A new month arrived, giving me the chance to score
“Kayakwars” points once again for red fish. I had a day off from work and hit
the surf on October 1st. My destination was McFaddin Beach.
I stopped at the Seapony Bait & Tackle shop to pick
up some supplies and bait. This time of year you can only purchase mullet under
12″ in length. The sky was looking a bit stormy so I hung out at the Seapony
for a bit. Rick, the owner made me some leaders while I waited.
I finally hit the road and made my way to the beach. I
was forced to wait another 45 minutes or so for the storm to pass. Around 9:30
I pedaled out into the surf. I stopped at approximately 11-12′. On my
first cast I had a run. It was a large black tip shark and he broke me off
above the leader.
Before long I hooked my first redfish. He was just over
I was using approximately 5″ pieces of mullet. The fish
were biting at a pretty good rate. I only fished for approximately three hours
and landed 14 bull reds. They all measured between 35-42″.
I also caught numerous gaft-tops. They were everywhere
forcing me to re-bait my lines often. Each time I landed one I was stuck trying
to remove their slim from my hands and everything else they touched. They are
just nasty fish.
For most of the morning I could see a front that was
stalled out a short distance away. It didn’t seem to be moving so I figured it
couldn’t be too windy.
I made the poor decision to continue fishing. Towards the
end of my trip I hooked two nice reds at the same time.
In the short amount time it took me to land, photograph
and release those two fish the wind started howling. I mean ripping to the
point I was actually a bit scared. I quickly pulled anchor and made my way
as fast as possible towards the shore.
For a few minutes I actually feared I might not make it
back. It was all I could do to keep the kayak upright in the wind and waves. I
finally made it close to shore and turned around to approach the beach
backwards in hopes of staying upright as I made my way towards the safety
of dry land. I secured all my belonging and worked my way towards the beach.
As shown in the picture above the waves were way to rough
to safely descend to shore, but I had little choice. I kept my nose to the
waves. I pedaled and paddled all I could to keep my bow in the waves.
When I got close to shore a huge wave lifted my front so
high the backend sank and hit the bottom. This of course caused me to tip over.
Fortunately, I had made it back to only a few feet of water. In a brief second
I found myself between the kayak and the submerged sand.
I popped out, tipped the kayak back over and pulled it to
shore. I was going to wait out the storm, but realized I lost my remaining bait
and my last few leaders in the surf. I had caught 14 redfish in only
3 short hours and six of those red fish were over 40″. I decided to call it a
Operationfish.com signing out,