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Monday, 28 February 2011 01:00

Presidents Day Weekend Re-cap Part 1

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Presidents Day Weekend saw members of YakAngler.com, KayakFishingRadio.com, IrishWaterDogs.com and Jaxkayakfishing.com from all over the country descend upon a small Florida State park in Jacksonville Florida.  Here is the recap of our weekend down in Little Talbot Island State Park.


Thursday the 17th

Pam, Sam and I packed up the “Super Bestest Kayak Trailer Ever”and headed down to Atlanta.  We would be staying at Chip aka “treehugger” house and all driving down to Jacksonville Friday morning.



My Kayak trailer
After fighting the Atlanta traffic we finally arrived at Chips, an hour before KayakFishingRadio.  Chip moved the studio down into the dining room so we could participate in that night’s broadcast. If you missed it check it out here, don’t the show live with ship was a blast; “I’d like to give a shout out to Sweetwater Brewing Company”.  After the show everyone had a few more drinks then turned in for the night.

Friday the 18th

Original plans were to get on the road by 8am but we didn’t leave Chips house until 9-9:30am.  We made a quick stop at Bass Pro Shops to pick up some saltwater tackle we didn’t have access to at our local tackle shops.

849fdbcd67b6ced74b120cbdRight after crossing the Florida State line, my Explorer once again needed gas.  I stopped to fill up and everyone else grabbed snacks including Chip.


We were the last of the YakAnglers to arrive in Jacksonville so when we pulled into our campsite everyone else was set up and already mingling.  Scott “MountainDewMan” and Charlie “Harley” from the Irish Water Dogs had some sweet Irish Water Dogs schwag for us.


Everyone hung out by the fire where we planned the first kayak fishing trip of the weekend that next morning.

Saturday the 19th

The YakAngler crew was late; luckily Charlie and Scott hung out by the  campsite boat ramp and patiently waited for our crew. I took out the new Gullwing Paddle to see how it preformed. I was impressed with the amount of power per stroke I was able to generate with my new paddle. "Full review to follow in a few weeks" Charlie and Scott took us through the winding grass “creeks” that wind all over the area for miles. Early on we ended up splitting into several groups.  Rob was with the other groups and you can read his story here. “Read Rob’s Story Here




ac13daf5f93e4777eca5c204Sam, Javier and I stayed up tide of the bridge; I felt the current and didn’t want to get sucked out when the tide turned.  We threw everything, DOA shrimps, Redfish Magic Spinner Baits, Various Gulp patterns, even tried free lining live shrimp next to the grass…  Nothing.  We fished most of the day without even the hint of a fish other than the fact that we could hear the other group of kayak anglers hooting and hollering as they caught fish. 



Sam was just happy being in Florida and observing the scenery.


As the tide turned we decided to start our paddle back to the boat ramp, Sam passed a kayak fisherman from the Jacksonville kayak fishing.com;  he offered her a Redfish that he had gill hooked and was going to die.  She took the Red because it didn’t seem like we were bringing any home that day.  She asked him what he was using and he showed her a Supermarket bag of frozen shrimp.  “Just fish the dead shrimp on the bottom, and you’ll pick a few up” the angler said.
So we beached ourselves on a deep channel where several other boats were catching fish.  I rigged us up with two bottom rigs and “Live” shrimp.  Finally the ice was broken and I hooked a decent 23” Red.

7b9d49b290abe33785fdcf3dAfter releasing the Redfish we noticed how quickly the tide runs in Jacksonville.  Our boats that only 20 min’s ago were merely stern beached were totally out of the water.  We decided to head back fearing that it might be a long slog back to the boa tramp if the tide got any lower.

We made it about ¾ of the way back before we had to get out and drag out kayaks because the tide was so low.  Luckily we left when we did, the other groups got back several house later and had even less water to paddle “Read Rob’s Story Here”.

That night after everyone finally made it back we had our Potluck dinner.  Javier’s wife made some killer Chicken Teriyaki “with a Spanish twist”.  Scott proved that not only is he Pirate but a Baking Pirate at that with his Campfire Peach Cobbler.  


And Samantha’s Chicken and Steak Teriyaki was the bomb like usual.  We ate and sat around the campfire telling stories about the Great Slog, looking forward to the next day.

To be continued…


About the Author: Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com and the Founder of YakSushi Media. He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of two little "Sushi's" and everyday tech ninja.

Last modified on Friday, 06 July 2012 13:13
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


+1 # ABadBackcast 2011-02-28 08:55
Good story man! Good photos too!
# YakSushi 2011-02-28 09:34
Thanks, I started writing it last night then realized I better cut this into 2 chunks so it wasn't too long. I wish I had more photos of the trip... Too much fishing not enough photo taking! :oops:
# iFished 2011-02-28 10:13
That looks like it was a ton of fun!
# ABadBackcast 2011-02-28 11:52
Hahaha! Same thing happened to me! I only took 65 photos the entire trip. I was dying to write about it though. I kinda like writing about as much as I like fishing. :lol:
# Ortiz-Adarmes 2011-02-28 12:43
I still need to load my pics! Mark you forgot about my catch of the day! :o
# YakSushi 2011-02-28 13:16
Quoting Ortiz-Adarmes:
I still need to load my pics! Mark you forgot about my catch of the day! :o

Get on it!!! ;-)
# YakSushi 2011-02-28 13:16
Quoting iFished:
That looks like it was a ton of fun!

It was a blast, we are planning on invading the Keys next year!
# Hammerhead 2011-03-02 17:21
Nice Article. We had a blast!
# Andre 2011-03-04 10:08
This place is very cool with all the grass!!
Nice writing!

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