Anyone else have a fishing kayak? I go freshwater fishing here in Virginia, on the James River. I mainly stay just west of Richmond, VA where the James is not brackish, tidal, etc… up above the Bosher dam. Smallmouth bass, perch, various sunfish, and catfish, are the main species up and down the river. The depth fluctuates between 3 or 4 feet to 12 feet at times. Other areas are strewn with boulders the size of a car, and makes navigating a kayak/canoe/small fishing boat a real challenge!
I nailed a nice smallmouth bass this morning around 9:45 or so using a simple older spinnerbait lure that I’ve had since the 70’s, and it still works!
Check out the photo below… I learned real quick that you should keep a little bit of water in the livewell in the bow. I had to deal with a flopping smallmouth bass in the middle of my kayak, between my knees, hoping he wouldn’t jump overboard! I paddled real quick over to the shoreline, where there was a muddy bank and beached my kayak. Thankfully I was wearing my camo knee boots/waders, and got out of the kayak. I quickly guzzled the last of my travel mug of coffee, rinsed it out in the river, and used it to fill the livewell with a little bit of water. Lesson learned!
Also, is anyone else “old school” when it comes to fishing? I have my dad’s old Garcia Kingfisher light action rod from 1969/1970 along with my Mitchell 304 reel, that he gave me when I was a kid back then, and I still use it to this day!