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Thanksgiving speckled trout

By Jill Toler

North Carolina

What do you get when you put a Sunshine W700 on a local creek, add a Dubiel Pop-N-Fly, a 7 wt TFO BVK fly rod, some Rio floating fly line spooled on a Lamson Guru 3.0, and a 20 minute paddle to just the right spot… a fat, sassy 18″ speckled trout.

What a trip. I went to the infamous Northwest Creek with a similar plan that I have unsuccessfully executed on four previous occasions. Fortunately, trip number 5 turned out a lot better.

I paddled into the wind to get to a point that I was hoping would be holding some fish, and cast the Dubiel Pop-n-Fly toward the reeds and grass. Pop, pop, pause, pop, pause, pop, pop, pause; over and over again while drifting and trying not to be overrun by the trolling motor brigade. I decided to make a move and fish between some docks that had some very unhappy bait flicking around. Cast, pop, pop, pause…FISH ON! Went on a little sleigh ride before I was able to gain control and scoop her up. Best feeling ever!

It’s been way too long since I have enjoyed my Wavewalk and I am very thankful for a little break and a great trip.

 


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Happy “Sunnie” Labor Day

By Jill Toler

Due to a host of things; such as an infection, a tree on my house, storms, and heat indices that hovered somewhere near “pit of hell”, it has been a while since I have been on my W700. That was all remedied today with a trip to Upper Broad Creek with my other fishing buddy, Marla. Marla knew that I had been kayak fishing and thought she might want to get in on the action so, one day she purchased a kayak from a friend. She needed a maiden voyage and now that Hermine had finally left town, today was the day.

We got launched and Marla was looking comfortable so I pulled out my fly rod and tossed a popper towards a little stump. The water was very high and the wind had kicked up pretty good but, it only took a few seconds before I had a strike. And a miss. Okay, let’s try this again. Get in position, sling about 40 feet of string to the right of the stump, and SWIRL! Another miss. Really!!! Nothing to do but change the popper. I chose a smaller popper in the same chartreuse color and tossed it at the very edge of the reed grass since I figured the high water would have the fish up in the grass. SWIRL, STRIKE, and TIGHT! Hot diggity dog, I caught a fish. A very cute little pumkinseed.

I checked on Marla then started working a stretch of bank that had reed grass, stumps, and some downed timber; in other words, sunnie paradise. Toss, strip, FISH! That happened a whole bunch of times and I was very happy. Most of them were very photogenic and agreed to pose for a quick pic. I fished a little cut out of the wind and landed one of the biggest sunnies I ever caught. She was nice and chunky and pulled like a souped up John Deere. Just fantastic.

Marla and I had a great afternoon of kayak fishing and more than once she said how awesome my W700 looked and how much she liked it. Next time I might ley her try it out. When she does there just might be a two owner, green, sit-in kayak for sale here in Eastern North Carolina.

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Upper Broad Creek

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First W700 fly fishing trip lasted 5 1/2 hours

By Jill Toler

North Carolina

It’s 7:53 am; where is Fishing Buddy?

Evidently, she is sitting in the driveway waiting for me to get it in gear so we can begin our day. Today; Saturday, October 24, 2015, is the first day of kayak fishing for me. I had hoped to go sooner, but when you own a business sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

The preparation for this day began last week when I knew I was lacking some stuff that other folks have on their kayaks. I installed an anchor trolley, some rod holders, and a couple of soft spots at either end of the saddle gunwales. I used pool noodle for the soft spots and Command brand strips for rod holders. I wasn’t sure about the rod holders, but they have worked out great. Simple, yet effective. Prior to installing the new stuff I totally snaked Steve Anderson’s paddle holder idea and made some of my very own. I used thin, flat aluminum bar and bent it to the contours of the kayak. I filed smooth the sharp edges and covered parts of the holders with good ‘ole duct tape. After all that work I felt way more prepared to use my kayak for catching.

I decided my first outing should be somewhere familiar and protected in case the wind blew a gale. Jan and I chose Lee Landing on the Upper Broad Creek of the Neuse River. The Neuse is brackish down my way, so we knew that we could potentially catch anything from sunfish to drum or speckled trout. Fishing Buddy gave me some advice about packing for the day and what to take and what not to take. I reorganized 3 times before I was satisfied with my choices and included flies and gear for typical salt and fresh water fishing. I also remembered the camera, yay for me!

