Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
My daughter and I fished a local lake together this past weekend from our NuCanoe. She skunked me as usual. She is a natural and just about ready for her own Frontier.
Her bait of choice is a blue and black Culprit worm rigged with a split shot about 10 inches above the worm on a Skeet Reese rod & reel combo.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Round 5.... This event was another road runner back on the BIRD and Lake Austin. My personal favorite local fishery. Guess you could say this was a shot at redemption from the last tournament on these lakes. Things didn't go to well last time, if you didn’t read the last blog. We did the traditional captains meeting. With a small announcement for the charity event “operation angler " and we were OFF!
I set out on the busiest ramp, but the best dynamic place to fish. Spending most of my morning beating the traditional fishing holes resulted in a fish-less surprise. Luckily I fished this same lake the week before when the fish were on a full spawn. Knowing this, I immediately switched things up and started doing what I do best..... shallow water sight fishing. I say this because my early bass career began in clear water creeks and small streams; thank goodness for polarized glasses! Just 5 feet off the bank, I was able to find and couple of decent bucks on beds guarding fry. Unfortunately, didn't spot any momma fish but of course caught the males off the beds within several casts each.
Once I arrived at my favorite spawning flat, I noticed a big dark shadow off in the deeper side of the flats just passed a visible bed in 5 ft of water. Quickly backing off, I dropped anchor and began to cast past the area with a soft plastic TX rig. Fourth cast in I felt the bump I was looking for; so I give it the ole reel down and set...after that, it was ON! My rod loaded up and she started pulling drag. It appeared I had caught the larger object I had thought I seen. She gave a couple of great jumps for the crowd even with my rod tip practically in the water. Once she was at the NuCanoe I quickly netted her for the safe retrieve. She measured up to 23.25 inches and weighed 7.14 oz; this was the kicker I needed to get me in the running. She was also my 5th fish, which put me at my limit and a few more small guys. Unfortunately, towards the last hour I lost a good one that would’ve helped a couple of inches
Right as I started to figure things out I was out of time and had to paddle in. I felt very confident about my day but, did not expect to place considering the lakes. Finally the time came to announce the placing anglers, I was standing in attendance and hear 4th place which was less in inches than I turned in. I was in full attention now if I wasn't already. They announce third place "Ray Martinez" ..... I instantly felt like a little kid. I happily walked up and claimed my trophy along with my box of winnings; which was accessories/ giftcards from Yak Attack, Yak Gear, Cabelas, and Hook1. Talk about happy..... I know it was just a third place win but it was more about redemption for me along with gaining some major angler points. This was a great day on the water along with a sweet reward. The Nucanoe and I strike again…haha. Until next time!!!
|picture credit goes to photographer friend Dustin Doskocil|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|this fish was the heaviest 4lbs. she was THICK|
Until the next time out..... keep fishing and tight lines.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|The keeper ..hahaha.|
The ride back was a windy one and took a while. Fortunately I made it back in time to submit my card, and attend the raffle. It was quite a day but very fun. The largest fish caught that day was 26 inches long and over 10 pounds. In case anyone was curious about these lakes producing big fish. Another great NuCanoe adventure in the books.
|down town Austin from Lady Bird Lake|
Monday, February 24, 2014
I have had the opportunity to try the CellBlok out a few time and still feel the same as when I first used it. I really like it. Before a received the CellBlok I had two Mighty Mounts in the front of my kayak that I used for my Lowrance Elite 5DSI on the right and my transducer on a RAM Transducer Arm Mount on the right. The battery sat in my hatch up front. This worked out fine but in order to change anything on the depth finder I had to stretch a bit. Now I have everything all together in arms reach. The set up is out of my way and I can rotate the screen easily to see it while standing. I've attached a couple of pictures with both before and after set ups.
While I have not used the SideWinder as much I carry it with me every time I am out. I was using a dog bumper with line wrapped around it as my anchor line. With the side winder I clipped the dog bumper to the hole in the Sidewinder and it works a lot better as far as not getting line tangled. I use the Sidewinder both with a float for quick disconnect and on the sidetrack if I am not worried about quick disconnect. I also use the 8' stake out pole a lot in shallow water instead on anchoring. On the stake out pole I have a RAM ball mounted so I can put a GoPro camera on it. The Sidewinder allows me to control a distance to stake out from the camera to record video from a different angle. Since my GoPro can be controlled by remote I can turn it on and off from a distance. A couple of the pictures attached have the Sidewinder shown in them.
I hope to put both YakAttack products to good use in the middle of March at the KBF Open in Santee Cooper SC. Stay tuned for results and hopefully some good pictures and video.
Monday, January 13, 2014
This tournament was quite the turnout with 84 kayak anglers total. I personally have never fished this lake before so I was leaning on luck and skill.We all paddled out to our 'go-to' spots as the horn is blown to start the event. This is one of the best parts for me as I get to paddle stride for stride against other kayak brands/models and show that even though the Nucanoe has size, she can still be quick with the right paddler. I have accessorized my Frontier a bit...3 tube rod holders, transducer mount, and Lowrance fish finder mount all made by RAM Mounts which helps make the fishing comfortable. The mounts also allowed me to use all six of my rods without tangles. I used my electronics to read depths and structure but had no luck finding the fish all day. Fished a crank bait along with a jig most of the day and not even a nibble. This wasn't an easy day of fishing due to the hard 15mph wind on the north side of the lake, not to mention all the fishing pressure that day... in the month of January. Personally have not had a skunked day of fishing in months or maybe longer. As an avid angler, I know these days can happen but it hurts when there's the opportunity to win brag rights on the line. I personally want to be the better angler of the day or among them. I will admit, I was pretty sick most of the day but I committed myself to fishing this event in hopes of a good result or simply just to gain angler points. Over all it was an awesome opportunity along with a tests of the Nucanoe's ability to be fished for eight hours on the water. A day on the water is better than a day at work.... I'll take it.
|Hawg troughs up... all 84 !!!|
|lucked out and got shot of me on the Frontier.|
Round 2 was a cold one! 24 degrees coming off a hard cold front for Texas. The wind wasn't a big help but not entirely bad as the day progressed. The show of participants this time around was quite less, but was definitely a show of the ELITE anglers in the series. The forty-three of us meet for check-in and a group photo then set out to our roadrunner boat ramps to unload. My Frontier and I stayed local in the early morning around some submerged wood in the middle of the channel. Fishing was slow. I looked around only to see everyone else was having the same luck. Again, I scanned and scanned .... fished and fished...nothing! Moved off the beaten path and headed out for the big lake, out side of the large cove we launched from. Found some activity on my graphs and a nice set of timber on a gradual drop so I grabbed my jig rod and got to work. I feel a small tap and immediately set the HOOK! Feeling the small vibrations of a fish shake on my medium heavy jig rod, I slung in this poor little ten inch bass. Relieved and very grateful for the catch as that was my only fish of the day. As you all may know, it takes fourteen inches to count on the board. I paddled quite a bit hunting and beating areas with my lures. I needed to get back, but, not before I hit my original spot just to find four other kayaks all around it. "Bummer" No one was having much luck at all...only one person caught a limit, while only one other caught more than two, with the majority not catching anything at all. All in all it was anybody's day that day. Another great Nucanoe experience in the books.
|It was so cold... ice was forming on my line. "burr"|
|ready to freeze and fish|
|Always nice to win the raffle after a long hard day.|
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sitting on a top of empty 50 cal shell casings...there is not better stress reliever!