Oak Island Classic Report
by, 10-15-2012 at 09:12 AM (477 Views)
Well I was worried the morning of the tournament as I hadnt caught a slam the whole time I prefished. I had caught all species just couldnt put a slam together. Thankfully it happened on the right day. Paddled straight to my trout hole and landed a trout at 7:15.
It was small but it was a trout. Fished there a little longer but no strikes so I moved on to a close by flounder producer....nothing...paddled to some flooded grass and was looking for reds...no luck...paddled up ICW against the tide and wind to a different creek. Fished every dip and point of grass down the creek on my side and finally landed this whopper
I thought if i slam its gonna be babies lol. Fished in some rough chop and wind and current and decided it was time to change things up as nothing was producing. Paddled all the way back up that creek and down the ICW and got swamped by a big charter boat, bending my rudder. I couldnt get it to come up so it was stuck down bent sidesways. It was really tough paddling againsnt the now falling tide of the ICW with the wind and a bent rudder. I made it to a oyster bed at the next creek where i was able to repair the rudder after CAREFULLY getting out of the yak on the oysters. Took a break to eat some lunch and then was on the hunt... I needed a red atleast to slam. Paddled into a creek off the main creek through out my lure and bam...drag singing and Im being drug behind...after a small battle I realized I had to much tension on the drag as the hook pulled from decent sized red....I was bummed. I threw back to the original spot after paddling back and anchoring up and reeled 2 times and thump...hook set and fight... landed an upgrade flounder
That was satisfying but really made me more bummed as I lost my good red that would have gave me the win in the slam. I cast to the spot a few more times when bam...drag singing (it was loose after I noticed it was too tight) Tightened it up just a hair and landed my red for the slam
I sat there and caught 3 more reds IDENTICAL to that 1...exactly 15" I turned my yak around and cast at a different spot a few times and bam...I new this was a trout immediately...the head shaking is unmistakeable. I landed an ugraded trout.
I fished that creek some more with no luck and went back to the original trout spot hoping to better my slam with no luck. Paddled on in to the launch and loaded up.
Red prefishing (boy I sure missed him Saturday) and a ragin pin
A kayak newbie that went with me with a 22.5 inch flounder (Scott was a trooper. kept up with us all week long!)
Prefishing and found my trout hole!!!