Report by HCKAClub Pres Russ Caipen:
Around 20 HardCore kayak anglers met up at the waters’ edge just before the sun came up on Saturday morning. Conditions couldn’t have been any better as we launched into the calm Gulf Of Mexico in search of BIG Tarpon! Bait was thick and a single drop of the sabiki resulted in a well full of threadfins, pinfish, pumpkin seeds, horse minnows etc.
There was a slight ripple on the surface of the water but pods of “rolling” Tarpon could be seen up and down the beach! Before the sun could clear the horizon a loud “FISH ON” rang out! Joey aka Sharkbait got one heck of a surprise when he used his light tackle set up to throw a bait at some feeding fish
! It was a spectacular fight and Joey actually wore the fish out and had it boat side several times touching the 20lb. leader when it finally broke off. That’s a Tarpon landed.
It is such a great feeling to be on the water with your friends and have feeding fish around you. It’s even better when guys that have never caught one from a kayak, do! John aka jds_0325 was one of the guys that came out just to see how we do it and ended up getting first hand experience with a big fish!
Joshua Maitland aka Yak Slammer was there throwing flies and taking advantage of some photo ops.
John and his 140-150 lb ‘Poon!
Dave aka merlyn was in town from Michigan and got to witness John landing his Tarpon.
Being Memorial Day weekend, many people had other obligations that kept them from making it to the “Munch” at Coasters Bar and Grille. Those of us who did make it enjoyed some great food and drink while talking about the morning’s events. Our bubbly, fishing waitress Jamie gave us some of the best service I’ve ever experienced. Believe it or not, she “leied” each one of us and showed us her tackle box.
Special thanks to Dale Snead with Operation Still Waters, and veterans Edgar Colon and Frank Wade for joining us! You guys are reason that we are free and we will never be able to thank you enough for your sacrifices.