Started the morning going to Wawa to get an AMP and
breakfast sandwich since neither of us got any sleep. We had the kayaks
in the water by 720 which wasnt to bad. Tides were still pretty low
which is what I wanted. Incoming till around 12 in the afternoon. We
went over what you needed to do just incase an accident happened and how
to paddle correctly. She pretty much knew everything so off we went.
Paddled up on this small flat with a good drop off. Popped one red on
the Zman MinnowZ in Rootbeer/Gold. Tons of ladyfish over the flat.
Almost looked like mini Tarpon rolling. After a few minutes of fishing
we managed 2 more nice fish. First one I hooked and gave her the rod.
She did very well on fighting this red for her first legit fish. Jumped
back in the kayaks and fished a small dock. Locked down my smoke30 and
pulled a decent red out of thier but that was the only fish under that
doock. It was around 1030 when we moved up to a small island and
anchored up. Caught a few ladyfish and chunked them up. She baited her
hook and casted out. It wasnt 10mins later she stickes a decent 25" red
all by herself. Total rush on my part and hers. After that fish she made
another cast and her bait got WRECKED by a decent 7pound fish. Its like
one trip and shes already got everything down. We managed a couple reds
today on Zman and Cutbait. It was such a fun day fishing with my
girlfriend and sharing my knowledge with her. This wont be our last trip
out. She has many fish species she wants to cactch.
Quantum Smoke Inshore 30
St.Croix Legend Xtreme 8-17
FINS PRT and Windtamer 10#
Trokar Circle Hooks 3/0 and Zman MinnowZ on 1/8oz Jighead
Enjoy the photos!
Welcome to the Core!
The HCKAC is based around the many anglers that have chosen a kayak as their main method of fishing!
We stay very active, hosting a yearly tournament series, online tournaments and "Fish_N_Munch" gatherings to keep you on the water and catching fish.
There are no dues to join but your donation goes toward the betterment of your club.
LURE CHALLENGE RESULTS
FIRST PLACE "Chuckst1" - Chuck Statham
69.5 Total Inches Snook 25.25" ~ Redfish 23.5" ~ Trout 20.75"
SECOND PLACE "Tide1on" - Steve Burke
65.6 Total Inches Snook 25.7" ~ Redfish 23.5" ~ Trout 16.4"
THIRD PLACE "olinfins" - Olin Satterfield
58.5 Total Inches Snook 18.9" ~ Redfish 27.1" ~ Trout 12.5"
"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER" $20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"jbro" - Jason Broach Measured in at 23.4 inches
"LARGEST RED WINNER" $20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"bicoastal" - Andrew Nitz Measured in at 26.5 inches
"LARGEST TROUT WINNER" $20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"mrpj1972" - PJ Measured in at 14.5 inches
"CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF TODAY'S WINNERS!"
THANK YOU TO
FOR THE LURES & HOOKS!!!
Thanks to Russ for the photo's
Anglers that signed-up: 31
Tokens submitted for review: 15
Total fish checked-in: 29
Slams checked-in: 4
Snook checked-in: 12
Reds checked-in: 10
Trout checked-in: 7
Payouts & Gift Certificates: $680
Thanks to all those who came out today and braved this harsh Florida winter day!
One last thing...
"sparty" Kevin Ketchum Caught a 17.8" Mullet today!
The Snook, The Trout and The Reds!
If this winter holds the temps we have been having the snook bite well be off the charts in 2015. Get ready for the big ones we make it through february with out any significant cold fronts
and my projections are get a bigger board lol. i pre fished a few spots in the red zone the past weekend and hit a few fish not where i expected them to be all out on the flats with a nice 24"
linesider added to the mix of a 27 +red and a few trout in the slot.Here is a nice 31 i caught launching off 41 a few weeks ago.
It's all good!
Tampa Bay- December & January
Most of you wouldn't know it from my limited posting of reports, but I'm
on the water 50+ times a year. I guess I'm as guilty as anyone here of
throwing my fishing pics up on social media and not contributing to the
reports forum. I'll spare you all the reasons (read: excuses) that I
don't take the time to write reports and summarize my last couple of
months on the water. Please excuse the sh!tty pictures. I almost never
take the time to try to take a "hero shot".
