Any time I get to fish with my lifelong friend Corey Galloway is a special event where fellowship, fun, and crushing a Mexican lager or three takes precedence over the size or number of fish caught. Our schedules miraculously aligned on a weekday and we floated a five-mile stretch of a secluded tributary off Lake Weiss, AL.
If it weren't for the windy conditions for this year’s Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers (CBKA) tournament - again- it would have been perfect! We had 104 online registrations, almost triple our first year. Early highlights included a raw oyster bar and CBKA friend, author, and CCA rep Shawn Kimbro at the Captain's meeting. The oysters were donated by Tyler Sondberg of Great Eastern Shellfish. Shawn provided words of support and the local fishing report. What a great combo.
2013 was the ninth time New England Kayak Fishing held its Striper Shootout. This annual tournament brings kayak anglers from all over the Northeast and Canada together for three days of fishing the waters around Salem, MA in search of striped bass. This year we had a record number of anglers, with 174 paid entries in the four divisions; Open, Artificial, Fly, and Junior. The official start of the tournament was Friday at 5:00pm, although many people arrived earlier to get more time on the water...
If I had to choose my favorite fish to chase, I would be hard pressed to make a decision between hard-fighting striped bass and aggressive Alabama spotted bass. Catching striped bass is a pure adrenaline rush of explosive strikes, drag-peeling runs and power only found in the saltwater world. Spotted bass, however, hold a special place in my heart.
It felt like an eternity. The leaves gathered on my kayak for over a month as work and family priorities overshadowed my angling desires. But as soon as my slate was clear, the familiar feelings of my Werner gliding through the water and fish putting that certain curvature in my rod ignited my senses.
I met up with my friend Val Saturday morning down on Cape Cod, MA to fish Barnstable Harbor for some schoolie stripers. I had a friend from work along with me that had never sat in a kayak before or fished for stripers. Luckily, Scott is a seasoned steelhead angler from the Pacific Northwest, so it didn’t take long for him to pick it up.
It definitely seems like all the local migrations are happening earlier this year. The warm water temperatures are expediting the process and I, like most kayak fishermen, am not complaining. The magic of this time of year is more than welcome, as many of the popular sport fishing species enter our local waters and get our juices flowing.
Friday night couldn't come soon enough – I was itching from anticipation. At 10:30 p.m., the first stop was HRBT, where I met up with Justin. I paddled out, keeping my eyes peeled for the welcome sight of a striper silhouette. I was paddling over a small one when a voice greeted me out of the darkness: "Dude, there's a big one right in front of you…"
Saturday September 10 the 7th Annual Hook The Cure - Striped Bass Fishing Derby was hosted by the Elks Lodge in Winthrop, MA, after a two week delay caused by Hurricane Irene. Over the last 7 years over $100,000 have been raised for the Michael J Fox Foundation which helps fund Parkinson’s disease research. For the first time this year there was a kayak division that was catch, photo, & release instead of the traditional weigh in. The conditions were great on the water with light winds, calm seas, big tides and lots of fish caught.
Sunday morning I decided to fish Joppa Flats for the first time. High tide was around 2AM and since you have to fish this location +/- 3 hours from high tide I decided to launch at 1AM and I would be off the water around 5 when the sun was coming up.