My search to be number one started with some pre-fishing with three buddies. We decided to check out the rumors that the redfish were hungry in the Plum Island area. On that day, we managed to locate the trout – small, but one just fell short of the 14 inch minimum. Two of us got into some reds that were in the slot - both 22 inches. Happy with the results, I decided that this would be my secret spot for the tournament.
On Sunday I made it to the launch site and onto the water at 5:50 a.m. While making my way to Plum Island (about a 1.5 hour paddle) I explored the area with a Heddon “Spook Jr.” to see if I could get any topwater action from the trout, but no luck.
By the time I got to Plum Island, the tide was at its peak. I found some nice pockets among the grass flats, and took the kayak into the little ponds. This is where my heart started pumping - I managed to get in an area that had tailing fish. I worked them for a while, but could not get them interested in my offerings. When the tailing action was done, I decided to move on to an area that provided some trout the day before. I worked this area pretty well, but zero again on the trout. Then I ended up in the area where we caught the two reds and two trout the day before. Darrell Zerothe fish trumped me again. It was about 10:30 a.m., so I decided to head back and re-fish the area I where got a trout, and then back to Plum Island.
Back at Plum Island I discovered that I had redfish all around me. I started getting some hook ups. The reds fought hard and fast. This created in a lot of lost tackle and no fish in the yak, but the fun never stopped. I realized that it was almost 12:30 p.m., and the weigh in started at 1 p.m. I still had a long paddle ,and a ramp busy with boats still trying to get out on the water could delay my arrival time to the weigh in, which closed at 3 p.m. I managed to make it in at 2:45 p.m. talking to my peers and listening to others, “my” story was being told by at least three or four other anglers.
When the pluff mud waters cleared, the winners were announced. Dolphin Hamilton was a repeat winner for the Charleston IFA Kayak Tour with a 26”redfish and a 15.5”trout (41.5” total). Second place went to Roger Bump with a 20.38” redfish and a 17.38”trout (37.75” total). Third place and “Largest Redfish” went to Scot Townsend with a 30.25”red. “Largest Trout” honors went to Martin Mood, who weighed in an 18.5”trout.
Congratulations to all the anglers that caught fish.
About the Author: Darrell Olson is an avid Hunter / Fisherman. While living in England he was recognized as the 1981 Master Angler from the Rod & Gun Clubs of Europe.