Kevin showing a redfish he caught while poling his kayak in the tide flood grass

Kevin showing a redfish he caught while poling his kayak in the tide flood grass

13 Comments

  1. W kayak

    Great story Kevin!
    This unique fishing style you developed is very exciting, and I can see other kayak anglers trying to implement your ideas in areas where they fish.
    Yoav

  2. Texas Tarheel Yaker

    awesome idea, I need to try this soon. Great report.

  3. warren

    cool

  4. keastman

    I’d like to take credit for developing this technique but I was introduced to it a few years ago by one of my fly fishing mentors down here. A handful of fly guys have been doing this for years in their SOT kayaks and that was how I used to do it before.

  5. W kayak

    Kevin,
    Poling may even be older than paddling, but when it comes to using a push pole with the W, you’re a pioneer, as far as I know 🙂
    Yoav

  6. Roxanne Davis

    Nice job getting in the skinny waters.

    That’s my goal when I’m fishing the lily pads and heavy weeds.
    I pole into spots no can get to, and have them all to myself.

    Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all.
    Rox

  7. Gary Rankel

    Hey, Kevin……….With all these recent motorized videos, I assume there won’t be one coming from you standing on your W while going 9.6 mph over the grass flats!!!

  8. W kayak

    Gary,
    The way to do this would be to outfit the W500 with a powerful leaf blower, and turn it into a personal air boat –
    This concept was demonstrated with a weak, 32cc ‘air jet’ motor: http://wavewalk.com/blog/2011/03/20/airjet-motor-on-w500-stand-up-fishing-kayak-movie/

  9. Sungjin Kim

    Great!
    I’d like to see pics of you on the W500…

  10. Kevin

    Gary, you never know, just last night I was researching DIY mini mud motors for kayaks and layout duck boats. That might be just the ticket for the W in the shallows. Then again, I can’t seem to even finish the paddle I’ve been making for the last 9 months. There would probably be a W 900 by the time I got around to constructing a mini mud motor!

  11. Barracuda Bob

    Kevin….nice rig. I have been standing on the “seat” and fly fishing but this looks like more fun. Looks like u used 2×4 with a 1×12 or so. Is this attached or just “floating”.

    What secures it? Good fishing to u.

    Cuda

  12. Kevin

    Bob, it’s just a piece of 1×10 or 1×12 with a couple of short sections of 2×4 screwed to it to get it above the rim. Then a small piece of pvc screwed to the bottom of one of the 2×4’s to help lock it in to a rib on the seat. On land the platform will float about an inch above the rim of the kayak but in the water when you are standing, it settles right down on the rim for extra support because the pontoons spread out in the water. Much easier than standing on the seat because you can spread your feet farther apart. I’ve got some grander plans for the design that I may eventually get to.

  13. Barracuda Bob

    Thanks Kevin…..

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