In honor of the pending Father's Day this weekend, I promised my son a day on the water in my kayak. The goals for the day were:
1. Have fun.
2. Fish if possible.
3. See Mother Nature in her splendor and natural beauty.
4. Make time to play on the sandbar.
5. Teach my son the importance of leaving the water cleaner than when you got there.
decided to let him sleep in a bit and head down mid-morning. By the
time we had arrived and launched, it was around 10:30 and the high tide
transition was just about ending. We launched from Crab Creek and at
the mouth of the creek we turned right, and Jacob cast out his jig head
rigged with a Smelt Gulp!. I paddled slowly letting it bounce along
the bottom slowly - 5 minutes later.....
We paddled back into Pleasure House Cove and saw
plenty of mullet busting the surface making some nervous water, but we
got no takers. We saw a huge flock of White Herons working the
shallows. We also saw countless turtles in the water but could not
manage any photos due to their spookiness.
tide started to shift into a falling tide, so I turned the yak a bit
and let the tide do the work for us. Jacob started fishing again and
so did I. I felt a "machine gun" of taps on my bait with some serious
pullage. I thought that it didn't feel right, so I just created
tension and kept reeling slowly - end result a fat blue crab had a
gorilla grip on my jig. He let go as I was about to net him for a
photo. He was huge with beautiful with bright blue coloration along
We drifted over towards Keeling Drain
cutting through some of the creeks in the grass. The future redfish
population looks promising if the number of fingerlings I saw make it
to maturity - thousands of them today. By this point the water
starting getting shallow, so I promised him we would stake out on the
sandbar and let him play a bit before calling it a day.
he was playing in the mud/sand building castles and such, I hooked
into a runt 10" flounder that decided laying on the HOOK 1 Hawg Trough
was too much to ask, so he flipped sideways and bailed out of the boat
back into the water. About 3 casts later, I get more "machine gun"
nips, only this time it was a smallish croaker.
pulled up stake and walked down the sandbar to the end and setup shop
again. He wanted to look for shells and play on the sand, so I let
him. I made a cast up into the outgoing tidal flow and allowed the
Gulp! Smelt to work slowly along. The rod almost lept out of my hands
as I hook into something that has a bit more size to it. Not knowing
how much of the pullage was tidal flow versus fish, I just maintain
leverage and continue to reel smoothly. At first, the fish was coming
at me right side up giving the appearance of a clear-nosed skate, but
then it flinched and turned sideways. Flounder on!!!
I got the flounder to the sandbar, he went ballistic and started
flopping and flinching all about making it very difficult to get the
Fish Grips on him. I eventually got the mouth open - end result? My
first nice flounder landed this year at 17.5" (Kayak Wars points baby -
finally: Go Team LipRippers!!!)
Shortly after catching this one, the tide went
slack, and I knew the day was done. Lynnhaven can shut off like a
light switch some days. So, we passed the time by letting him get some
swimming accomplished in preparation for his refresher swimming
lessons starting next week.
in all a great day of fishing with my son - 1 speckled trout, 1
croaker, 1 blue crab, 2 flounder and memories hopefully he will not too