Kayak toggin' enthusiasts of the day included Kevin and Lee along with their friends Jimmy and Rob, Jay Brooks and Tripp Seed of VirginiaKayakFisherman.com, and Kyle (I forgot your last name)'s dad. The action had slowed down since my last trip out to the island. It wasn't super hot, but we all still got some decent pullage.
Fiddler crabs did the trick for me in the morning. When I ran out, I switched to chunks of blue crab and they worked well too. I ended the day with around 15 or so tautog, 9 of which count for Kayak Wars. We had a few oystertoads and black sea bass too, which are par for the course. One of the 17" togs was obviously a repeat offender...
I did it a favor and pulled out the extra hook before releasing it. When I looked closer, I noticed it was the same size and style of hook I use (Owner cutting point 2/0 that have a specially designed tip which are easily recognizable). It made me wonder if it was one of the few I hooked and lost two weeks ago at the same spot.
I stuck around until sunset and started the trip back.
The wind picked up in the afternoon and seemed to get worse the later it got (of course) It made the return paddle a little tougher, but after the sun went down, using a 4" swimbait in natural bunker pattern, I had fun messing with the stripers. I caught 9 stripers around the first small boat channel (red and green lights).
I could have easily caught a bunch more, but I was beat and figured I should try to be somewhat coherent for my daughter's birthday the next day. I took a few fish to my parents who were super excited and all in all, it was a great day!
About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia and a Pro Staff Member at YakAngler.com. He has earned a reputation among the locals as the fish junkie with reckless abandon to logic, time, and societal norms in his pursuit for the "tug that is the drug". He shares his love of the sport through his blog www.angling-addict.com.