I look forward to the water getting low enough to keep the rest of the world off of my river. This time of year, the highs are in the 90s for days in a row. The only rain that falls comes hard and fast in highly regionalized downpours that don’t show up on the stream flow gauge. The ground is too dry and too thirsty to let any of it get into the watershed.
Catfish is a great species to target in your kayak. One technique I picked up in my years of fishing was something I call “bumping”, and I have found it to be very effective in the canals and rivers that make up the Santee Cooper system.
Over the years I have tried many different ways of attaching my mono or fluorocarbon leader to braided line when I’m kayak fishing. These include using barrel swivels, loop-to-loop knots, and various other knots.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen anglers lose a trophy fish because of a bad knot. The tell-tale sign of the line ending in a pigtail will always wrench at your gut, knowing it was your fishing knot that failed. I’ve assembled a list of the top 5 fishing knots all kayak anglers should learn to tie. There is no one perfect knot- each of these five fishing knots serves a purpose and in my opinion the 5 best fishing knots.
Part Two of this four-part series, directed at tournament anglers or those who would benefit from taking a professional approach to their weekend angling, focuses further on prefishing and equipment preparation.
There is nothing I like better than a grand adventure. I have always been a daydreamer, and my mind is constantly filled with places I would like to be or things I would rather be doing. Most of these “mental vacations” involve floating in my plastic boat, casting lures or whipping a fly line back and forth. This is usually how my urge to travel gets started, and soon enough the dreaming turns to trip preparation.
Red drum, redfish, spot-tail, puppy drum, drum, channel bass, red bass. There are so many names for this beautiful copper sport fish, depending on where you live. Their scientific name is Sciaenops ocellatus (Sciaenops – Greek word meaning perch-like marine fish; oceallatus – Latin word meaning an eye-like colored spot).They are arguably the most sought after coastal fish in Florida, which I (and many others) consider the Redfish Capital of the World.
I fish a few kayak tournaments each year, and each time I come away with more knowledge than I had before. This weekend was no different. I joined forty other anglers to try our hands at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX. It taught me several additional lessons, either from my own actions or observation of others. You may already employ some of these, but you should at least give them some thought.