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G/F's First Kayak Trip!

Jesse Wright

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.
Tackle
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
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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.

                        

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LURE CHALLENGE RESULTS


FIRST PLACE
"Chuckst1" - Chuck Statham
69.5 Total Inches

Snook 25.25" ~ Redfish 23.5" ~ Trout 20.75"

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SECOND PLACE
"Tide1on" - Steve Burke
65.6 Total Inches

Snook 25.7" ~ Redfish 23.5" ~ Trout 16.4"

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THIRD PLACE
"olinfins" - Olin Satterfield
58.5 Total Inches

Snook 18.9" ~ Redfish 27.1" ~ Trout 12.5"

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"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER"
$20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"jbro" - Jason Broach

Measured in at 23.4 inches

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"LARGEST RED WINNER"
$20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"bicoastal" - Andrew Nitz

Measured in at 26.5 inches

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"LARGEST TROUT WINNER"
$20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"mrpj1972" - PJ

Measured in at 14.5 inches

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"CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF TODAY'S WINNERS!"

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THANK YOU TO
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FOR THE LURES & HOOKS!!!


Weigh-in Pics...

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Thanks to Russ for the photo's



Today's stats...
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!

Also, a big "THANK YOU" goes out to...
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for the weigh-in location, the Gift Certificates and the great service!
They're located at...
205 Apollo Beach Boulevard Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(813) 641-1989

One last thing...
"sparty" Kevin Ketchum Caught a 17.8" Mullet today!


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The Snook, The Trout and The Reds!

Rick Taylor


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.


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It's all good
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Tampa Bay- December & January

Andrew Nitz


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 single trout.

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?

December

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Kevin (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?

The 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.

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Kevin, 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

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We 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" :#1: . He would make up for it though with a very nice 31" snook.

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I followed suit with a 28" fish.

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And another red.

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January

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Doing 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.

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What 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.

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Rather 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 hungry...

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... 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 of Florida.

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I also found a nice little snook still out and about.

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Olin 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.


All in all it has been a decent winter so far! :Happiest:

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Randy Farber


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 Adrian  Correa


                             


               
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The Future!

Steve M. Gibson


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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