Monday, March 4, 2013

The Flip Side

Sometimes things just click and go better than expected.  For example, I was surprised when I received a call from the VA gamefish tagging program saying I won an award.  It turns out I tagged the second most spadefish in 2012.  

Humbled to be in this group
After looking through my records, I ended up with 60 tagged spades (caught more than that, but didn't tag them all).  I admit, it was a pretty sweet feeling knowing I accomplished that in a kayak.  

So with that jolt of motivation, I ventured out to the Elizabeth River the next day to stick some more fish.  Like I mentioned before, sometimes things just click.  I had all the popular hot spots entirely to myself.  Granted it was a little rainy, but the wind wasn't too bad.  For a Saturday in February, it felt surreal that no one was there.  And in my solitude, I proceeded to tag trout after trout.  It almost felt like I could do no wrong as MirrOlures, paddle tails, and minnows all found their target.  None were huge (up to 22"), but I had a great time.  Sorry no pics.


A week later, I met up with fellow Werner Paddles prostaff members, Richie Bekolay and Drew Camp to see if we could wrangle up some sweetwater species.  

Photo credit: Chip Camp

Optimistic with the recent string of good graces, I took out a brand new paddle (Werner Kalliste) as well as a new reel (Daiwa Lexa 100HS) thinking it was going to be a good day.  Well, as luck would have it, nothing went my way.  The one fish I hooked shook it's head twice and out came the lure.  I popped off two spinnerbaits while casting and hung a third one in a tree.  Uncharacteristic rookie mistakes plagued me most of the day, but at least I got some decent pics of Richie's fish (link).

I may have been pouting as much as this guy.

Richie connected 4 times with two going over 20".  
Drew had one at 16".  

And as hard as I tried I still came home 
reaking of Monsieur Le Pew.


Hopefully next time I'll find myself on the flip side once again.

6 comments:

  1. What a bass. You'll get into the biggun's again I'm sure. If we had awesome days all the time we wouldn't appreciate the really amazing ones.

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    1. Very true, Kevin. Trying to keep perspective is tough with this horrible stink on me ;)

      Thanks.

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  2. Congrats on the spades! In a couple of weeks you wont be able to BUY a skunk. I cant wait. Im sure I will see you out there

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    1. HA! I know what you're talking about Matt. I look forward to seeing you out there.

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  3. Congrats on the tagging Rob - top notch. No worries on the "stink" in the air - it's called "scouting" :)

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  4. that is great on the award Rob. I looked into the tagging program for this year but didnt work out in my favor. Maybe next year. See ya on the water.

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