The next morning we were up before the dawn and headed to the launch at Copahee Sound, and the wind was blowing at a steady 15-20 knots. We launched and fished the falling tide and fought the wind for the next 8 or so hours. Unfortunately with that hand and the cards stacked against us we struggled finding the fish. The highlight of the day was The Clone battling a massive ray for half an hour while it made run after run. Elgeebee turned in the biggest fish of the day by a Boondoggler with a 24.5” red and the tournament was won by Barbara Carter with a 34.5” one. After a long day on the water we headed back to the campsite to get cleaned up and we headed out for dinner. On the recommendation of our local scouts DDOlson and Marian we landed at a great place named the SeeWee Restaurant to savor some of the local “Low Country” cuisine. And man was it some good food.
The next morning we got up early again and headed out to the Wando River to try our luck out there. The tides were more in our favor but the wind was blowing harder than the day before. We paddled out and did our best to stay out of the wind. We had several firsts on this day; Snakegirl landed her first fish in a yak with a speckled trout, Susan’s got a nice slot red which was her first redfish ever. And RyHotRod’s got his first redfish as well, which was also the big fish of the weekend at 26.5”. Other fish were caught as well but it was the action was fairly slow and when the rain arrived we packed it in for the campsite.
And that’s when the party happened with a Low Country Boil organized by ScubaStan48 and SnakeGirl. We had piles of shrimp, potatoes, and corn. SaltWarrior provided some great Boudin and Who Dat’ Sausage. We ate ‘till it hurt and drank ‘till it didn’t, then we topped it off with a Boodoggle classic, Pirate Cobbler. We finished the evening enjoying some Sweet Water’s and telling some stories, and planned out the next dozen or so Boondoggles, while SnakeGirl won the highly competitive table tennis tournament.
Monday morning with even more wind it was time to pack up and hit the road home. We broke camp and said our farewells and looked forward to the next Boondoggle while we drove home. RyHotRod and I won the award (again) for the farthest traveled with 970 miles but SaltWarrior gave us a run for our money with his 900 mile trek. It was great to see some old friends and make a lot of new ones as well. Until the next Boondoggle may the wind be at your back!
The ChuckTown Boondoggle Slide Show
Boondoggles are open to all that want to attend. They are family events that help us share the sport of kayak fishing. If you’re new to the sport or don’t even have a kayak yet drop by and say hello, we love to talk and help out people just starting out.
About the Author: Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2008 he discovered kayak fishing and has never looked back. 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 is part of the YakAngler and YakDaddy.net Pro-Staff. He is also the author of the Blog YakFish.net.