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Mosquito Lagoon 3


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I launched at about 7:30am with temperatures in the low 50's. Since it was cool out I figured I'd try deeper water. That didn't work out so well. By 11:00am I'd only caught one puffer fish (on a live shrimp) and one trout (Riptide 4" mullet). I was planning to cut across a flat to some other deep water before fishing my way back to the ramp. While on the flat I saw a tail in about 2' of water. The next cast produced a 19" redfish. I've learned that my wife is not happy when I tell her about a releasing slot redfish but this just didn't look big enough to keep. The spent the next 2 hours on the flat catching a total of 6 redfish and one more trout, all on the Riptide Flats Chub in Opening Night. The best was 29" and one was a perfect 23" which earned him a ride home in the cooler.

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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.

                        

There are no dues to join but your donation goes toward the betterment of your club.



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Kasey Arrowsmith

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Chuck Statham

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Walt Palen

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Atthapol Wongseprasert (Doom)

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Rick Taylor

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Best Total Inches - Species Champions


Doom


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Kasey Arrowsmith


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Chuck Statham


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HardCore "Newbie" Divison


(L to R) 2nd-Daniel Campana, 1st-Travis Carew & 3rd-Eric Bonneman

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Paddle Point Winners



Fred McClendon / Snook


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Olin Satterfield / Redfish


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Eric Bonneman / Trout

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A Red to Remember!

 Ron (HellOnReels) Henderson

Almost a year ago to the day, I had a personal best Redfish, almost filling my 36" measuring board at 35.5". That was one hell of a fish and I thought at the time, it's gonna be hard to do better than that. What made that day even more special was landing a 31", not even fifteen minutes later. If you get a Redfish in the low 30's in this area, you are doing pretty darn good. This is not Mosquito Lagoon, where reds can run 40-50+ inches.

 Well Saturday, I did something I thought was not possible. I topped that 35.5" personal best, with a 37" donkey of Red! More unbelievable, is that I caught this one not more than 30 yards from where I got the other personal best! It started Saturday a week ago, when I was on a school of Reds five different times. This school was maybe 40 in number, but they were all huge fish.

Over the last eight or so years, I've learned a lot about "reading" the water. I consider myself a pretty good Redfish angler, as I've learned to tell when they are present. However, this school was different than anything I had seen before. The water would just literally churn up and then you would spot them or see the big tails pop up. At one point they came up behind me and I looked down next to my boat and my mouth just dropped open. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There was the biggest Red I have ever seen, sitting right next to my boat, like I wasn't even there. I could have reached out and grabbed her. Judging by where she was sitting next to my boat, I would have to estimate the fish at nearly 4 feet long. That would put her at mid to high 40's! A few minutes after seeing that fish, I had another explode on my Spook Jr. and darn near jerked my rod out of my hand and broke my reel at the mount!

Moving forward to this past Saturday, I met up with my buddy Marty(Ultralight) for another go at it. It was cool, tide was way low with not much water and it was windy. Not much going on at all for a while. A few small trout, but nothing to brag about. The tide bottomed out around 8am and as it started to come back in the mullet activity seemed to increase. I started working a grass flat in a little deeper water, hoping to meet the fish coming in with the tide. I started working my favorite Bone/ silver Spook Jr., when out of nowhere this massive wake comes up behind it and the fish just lifts its body out of the water and rolls down on top of it. Now I'm in a fight!

 Just from the power of it, I knew I had a large fish and was confirmed when I stood up and took a look at it. Now that I know it's bigger than any red I've had on before, my heart is racing. I'm having visions of the fish that I had seen the prior week and I want to get my hands on it! To keep my nerves on edge, she came to the boat four times and turned away, peeling off some 30 yards of line. By this time, I'm yelling to Marty, who is about 100 yards behind me. His radio is broke so I couldn't call him. He finally hears me and comes over. Just as he gets to me, I place the grip in her mouth. He blurted out some expletives and we high fived! ;laugh: He helped me get the fish on his Hardcore 40 board and I gasped as she hit the 37" mark with no tail pinch! :yahooo: So glad my good friend was there with me to share that! Thanks for reading along. :rock:


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GoPro Year In Fishing!


Randy Farber


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Teach Him The Art Of Reeling And Cast

 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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