First Kayak...First fish...First red

I recently purchased a new Hobie AI. Wow, what a blast. I've been fishing offshore three times now and I guess the third time's a charm. A little background...I grew up fishing in the Keys and other South Florida spots and have come to love offshore fishing. I recently came across the sport of kayak fishing and dove in head first. What a difference. I'm finally starting to get the hang of outfitting lightly, transport, etc. Well, up until last Sunday, I didn't have to worry about how to fight a fish from a kayak b/c I'd been skunked the first two times out.

We went out of Canaveral National Seashore and caught a little live bait and I had a large spoon and a pogie rapala. I chose to use the spoon for most of the day as no one was really getting hit on the live bait except for an occasional shark. About 11am we're all talking and I told them that at some point I would like to go fish the river as I've never caught a redfish before. Actually, I've never really targeted that type of fish before. Now that I had a kayak, maybe it would be worth it to catch one.

Not three minutes later I hook into this. What a blast. I'm hooked for life now. But I think I'll still stay offshore for pelagics.
2012 Hobie Adventure Island


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  • SevenSalsSevenSals Posts: 27 Greenhorn
    Congratulations Man! That looks like quite the setup you have going on. Are those pontoons on either side?
  • stanandsnowstanandsnow Posts: 37 Deckhand
    SevenSals wrote: »
    Congratulations Man! That looks like quite the setup you have going on. Are those pontoons on either side?

    Yeah is a Hobie Adventure Island trimaran. the boat is awesome. Has a sail and lets me troll at higher speeds.
    2012 Hobie Adventure Island


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  • newyorkernewyorker Posts: 125 Officer
    That is a trophy red.. and for a first from new kayak its a hell of a catch .. Nice ! :applause
  • Redneck RocketRedneck Rocket Posts: 88 Deckhand
    Congrats man. Seriously nice rig, and WHAT A FISH!!!!
  • 1OzLead1OzLead Posts: 352 Officer
    Wow nice boat. Awesome Red. Congrats! :dance
  • stayakerstayaker Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    That is an incredible red! Recently landed my first from a kayak as well...but it was barely slot size. Definitely gets addictive regardless of how big they are though!
  • EdwardHBLWEdwardHBLW Posts: 58 Deckhand
    Let's get out there again this weekend, bud! Headed to Bass Pro later this week to re-up on some stuff.
    2012 Hobie Outback
  • TK_HathawayTK_Hathaway Posts: 52 Deckhand
    Nicely done! Even for a gator fan! Makes me want a Hobie that much more.

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    "I get enough exercise just pushing my luck"
  • abm5926abm5926 Posts: 186 Officer
    That's a quality redfish man! Congrats!
  • mangohunter11mangohunter11 Posts: 442 Officer
  • Dj Dan DecibelDj Dan Decibel Posts: 142 Officer
    nice man glad you got into the kayak fishing thats a big red!!
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  • wellcraftwellcraft Posts: 1,333 Officer
    nice congrats!
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  • timmcollinstimmcollins Posts: 792 Officer
    Great start, and welcome to the Plastic Navy. The AI is an awesome looking Yak. I saw one at Nautical Ventures and was very impressed. Great for hunting Pelagics!
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  • RedhunterRedhunter Posts: 432 Deckhand
    Awesome fish. Excellent job.
  • saltlickersaltlicker Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    That's a keeper!

    (Get your mind out of the gutter, I meant the picture)
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 2,674 Captain
    That's a great trolling set up!
    Those rod holders are supersweet....
    I'm still trying to figure how to copy that!

    Wow! That catch!
    God, save the South!
  • jumboshrimpjumboshrimp Posts: 820 Officer
    Awesome man, that is an incredible catch
  • SaltysackSaltysack Posts: 463 Officer
    Sweet! Take that AI on down to Pompano next month for the offshore tournament! You'd strum up some nice catches trolling on that setup! Congrats on the yak/catch...very nice!
  • LiquidLifeLiquidLife Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    Seriously nice red man! did the spoon or rapala get him?

    Go Gators!
  • stanandsnowstanandsnow Posts: 37 Deckhand
    pretty easy. just use 1-1/4" sch 40 at home depot...
    2012 Hobie Adventure Island


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  • stanandsnowstanandsnow Posts: 37 Deckhand
    I need some practice first. Would love to partner up with you guys and go after some pelagics. I'm getting tired of catching sharks up here.
    2012 Hobie Adventure Island


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  • stanandsnowstanandsnow Posts: 37 Deckhand
    LiquidLife wrote: »
    Seriously nice red man! did the spoon or rapala get him?

    Go Gators!

    The rapala...i lost the spoon 10 minutes earlier to a bad knot. still learning!
    2012 Hobie Adventure Island


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  • stanandsnowstanandsnow Posts: 37 Deckhand
    Saltysack wrote: »
    Sweet! Take that AI on down to Pompano next month for the offshore tournament! You'd strum up some nice catches trolling on that setup! Congrats on the yak/catch...very nice!

    I need some practice first. Would love to partner up with you guys and go after some pelagics. I'm getting tired of catching sharks up here.
    2012 Hobie Adventure Island


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