"Proficient in plastic" 11-26

Well we're getting there anyway. At the beginning of last summer ****'s ran a pretty good sale on all their yaks. Colleen and I had been toying with the idea of getting a couple for a few years so we finally "bit the bullet" However it was a crazy summer for me at work, as well we've been readying ourselves for the arrival of our grandson so we really haven't had much time for fishing. Having purchased two boats has posed us with a bit of a transport issue. In the pick up all is well and doable as long as we go straight to the water and straight back, any stops i.e. Wallys, somebody (usually her) has to stay with the truck to watch our gear. This makes using our SUV a more secure alternative as our gear can be locked up, believe me she likes to browse and shop for lures, baits, tackle etc. as much as I do. With the two paddle crafts a roof rack system that cradles them at a slight tilt is necessary, well thus far I've not found a system less than $250 and we just can't justify that expense at this point in time. So time to get creative, I've thought of various "home made" creations and may still follow through with something of the sort in the future, but we really wanted to take advantage of time we had Monday as we found our schedule clear of any obligations to others in our lives. So in a pinch here is what we came up with....2AE3BD2C-29CD-45F1-94A2-3C45474E15F5-1538-0000022CAEF08C38.jpgC1143EE3-4619-4695-9DD5-89DD748DBAB5-1538-0000022CA67934F6.jpg8A7767D1-B465-42E4-A8A1-8EF336589C1A-1538-0000022C9AC745AF.jpgC486441B-380B-4E29-AB5F-1AFCF184C3D2-1538-0000022CB962B012.jpg9340A20A-B081-457D-AFD1-43BE73D4586C-1538-0000022CC0527F74.jpgB0BF4289-1375-4723-A395-B6781150543E-1538-0000022CC8C6DA5B.jpg
Pretty "redneck" I know, but it worked, the fun noodles allowed for the two boats to be cinched together securely without rubbing or scratching the boats or the truck. So off to the coast we go, Ozello was to be our destination as we both have found that area really ineresting to explore, and we've had a bit of luck there as well. This would only be Colleens 3rd trip in her yak and only the 2nd fishing from it. I've told her with our new found independence that she would now have to rig her own gear in the event of a break off as well as learn to how to handle herself while fighting and landing a fish. Her first trip she hooked into a rather large sail cat, I too have done this and it was interesting to say the least, but she simply work herself to the shore line and hoisted the nuesance critter into the spartina grass and waited for me to return from my lil excursion up a creek to assist her in the release. But this trip she hooked into a valid fish, landed and removed it from her line all on her own. A feat of which she was very proud of and so was I
Barely legal fish that we normally would have released to grow but because these were her first valid fish in the yak that would not be the case today. It was not a very productive nor action filled day but still great to just get out for awhile and spend some time just the two of us.
Here are my "not trophies" of the day
The water was gin clear, unsure of the temp, baits were gulp, dines and live shrimp, Her humbling success was with the live shrimp. Not a very exciting report I know but I promised to participate more in the forum when I could, and as put by Kyle and Moon, even the unproductive days are to be learned from. The sunset alone was worth the trip
Tight Lines fellas, hope to be posting again soon


  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,929 Captain
    The "fun noodle" setup is actually rather common in the kayak/canoe world and not redneck at all. I have transported many a boat on top of a stock SUV roof rack without problems. Looks like a good time was had, fishing from a paddle craft is a whole different world and a lot of fun.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,164 AG
    Well your last shot is a wall hanger anyway. :wink

    Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. --- Lord Chesterfield
  • troutman57troutman57 Posts: 3,691 Captain
    Well done Jon and Colleen. I like the set up and it shows exactly how far some good old fashioned creativity can go. Nice fish, great pics and Atta girl Colleen for doing it all by yourself.
    This place Rocks if yer a crabber
  • ripnlipsripnlips Posts: 2,535 Captain
    Good to see you both enjoying the water again. I was beginning to think that you guys gave it up.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,962 Moderator
    Awesome yak day . The fish are a bonus.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • EbbtideEbbtide Posts: 198 Officer
    Yak fishing is awesome! Nice job guys.
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  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,943 Officer
    Great post Jon :applause I was just about to throw away some of those foam pool deals and I saw you had used them as a go between the yaks. Now I cant , I`m a hoarder :banghead
  • Landlocked_Landlocked_ Posts: 590 Officer
    Flash, my only camera was my phone, but yes the sunset pic came out nice. Jim, yes I kind of took thoughts from what I've seen abroad. Mario, we'll NEVER give it up, we have just been very limited on time and funds due to LIFE... My job, (endless supply of noodles lol) and our grand baby, the never ending Drs appts between my Mom, daughter and grandson and so on. Kevin..... Lol if you only knew, there is more crap recycled around this house than anyone even the most die hard could imagine. I have to tell them, and myself, if it hasn't been needed in 4 years we dont need to store it lol. Kyle, you know that made Colleen feel good to get props from you. Bottom line is, I got to spend some quality time with my wife, time on the water, in the outdoors. And we both enjoyed it immensely..... One thing I know most of you fellas either don't get or just plain don't care for. But I absolutely love having my lovely out there with me and the fact that she is just as much into my desires as I am. Now the PIG in me is, when she wants to go to the mall, I'm way too busy for that nonsence.
  • angler18angler18 Posts: 2,037 Captain
    any day on the water with the wife is a good day, nice rig to get the yaks to water!
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