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Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you

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Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you Photographs provided by Bill Howard

After my last two dismal trips, I wasn’t sure if I should answer the phone when my buddies Walt and Greg called me. After all, they were the administrators of the beat downs I got fishing with them last. I figured “What the heck, at least I could get some good pictures if this trend continues”. So as we all met at the launch, we were met by another friend of mine, Chris, who has also recently put me to task while fishing.

Well today was a whole different story. After venturing out onto the flats, only to be greeted by no water and a pesky north easterly wind, we decided to head to the back country and check out a report that I had received the previous week. I’ glad we did. Below Chris Peters looking for the Redfish school.

Chris Peters kayak fishing

I was first to find the redfish. Blowing up my Zara Spook Jr, I quickly anchored up and proceeded to catch around ten (I lost count) slot reds. They were hitting everything, topwaters, Exude Gold Darts and Mirrodines. I have to give credit to Greg for the Mirrodine. I kept saying “You know a Mirrodine might work well”, he finally took my advice and put one on. First cast... BAM... Fish on.

I have to give big props to Greg, while holding my redfish, it stuck me with its dorsal fin and I dropped it. Greg reached down with those massive mitts he has and scooped it up.

Greg grabbing Bills Redfish

With the water temps holding steady, the fish have been feeding really good lately. Now if we could get the wind to lay down before February, we will be in business.

Bill Howard paddling his Malibu Kayak


About the Author: Bill Howard is a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, as well as Malibu Kayaks. He is also on the Columbia Sportswear Pro Team. Bill is an avid photographer and writer, contributing to numerous websites and publications in the Tampa Bay area. In 2008 he completed a 17 day, 129 mile trip around Tampa Bay raising nearly $4000 dollars for the American Heart Association. He is also a board member for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Hero's on the Water.

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