Friday June 19th 2015 , air/water temps 87/68 , tide incoming. winds wsw @ 7/11 kts.
Tom Brown and his buddy Charlie came down the Jersey shore hoping for a good day of Fluking . After visiting West Creek Bait and Tackle for some live minnows I met up with the guy’s , man were they ready to go. So I fit each of them with a PFD along with a safety and paddling briefing and splash off we went.Tom was pedaling the Slayer Propel 13, he loved it in a few cranks he was off to the races. Charlie was in the Manta Ray 12 , his arms cranked like a 2 stroke motor sending white water in the air.
The plan was to entice the flounder into eating our lures / fly’s / jigs.
After Tom and Charlie both had fish landed I felt a nice sigh of relief , I said a silent thank you to the fishing gods.
All the storms went north for us and the day went great, ending with a nice slow tide ride back to the launch site picking up short fluke along the way.
June 13th 2015 , Meet Josh , (A very good fly caster)from North Jersey , he put a trip together for him and his dad Carlos to come down the shore and get their new Native watercraft propel’s they purchased from The Kayak Fishing Store (TKFS) salty on the bay fishing .
The father and son team came the night before our trip and stayed at one of the cabins in the campground Chips Folly, this is were we keep our Campa Playa Lotta fish camp. I met them upon arrival and we spoke about the next days game plan , 5 am comes quick when you have to rig up multiple rods yet and it’s 9 pm.
The wind blew at 8 kts at launch time and pushed up to 11 kts a little to early so no top water action .
Josh wanted to swing some fly’s from the bank , so that just what we did. Carlos casts a DOA 4″ paddle Tail in search of a stripe bass.
A good day out on another coastal kayak fishing adventure.
Saturday June 6th Glenn of West Creek Kayak and Canoe along with Eric Chamberlin from the F.B. page NJ Kayak and Canoe Paddlers, Fisherman and Fans hosted the store’s first annual Fluke Tournament . Everyone met at the store for a meet and greet , about 15 anglers participated and with a quick going over some simple rules off we went.
The morning was cool with rain showers in the area , but, our spirits were high as we jigged the bottom of the creek for the summer flounder that we like to call Fluke here in the Jersey shore.
The bites were few and far in between for that many guys so we decided to move across the bay. Looking out for the weekend boat traffic and paddling hard we made it and then the clouds opened up on us for just a few minutes, if you didn’t have a rain jacket you got a good soaking for sure, but hey the fish are already wet right . It didn’t take long before the bites started , a slow steady pick of shorts and keeper flounder found our baits and honored us with a hook up and fight . Then this Bad Boy Fluke crushed my teaser.
Back at the shop it was cook out time with dogs and burgers and beers for all . It was great meeting new kayak anglers from all over , I’m sure we will meet again soon . Thanks to all for a good time .
We waited a long time this year as old man winter held his cold grip on the New Jersey coast and setting the spring run back a few weeks. I like to make sure the water temps are safe for the clients before we go off on a Kayak fishing adventure. Our first trip was set for Friday May 1st but the winds and a small coastal storm pushed us off till the next day .
Saturday May 2nd I had the pleasure of guiding Howard and Eva from Moorestown N.J. , they arrived at our meeting spot on time and were very excited as they fish fresh water all the time and waited for this day in the salt . I had all rods rigged and ready to go and after a brief safety check we launched into the bay. the winds were just starting for wake up as it was now 6.30 am , the lite breeze was coming from the north- east and at about 5kts , pushing the tide as it was coming in from the inlet. We had a perfect drift if we were fishing for Fluke , but it was Striped Bass and Blue Fish we were looking for . I rigged a large popper on my saltwater TFO med/heavy rod for Howard and a med rod for Eva and a light popper and suggested that they fan the area and told them if the Blues are here we will ring their breakfast bell , sure enough with in five minutes Howard had a blow up and then a nice hit and hook up he was off getting towed around the area for a few minutes till it came to net. Howard was happy and I was relieved . We took a few quick pictures and released the 30 plus inch Yellow Eyed Devil back into the salt. The fishing gods smiled on us that day for sure . Thank you Howard and Eva for coming out and fishing with me.