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The Longest Day

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The Longest Day Photograph by Dee Kaminski

This past Monday I had a chance to go fishing while in Florida for some training classes. Dee at Reel Kayak Fishing was available so I set up a charter. After a poor showing when I was in the area a few weeks ago I was looking forward to getting some instruction and learning more about the fishery.

The Trip down to Florida started out great, I received an upgrade to First Class for the trip, the first plane was on time and the next morning I would be fishing...

Then the connecting flight had a problem and was delayed for maintenance, after several hours they finally rolled out a new plane. By the time I got to Orlando it was 2 AM and the company I reserved a car through was closed, and I was scheduled to meet Dee at 6:30 By the time I finally got to the Space Coast area it was close to 4AM, so grabbed a late dinner/early breakfast at Denny’s and drove to the launch site and got a few hours of sleep in the car, before Dee got there. We launched at the No Motor Zone as the sun came up and I was soon hooking up on trout, I was a little over zealous and lost a few, until Dee settled me down. Then a NASA air boat showed up running through the flats we were about to fish and we were informed the area we wanted to fish would be off limits that day. Then he took off right over the flats again. Dee kept me catching trout while she came up with a new plan.


When we found a flat that had some Redfish she instructed me on reading signs and recognizing the fish. After catching a few small ones I spotted some nervous water at 1:00 off my bow, I checked my cast and looked closer as I saw a nice size fish. Everything seemed to slow down as I made my cast and it landed right on target, a few cranks of the reel later the fish saw and charged the bait. I set the hook, and the fish took off as line was pulled from my reel. The instruction that Dee had given me played through my head, I felt relaxed and calm as I played the fish and in a few minutes Dee had it in the net.


The fish was not a monster but it was still almost 2x the size of my biggest Redfish prior to this trip. We continued to fish and caught a more trout and a few more Redfish. Continuing to fish on our way back to the launch and pulled out the gear and loaded up. I finally made it to my hotel around 7; I’d been up for almost 36 hours with just 2-3 hours of interim sleep. Plus a full day out on the water paddling, I was exhausted and fell asleep quickly. The class the next day would be brutal to stay awake for, but it was well worth it. It was a great day out on the water, the weather was great, the instruction was awesome, Reel Kayak Fishing’s gear was new and in great shape. And even though NASA ruined the plan for the day she found fish and we caught them. Now I can’t wait for my next trip down here so we can head back out. If you ever are in the area I would highly recommended you give Reel Kayak Fishing a call, you won’t regret it

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.


+1 # shallow pockets 2011-03-27 20:55
Great job Dee!
+1 # robchoi 2011-03-28 16:58
Up for 36 hours with 2-3 hrs of sleep....

Sounds like my kind of fishing! Great job!
+1 # ABadBackcast 2011-03-28 19:02
You'll have that when you fish with Dee...LOL!

Damn Gregg, I didn't know that you had a blog! Right on.
+1 # YakSushi 2011-03-28 19:22
Quoting ABadBackcast:
Damn Gregg, I didn't know that you had a blog! Right on.

Another satisfied YakSushi Media customer! ;-)
# Hammerhead 2011-03-28 22:48
I need more of those 36 hour trips. I'm out of practice, it took a lot longer to recover than i remembered. Plus I have to get ready for losing sleep while chasing stripers at night.

I'm just starting to get into the whole blog thing. It's a hole different type of writing then I'm used to.

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