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When I was out in HI there were guys who could go less than a mile off the shore and catch 100 Ib. Tuna, big Uku,Ono half as long as the yak, big bull Mahi's, even marlin, etc...If you ever watch Pacific Warriors tv show on discovery that's literally how they do it. Just troll with two rods behind you using some kind of baitfish.
 

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So, Friday I will be going for the first time by kayak with a coworker. Any advice (other than not to fall in the water)? Is there anything that I should get that will make things easier? Fish-grabber, net etc? Do you normally haul your whole tackle arsenal or do you just bring a few? Do you prefer live or artificial baits? I'm figuring artificial so you don't have to worry over keeping bait alive and you don't have to spend much time re-baiting your hook from the kayak.
 

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So, Friday I will be going for the first time by kayak with a coworker. Any advice (other than not to fall in the water)? Is there anything that I should get that will make things easier? Fish-grabber, net etc? Do you normally haul your whole tackle arsenal or do you just bring a few? Do you prefer live or artificial baits? I'm figuring artificial so you don't have to worry over keeping bait alive and you don't have to spend much time re-baiting your hook from the kayak.
I'm new to the kayak but not to fishing. Still, it's been a learning curve just to get ergonomics and pace down. I typically only fish with artificial. It's part of the game to me. And it's definitely an advantage in a kayak. I don't bring all of my tackle. I bring a bit of what I know I'm going to need in a smaller box. I'm going to work on a better setup with a plastic tray though. I bought a small fish grabber and net. They are very helpful in such a small space where you don't have the luxury of just throwing the fish in the boat.

For your first trip, you may want to just keep things as simple as possible. You'll be spending a lot of time learning things like unloading and launching your boat, how to throw a lure from sitting in a kayak, etc. Good luck!
 

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Another thing I didn't expect right away was how wet I was going to be. Wear water shoes and have a fresh towel in the car in case you need to clean a little. Also, sunscreen and more sunscreen. Also, also, it's more physical than usual fishing. Bring water and food. I never eat when I fish. But I've found myself to be starving on the kayak, presumably from burning calories just to move around.

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Rod floats! Don't ask me how I know these are important. Just know that it's worth making your own out of pool noodles or just buying them for $10 on amazon.
 
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Another thing I didn't expect right away was how wet I was going to be. Wear water shoes and have a fresh towel in the car in case you need to clean a little. Also, sunscreen and more sunscreen. Also, also, it's more physical than usual fishing. Bring water and food. I never eat when I fish. But I've found myself to be starving on the kayak, presumably from burning calories just to move around.

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Rod floats! Don't ask me how I know these are important. Just know that it's worth making your own out of pool noodles or just buying them for $10 on amazon.
Yea, I'm taking a little yak break and going back to the boat till it cools off a bit. It's way too exhausting with this heat to be out there as long as we usually are.
 

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Another thing I didn't expect right away was how wet I was going to be. Wear water shoes and have a fresh towel in the car in case you need to clean a little. Also, sunscreen and more sunscreen. Also, also, it's more physical than usual fishing. Bring water and food. I never eat when I fish. But I've found myself to be starving on the kayak, presumably from burning calories just to move around.

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Rod floats! Don't ask me how I know these are important. Just know that it's worth making your own out of pool noodles or just buying them for $10 on amazon.
Yeah, I was wondering about shoes since he has the Hobies. All I've got are deck shoes, flip-flops or some old tennis shoes. I'll definitely have to bring some hydration though.
 

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Yeah, I was wondering about shoes since he has the Hobies. All I've got are deck shoes, flip-flops or some old tennis shoes. I'll definitely have to bring some hydration though.
I have to wear shoes for pedaling so as to not tear up my feet. But you kind of need them for unloading and launching the boat anyway. And it's very difficult to not get your feet wet while getting into the boat.

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Regarding shoes, please note that the 5 dollar jobs from Target will work for about 2 trips and then stink so bad you'll throw them out. I'll check out the crocs brand.
 

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Ah, forgot to post my results...

The guy I was going with (who had the kayaks) wasn't able to get off work until around noon. We hit the water about 1PM. Started off getting skunked with only a single hit apiece. I was fishing Voodoo shrimp under a popping cork and he was fishing Gulp with a redfish magic spinner. We were trolling the shoreline, which made the popping cork difficult, so I switched to the same rig he had. Once we reached the head of the lake we started getting strikes. He netted a redfish and I took two large flounder. We then split up and he picked up two more reds, including a 25". I had several hard hits, but kept missing the hook. Realized later they were likely more flounder and the jig I was using was a little too much hook. I did hook one really fat red, but he broke my 15lb braid just after he showed me his belly. :(

Feet weren't as big an issue as I thought. I wore flip-flops, but went barefooted with no problems. As far as fishing techniques, I'd like to try the popping cork again when we're not moving so much, but do so with live bait. I think it'll draw the redfish out of the grass a little easier, at least until I've got dinner in the cooler. My Gulp jig was working well though & I don't think I'd have much trouble enticing them to bite. The one issue I did have was the wind. I found it a bit difficult to keep the kayak moving on a line while also casting and reeling. The wind kept wanting to either push me into or away from the shore. It got a little frustrating when I'd find a sweet spot along the shoreline that I wanted to work a bit.

All-in-all it was a very good experience. I loved being so close to the water and also enjoyed the mobility of being able to get right in on where the fish are. Definitely something that I'd love to do more often. Thanks for all the tips.
 
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Got a GoPreaux the other day... Still learning how to use the software.

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Nice video. I've been finding bass in otherwise salty marshes. They've been biting down at Shell beach. They've been pretty and of good size too. I also went out of Houma in the real boat over the weekend. Same thing. A few weeks ago I caught nothing but rat reds. And now it's nothing but bass of good quality.
 

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