Though I have limited
experience at inshore fishing (almost 4 years now) I'm calling this
winter a little weird so far. With the weather having been pretty warm
with occasional, intense cold blasts I haven't been able to consistently
key in on the the species I have been targeting in past winters.
Usually I'm able to find schools of reds and good-sized trout on the
flats, holding to sandy potholes but this year I'm still catching snook
in these potholes! I've had days where I catch reds in my snook spots,
snook in my my trout spots, and snapper in my red spots. I've had days
where I cover miles of flats and don't see a single red or catch a
Anyway, maybe it's my lack of experience that
makes me think this winter has been a little wonky. I know it's still
"fishing" which is most of the fun, but my personality doesn't let me
just be happy with catching a fish. I like to know exactly where, when,
and why I'm catching fish. Anybody else have this same affliction?
(sparty) and I left our home turf and met up out in Pinellas County to
explore some very fishy looking creeks in an area that we had fished a
few times before, but had never really explored. This was the last
weekend of KW2014 so we were hoping to make one last run at padding our
scores with some snook points. Waiting for the sun to come out and warm
the water, we fishing the strong outgoing tide in some of our more known
spots with no luck. A few bites and some technical difficulties with
gear meant nothing on the board early.
After an hour of moving
into our target area we were still both trying to get the skunk off. We
had split up between two paths but were heading in the same direction
and would meet up when the the creeks rejoined at a bridge. A deep hole
followed by a shallow, sandy flat yielded some jack and laydfish which
was nice but not what we were looking for. I took a turn into a shallow,
muddy creek and made a long cast down the center. I could feel my lil
john scraping the bottom then come loose. Within two seconds that john
got slammed and a nice snook came out of the water shaking its head. One
short run and it was gone. For the third time that day my braid had
popped under about 5# of drag. The snook came out of the water again,
probably not sure if it was free since it still had my Slayer penetrator
3/0 still stuck in its mouth then hauled ass. It was a real bummer to
see that lower slot fish swim away.
Needless to say, I put that
rig away and replaced the braid that night. I had just recently spooled
that brad up but it had been sitting in my garage for close to two
years. Anybody had issues with braid going bad like that?
fishing got better as the day went on. We stayed on the snook pretty
consistently as we moved deeper and deeper, but most fish were under
20". Of the 25 or so snook I caught that day I was able to put a few
couple of scoring fish on the board.
Dan (TexasDan) and I met up on the southshore for the final day of
KW2014 with pretty much the same idea in mind - find some snook. The day
started pretty well with a nice school of mullet that produced a red,
then a waking school of reds that produced a fish or two. All reds
around the same size
moved back into the bushes to a spot that has produced snook, reds,
trout, and tarpon for me since last winter. Dan got a red on the way in
then lost a nice snook a short time later due to "bass drag" . He would make up for it though with a very nice 31" snook.
I followed suit with a 28" fish.
And another red.
a little solo mission to prefish for the Culprit tournament, I found a
spot to hide as much as possible from the 15+ SE wind with 25+ gusts. A
very low morning tide combined with the wind resulted in almost
unfishable conditions in my usual spots. It was a real challenge to find
water early on. Did pretty good on lower slot trout in the 12-18"
holes, but only saw one rat red all day. I was surprised to catch a
couple of 20" snook and see some large snook hiding in a deep hole
adjacent to mangroves. I could not get these fish to eat.
started as another solo tournament prep day on the southshore turned
into a meet up with a couple of club guys. Olin (Dodge) and Fred
(TampaClouser) were already on the water when I arrived. Tony
(skinnywaterangler) would arrive later with a friend of his. I avoided
the duck hunters as well as I could while hitting my usual spots looking
for reds and snook. I found only two reds those first couple of hours
then ran into Olin and Fred where were coming off of the flat with the
tide bottoming out.
than fighting the wind and skinny water I made my way back to another
couple of spots that usually hold reds. I found a couple more that were
as well as a fat trout in less than a foot of water. At a smidge under
25", I believe this is the largest trout I've caught on the West coast
I also found a nice little snook still out and about.
and I returned to the flat as the tide was coming back up but didn't
have any luck. I think the tide was just still too low.
My boy Jacob and I took a quick trip around the pond in our new Emotion tandem. He quickly surprised me and stood up and said he was going to find us some fish. He will be a future HardCore member for sure!
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