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Hosting members of a kayak fishing club at Ozello, by Gary Rankel

Crappie Dave (another Packeryaker and cheesehead like me, and a new Wavewalk kayak owner) joined me yesterday in Ozello where I hosted a group from the Bay Area Canoe and Kayak Fishing Club, a large kayak fishing club from the Tampa Bay / St. Pete area.
None of the BAC&KFC folks had Wavewalks, and some were surprised how fast, roomy and stable they were. Dave and I got lots of interest and questions.
Ozello was really jumping, a few nice redfish were caught, and a good time was had by all.

I took a few pictures of the group at the launch site, and of Dave’s Wavewalk setup showing the seat, anchor assembly and wheels he installed.

It’s great fun getting together with folks who enjoy my sport as much as I do. We had a blast.


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Crappie Dave standing next to his rigged W fishing kayak



Dave launching his kayak right out of his car. Others had trailers..



Dave’s DIY folding kayak seat







Me on the water with some redfish, trout and egrets, by Gary Rankel

Just me again on the water today with a few redfish, trout and egrets for company. I also attached a shot of some of the unique limestone (karst) bottom we have on some of the flats around here. The redfish like hanging out in the deeper crevices.







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First slam of the year – snook, redfish and trout, by Gary Rankel

Just me today but got a nice snook, a couple of redfish and a few small trout, so I got my first “Slam” of the year (the term used around here to describe catching those 3 species in one day). Also, how often do you see herons sitting on top of a tall tree?




Heron fishing at Ozello wildlife refuge



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Fishing and bird watching near an oyster bar west of Ozello, by Gary Rankel

Art Myjak and I paddled about 4 miles west of Ozello yesterday in the open Gulf to a large oyster bar that I’ve been wanting to check out.
Fishing was really slow but we were greeted by a gorgeous sunrise and a fishing osprey on our way out and by a group of pelicans taking a break from their fishing on the bar. Fortunately, I planned our trip just right so that a nice westerly breeze blew us back.


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