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Bream is fish species

Fly fishing therapy at the annual shad run on the St. Johns river

By Kevin Eastman

Interesting story on my little 2 hp Yamaha I use on the boat. I know I haven’t used the motor in at least two years, maybe longer. I pulled it out a few weeks ago. The gas tank was full of non leaded gas that has had marine stabilizer in it. I didn’t really think it would run well but I put it in a tank and gave it a pull. The little bugger started on the first pull. I used that tank for my trip below and it never gave me one problem. I was pretty surprised.

Now for the fishing.
This week I decided I needed to make the two hour trip from St. Augustine to the upper St. Johns River for the annual Shad run. Actually upriver is south for the St. Johns, as it is one of a handful of rivers that runs from south to north in the US. The Shad migrate from the ocean to the headwaters of the St. Johns to breed each year. They are fun to catch on light fly gear and are tenacious fighters. I decided I didn’t want to bother hauling my skiff and the hassle of packing everything so I popped the W500 in the back of my Ridgeline, threw the motor in along with some fly gear and was on my for a little fly fishing therapy, launching at the Jolly Gator Fish camp.
I didn’t exactly kill them but caught a couple to satisfy my itch. I also hooked two of the larger Crappie, and Bream (Sunfish to you Yankees) that I have ever landed. So, not a stellar day but at least fish were had. The area is very unique. The river meanders through a large expanse of grass and marsh lands that are used for grazing horses and cows. Plenty of wildlife from herons, egrets, white pelicans, otters, gators, wild pigs, and other creatures. The river also contains quite a variety of fish to catch, including hybrid striper bass. I usually get one trip in a year for the Shad run, though this year I may need one more to see if I can do a little better in the catching department.




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‘Tis the season (and a dancing bass story)

By Jill Toler

‘Tis the season for crazy weather and what an awesome December day we had in my neck of the woods (in North Carolina). Although the sky was overcast with clouds that looked as though they were about to rain down on our heads, the temperature was warm and the wind was very light.

I had taken the day off from work so, Fishing Buddy and I decided to visit upper Broad Creek to search for anything willing to eat a fly. My first hook up was with a camera shy, dancing bass that two stepped across the water and then proceeded to do a backwards somersault before diving straight down towards the log from whence he came. He came up again and shook my sinking spider loose from his lip. I kinda felt like he deserved to get loose after all of that.

It would be a while before I hooked up again; when I did it was three in a row. Three beautiful, fat bream. The first one wiggled away before I could take it’s picture, the other two were very accommodating.

Fishing Buddy caught a couple of little stripers and a crappie. Fishing has been very slow lately in our little creek but, hopefully the stripers and trout will be moving in soon. I’m ready when they do.

I have also completed a project for safely transporting my Wavewalk during low light or night time conditions. I purchased an inexpensive boat trailer light kit to make a marker set for the end of the kayak. I use a red flag for day time transporting since the Wavewalk extends more than 4 feet from the end of the bed of the Ranger. There are some places I want to travel to and fish and I will either be on the road very early or very late. Marker lights are required in North Carolina so I decided to make me a set just for my kayak using the boat trailer lights. I attached them to a piece of aluminum bar and extended the ground wire to attach to a light post using a ring terminal. The lights are self grounding so they have to be attached to metal. I used zip ties to attach the aluminum bar that held the lights to a piece of pool noodle. That balanced the lights and created a soft attachment point for the kayak. The pin plug goes right into the plug receiver on the back of the truck. I used them for the first time this evening and they worked great. The lights work as tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals. I use a couple of bungee cords to attach the light bar to the kayak so they sit at the end up high and very visible.

I have attached some pictures.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season and a very Happy New Year. Prayerfully, 2016 will include ALOT of kayak fishing for me.








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Family camping, boating and fishing trip

By Sungjin Kim


We haven’t had family fun in a long time, so we decided to go on a trip to Cheongsando island. We took the ferry there.


When it rains the kayak upside down, to prevent the accumulation of rainwater.
Our camping van was renovated, and it featured all kinds of accessories and amenities, including a bed and and expandable table at the rear.











During the trip we used a charcoal grill and a regular grill. We had gamsaengyi snails, walleye and rockfish, and bone clear soup. Adding Black sea bream gave the food an awesome taste.


We visited Wando island and the birthplace of the artist Yun Du-seo .


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Kayaking again at 76 with my Wavewalk, by Charlie Manning

I bought my Wavewalk in June from Steve Anderson of SOBX Kayaks.
I am 76 years old and Medical issues have kept me off the water until now.
I took my Wavewalk out Saturday December 27 for the first time and did five and a half miles up a very remote creek in the Pamlico River Basin. I had no problems at all with this distance and could have gone farther but daylight was running out. I would not have attempted December kayaking in my other kayak, but the Wavewalk changes all of this.
I always go alone and feel completely secure in this boat!

Attaching a couple of shots from Saturday taken deep in Big Flatty Marsh off of the Pamlico River in NC.
I have more places than I will ever be able to visit on my list and hope to have some good shots in the months to come including some good gator shots in the summer.
Thanks for a great product.

Charlie Manning
Washington, North Carolina





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A Successful Kayak Fishing Trip – Oklahoma

Had a great day at Hartshorne lake in SE Oklahoma today with my versatile Wave-walk fishing kayak. When I arrived at about 3:00pm everyone had left the lake due to the wind. A couple of folks who were just leaving warned me not to go out. The W is no problem in the wind and I paddled easily out to the lily pads where I parked my W right in a patch of them to secure my position without needing an anchor in the strong wind.
With the wind to my back I could cast into the “lanes” between patches of lily pads and harvest the fattest of the perch that I had come to fish for.
With an ultra light spinning rig a bobber, a #6 snelled hook, a split shot weight and some red worms I began catching slabbers one right after another!
The windy conditions were no setback for the W and I had the lake to myself.
I culled out the biggest fish, and let the rest go for another day.
Of all the fish available for eating in Oklahoma, for myself, nothing beats a pan fried bream and there are many members of this tasty albeit boney species throughout the state to enjoy.
The Wave-walk kayak is so easy to move around and tote to and from the car/truck that even if you’re only blessed with half a day or just a couple of hours you can fish in your window of opportunity due to the ease of getting to and from your favorite fishing spots.
Wave-walk has revolutionized my favorite past time with the W kayak as my simple, stable and efficient answer to a fishing platform, especially on small easily accessed lakes and bayous.

Robin Gleason

Stringed fish caught in Oklahoma kayak fishing trip

Stringed fish caught in Oklahoma kayak fishing trip

Green fishing kayak on pickup truck rack, Oklahoma

Green fishing kayak on pickup truck rack, Oklahoma

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