I love days like this:http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/71 ... directlink
I have found I can peddle my Outback just the perfect speed to make a C10 Redfin irresistable to a hungry striper. I love to rock out while I fish so I have my iPod cranked up and earbuds in, which is probably good because when a striper hits one of these topwater baits it really makes your heart jump and sometimes one might react to quickly and pull the bait away. When I'm rockin' out I just wait tho see my rod bent over in the rodholder, pick it up and go for a ride!
It has been unusally wet and cloudy in Arkansas this year, the past week did not have a good sunny day. The water temperature on the lake was in about 68, just right!
I launched the yak just after daylight and there was a light rain, it rained heavy on the way, so I was relieved to just have a light rain to peddle in. Thankfully I dressed warm and wore my waders for the first time since shorts weather.
It didn't take long to hitch up with the first striper of the day, a 9 lb beauty caught trolling the trout colored 10" redfin, I circled the area and hooked another but it pulled me around and tangled itself up in submerged timber, dang there goes $5.95 + tax! I would lose 2 more redfins during the day, but it was well worth it
By 10:00am, I had 2 stripers on the stringer, the 9lb'er and an 11lb'er. Those were both caught trolling, I hadn't really seen any breaking fish. Since I'm rockin' out I have to see them, since I can't hear anything other than what's blasting from my iPod nano. I decide to troll on along toward Cedar Fourche and try some bass fishing, since stripers usually are morning and evening feeders.
I wasn't having much luck with the bass, I landed one pickeral on a crankbait and decided to change locations, about which time I saw big splashes back toward the main lake! So I peddled on down to the mouth of Cedar Fourche where the water is about 100 feet deep and there were several big splashes going on, and as I trolled my redfin toward the activity my bait shot about 6 feet in the air as a striper hit it and missed; however, it must have wrapped the line around a hook because he hit again as soon as it landed this time he had it, but the line broke almost immediately.
Of course, I always have 3 bait casts and 2 spinning rods rigged for various methods, since the fish were breaking I unplugged my earphones so i could use all my senses and started throwing a Super Spook at breaking fish. The first cast toward a swirl resulted in a 15lb beast.
Of course by the time I got that fish played, and on the stringer, the activity had quit. it was about 1pm by then. I decided that it would be in my best interest to just fish for stripers the rest of the day. I already had a limit so the remainder of the day was just catch and release.
It was a good decision, I ended up hooking up with least 6 more, some made to the boat to be released, some fought for there own freedom. All were at least as big as my first fish, some probably bigger than 15 lbs. By the end of the day I peddled over 8 miles and had the best day ever! Here's the fish that went home with me:http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SX ... directlink
It's gonna be a great fall for this kayak fishin' fanatic!!!
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