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Travels of a YakAngler - Lakes to Creeks

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As you may remember, in the first segment of “Travels of a YakAngler: Four YakAnglers – Two States” I went to Kentucky and Tennessee. I fished creeks and ponds, and was able to catch some fun fish. This next adventure takes me back down to Louisville, KY to fish with Joe Maione, coachjoe, and his daughter Taylor.

After leaving home around two in the morning I arrived at Joe’s house at 11am ready to fish. We waited for his daughter to get out of sports and then headed to the compound, a private lake to which Joe has access. The fishing was pretty good. Joe and Taylor were catching the fish like crazy, but I was still struggling to figure them out. However, after hearing what Joe was throwing I was able to land a number of small bass before we had to go back home.

The next day, we did a float on Floyd’s Fork early in the morning. It was pretty cool to float a river that was so close to the city but still felt like you were miles away. We fished while floating, and got out along the rapids to work some areas. We both picked up a number of smallies and spotted bass when working a tube by the shoals and any other structure.

I was really excited about our next destination - Elkhorn Creek. I have heard so many stories and have seen many pictures from YakAngler members about the smallies they have caught. Needless to say, I was eagerly anticipating some great catches. We stopped and worked the shoals with a tube right after we put in, and caught some nice smallmouth! We continued down the river and worked the rapids and pools with great results; nothing huge, but some fun fish.

The last day of this trip we hit the compound again. The most heartbreaking moment happened here. Joe lost a huge bass just as he was grabbing his net. A couple of minutes after he lost his, I had a monster suck my popper down. After a brief battle, and with images of amazing pictures dancing in my head, I got the fish right to the side of the kayak. As I was reaching down to grab it, a flip of the tail and it was gone. If not the biggest bass I have ever caught, it was near the top of the list. Oh well, I’ll have to come back for it next year!

This was a great trip with a great friend and his family. The next adventure for this YakAngler will take me to the Razorback state!

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Spencer Jones

Although starting to kayak fish in the summer of 2012 Spencer has fished since he was a kid.  He fishes everything from small creeks to large lakes mainly targeting large and smallmouth bass, northerns, and anything he can convince to bite the hook.  When he is not on the water he teaches choir at a middle and high school and teaches private piano lessons, and composes music. Spencer also loves working out and helping folks get healthy and fit!  He lives in Neenah with his lovely wife, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.

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# sokyfishing 2014-09-11 19:55
I have to get to Elkhorn creek. Thanks for the trip report. Keep writing and I'll keep reading them.

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