Thursday, April 3, 2014

Flats Fishing & Tackle Webs Review

I recently got out to fish the Susquehanna Flats and also test out a new product I just installed on my kayak; The Tackle Webs Hobie Outback Set.

I launched to flat calm conditions and trolled the channel edges with various lures. The only Striper on my kayak came on a Rapala crank bait, and the fish measured at 17". I was just pumped I caught a fish on my new Curado reel. I don't think the big ones have made it up there yet and it will be a little bit before the water warms up. It was also pretty muddy from the recent heavy rains with debris coming from the susquehanna river.

 My Uncle Greg keeps his boat up there for the spring season and I helped him launch and tie it up.
Of course we couldn't launch the boat without getting a little fishing in. We headed out for the evening and anchored up with some perch we caught. Greg got the biggest striper of the day at 19"and his first on his boat this year! There was plenty of Channel catfish around and some made aggressive runs on the bait runner reels.  The biggest Catfish was low 30 inches.

We ran back in on pretty smooth water with the ETec on plane.

The trip was also a good chance to use the Tackle Webs I installed on my Outback. You can check them out on their website.

They are put on either side of your legs and the one above has a pliers holder pocket and another smaller pocket. On the other side there's one large mesh pocket. I used the adhesive backings that come with the Tackle Webs and also put small stainless screws at 3 of the corners to anchor them in. I backed the screws with some marine goop to seal them from the water. The storage is awesome to have and definitely helps you stay organized in a confined area. The other side is where I usually keep my Fish grips and other soft plastics. Overall, they are very convenient to have and are a good upgrade to the Hobie Outback.

As always, it's a good good day on the water when you're catching fish!


Raffle for Heroes on the Water - Maryland Chapter

 Follow the link to the raffle for a Yeti Tundra 45. The cooler will also hopefully be stuffed with some extra goodies from our sponsors. Ticket Sales started the other day and the winner will be drawn at the final event 8/16/14. I hope many of you will participate and get a chance at an awesome cooler!!

All proceeds will be donated to Heroes on the Water - MD Chapter. The MAKBF series donates to HOW a portion of entry fees from each event and we are hoping to make a larger contribution with this raffle.

Ticket sales will continue online until July 1st. We will also sell tickets at each of the first 4 events of our series.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Late Season Paper Pickerel

Matt and I got out a few weeks ago at the tail end of Pickerel season and I'm glad we did. It was a rainy afternoon on the Severn and my second bite felt like a good one. It stayed deep as I brought it towards the kayak and then launched out of the water right over my net. I missed netting it 2 or 3 times, each time hoping that it wouldn't spit the hook. Finally, got it in the net and knew it was close to a citation. Sure enough once I put it on the measuring board it was exactly 24", my first citation pickerel!
 Photo credit: Matt Baden
We each caught a few more and called it a day. The bait of choice was live minnows on a light jig head.

Later in the weekend Dave, his buddy Denny, and I got out on the water to chase Pickerel for the last time this spring. They will be spawning shortly and it's better to let them do their thing in peace. Dave crushed it that day and caught about 8 pickerel to my one. I did manage to catch my first white perch of the year which came as a surprise that it was hanging out in such shallow water.
 It was cold day and we posted up on a secluded beach/ mud flat and started a nice fire to warm up. Overall, a great two days on the water.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Busy being crappy

Crappy fishing has been great this year even though the weather has been quite frustrating.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Potomac Blue Cats

The winter itch to hit the water has been bad recently with all the cold weather we've been having. I planned all week to get out in search of some fish and the next question was where and for what species? Stripers? Yellow perch? Pickerel? Catfish? Dave and I decided to give the potomac a try and it was the first time I had fished this section of the River. We launched from Jones Point Park under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and headed up to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. I was surprised at how shallow the Potomac is after you cross to the other side. At times it was so shallow in the middle of the river I could't use the mirage drive. Dave hooked up with a 23" Striper casting and shortly after I had my Shimano Baitrunner singing. I knew the fish was a decent size because it made some good strong runs and was giving me a nice fight. I finally got it yak side and got the fish grips on it. The blue cat ended up being 33.5" and was my biggest fish in a kayak to date!

After another hour we had each snagged a few gizzard shad on casts but had nothing else to show for our efforts. The storm they had been calling for all week to come in Sunday night started a little earlier than expected. With a steady rain coming down we made the trip back to the bridge to try for some cats around the pilings. Action was steadier at the bridge and I ended up with 7 cats.
Overall, it was good to get some pullage in between this cold winter weather.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Winter Blues..... This years agenda so far...

No not bluefish, blue cats or even bluefin tuna... the actual winter blues. The cold, the snow, and the ice have been never ending this year. School is back in session for me as well, allowing even less time to fish... if it is even possible to find open water. So while Shane and I hope for some manageable fishing weather and actual free time to take advantage of it we wanted to let you know about some of the upcoming events and the finalized dates of our 2014 MAKBF series.

Lake Shore Volunteer Firehouse Fishing Flea Market
Benefitting Heroes on the Water - MD Chapter
3/1 - 7am til ? Open Tournament
3/13-3/16      *Cash Prizes*
Black's Fish Camp, South Carolina

MAKBF Event 1 - 4/26 - Mattawoman Creek, MD
Launch: Slavins Boat Ramp
Mattingley Ave
Indian Head, MD

Maryland Saltwater Sportsman Association
Championship on the Chesapeake
1st year with a Kayak Division
5/2-5/4         *Cash Prizes*

MAKBF Event 2 - 5/31 - Tidal Potomac, VA
Launch: Pohick Bay Park
6501 Pohick Bay Dr...
Lorton, VA

MAKBF Event 3 - 6/21 - Point of Rocks, MD
Launch: Point of Rocks Boat Ramp
Canal Road
Point of Rocks MD 21777

MAKBF Event 4 - 7/26 - Occoquan Reservoir, VA
Launch: Lake Ridge Marina
12350 Cotton Mill Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192

MSSA Youth Seminar Series..... Speaker: Shane And I
All Tackle Annapolis, MD
8/14 at 6pm 
Topic: Kayak Fishing... Fun for the whole family

MAKBF Event 5 - 8/16 - Mallows Bay, MD
Launch: Mallows Bay Park
1440 Wilson Landing Road
Nanjemoy, MD 20662

CBKA Charity Tournament
September TBD
Stevensville, MD

CCA Red/Speck Tournament
September TBD
Crisfield, MD

TKAA Charity Tounament
September TBD
Norfolk, VA

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Holidays from The Hobie Life Crew

We are a little late, but we hope everyone had a great holiday season. Also, hopefully the northeast contingent is enjoying this snow we got yesterday.

Our holidays were great as we were able to spend quality time with our families and relax for a few days. I was even able to fish on Christmas Eve for some pickerel with my old roommate Capt. Brian of Marauder Charters on his little boat.

Me starting her up.
Capt. Brian's First ever pickerel
One of mine, it was cold out!
Some sights of the day, old run down boat house.
I also picked up my new 2014 Pro Angler 12!! Couldn't even get it off the roof yesterday before all the snow.
Looking forward to fishing 2014!! Our Kayak Wars team "Snagged MD" took 5th in Total inches and 10th in Saltwater in the Northeast Region, and 26th in Freshwater for the whole country. Can't wait for this year with the addition of our buddy Dave "Donkeyfish" to the team!!