Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Shake Down and a bonus



Everyone know kayak fishing is my passion, but since buying a boat, I have broadened my horizons. Which also means I have been spending an ungodly amount of money on upkeep. So after the yearly maintenance was complete, I felt I needed to get out and use the beast despite a lot of success in the kayaks. Lee and I picked up bait at Oceans East Bait and Tackle then made a quick run to the Smith Island to fish the tide change for reds.

It was slow going at first, but then we get a screaming run and Lee yells that's no Ray -- our biggest fear. I hammered the drag down and quickly break off the beast even though I was using 40lb power pro. Hey that's fishing...

About ten minutes later Lee gets a screaming run, but his comes unbuttoned. Ok that hurt.

Then..... Drum Whammy, the other three rods get taken at the same time. Sheer pandemonium ensues! Lee puts his rod down to land my bull red, then I return the favor. We check the other rod but it holds only a bare 8/0 circle hook. Take some quick pics to remember my first "Drum Whammy."

The next day we decided to head out on our first Cobia trip of the year with Brian Olszyk -- a great follow on Instagram @StretchedOutFishing. Brian is an amazing fisherman and really excels at Cobia fishing in particular. We went out on his 28ft Master Marine. The day is kind of a blur, but lets just say Lee and my own bad luck really tested Brian's skill. We broke off a few 40lb class fish and a bull red only to find that two of the rods on the boat had broken eyes -- the broken ceramic was cutting the braid with ease.

Lee yells down from the tower to get ready, we were bout to hit a giant school of Bull Red Drum. Once in range Brian says if you can reach them, go. I cast close to the edge and hook up on a bucktail, Lee hooks up but it comes unbuttoned, Brian hooks up on a Ron Z Lure but it breaks off (our second rod with a broken eye). I land mine while the new guy is messing with a wind knot as the bull reds swim under the boat.

The new guy on the boat broke one of Brian's custom made rods while landing a smaller size keeper. So now we are down to two workable rods. I hand my baby -- a Shimano Terez / Stradic -- combo up to the tower and its not long before Brian says "Jay get ready your about to land the best cobia you have ever caught." Brian puts me within casting range, and I make a good cast right in the path of the monster, only to have her swim up to it and reject my offering. Brian's confidence isn't shaken and he throws the Ron Z lure in and hooks up. He hands the rod down and the fight is on. I have fought lots of fish, but this one didn't care I was putting 20lbs of drag on her. Brian keeps the fish on the left side of the boat and we play her until she is ready to meet Lee.... and his gaff. Lee nails the gaff shot and he stops half way and I know its a good one, I reach over and help pull in the monster.

Brian starts hunting and quickly finds another which we land and release. Then I get up top after 20 min of hunting and see my combo had somehow fallen off the tower and into the Chesapeake. It turns out the rodholder worked its way loose. We keep hunting, because while that hurt, what are you going to do? Brian spots a pair on a ray and the first fish of the day rejects the Ron Z but Lee gets the second fish under the ray to eat an eel. I climb down to gaff the mid 40lb class fish only for it to spit the hook just before gaffing...

Brian looks at me and says "we just came out here and threw a bunch of gear into the water."

After all of this Brian still had a good attitude, maybe its his confidence in his skill or maybe he is just very optimistic, but either way its something I definitely should work on myself.    

Photo Credit: Mark Lozier

At the dock the cobia weighs in at 71.5 lbs. Good enough for my second species citation for 2015, and my biggest fish caught yet. Thanks Brian!

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