Redfish - 2015 found multiple trophy fish in both VA and NC, lights out fishing that I will never forget, and the absolute demolishment of a personal best.
|Spring 2015 48.5" Redfish|
PC: Rob "RMFC" Choi
|Beautiful "Pumpkin" caught off Oak Island NC|
|A 54" Drum that comes in at over 60 lbs (L x G formula)|
Sheepshead - Words can't describe my 2015 Sheepshead season. Insane amounts of large fish were the norm. During a 4 month period I only got skunked twice early in the season and once on my season ending trip. I caught them in insane conditions making for challenging fights. It was such a good season that I completely lost track of the number of fish over 24", while breaking my personal best with a 26.5" fish.
|So many fish looked just like this one - insanely fat!|
|Conservation is key to sustain a trophy fishery. I personally believe in releasing all breeders over 20"|
|CPR is rewarded time after time.|
|Roland "Tex" Butler with his first citation Sheepshead|
Striped Bass - If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would be writing about this species, I would say you were insane. The trophy Striper fishery over the past few years has been pretty poor, but in 2015, it started off strong and kept on going through the year.
|A 42" Spring Striper|
|A 45" December "eel eater"|
PC- Rob Choi
Coming in as an honorable mention for 2015 was probably the toughest pound-for-pound fish I have ever caught. The False Albacore had been a line item on a lengthy hit list for years. After my first trip off the beach back in the day... seeing blitzing packs... and the amazing speed they possess, made them an itch that I could actually scratch. Plenty of research, a good intel network, and lots of luck resulted in a good number of 10 to 15 lb falsies, and lots of laughs.
|The first of many falsies on the day|
|Mr. YakAttack (Luther Cifers) with a RonZ eater|
While 2015 might not have been my "best" year kayak fishing, it certainly ranked as one of my most memorable. In 2016 I am looking forward to the Usual Suspects of my fisheries, and some more of the less common guys such as the Fat Alberts, King Mackerel, Cobia, and if all goes well beach launched snapper and amberjacks. I am also looking to push my paddling capabilities to my limits, with some distance and open water events that will put all my skills to the test.
Finally I would be remised if I didn't thank some very important people. All of whom I consider friends that push me to my limits and will be along with me on my 2016 journey. Thanks to the one and only Wicked Pissah, Tex, RMFC, Kev, Lee, Jay, Tommy, Jeff, the ARC crew, Crumbwad, Danny, Megan, Steve, Lydia, Bryan, Luther, the cats at OE, and 2nasty. Y'all rock, and here is to 2016!