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September Redfish & Speckled Trout

Written by  Richie Bekolay
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There is just something about turning the calendar over from the hot, steamy month of August into the cooler, crisper month of September. As a Wisconsin native, I appreciate weather that is not delivered from the waiting room of hell. When the winds turn northwest and the humidity drops, my mojo gets going! This time of year does present some issues that I face until February...Choices, choices, and more choices. Being an avid deer and waterfowl hunter, it can be tough to decide whether to grab the bow, shotgun, muzzleloader, or fishing rods. Thankfully in early September, my mind is one thing...KAYAK FISHING!

The next few days I would be strictly targeting redfish and speckled trout with the annual Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association (TKAA) tournament coming up later in the month. I am signed up for the slam division which consists of the redfish, trout, and flounder. The plan for the next two outings was to find a decent redfish and a big trout. I will concentrate on finding some nice flatties later in the month.

Before work on Friday I was able to fish for an hour. In that hour I managed to catch the smallest trout of my life (6") and a nice 17"er. On Saturday, I got a late start on I ran the Red, White, and Blue 5K run in Williamsburg, Virginia in the morning. I contemplated on not going since the winds were blowing 15 mph and gusting over 20 mph! I knew where I would be able to find some sheltered water to stake out in one of my favorite spots. Conditions like this is where the YakAttack Park n' Pole prove to be invaluable. It didn't take long before I hooked up with the only fish of the morning. I knew what I had on the minute that I set the hook of my Mirrodine. After a couple of drag pulling runs, I had a Virginia slot redfish.

kayak fishing 19 inch redfish

The next day I found myself at my favorite trout spot. I was at the launch well before sunrise to ensure that I got in a couple of hours of the top end of the incoming tide. I only had a couple of hours to fish since I had plans for football Sunday. Just like clockwork, the trout were waiting patiently for my presentation. This 18" trout crushed my top water on the second cast of the morning.

Now for those that fish with me know that I'm chasing after a summer citation speckled trout (24"+). I have come close a few times with ones coming unbuttoned and many fish coming a couple of inches short. This morning I was fishing next to a local trout guru Dave Moss (not Forrest Short). When Dave hooked up my heart almost sank after I saw the back of the fish. I knew what he had on, and I wanted it! After a good little battle, Dave was rewarded with fat 26 1/4" citation trout.

Congrats Dave! Needless to say I was little jealous, just a little! Knowing that these fish don't come easy, I keep chucking into the flat. Not long after Dave released his fish was a violent blow up on my top water. I immediately knew this fish was not small and it just might be what I was after. I knew it would be close once I landed the thick trout...NO! Oh so close! 1" shy...

kayak fishing 23 inch trout

I ended the day with catching 5 trout between 17 1/2" and 23". If there is one thing that I can be at times, it's stubborn. Heck, just ask my wife. I'm not giving up on my chase for the paper trout. I WILL get my citation before this year is over! The best thing about the upcoming weather means good fishing...Wait, good deer hunting...Good duck hunting...Ahhh! Choices, choices, choices.

~See ya on the water!


About the Author: Richie Bekolay is diehard kayak fisherman and outdoorsman that reside in Newport News, Virginia. Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, his fishing roots started very early as he spent most of his free time pursuing the popular freshwater species with his true passion being the mighty musky. Currently serving in the Air Force, Richie has expanded his skills from the sweet water to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Even though fairly new to the region, he is very passionate and persistent in dissecting any fishery he comes across. Don't be surprised if you're on the water and run into him and his "Cheesehead" accent. You can follow his fish tales in his blog; Hook, Line, & Sinker at hooklinesinker1.blogspot.com.





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+1 # Cindy Lesky 2012-09-21 14:34
I love the way Richie writes his blog and the use of video and great photography. Knowing him as well as I do, I am not surprised that he is as passionate about this as he is. He grew up on the water. Great job.
+1 # Cindy Lesky 2012-09-21 14:37
Richie is a very interesting blog writer.
His use of pictures and video enhance his entire experience. Class act job.
# Schwigy 2012-09-21 16:18
Quoting Cindy Lesky:
Richie is a very interesting blog writer.
His use of pictures and video enhance his entire experience. Class act job.

Thank you very much!
# Joe Underwood 2012-09-21 20:51
Richie has a true passion for this sport and it shows in his writings. I'm fortunate to get to fish with him on a regular basis and most importantly call him my friend.

Great work Richie!
# Richard Bekolay 2012-09-21 20:52
Great article. I love it. Richie knows what it is like to fish and then fish some more. Fishing for Muskies in Northern Wisconsin for years. Pounding the the water 14 hours a day for a week. Rain or shine, hot or cold. Richie is a student on the water. He is always learning. That is why he is such a good fisherman.
# Joe Underwood 2012-09-21 20:55
Richie's passion for this sport is not only obvious on the water but in his writings as well.
I'm fortunate enough to get to fish with him on a regular basis and most importantly call him my friend!

Great article Richie - Congrats.
# Deckape 2012-09-24 10:03
Nice Job! Your blogs are really informative.
# Schwigy 2012-09-26 20:08
Thanks man! I just hope to these fish want to come out and play during the TKAA tourney!
# standingyak 2012-10-03 12:55
Congrats on the TKAA win!

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