The first trip started right after Easter. I hit the road by two in the morning, and headed down to Beaver Creek in Kentucky to meet up with Troy Constant, screen name troybanshee01. After setting up camp, we headed down to Beaver Creek for some white bass. The scenery was amazing, but the fishing was slow at first. We threw almost everything we had until a gentleman who was fishing on the bank said he was having luck with a roostertail. We each tied one on, and couldn’t keep them from biting. White bass, yellow bass, and bluegills were going nuts! The next day we went back out and they weren’t biting as crazily, but we still enough to make it a great time.
We wrapped up fishing in the early afternoon, and I headed down to Murfreesboro, TN to meet up with Bridgett Howard, TennCreekBridges, and Joey Monteleone. Joey was able to break my fear of the casting reel, and taught me how to pitch and flip. He also helped me hone my skills to target big bass, his specialty. We headed to a farm pond they knew held some big bass. Within the first five minutes on the water, I landed my personal largest (weight) largemouth bass! As a Confederate graveyard peered down at us, we were able to land a few more hawgs on a Strike King tube and an “Anaconda” worm.
Sadly, we weren’t able to get out the next day because of thunderstorms.. That afternoon, I headed to Louisville, KY to fish with YakAngler.com co-owner Adam Hayes, Adam. I met Adam at the October 2013 Boondoggle, but this was my first chance to fish with him. We hit Floyds Fork, a local creek, in the morning and again the bite was slow. I threw on a Monteleone “Secret Silver Tube” and was able to land some bass and even a rainbow trout. I believe Adam landed some fish as well.
After a morning of fishing on the creek, it was time to head home. It had been a very successful trip to kick off the 2014 “Travels of a YakAngler”. I was able to fish with four other kayak anglers, we all caught fish (including some BIG ones), and had a great time.
Stay tuned for the next adventure of this kayak fisherman!