Regional kayak fishing reports from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana by YakAngler.com Pro Staff members.
Pack & Paddle is known for being a great store for kayak fishing gear. People don’t always realize that it’s so much more than just a store. Pack & Paddle also hosts a lot of great trips, many of which recur throughout the year. One of the most popular recurring trips is called Louisiana Hooked, “LA Hooked” for short. It’s a guided kayak fishing trip for people interested in trying out kayaks before buying them - field testing, I guess.
Many of us have heard the phrase, “It turned on like a light switch!” when anglers refer to a good bite - the type of bite which goes from non-existent to an all-out frenzy within a matter of seconds. The thing is, these bites are usually short-lived. We can only try to take full advantage of them for as long as we can.
At the end of May, I had the opportunity to fish the IFA Tournament in Lafitte, LA, which also meant two days of pre-fishing. I spent most of my time in Grand Isle, LA. It was new water for me, so I thought I would share about an easy yet productive place to fish, even for a beginner.
After a couple of weeks of some freezing temps and lots of rain, the short spell of sunshine and warmer weather was a relief. I decided to take advantage of the situation and get on the water. The day was forecast to have a very light wind out of the southwest. I chose my spot for the day accordingly.
As the year draws to a close, I’m just trying to find time to get out to the marshes in this busy season. Between holidays, birthdays, parties, and work, finding time to fish has been almost impossible at times. In fact, the last time I had targeted redfish was before Halloween.
Fall fishing is upon us. Here in Louisiana, we are starting to see lower temperatures and more pictures posted on social media of coolers filled with specks and reds. With this in mind, my local kayak fishing club hosted a “Pot Luck” tournament, where the angler with the biggest fish would take all. We hit the water tournament morning with great hopes of taking advantage of fall fishing.
My next “Travels” journey involved another trip to Arkansas with my family, and this one had a side adventure planned. After coming off the high from placing third in the Midwest tournament, I was excited to fish new waters and meet another great kayak angler, Chris Funk, FeralOne.
I decided I would change my travels from my last “Travels of a YakAngler” adventure, and headed down to Arkansas with my wife and her parents for a two-week vacation. The in-laws have a place in North Central Arkansas right by the Ozarks - and just a short drive away from some amazing trout fishing.