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Yeah, I am busy!

So I am not quite back yet. Keeping up a page is a lot of work, which requires time. A resource that is very rare as of late.

Other projects lately have been my stock analyzer. It picks out the best stocks with a stable dividend. It is currently uploading to the site daily.

Check the top of the page for the links.

Yeah, I’m thinking I’m back!

I lost the password to the site a while back, but I recently reset the user accounts. This means that all previously registered users are now deleted.  Due to issues with spammers I disabled the user registration for the time being. I will be looking into fixing the login and registration soon. As well as finally fixing the e-mail verification.

I have many new plans in the works. I am hoping to start posting some new content soon. Although, most of it may be delayed till the new year.

 

Dreams of completion

Every once in a while I have to travel out of town. One of the locations that I travel too is near the west coast of Florida. It happens to be close to one of the best fishing areas in all of South Florida.  Just 30 minutes out of my way is ten thousand islands, on the south west coast. Several miles of mangrove islands surrounded by pristine waters, full of all kinds of game fish. It is one of the reasons for my idea of the kayak project.

Every time I come out this way I dream of bringing the kayak, and taking off for a couple days to go fishing there. One day soon, when I have the project near completion, I will take a couple days off to go fishing there with the kayak. It will be ideal for running around all the mangrove islands and channels among ten thousand islands.

Dreams can come true. You only have to belive it them, and strive to make them happen.

Some fun time on the water!

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I decided to hit the flats south of 79th street, in Biscayne Bay, with the Kayak. It was a beautiful morning! I headed out to the island, where I saw a pod of dolphin’s feeding. Just to the east of the islands, near the feeding dolphin’s, I started fishing.

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I caught a few nice jacks feeding near the channel.  I traveled all around the island and across the flats.  It was a wonderful day with lots of strikes.

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I decided to invite a bunch of them to dinner.

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It turned out to be the perfect meal to try out my new smoker with. After cleaning and filleting, I had 28 nice size steaks for the smoker.

 

I am glad I got into kayak fishing. It is unlike any other. The challenges make the experience even more fun.

My new Fishing Kayak

(originated September 19th, 2014)

I thought long and hard after doing much research as for what I wanted and what I expected. I wanted a good stable Kayak designed as a fishing kayak, with the ability to easily modify and add to it. I looked around and found that the Bass Pro Shops Ascend FS128T fishing kayak was the best kayak for the price that meets my needs. It has 4 access hatches for easy access to nearly every inch inside the hull. This will make fastening hardware and gear to the hull easier then most other comparably priced kayak’s.

So after work on a Friday, I went up to Bass Pro and picked up my new Kayak. As well as a few other items, such as a life vest, paddle, anchor, and other required safety gear. Once I got it home, I quickly gathered up some of my other gear and got it ready to hit the water in the morning.

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The next morning I loaded up my truck and headed down to the boat ramp for some fun.

 

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I chose to try another well known mangrove preserve that does not allow fossil fuel vehicle’s. It is has a sizable salt water lake that the local colleges use for their row boat practice. There are multiple mazes of water way paths throughout the preserve. The mangrove preserve is usually known for some really good fishing. But the recent weather had turned the lake brackish and murky. It was still a pretty good day. I caught a few mangrove snapper, grunt, and a decent size catfish. Had a couple really big strikes but nothing set the hook. Nothing really worth keeping. No free dinner that day.

Once again, like my first trip with the rental, the weather was sure to solidify my resolve and determination. It rained pretty heavy off and on throughout the day. But undaunted by the weather I paddled on through. I sought harbor under a bridge when it got really heavy for a while. Once it turned completely cloudy and consistently drizzling rain, I decided to pack it up and just have some fun skirting around the maze of water ways throughout the preserve.

My first Kayak Fishing trip

(this story and experience originated September 10th, 2014)

As an avid fisherman, I recently was introduced to Kayak Fishing. I have found it to be really interesting and fun. It is a totally different experience to fish from a small vessel. Even more so then from a small john boat or other small powered craft.

Once I was introduced to the idea of Kayak fishing. I had to try it for my self. I researched the idea for a while and decided to give it a try. Of course I wanted to experience it in nearly every aspect.  I started out with the basics. A light tackle box, 2 fishing rods, small cooler, and an assortment of other fishing gear, including tethers, sunblock and other essential equipment. But, I wanted the full experience.

I did not rig any of my fishing poles. I wanted to experience nearly every aspect of what it is like to go fishing from a Kayak. Including some of the common troubles and difficulties I read about. What better way to learn about a new experience, and the complications that can go along with it, then to jump into it with known issues that I would have to over come while on the water.

