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Monday, 23 January 2012 01:00

A YakAngler Meet and Greet

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A YakAngler Meet and Greet Photographs by Bill Howard

A while back, there was a thread in the Saltwater Kayak Fishing Section of the YakAngler Forum entitled Clearwater/Fort Desoto. Biding my time before I replied, I received an email from Mark saying “This is all you”. So I reached out to Chris Funk, aka Feral One, and made plans to meet near Fort Desoto this weekend. Greg Becker and I were running a little late to meet Chris, who was already on the water ready to go.

While the conditions were near perfect this morning( light winds and a low tide), I guess someone forgot to tell the fish - they were nowhere to be found. I had a early shot at a tailing redfish, made a great cast, saw the fish turn and take it, pulled some drag… then nothing. The day wasn’t a total loss: On a quest to catch forty different species, Chris made a good dent in his “Bucket List”, anchored by this really nice trout seen below.

Chris Funks Fort Desoto Trout

We did find a pothole full of ladyfish, which had me wishing I had brought the ultralight rig.

Jumping Ladyfish in Tampa Bay

Bill Howard fighting a Tampa Bay Ladyfish

Chris is an awesome photographer in his own right (Click Here) . He will add some photos once he gets back home.

Once again, I meet and make another great friend through YakAngler!


About the Author: Bill Howard is a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, as well as Malibu Kayaks. He is also on the Columbia Sportswear Pro Team. Bill is an avid photographer and writer, contributing to numerous websites and publications in the Tampa Bay area. In 2008 he completed a 17 day, 129 mile trip around Tampa Bay raising nearly $4000 dollars for the American Heart Association. He is also a board member for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Heroes on the Water.

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# Pam 2012-01-25 19:44
I can't say thank you enough for reaching out to Chris. I'm kinda jealous that you got to meet him before me! lol Hard to believe we're cousins, except that we have so much in common. I knew both of you would land some fish and some beautiful photography! 8)
# Hammerhead 2012-01-26 11:15
This is a Great Community we have here at YakAngler!
# Pam 2012-01-29 22:30
Yes it is Greg. It's really pretty amazing when ya think about it.

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