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W700 striper trip

By Roxanne Davis

 

It’s June 1st, and I got a call from buddy Mike that he and his Father were taking the canoe striper fishing.

So I loaded up my gear and met them at the launch.

They were having some motor starting troubles, so I set out ahead of them.

Ran up river and started my drift back down, casting some top water, with no interest, then a single paddle tail on a 3/8oz gotcha jig head……nothing, not even a follow.

I picked up the rod with my hot lure for Stripers this season, first cast, nothing, second cast third or forth crank of the reel and BAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Fish on, and the tow ride down river begins.

She was digging down hard, shaking her head and up and rolling on the surface trying to get away.

As I got here closer to the W700, she dove right under it.

Good thing I fight these standing up, or she would have broke my rod if I was sitting, I wouldn’t have got the rod down in the water in time.

Rod tip in the water, fighting the fish back out from under the W700.

I get her boat side again, I reach from my lip grippers and got her mouth on the first try.

Then I realize I forgot my pliers!!!!!

Lucky for me she didn’t fight me as I removed the two hooks in her mouth.

Now Mike and his Dad got the motor running and we head up river, I stayed behind them for fear of causing a wake
and tipping them over……it wasn’t pretty, but they got it done.

 

 

Start drifting back down river and my lure gets slammed as soon as it hits the water!!!!

Fish On…………………………off…………what the heck…….my rig broke, and she’s gone.

Still fishable, I cast out again and BAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

She hit it hard, rod doubled over…..then POP…she was gone….the rig broke again and now will be put to rest.
(Till I make a new one)

It was time to end the trip, skies were looking mean and the wind was starting to kick up.

My buddy and his Dad were already back at the launch when I headed in.

Still a Great day in my book, just being on the water is good enough, the fish I catch are just a Bonus.

I Love my W700, she getting way more love then the W500’s lately, but summer is here and and they will get tons of use with my Daughter, Lisa, and my Grand Daughter, those trips I will take video’s of.

Life is Good!
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.

Rox

 

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First striper trip in my Wavewalk 700

By Roxanne Davis

 

I took the Wavewalk 700 to the Connecticut River today in Windsor Locks.

Searching for stripers, I was able to get in 4 good drifts before I go off the water before dark.

Water levels are low, fish are hard to pinpoint, but I found a few takers.

Lost two good fish, then hooked up 3’ from the W700, and she threw the hook and it sailed right by my head!!!

Going to be hitting that area hard for the next few days, in hopes of beating my 38 1/2” PB Striper.

The 2hp motor did okay, but with strong currents I need at least a 4hp…..each time I tried to buy one it fell through
…………I’ll keep searching.

Here’s a short video and a couple pictures of the small stripers.

 

 

 

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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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Trolling for Barracuda in the S4

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Florida Fishing Kayaks

One of my least favorite fishing techniques is trolling.

Putting a rod and reel in a rod holder and waiting for what seems like hours for a bite can be borderline boring. Then, dragging a fish against the movement of a slow moving boat as we do fishing for stripers or bluefish in the Chesapeake Bay diminishes the tug and pull of the fish. Imagine cranking in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Welcome to the successful outcome of a trolling expedition.

However, trolling from a Wavewalk S4 is a completely different experience. After good success with my kayak spinning rigs trolling custom fabricated lures in mangrove creeks and channels, I set off to find the perfect rig for trolling in the clear inshore waters of South Florida.

I finally settled on a Shimano TR200-G graphite reel loaded with 20 lb. test mono line on a 4′ kayak Ricky Rod made in Miami.

With this rig in hand and the outboard tiller in the other, a kayak trolling fisherman (or woman) can smoothly ease out line and control the action of the lure or rigged bait while steering the S4. Unlike leaving the rig in the holder, with the rod in hand, bites are easily felt and the hook set. Now, we are fishing and catching and really enjoying the battle.

In less than an hour, I caught 4 barracuda no more than a 1/2 mile from my house using this technique. All were released. But, I had to gently tow the last one back to the dock to safely release from the dive platform of my big boat. It was just too big and toothy to bring aboard.

My next project is to build a long distance de-hooker.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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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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