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Topwater Trout

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Topwater Trout Photograph by Rob Choi

Justin and I were tempted to try the infamous Hot Ditch area of the Elizabeth River. But part of me was also interested in trying some of the other areas on the E. Lucky for us, Matt Anderson was feeling generous and agreed to take us kayak fishing on one of his spots. It's not often that a speckled trout fisherman is willing to share.

We launched into the Southern Branch around 9:30pm and I quickly picked up a 16.5" speck on a Marshworks 3" Bayou Thumper in "croakain" color on a 1/4oz jighead. I love the hard thumping action on those lures. We were working the flats and drop offs and it wasn't long before Justin got a nice one that went a little over 20" on a purple MirrOLure. I stuck to working the bottom and hooked a pretty decent trout that got off right at the boat. It was probably around 18-19". After that the action died off. It took a while, but Justin came up with the right idea.

Topwater Trout Justin speckJustins just over 20" Trout

Justin preferred the Super Spook Jr. and I worked a Rapala Skitter Walk in "speckled trout" color. Though, I think any walk-the-dog style lure would have worked.

Rob Choi 21 Speckled TroutMy 21" Speckled Trout

Matt joined in on the fun and we all had numerous blow ups. Many of them missed the lure, but it still got the excitement level up. Sometimes they would explode on the lure just as we were pulling it out of the water. It's pretty startling when the dark calmness is suddenly shattered as the black water detonates way too close to you.

Matt Topwater 21 speckMatt's 21" Trout

The action would come and go and we would change the retrieval cadence. A lot of times we would get them to hit on the pause. After a great night of great topwater trout action we called it a night around 2:30am. Thanks again, Matt.


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.

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Rob Choi

About the Author: Rob Choi is an avid kayak angler from Richmond, VA and although he lives close to the mighty James River, he frequents the Chesapeake Bay more often. His addiction to the salt has earned him 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”. What he lacks in long term experience, he makes up in his passionate dedication to the sport now. He shares his love of the sport through his blog, www.angling-addict.com, as well as being a prostaff member at Ocean Kayak, Maui Jim Sunglasses, YakAngler.com, YakAttack, Werner Paddles, and crew member of HOOK 1 and Kayak Bass Fishing.

Website: www.angling-addict.com

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# Deckape 2012-06-21 09:56
You have way too much fun! Thanks Rob
 

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