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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:48

A Day I Will Never Forget On The IRL

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A Day I Will Never Forget On The IRL Photograph by Charles Levi Jr.

As in most of my kayak fishing trips I had a hard time sleeping the night before, so I spent some time going over my gear to make sure everything was in good working order and packing my tackle bag with the items I would need for the next day’s trip. The person joining me on this trip was someone who I enjoy spending time with on the water more than anyone else and who introduced me to fishing some thirty years ago my Dad!

I picked up my Dad who is a few days away from turning 60 before sun up and with my new Jackson Cuda's in tow we headed for one of my favorite places to fish on the Indian River Lagoon “IRL”. When we got to the launch area the wind was light out of the East and I told my Dad "look there is movement on the flat already" he looked at me with a smile on his face and said "I don't see anything". We loaded the Cuda's with the tools of the trade and my Dad traded his flip flops for a pair of water shoes. After giving him a hard time about his choice of footwear we make our way to the flat! Off in the distance a family of bottlenose dolphins case mullet and two ospreys circle over head, I tell myself this is going to be a good day!

As we approach the flat I see Baitfish nervously swimming just below the surface and I tell my dad to cast to it. He makes a cast that fell just short of the baitfish and gets hammered by a nice little redfish! After a short battle he has his first Red of the morning and the first redfish to be caught from my Slate colored Jackson Kayak Cuda.

Jackson Kayaks Cuda Redfish 2

After a few pictures the fish is returned to the water to fight another day!

Jackson Kayaks Cuda Redfish

Now it was my turn and I saw what looked like the tip of a tail break the surface and made a cast past it and as I brought my Bass Assassin shad tail back to the spot where I saw the tail I got hooked up with my first red from my Jackson!

First Jackson Cuda Redfish

We went back and forth like this for about the next thirty minutes.

<Charles Levi Redfish

Redfish Chuck on the Indian River Lagoon

Bass Assassin Redfish

I then got on a great Trout bite and landed a few 20 + inch trout including my first Gator Trout from the new Yak.

First Jackson Cuda trout

Redfish Chuck with a trout

We decided to call it a day and head to the truck and on the way back I was able to pick up a few more trout and reds and my Dad did the same!

Redfish and Jackson Cuda

This day would have been great for anyone to enjoy, but because I got to spend it with my Dad it will be one I will never forget!

Thanks Dad for taking the time with me when I was young to teach me to enjoy the outdoors!!!!!

Oh yeah I almost forgot a week ago my oldest son Trey who is two and a half caught his first Redfish!!!

redfish in native ultimate

All fish were taken on Bass Assassin Shad Tails and 1/16 oz jig heads!


About the Author: Charles "redfish chuck" is a life long fisherman located on Florida's Space Coast that at thirty-one years old he prides himself on being a well rounded angler. From freshwater to saltwater and open ocean fishing, Charles not only builds his own rods but he also ties his own flies. Charles is also a Pro Staff Member of Yakangler.com, Yeti coolers and Jackson Kayak.
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Charles Levi Jr

Charles "redfish chuck" is a life long fisherman located on Florida's Space Coast that at thirty-one years old he prides himself on being a well rounded angler. From freshwater to saltwater and open ocean fishing, Charles not only builds his own rods but he also ties his own flies. Charles is also a Pro Staff Member of Yakangler.com, Jackson Kayaks, Yeti coolers and Handler Fishing Supply.

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# shallow pockets 2011-12-21 13:49
Awesome report ! :)
 
 
# DDOlson 2011-12-21 22:11
Great report, nice fish, & if you have not heard it before you look just like your dad.
 

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