We arrived at our destination, unloaded the kayaks from the vehicles and then loaded the kayaks with stuff. Fishing Buddy got on the water first and I followed eventually. I really need to work on the “scoot”. Alas, I was afloat and paddling toward a dock. My second encounter with a dock went a lot better than my first encounter. I slipped my fly rod from the holder and made a cast in anticipation of getting bent; I would have to wait a while before being bowed up. I paddled, cast, and repeated.

I hoped to catch some trout, so I started fishing with a black and orange clouser fly. I then changed to a chartreuse and white clouser fly after no strikes or hook ups. Fishing Buddy had changed from a tutti frutti fly to an all white with gold flash clouser fly and caught a bass on a sunny bank. I decided to go with a white wooly bugger, but that didn’t work too well either. We were both throwing intermediate lines and even though I usually throw a floating line when fishing small poppers, I decided I was going rogue. The wind was blowing me around pretty good, so I backed my kayak up into some reeds while I tied on that awesome little popper and when I was all tied up I eased over toward the sunny bank and made a cast between a cypress knee and a clump of reed grass. Float, strip, pause, strip, pause, BAM! FISH ON! I knew it was a bass because he commenced to pulling me toward his lair and I went to hollering. I was so happy that I evidently failed to see two folks paddling a canoe get close enough to join in the celebration. Unfortunately, my Fishing Buddy had paddled up the creek so she missed the whole scene. The nice canoe folks assured me that they would convey the good news when they got around the bend.

The remainder of the trip was spent catching pumpkinseeds and bass. I did manage to land a reed fish; they are very elusive you know.* 🙂  happy It was 2:00 pm when we arrived back at the boat ramp. We got loaded up and helped a fella get his boat trailer backed down the ramp to retrieve his boat, it was his first time and he needed a bit of guidance.

I had no idea that I had fished for 5 1/2 hours. I learned a lot today and will tweak some things for my next trip. I am so tickled with my kayak and I am so anxious to go again.

I have attached some pictures.

 

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My W700 outfitted with an anchor trolley

 

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At the boat ramp

 

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Storing my fly rod on board

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Pictures from the Neuse river

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Pumpkinseed fish

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Flood tide fishing, three days, nine hours, one fish!

By Kevin Eastman

Not real impressive but I did end up with one to take a picture of.

I was able to get out three days last week for my favorite flood tide fishing. I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped for but in the end I was able to at least get you one picture of my prey.
The first day I had a nice hook up on a fish and a short fight, only to have my leader break and see the fish go swimming off with my fly in his mouth. Briefly exciting but not real rewarding. That was my only hook up for the day.
I got out the second day and wasn’t having a lot of luck finding fish that were interested in my offerings. Finally I found one that decided my spoon fly looked tasty. Again, I got a nice hook up and brief fight, only to have the hook pull loose and come flying back at me. Apparently I didn’t set the hook well enough. Once again that was my only hook up for the day.
The third day I was tired and decided I wasn’t going to get up early. I couldn’t really sleep so I got out of bed and decided I may as well give it one more go than lay in bed awake. That was a good decision since the third time was a charm and I was able to hook a nice fish and actually land it. Now I have to wait a few more weeks for another flood, hopefully with some better luck.

 

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Flats fishing W500 with poling platform and fishing pole

 

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My Wavewalk kayak rigged for fishing

By Sid Perry

Idaho

Worked as advertised!  I was standing paddling in about an hour. Stayed on the lake about five hours. Can’t wait to get back out. Oh, and no wet feet!

I spent a lot of time looking at others’ rigging ideas and incorporated many.
Some photos attached include:

Oar holders fashioned from over the door hangers dipped in plastic coating.
A trolley system as described by one of the Wavewalk bloggers.
A top mount storage deck. I wanted flexibility in this so I made it pivot like a hatch door. That way I can still use the front or rear area to drop an anchor, stringer, etc., or fold it down for strapping on gear.
A Fishin Buddy mount. I already had the fish finder for use on my float tube. I wanted something lightweight and unobtrusive.
I added a couple of eye bolts in the center holes on the cockpit also dipped in plastic coat. Attached my net or whatever.
I added a top mount fly rod holder and lastly, built an anchor system like one of the bloggers using the pvc, noodle floats, and clips. I didn’t trust my ability to cut the j slot on the end so instead tied a rope tightener on.

Almost forgot. Built a double wheel dolly that works great.

Really like the looks of things,

Sid

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Idaho has so much diversity of water from desert to Alpine.

 

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