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||Posted: Nov. 01 2004,12:44
Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Report
On Sunday I loaded up the T-120 and headed to the Talbot Island area just North of Mayport.
It was still dark as I launched and started paddling through a winding creek leading to the inter-coastal.
I had taken two rods and had one rigged with a surface lure ready to use.
With the tide all the way out, I thought that I might have a chance to toss a few casts towards some active Reds or Trout.
That thought went away when I spotted Flipper and his friend working the creek channel that I was paddling in.
They were coming closer and I thought it prudent to hug one side of the creek or the other but didn't know what side was better. By the time I made up my mind where to move, all #### broke loose 10 feet in front of me.
Seems I was pushing fish down the creek and they were pushing them up!
The dolphin were having their fill and how they missed not landing on me or my yak is amazing.
After about 10 seconds that seemed like 10 minutes, the glided under the kayak.
Mind you, this creek is only about 4 feet deep at it's deepest part and this section was only about 12 feet wide.
Well, knowing that Dolphins are the kiss of death for fishing, I tucked the rod away and dug in with the paddle to put some distance under the hull. I arrived at a spot on the inter-coastal shore line that produced some fish the previous weekend.
A few cast later and I'm hooked up! Redfish. Man, they have a fighting characteristic unlike any other fish I've caught!
Turned out to be a 16" so I let him go. Not a bad start.
I thought for sure I could catch my one allowable slot fish, put him on ice and spend the rest of the day working on trout. I tried but I couldn't make it happen.
Spent the rest of the day working the edges and openings of creeks, oyster bars and grass banks.
Perfect habitat, perfect conditions!
Caught 11 fish that day, none of them legal size and I had to work my tail off for those!
7 reds, 2 trout, 1 ladyfish 1 pinfish.
I don't think the pinfish is going to recover.
Long day, long paddle, hard fishin with no keepers,,,
I loved it!
"A good rule of angling philosophy is not to interfere with any fisherman’s ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated." -Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919