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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:13

Still Beats Working!!!

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One lonely bass from the Kilroy One lonely bass from the Kilroy Ginger Olson


I’m very blessed in that my wife shares my passion for kayak fishing.  So it wasn’t surprising to me when, on a recent Sunday evening, she told me she was taking Monday off of work and wanted us to go fishing in the morning.  I don’t know about you, but that’s a honey-do list I can handle!

I had to work in the afternoon so we planned a quick morning trip to a lake that is one of our favorites here in northeastern Indiana.  The lake holds some crappie, bluegill and decent numbers of largemouth bass.  Most importantly though, the 50 acre lake is surrounded by wooded hillsides that make up a local DNR property and this time of year the autumn colors really add to the already beautiful scenery.

We woke up early, loaded up the truck and were on the lake shortly after sunrise.  My wife didn’t waste any time and was fishing not far from the boat launch, hoping to catch some bluegill for dinner.  I had my mind set on trolling small crankbaits for crappie while paddling the Jackson Kayak Kilroy that I had borrowed from my local dealer.  I am in between kayaks, so my dealer was nice enough to let me borrow one of their demos for the fall.  This is giving me a chance to really test the Kilroy and I can’t say enough how impressed I am with this kayak.

The first few hours of the morning were spent paddling the lake hoping to find some crappies, or even a hungry bass, but to no avail.  My wife was having the same lack of luck that I was, so she opted to paddle south and try the opposite end of the lake.  I worked my way down to her, trolling the entire way (the Kilroy really paddles nice), to see if she had found any fish.  On the way to her, a trio of swans took to the air and passed over me, a beautiful sight in the early morning hours.

My wife was still fishless, so I told her I was going to paddle back into “The Hole”.  “The Hole” is a really small pond sized body of water that is joined to the 50 acre lake by a small channel.  A few summers ago, when we were having a drought here in the Midwest, I watched a guy in a jon boat unable to make it through the channel due to the water being so shallow.  His outboard motor was throwing mud and he had to eventually back out.  I chuckled to myself as I later paddled through the channel in my kayak.  I spent the rest of that summer having “The Hole” all to myself and catching 18 to 20 inch largemouth one after another.  As you can imagine, “The Hole” is one of my favorite places to fish from a kayak and is always good for a bass or two or three or four…well, you get the picture.

I fished for fifteen minutes or so, without any luck, when my wife came paddling back into “The Hole” as well.  We were running out of time when I spotted a fish swirl the surface, grabbing something off the top of the water.  I wasn’t sure if it was a bass or one of the lakes numerous gar, but I cast a paddle tailed soft plastic to the spot in hopes of finding out.  A few twitches of my rod later, and WHAM!  It wasn’t a big fish, later measuring 16 inches, but the largemouth sure put up a nice little fight.  My wife snapped some photos quick, the fish was released for another day and we decided to call it a day.

While the fishing wasn’t great, the company and scenery was nothing short of spectacular.  It just doesn’t get much better than that on a Monday morning!

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Jameson Olson

Jameson Olson grew up fishing south-central Wisconsin with his wonderful grandparents and his love for being near the water continued when he moved to northeastern Indiana at the age of 16, where he still resides.  During trips to Missouri to visit his dad, Jameson learned how to target largemouth bass and this kind of fishing consumed his time throughout his adult life.  In 2012 he and his wife purchased kayaks and Jameson opted for a fishing style kayak.  On their initial trip to a nearby lake, Jameson caught his first fish from a kayak and has been "hooked" on the sport ever since.  He feels fortunate in that his wife, Ginger, enjoys the sport as well and has become his favorite fishing partner.

As well as being part of the YakAngler Regional Pro Staff, Jameson is also a member of the Jackson Kayak Regional Fishing Team, Orion Coolers Pro Staff, Moving Waters Outfitters Fishing Team and co-founder of the Indiana Kayak Anglers.

Jameson is always happy to help newcomers to the sport of kayak fishing and welcomes anyone in the northeast Indiana area that wants to get together and do some fishing.

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+1 # rfrisby 2014-10-29 12:34
Sounds like a great day any day of the week, much less a Monday morning!! Very nice!
# IndianaYakFish 2014-10-31 00:32
Thanks rfrisby! It definitely was a great day just to be on the water.

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