Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First Fishing trip of 2012

 This past weekend I had the chance to fish a place I had heard so much about, the Indian River in Titusille Fla. I joined Charles Levi, Chip Gibson and Chip's son Brad early Sunday morning in not to favorable Fla temps, a balmy 30 degrees. We put the kayaks in the water as the sun was rising and headed to our first targeted cove. Bait was popping and things looked "fishy". We all took our shots with no takers. As we paddled around we were all getting visual glimpses of Reds and trout but none were taking our offerings. We even had some shots at Black Drum with live shrimp, nada. Moving along we found another cove full of nervous bait, this time we stopped short and pursued our fish on foot. We waded this area throwing all we had to offer. I even had reds swimming right at my feet to no avail. Are you seeing a trend here? Enough of this we moved to a more protected area where Chuck almost immediately hooked into a nice Red. Then he caught a trout over 27 inches. All the time trout were swimming all around me, finally my line went tight and a managed a nice little red. From there we went back to dumping our tackle boxes at these fish all the while they swam around us like we didn't even exist. I managed one more spike trout and the non-catching trend began again. I have never been to an area before with so many fish, that wouldn't eat. As a true fisherman I have to justify the finicky fish on something and the cold front is my nemesis on this one. In the end I had a great time!! Saw a part of the country I have always wanted to visit. Finally got to meet Chuck, Chip and Brad aka the Clone. Shared some laughs and stories. That's really the enjoyment of this, the journey and the fun along the way.      

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year New Adventure!

  Well another year in the record books and a new one has begun. This new year has gotten off to a fast start. I'm excited to announce that Kris and I have launched our new company, 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services. A complete guided kayak fishing company offering inshore saltwater fishing trips!!! Having both Native Watercraft and Daiwa fishing equipment in our stable I believe we have some of the best products in the kayak fishing community to offer our clients. As if starting a new company wasn't enough Kris and I have been given our own slot on the Kayak Fishing Radio show. We will be doing our Double L broadcasts every Tues night!!
  It's really hard to believe all of this comes from just enjoying to fish. There are so many people who I would like to personally thank for getting me to this place in my life. First would have to be my wife Kris, family and friends. Your support and encouragement means so much to me. Next would be all of my sponsors, your support and great products make my job easier and my time on the water more enjoyable. I would totally be re missed if I did not take this time to thank Cory Routh and Ruthless Fishing for letting me cut my guiding teeth with you. It was an awesome experience and the best of times, Thank You!
  I will also be actively involved with TKAA once again and holding a V.P. position with the club. Beside for all of the above we plan to make many more trips with HOW in the Tidewater region. Of all the things we can do, giving back to our troops is something we try to be a part of as often as possible. So yes I'm looking forward to 2012, going to be busy but we wouldn't have any other way....  (work in progress)