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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:46

River Pullage

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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.

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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.


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