Northern Boy – Southern Salt

This northern boy was treated to some southern salt water fishing with Shane Coleman from Marsh Life Yakin. With the opportunity to fish salt for the second time in my life I couldn’t pass it up.  So before I headed down to ICAST in Florida I had to make a pit stop down to the marshes of Louisiana in search of speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and whatever I could get to bite.

The first day I we were able to fish in the afternoon evening in flats.  We found some flounder pretty quickly and I had one right up to the yak before he let go of the bait.  The redfish and specs weren’t cooperating sadly, but I was able to finally see tailing redfish and learn what it takes to catch them.  Although the fish didn’t want to cooperate like we wanted.  So here’s a beautiful sunset picture for you all instead! (P.S. gotta love those Tailin’ Toads)

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Tailin’ Toad Sunset

The second day we headed a little more south and fish another marsh.  After unloading the yaks with the crazy huge marsh mosquitoes we launched into the salty water.  We didn’t paddle more than 20 yards when we saw an alligator.  This was the first time I have ever seen one in person while fishing!  Then we turned a corner to head into the deeper part of the marsh and we passed by another alligator just chilling.  We found some small fish popping on the surface but couldn’t anything to play.  After paddling deeper into the marsh we found some tailing reds.  They still didn’t want to play.  Then I threw my jig right by the grass, let it sit for a second, twitch, and BAM fish on!  A huge movement of surface water and my line went one way, then the other, and keep stripping line.  I thought I had a flounder on until it jumped.  Nope, a big Alligator Gar!  Then it keep pulling and moving me all over the place.  It jumped again, clear out of the water.  After getting it close to the yak, we estimated it was about a 3 foot gar.  Shane attempted to get the fish grips in his mouth, but as soon as the metal touched him, he flipped around, splashed us with water and his teeth broke the line.  What a rush catching such a sweet fish!

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Gar Splashing Around (Taken by Shane Coleman)
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Alligator Gar

Then we headed back out to the bayish area and checked more of the marsh.  We found a great spot that held some nice specs, croakers, redfish, and even a catfish.   It was a blast catching my biggest Spec and Croaker to date!  I had two nice Redfish on but they became unbuttoned before I could get them to the yak.

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Croaker (taken by Shane Coleman)

 

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Saltwater Cat (taken by Shane Coleman)
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Spec (Taken by Shane Coleman)
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Releasing the Spec back to its home (Taken by Shane Coleman)

Overall it was an amazing time and I had a blast fishing with Shane!  I definitely want to head back and fish the salt again.  Shane is a stand up guy and has some amazing adventures.  Be sure to check them out at www.marshlifeyakin.com.

 

Spencer

Spencer

Spencer Jones is an avid kayak angler and health and fitness enthusiast from Fox Cities in Wisconsin and is passionate about sparking and cultivating new interest to the sport and helping folks be able to enjoy their hobby to the fullest. In 2013 he created the Badger Yakkers where anglers from across Wisconsin share adventures and plan outings. Spencer is a contributing writer for YakAngling Magazine and is the Tournament Media Sponsorship Director for YakAngler.com where he helps spread the word about kayak fishing CPR(catch, photo, release) tournaments. In 2015 he started a review series called What's What on the Water: Catch or Release review where he takes a close look at gear used by kayak anglers to see if its a catch or a release. When not exploring new areas he actively participates in kayak fishing forums and brings fledgling yakkers into the fold.

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