Sunday, May 13, 2012

Unpleasantries and a Switcharoo

I got out on the Eastern Shore for about 6 hours or so.  After finding a nice stretch of clear water, as luck would have it, the sun got covered up.  Needless to say, sight casting was a no-go.  And without crabs, trolling was my only option.
The higher than predicted winds, made for a wet and bumpy paddle, but I stuck with it and hooked up 9 times!  Unfortunately, they were all cownose rays.  My dislike of the nuisances are right up there with deer on the side of the road. 

I saw a few big sharks, one dead sea turtle, one bright orange sea turtle (live), a boater hooked up to what looked like (and acted like) a big spinner shark, and on the way back in I got stuck on the flat at low tide.  Dragging the kayak to deeper water is unpleasant to say the least.

Next weekend, I'll be switching things up and trying my luck for bass and other sweetwater species.  May 18-19 is the 5th Annual YakAttack Tournament for Heroes on the Water (Central VA chapter) in Farmille, VA.  If you're in the area (or not) and want to come check it out, I hear the food is incredible (Luther roasts a whole pig and several chickens), the people are super friendly, there are lots of great raffle items, and it's all for a great cause!  There's a place to camp out, have a few drinks, and talk fishing by the fire.  So come on out, it's going to be fun!

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  1. Rob,
    What do you usually troll with?

    1. 5" or 6" paddletail swimbaits. Just make sure they have stout hooks.


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