From my last post I was tallying my fish totals and points from within the previous trips and determined that I had broke even. Lots of cool catches, and other fun little mishaps were what memories were made of. The following is a continuance of the the last post I made.
Fast forward a short six hours. I wake up to a phone call from Jay telling me that the weather was going to work in our favor. After getting situated, we launch to find Jack and Matt already on the water. After a nice paddle out, we meet up just in time to see Jack get the solid hook up and bend of our targeted quarry... Mr. Sheep. The bad guy in me was saying "Really, Jack? Give us a break dude!" The other guy on my shoulder said "Good, the fish are chomping... Today is our day!"
We move on and make the paddle to the spot that I had been hooking up to nice Spadefish all summer. The action started out slow, and Jay moved on to triggerfish. I left my phone in the car, and wouldn't you know, once he got out of shouting range, the bite turned on BIG TIME. I hooked up to a number of solid fish in the 14-16" range, like this one
Photo Credit - Jack Daughtry
|First Citation Sheepshead of 2014|
Photo Credit - Jack Daughtry
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After a few trips on the SUP chasing reds, and landing some beautiful upper slot fish, I found myself at the Tidewater Catching for Kids club challenge. I have fished this event for the last five years, and each year we (TKAA) have placed very high with a top finish and tournament record point total and winning margin in 2013. This year, there were some rule changes that were focused on the kayak anglers. We did what yak anglers to best... Adapt and Overcome.
My team consisted of Seth Goodrich, Lee Williams, and Jay Brooks. Jay covered the event well on his site. Ill leave you with the clif notes. We got to the spot where we had patterned fish the whole summer and almost immediately got on spades. As I was prepping bait, the unthinkable happened, a cham shell had sliced my thumb open. it was deep enough that I could see my heartbeat through the blood that gushed out of my thumb. None of us had brought a first aid kit, so I had a few options. First I could put pressure on the wound and hope the bleeding would stop enough to fish. The second option (which I should have taken) was to paddle in and go to get sutures. The final option was to wait for a boat to pass by, see if they could assist, and fish on. As I waved at the first boat I saw, he kept moving on. It wasn't until I raised my hand, which was covered in blood that I gained his attention. Luckily, he found his first aid kit so I could tape my thumb and fish on. The rest of the day I missed lots of fish due to a loss in dexterity, but managed some small spades, and what ended up being the 3rd place trigger. Seth, Lee, and especially Jay got work done and put up a but load of points for the team, to include Jay's 1st place Citation Sheepie!
|Brooks "Cheesin' it Up"|
|The CBBT team... With Joe Underwood as my photo stand in.|
|Posing with the Club Challenge trophy until next year with my|
Werner Paddles teammates Kris, Mark, and Drew
Kayak Kevin Podcast with Lee, Jay, and Myself covering the tournament
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So the way I see it, over the last two posts, I came out ahead and finally got my REDEMPTION!