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Kayak Fishing at the Kitchen

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Decided to fish an area that I had not fished in a long time, the Kitchen. It can be very challenging at times with super skinny water and a lot of weeds. However, with full moon tides, a short drive, and an expert guide(fellow TOF'r) who knows the Kitchen very well I made my way over to the culvert and launched at 6:00AM. We noticed dolphins in the water as soon as we made our way out into the fishing area which clearly had spooked the fish in the immediate vicinity. A little while later my yak buddy finds the red fish in short order and proceeds to land multiple reds while I attempt to get one. He pulls in a few more reds and I cannot land a single red even with the same lure. Frustrated I moved on and the tide finally started to rise so I began to work some oyster bars with my LT sardine and redemption came with the sound of screaming drag and the airborne acrobatics of a decent sized snook. After finally wearing her out I had my yak buddy snap some pictures and we released her. Posted ImagePosted Image The bite slowed for me again but my yak buddy still managed to pull in a few more reds until the tides and west wind picked up. We both drifted east to work some mangroves; I grew tired of casting and put a nice chunk of cut ladyfish on my bait rod and drifted through a mangrove pass with fast moving water. My Shimano Baitrunner started singing and I set the hook into a solid fish. Initially thought it might be a big catfish until I felt the power and saw the copper flash of a nice red. The fish fought valiantly and made 4-5 runs, wrapped the line around my Hobie mirage drive and felt like a overslot red. After removing the braid from my Hobie fins I finally managed to land her and surprsingly she came in at 24" 6lbs. Posted Image

[Tossed some more ladyfish out and only landed multiple catfish; fished a bit more with lures but nothing hit. Ended the day at 12:00PM a happy camper. Next trip out I will refine my technique with paddle tails to hopefully match some of the catching ability of my buddy.

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Nice job Ron and fellow TOFer who shall remain nameless. Quality snook and good red. How many reds did your buddy get? Any size? Was there a lot of floating grass out there?

He landed at least 7 or 8 and had a lot more hits and misses. One of the fish was bigger than mine, over 25" and 7lbs. Floating grass was non-existent and the water temperature started at 84. There is always some sort of grass growing in there so treble hooks are problematic at low tides.

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