OBX & The Joys of Fishing
Posted by: old_user on Sep-06-12 9:12 PM (EST)
Long time sea kayaker, long time fisherman, never put the two together until recently.
On a recent expedition out through Oregon inlet, up to Nags Head, I decided to pack a minimal set of gear and head out. About 3 miles off Whalebone/Nags Head in ~50ft I picked up a school of bait fish and started casting. Almost immediately something nailed the jig and after some time reeling in much to my surprise was an undersize but immensely colorful dolphin. I proceeded to land a decent few spanish mackerel and a 16" yellowtail before the midday heat and headed back.
It's hard to describe how thrilling the adventure, fully immersed in the sea, it was, but needless to say I'm hooked!
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Posted by: Big_D on Sep-07-12 8:28 AM (EST)
My first ever kayak paddling was down there. It was a group trip using Kitty Hawk Kites as the outfitter. They did a good job. I felt right at home my first time in a kayak (had canoed for many years). We were on the sound side, and what amazed me was how I was able to sneak up on big fish. We would see mullet rooting the sand from a distance and be able to pull up within 1/2 a cast without spooking them. I knew right then that there was something special about how kayaks and fishing would combine. It was two more years before I could afford my own kayak, and it has been a lot of fun since. I'd love to do some more coastal paddling, but I don't live near the coast.