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||Posted: Mar. 25 2004,17:43
I learned to yak in the ocean, and it was only later that I got into the flats. After a time, I'd worked my way out to the second, then third reef and drop off. I'll never forget my first big grouper, and especially my first King. Awesome.
As a friend said, it's hours of boredom followed by minutes of mayhem when you hook a king. Sitting, drifting the 3rd edge and then your reel explodes and screams and it just won't stop.
Pal, you are right bout a nother world out there. I learned to cope with lots of dangerous traffic. Always wear a PFD and make sure it's hi vis. No black paddles. Carry a handheld VHF AND cell if you have one. But a VHF for sure. Fish with a buddy. Never go with an onshore wind that can blow you out to sea.
The gear varies from lip hooked mullet or rigged ballyhoo run shallow, or at depths up to say 80 feet with a trolling sinker. King rigs uses multiple hooks and/or stingers. I got mine on a frozen sardine. Some have successfully used big red and white jigs, or large feathered spoons.
It is a blast. The father of our sport, Kayak Willie used to troll up to 20 miles down the edge of the Gulfstream from Boynton up to W. Palm, dragging 3 ballyhoo, shallow, medium and deep on 3 rods. He has caught and released LOTS of sails, kings, wahoo, etc.
All major mindblowing large gamefish. As far as I'm concerned this is as good as it gets.
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