Needless to say, I was a little surprised, but I took it in stride and was fortunate enough to get my family off the road safely amidst the holiday traffic. After a quick phone call to my awaiting friends letting them know I would be a tad late, I began assessing the best way to change the tire safely and quickly. I took a mental inventory of my gear and deployed my son's milkcrate with my YakAttack VisiCarbon Pro safety light and a couple of custom SOLAS hi-visibility flags about 50 feet behind the vehicle and hung one of the VISICarbon Pro accessory lights from the rear tailgate to provide some measure of safety.
After what I consider a reasonably fast tire change, we set off yet again only this time to find a quick stop to wash up before making our way towards our destination. We finally arrived albeit an hour and a half later than planned, but nevertheless we made it. My good friend Mark Lozier of 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services was kind enough to bring a spare kayak and paddle for my wife to use on this outing. After about 15 minutes of prep time, we were on the water and moving out of the Crab Creek launch to hopefully get on some fish for the remaining couple hours of the incoming tide.
Marsh Works 1/8oz jig heads and paired it with a Gulp! swimming mullet to increase their chances of getting on some fish today. I started working the deeper cuts that run parallel to the grass islands, and it wasn't long before I felt the tell-tale bite of a redfish. A short fight with a couple runs and a chunky little 12" red made it's way into the kayak.
As we drifted along and explored a few of the creeks that cut through the grass islands, we came upon one of my favorite spots in Lynnhaven. It is a nice deep hole with two different creeks feeding into it creating a prime ambush point. I drifted past the hole and maneuvered so that I was facing the current while pinned against the grass but still far enough out of the current flow to avoid being pushed off the spot. I made my first cast past the hole and let the lure drift into the strike zone and was quickly rewarded with a hard take but the hook came unbuttoned. I made another cast to the same spot and was rewarded with another solid bite, but this time I got a better hookset and quickly realized I had a larger fish on. The hard runs left and right with some drag pullage were all the clues I needed to know I had a redfish on the end of the line, and he was not happy about it. After a minute long fight, the battle was over and the largest fish of the day was boated - a 16 1/4" fat red.
.....and a few "hero" shots of the large fish for the day.......
Tight lines, be safe!!