- Caught a Citation Flounder
- Caught a Citation Sheepshead
- Caught a Citation Speckled Trout
- Caught a Striped Bass over 40"
- Caught a Red Drum over 30"
- Won a Kayak Fishing Tournament
- Made a Pro Staff
- Assisted in a Hero's on the Water event
- Serve as an officer in a Kayak Fishing Organization
- Made some GREAT friends
- Organized a tournament series
- ...and I am in the process of organizing a charity tournament
On another note, I was able to make it out on the water this weekend. After working the TKAA booth at BPS, and convincing someone to get into kayak fishing (I later got a call that they purchased their first kayak), I hit a local spot to try to get more Kayak Wars points for our team. The fishing was tough, and no points were earned that night. I did manage my first red of the year (a small 16" specimen). I would not normally bother with a picture, but this one was special. The colors were amazing. This is one of the most colorful reds I have caught. The sides were gold, the belly extremely white, and the tail a brilliant shade of blue. It made me feel even better to let him go to produce more freight trains. It has been a while since i have caught a red, so while I was fighting him, I kept thinking "First citation speck of the year". As this was not the case it was a nice consolation prize!
The following morning, I had the pleasure to fish with my friend and Kayak Wars teammate, Mark Lozier. We checked out another hole that is starting to show some potential. Normally I fish hard, but this morning was different. It was nice to paddle around, shoot the breeze and relax a little bit. Even though the skunk was with us the whole day, it didn't matter. It just goes to show you that it doesn't always matter if you catch a fish or not. The experience can make up for everything.
With the days getting longer and the weather getting nicer, don't forget about safety. The water in SE Virginia is still on the cooler side. Stay protected form the elements, always wear your PFD, and have a visual and audio signaling device.
Until next time...