My valentine, Marian introduced me to kayaking.I really enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to shop around for a trained kayak. I managed to locate a Wilderness Tarpon 120, then it hit me that I could also fish from my kayak! Unfortunately the Tarpon was not configured for fishing, so I did a web search for kayak angling. I came across this site and several others. With the help of these online resources and the advice of fellow kayak anglers, I managed to learn what I would need to get my kayak set up for kayak angling. I installed two flush rod holders, a rod holder up front for trolling, and an anchor trolley.
When my valentine and I were out kayaking, I would also be fishing and we would have a great time together. She was happy to have a partner who would spend time with her on the water. Marian would just paddle around bird watching and occasionally checking on me to see if I had caught anything.
Then, one day, while fishing a oyster bed area on Folly River; my valentine asked about fishing. She wanted to try casting and retrieving the lure through the water. So I set my own fishing to the side and proceeded to teach her how to cast and retrieve using a spinning rod. The hardest thing for her was the coordination to get the feel for letting loose that trigger finger. She started out casting straight up toward the blue sky; occasionally she would forget to set the bail and sometimes just fell short a few feet from the kayak. After several practice sessions on the water she was almost casting as good as me.
Marian has not caught a lot of fish, but she does enjoy fishing as long as it is only for two or three hours. Anytime longer and she gets tired of fishing. As for me, I can be out there for hours, so Marian brings a few New Yorkers to read as she waits for me to decide it is time to go back to the launch.
Some of the most memorable fishing trips with Marian included these highlights:
While fishing the rip rap around Daniels Island; I caught a nice speckled trout. Marian paddled over to get a picture of the trout with me. She took the picture with the waterproof camera that I just got her. After taking the photo she paddled away. Then I heard the word “Sh!t" She discovered that waterproof does not mean that the camera will float. So my photo of my nice trout is lost forever. Marian could be lucky I love her too much to yell at her.
Then there was the trip on the Ashley River. We had just launched when I hear Marian ask "Don't fishing rods float?" I replied, "They do not - why?" She then explained that she thinks rods should be able to float since they have cork handles, but her rod & reel didn’t when it fell overboard... Again what could I do? I love her very much.
Then there was the time we fished the area up by Two Inlets trying to target flounder. She really got excited about a flounder that she hooked into. I just laughed as she struggled bringing in a nice 14” flounder. A few minutes later, she had hooked something a bit bigger or at least stronger. After a while she managed to land a nice butterfly ray. For both catches I had to bring in my lines and paddle over to help her. I help her because I love her.
These are just a few stories about my valentine. I could keep going on, telling you more about our fishing experiences together, but let me tell you: Marian is a very sweet valentine - what other girlfriend or wife would decide that going kayak fishing is a great way to celebrate the love that we have?