My first rule of business was to find a suitable Kayak to rent for the day. I thought about how and where I was going to go fishing from a Kayak very carefully. I called around to several rental shops and studied the known fishing spots in my area. I decided on a local rental shop, Blue Moon outdoor center, in a public park near a mangrove preserve I used to fish regularly as a kid. They had a few Kayak’s to choose from. They even sell frozen bait, so they had that taken care of too.

The day before I went fishing, I got my rods and tackle ready. I even re-spool the reels with new line, but I did not tie any tackle to it and make it ready. That I had to do on the water to understand the difficulties that can accompany the challenge of fishing from a kayak. I gathered everything and set it aside for an early morning start.

In the morning I went to the kayak rental shop and chose a kayak that I figured would be one of the most troublesome to fish from. It was a 10 foot with a very narrow hull. The rental clerk tried to persuade me into a more suitable tandem kayak for fishing that was wider and longer, but I insisted I wanted the smaller and narrower kayak for the best learning experience. I explained my intentions of buying a kayak for my self, but wanted to experience it for the possible difficulties first. I also insisted that they let me carry it down to the water, instead of their launch hands. “If you want to do it right you have to do it your self!” With a smile the clerk handed me a paddle, vest, and the bait, and wished me luck.

I grabbed all my gear and carried it down to the waters edge then went back for the kayak. I started loading all my gear into the kayak, intentionally putting most of the gear as far back out of my reach as I could. I then launched and started paddling out to one of the first fishing spots. It was a good 1/2 mile from the rental, out in the bay. It was a fairly breezy day with a forecast of afternoon showers. Seemingly perfect weather expected for the experience I was looking for. It certainly did not disappoint me.

I got to one of my old fishing spots and proceeded to make ready my fishing tackle while on the water. I figured out some of the difficulties with keeping my balance in such a narrow kayak while reaching and stretching all over. I assembled the fishing rods, thread the line through the eyes and tied my hook and leader to the lines. Then re-secure all the gear again and got my bait ready.

Finally, after about an hour, I was out on the water fishing with 2 lines in the water. One free line floater and the other rigged for bottom fishing or casting. I really liked the ease of drifting with the wind as I cast up and down along the mangrove shores. Caught my first fish a few minutes later, a little grunt under 10″. Seemed to catch a few of them over the next half hour. I decided to paddle around for a while. I headed out to a favorite island in the bay. Stopped there for an early lunch and try my luck around the jetty at the south end of the island.

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While I was at the island I caught a few small bait fish for a trolling line. Setup both of the rods as outriggers behind the seat and started paddling over to another favorite spot near by, while trolling the bait behind me, I was hoping for something big like a shark. It was only about another 1/2 mile from the island up a canal that ends near my home. (just past the building in the background on the right, at the rod tips in the picture). Of course by the time I got to the canal, the weather finally started to turn for the worse. The bay started to get choppy as I was on the down wind side of the bay.

Cruised around the main canal some then back out around the mangroves and the feeder canals for the preserve. It then started to rain and the wind really picked up. I was fighting the wind and the rain trying to paddle back towards the island and back to the park I originated from. I was thinking to my self, “This is exactly what I wanted to experience!”

Finally made it back near the park and the rain subsided and the sun came back out. Reapplied the sun block and decided to try some more fishing near the park. Even with all the difficulties with the weather and still did not catch anything more then a few grunt and a a couple puffer fish, I was still enjoying my self. I decided to do some more canal fishing up in the mangroves. I saw a Dolphin swimming up the canal. It passed within about 50 feet of me as it looked at me then dove down and dashed past me. I saw it resurface and continue on up the canal ahead of me. It must have been looking for the mullet known to school up in the shallows. Still didn’t catch anything worth while. The weather for the week prior to that day was rainy and the water was still murky from all the run off coming from the mangroves.

Before I knew it I was out of drinking water, my bait was nearly gone, and the sun was nearing the horizon. I figured it was a good long day. Time to pack up and start heading back. I took the long route, a maze of feeder canals through the mangrove preserve, back to the kayak rental. The clerk was surprised to see me come back after so long. “Most people only rent a kayak for a couple hours. You were out all day!” What can I say, I really enjoyed my self, it was a lot of fun.

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I can say, yes, I caught the kayak bug! What surprised me the most about the experience, after the whole ordeal with fighting against the weather and traveling well over 6 miles on my first trip, I was not soar. Even the next day, I wasn’t soar from the trip. This sealed the deal for me. Not only did I enjoy the trip, but I was unexpectedly physically ready for it too. I thought for sure I was going to be aching from the paddling by the next day. But it was no worse then if I had just moved some medium sized furniture.

Oh the places I will go! I am buying my own kayak. Now to do some more research!

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