Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:46

River Pullage

Written by
Rate this item
(3 votes)

It had been a day short of two weeks since I dipped my paddle or played a fish on the end of my line. Unfortunately, a trip to the salt which I've yearned for even longer was not in the cards. With the weather forecast being as useful as a magic 8-ball, I stuck close to home. The river welcomed me with a plethora of opportunities spanning a full spectrum of presentations to match the appetite of several species.

I started off with what I left off with last time; the fly rod. The sun was higher up this time so I switched to a black wooly bugger and sight casted to various sunfish, small largemouth and smallmouth bass. I had a shot at a decent carp too, but I got a little too close and spooked it. I had a couple instances where as soon as the fly hit the water a big bronze back exploded on it, but somehow didn't come tight.

This was the second time on the water sporting my new Maui Jim shades with PolarizedPlus2 rose lenses and can honestly say, they are awesome. The contrast is simply amazing and definitely helped me see a lot more. I normally target smallies in pools, pockets, and eddies around structure, but after standing up with the Maui Jim's I found some just cruising the flats. I was able to get the fly in the path for one and on the second strip it rushed over and came to a halt a few inches away. Being able to watch it all, including what happened on the next strip, brought on a huge smile.

smallmouth bass in the water kayak fishing

It was only 13" but there's definitely something special about being able to visualizing it all. From stalking to the cast, the chase, the take... Hookset, headshakes... I LOVE IT!

After a while, the wind picked up just enough to make fly line management a chore. I switched to a spinning rod and found a few more little smallies on Husky Jerks and black spinnerbaits.

James River Smallmouth Bass

As the sun started to fade, I resisted the urge to put on a topwater popper and switched gears again. I pinned a lively sunfish from earlier to an 8/0 circle hook - carolina rig. It wasn't long before my kayak was spinning circles as I wrangled some flatheads.

36in Flat Head Catfish

Biggest of the evening was 36"

From slingin' bugs and sight casting to chunkin' meat, I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with the awesome local fishery and finding some river pullage.

Satisfied... for now.

But I can only resist the salt for so long.

Read 5020 times Last modified on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:55
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.

www.angling-addict.com

Please login to post a comment.

Get the YakAngler Newsletter!

Keep tabs on all the latest from YakAngler.

Latest From The Forum

    • sailor144's Avatar
    • Plastic Protection.
    • 303 is good, but expensive. Starbrite makes a kayak surface protect product that is less expensive and just as good, IMO.
    • 4 hours 10 minutes ago
    • Funky tub's Avatar
    • Side imaging or Bigger screen
    • I am looking at getting a Depth finder for xmas for my Old Town PDL. Wanting to know how well side imaging works on a kayaks and if you have it do you...
    • 20 hours 14 minutes ago
    • Funky tub's Avatar
    • New Yaker in North Fort Worth
    • Hello I'm new to the kayak fishing but been fishing for a long time from banks and friends bass boats. Did a lot of research on Kayaks and saw a lot...
    • 21 hours 3 minutes ago
    • perchjerker's Avatar
    • Line Twist Thoughts, Questions
    • A ball bearing swivel turns smoother and faster. Many lures can cause line twist. Inline spinners are one of the worse. fishing a plastic worm that is...
    • 1 day 15 hours ago
    • smj190's Avatar
    • Yak related insurance coverage?
    • I’ve talked to my insurance agent about this. If it’s on, attached to, or in your vehicle, it’s covered by auto policy. If it’s in your...
    • 1 day 17 hours ago

More Topics »