I loaded up the Tarpon 160 on Good Friday and headed for Copahee sound in search of trout. The trout must have gone to Florida for Spring Break, because I couldn't find a one. As the tide got low and the water drained out of the sound I loaded the kayak on the trailer to cross over to the Wando river.
Hit the Wando for the last hour of falling tide and the first of incoming and managed 2 reds, a 28 and a 29 plus two little bitty trout.
This morning I decided to fish the Wando for low tide as the sun came up for reds. I launched at 7, the sun topped the trees at 7:05 and the redfish were CRUSHING bait by 7:10. I set up along a mud bank between two oyster bars and worked a bunch of reds that were cruising the bank slashing at anything that moved.
I tossed a 3 inch gold paddle tail grup on a 1/8 oz jighead into the fray, twitched it once, twice... FISH ON!!!
About 5 minutes later as I get the fish boatside it make one more run directly under the yak. I didn't have time to swing the rod past the nose of the yak before POP; My Okuma Reflextions 7 foot graphite 1 piece rod becomes a 2 piece rod. At least I still got the fish in the boat.
I dusted off my wounded pride, put the broken rod away and grabbed my lightweight trout rig. It's a similar setup with smaller reel, lighter line and lighter rod, which could prove to be a problem. Thankfully the rest of the fish didn't scatter while I was fighting the first one and quickly picked off a couple more on with the trout rig before the fish moved away from the shallows.
I crossed the river to start working the dock in search of trout. First dock, 2 slot reds and a 26 incher.
Next dock, not trout but a pretty 3 spot at 23 and change
A few more docks and a few more fish before the water got really high. When the water came up, so did the wind, so I cruised back across the river to seek shelter close to the tree line. There weren't any tailing redfish on the flat, but there were a few cruisers looking for a meal. Managed two more fish in the grass before calling it a day.
Total for the day was 10 reds and one little trout. There were 2 reds in the slot, the rest were 23+ up to 30 inches. I think I'll head back out tomorrow at dawn and try for a repeat.