This trip was going to be a short fishing excursion to Lake Moultrie for some largemouth bass. Lake Moultrie is the third largest lake in South Carolina. Lewis, Greg, Marian and I will be concentrating on an area known as the “Hatchery”. No this is not a fish hatchery but a waterfowl management area. While this is a popular area for fishing for bass, bream, crappies, mudfish, etc. the area is closed to fishing each Saturday until noon during waterfowl season. In the “Hatchery” there is a boat ramp but there is also a Berkeley County's Blueway’s Canoe/Kayak Launch.
During my hunt for that largemouth to be hooked Marian was paddling toward me. When she got closer she reported that she had a fish on the Texas rig with a watermelon color Z-Man Saw Tail WormZ with a 1/16 oz bullet weight and a Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap (EWG) Monster 5/0 size hook that I had installed on her line. When she paddled the Cuda along side of the Coosa she shared the prize. She had a nice 12” bass that was really hungry because it had that huge hook deep in its mouth. I managed to remove the hook for Marian and she poised with her catch for a photo. We did released the small bass back into the waters of the “Hatchery” so that the fish could grow up and be caught again to be enjoyed by other anglers.
The day of fishing was beginning to end because Marian’s time limit for fishing was coming to an end. So we paddled back to the launch site from the canal that runs along a peninsula that runs south and north from the Blueway’s canoe/kayak launch and boat ramp. This was the second time that I had the Coosa out for a paddle. The Coosa in my opinion paddled and tracked flawlessly on this environment.
I really cannot wait to get the Jackson Coosa to Conway, New Hampshire to fish the Saco River and Conway Lake for Smallmouth Bass and Trout. I’m sure that the Coosa will perform as advertised by Jackson Kayaks in fast moving waters. After all this is a company know for developing kayaks for fast moving rivers where kayakers enjoy rapids and doing that stuff that is known as freestyle kayaking. I’m sure that this will make the Coosa very exciting on the Saco River or other rivers that have rapids.