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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 20:58

The Eleven Mile Redfish

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We all have to agree that a great day is one that you’re on the water with your friends, enjoying the paddling, the wildlife, swamping stories, and the weather. This story is about a trip that I got the opportunity to take, as it was my turn to pick a location for my yak angler buddies and me to have a successful day on the water.

I decided that we would fish the Yellow House Creek area by launching out of Filben Creek Landing. We would meet at 8 AM on Saturday and make the long paddle to our selected fishing spot. As we are not very fast at paddling, we would fish along the way while the incoming tide carried us along.

As we drifted and paddled, we cast our Z-Man® paddle tails, Gulp! “Minnow Grubs”, and Gulp! “Jerk Shads”. No fish of any kind. In fact, we did not even see any signs of bait fish. It was getting late, so we gathered up and decided to head back. The Yellow House Creek had been a big zero for us that day. By this time the tide was heading back out, so the paddle back should have been a breeze. However, the wind had shifted nearly 180 degrees, so we had the wind in our faces.

The story is titled “The Eleven Mile Redfish”… At mile marker eight, throwing silver with a black back DOA “Terror Eyz”, I managed to hook a small 12” trout. I wondered if our luck had changed, and if my planning (or guess work) would pay off and get us into some fish. We drifted another 100 – 200 yds and Elgeebee yelled “Fish on!” Elgeebee landed a nice 22” redfish. He caught him on a New Penny Z-Man® “Paddlerz”, and let us know the reds were in the grass. I pulled out my rod that had been sent up with a weedless Gulp! Jerk Shad in the same color.

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One cast into the edge of the weeds and bang - fish on. A nice 25” spot tail was brought into the kayak. Our other fishing buddy, Go2Miss_Her, didn’t have the right color so Elgeebee provided the same set-up he was using. In a few casts, Go2Miss_her had a nice 24” red in his kayak.

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This day ended with great friends enjoying the wonderful outdoor experience that Charleston and the Cooper River have to offer. The gravy was that we even caught fish! The eight reds we managed to land ranged from 15” to a couple at 27”. Oh yeah - I cannot forget about that 12” trout that changed our luck that day.

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Darrell Olson

Darrell Olson an avid Fisherman enjoys bait fishing, using a spinning rod, bait caster, fly fishing, and fishing challenges that come his way. While living in England he was recognized as the 1981 Master Angler from the Rod & Gun Clubs of Europe. He has been kayak angling for a little more than five years. He is one of the founders of the South Carolina Kayak Fishing Association’s monthly Meet and Fish events. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Lowcountry Kayak Anglers. For the past three years he has been participating in the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Kayak Tour for the Atlantic Division. Darrell is a member of the Jackson Regional Kayak Fishing Team, an Ambassador for Power-Pole and Raymarine. Darrell is also a member of the YakAngler Pro Staff and the YakAngler Will It Fish video series.



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