|Launched solo out of Buck's Landing this morning to one of the most beautiful sunrises I've seen in a long time. Brilliant oranges and pinks pasted up against the high cloud layer. The water was glass, the tules were filled with egrets, and a lone blue heron was digging furiously in the mud. I paddled toward the Pumphouse and stopped just North East of the last duck blind and dropped anchor. I fished plump, healthy ghostshrimp that I pumped yesterday afternoon. My first cast got the classic pump, but I waited for the second one and it never came. Reeled in to find my bait was gone. Shortly after my next cast I got a few little taps, but nothing solid. I saw Sharkbait (from NorCalKayakAnglers) and Erik (PFIC's Yakfisher) paddle into the Honey Hole, so I pulled anchor and joined them.
A little after the tide turned I got another pump. This time I pointed my rod tip toward the fish, waited for the second pump and swung for the fences. Fish on! I went for the ol’ sturgy sleigh ride and Erik paddled over for the assist and snapped a few pics with the disposable.
Another Battle Shot:
Erik has a tape measure on the side of his ‘yak and we measured it out at 57”.
Gave the big fella a pat on the head and off he went. My first keeper! Much props to Erik for the assist – there’s no way I could’ve landed that thing by myself.
Towards the top of the tide I rounded out my action with a ~16” striper. Took off after that to try and beat the tide swing and prevent a more laborious paddle.
Man, this stuff is addicting!
Caught the fish on a double 5/0 Gamakatsu wide gap worm hook sturgy leader with a 1/2oz weight seperating the hooks. 5oz pyramid, 60lb maxima leader, 8.5' Seeker Blue Lightning Inshore Series rod and Quantum PT Cabo reel loaded with 25lb Momoi. This fish was no match for that set-up and, from the yak anyway, I could probably get an oversize fish boatside no problem with it.
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