Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Folly River LKA Meet & Fish

The June LKA Meet & Fish, we would be meeting at the Folly Beach Landing. The landing is located just over the State Road 171 Bridge located on the Folly Island side of the Folly River. This landing is also known as the John F. Seignious Landing.

Just across the landing and left of the bridge is the shoreline of Oak Island. This shoreline is ideal for speckled trout and redfish. If you elect to paddle under the bridge and beyond you will come to a tidal flat on the left.  This flat can produce flounder, speckled trout, and redfish.

On this particular meet & fish we had about eight yak anglers to try their luck at some catching. Some of the group decided to paddle in the direction of the tidal flat. I and the others were going to try the shoreline of Oak Island. Today I planned to use the Slayer Sinister Swim Tail (SST) in the color scheme of ‘Chicken on the Chain’ rigged on the Slayer ‘XXX’ 1/16 oz 3/0 Predator jig head.

Casting this setup along the far shoreline I would get three taps indicating some active fish, usually flounder will act this way. For some reason I just could not get a hookup. Then on one of those three tap series and retrieving the lure I noticed that the paddle tail of the Slayer SST was missing.  My experience with this in the past is that 6 – 8 inch bluefish are hitting the lure just short of the hook.
After a while I managed to get a hookup. I managed to net a nice 17 ½ inch flounder.  I decided that this fish would go into the polar bear cooler for dinner that night. Continuing to cast for a trout or red; maybe another flounder, while I kept working an area of oyster shell mounds one of the new anglers that joined us for the meet & fish came paddling by.  I asked him if he had any luck. He explained to me that he was with another angler who decided it was time to cool off. He watched the guy depart out of his kayak and take a swim and get back into his kayak. So he decided to give it a try. The next thing he knew the kayak flipped and he lost his fishing gear. Then he had a little trouble getting back into the kayak but with a little help from the other angler he managed to get back into the kayak.

Since he didn’t have any fishing equipment he decided he had to go home. I hope that he decides to continue with fishing from a kayak. Maybe we will meet again. This little story represents similar tales from other yak anglers just starting out. I know that I have fell out of my first kayak and have lost some fishing gear in the past. I know that I’m not immune to this in the future. The only way to ensure that you do not lose any equipment is to secure your stuff to your kayak by tethering it.
Hopefully I will see you at one of the LKA Meet & Fish Events whether it is freshwater or saltwater.

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