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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 01:00

Presidents Day Weekend Re-cap Part 2

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Presidents Day Weekend Re-cap Part 2 Photograph by Mark Watanabe

If you missed the first half of our Presidents Day Boondoggle you can check it out here.

Sunday the 20th

Rob “ABadBackcast”, Mark “Landingcrew”, Chip “Treehugger”, and Brad “The Clone” all were up an on the road by 3:30am.  They were headed south to meet up with Chuck “Redfish Chuck” and Dee “ReelKayakFishing” for a day of Mosquito Lagoon.

The rest of the YakAngler crew either had to leave that day or didn’t want to make the 3-4 hour drive down south.  We planned to meet Scott and Charlie at another boat ramp not too far from Little Talbot Island State Park. “I don’t remember the name of the spot”

This time we were only 20 min’s late, an improvement on our last outing with Scott, Charlie and Keith aka “Dreads0518”. We unloaded the kayaks and immediately all eyes were on the Diablo Paddle Sports Chupacabra.




Sam took out the Chupacabra; conditions were far from optimal for kayak fishing.  We battled 10-15mph headwinds but the Chupacabra seemed quite stable.  Our Diablo was rigged with the elevated Larry chair, which put Sam much higher on the water not the best seat for those type of head winds but she did fine.


Fishing was tough; we ended up hunkering down behind some grass trying to stay out of the wind.  Of course Charlie managed to catch a few trout in these conditions.  I think I actually fell asleep a few times waiting for something to take my live shrimp…



About 10am I got a call from Chip, “We’ve caught so many fish that we lost count” were some of the sentences used in describing the day the Mosquito Lagoon crew was having. “Read Rob’s Story Here

The rest of the day for us went the same hardly any fish and tons of wind.  The bad weather did give me a chance to try out the Chupacabra in awful conditions.  I was able to paddle back standing up, the wind was at our backs on the way back.  I’ll have a full review of the Chupacabra in a couple of weeks.


That night we ate dinner and quickly hit the sack, I didn’t feel like hearing more stories about how epic Chips crew’s kayak fishing experience was on Mosquito Lagoon.

Monday the 21st

This was our last chance to put Pam and Sam on some fish, we couldn’t have them striking out.  Chip, Brad, Rob, and Mark were all headed home that day.  Greg and his family would be leaving later that afternoon so they were able to fish for a few hours.

We were without our local guides so the plan of attack was to fish the same area we had luck at on Monday and we’d use live shrimp on the bottom.



The incoming tide proved to be extremely slow fishing, I think I one bite the first 3 hours on the water.  We tried several different spots without success.  Sam finally found a decent spot only to be anchored right on top of by some redneck with his kids.

We finally started having success after Pam found a good spot where the mouth of a creek was draining into the main channel.


Both Pam and Sam both caught fish on our final day in Little Talbot Island, better late than never.


Samantha's first Redfish

Pams Redfish

It was a great time, I enjoyed meeting many new friends and hanging out with many old ones.  Our fist of the YakAngler Spring Boondoggles was a huge success and next year should be even bigger!


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 13:29
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.


# redfish chuck 2011-03-01 05:36
nice pics
# ABadBackcast 2011-03-01 08:50
Awesome! That Larry Chair does seem a bit high....
# YakSushi 2011-03-01 10:28
Quoting ABadBackcast:
Awesome! That Larry Chair does seem a bit high....

It only seems high when the wind is blowing at you at 10-15mph. I loved how easily I was able to see fish from the higher vantage point. Standing on it I felt like I was on a flats boat... I'll have a full review shortly when I have a chance to run it through it's paces.

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