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.


  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.

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


  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

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

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

  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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