It’s the last day of February, but our temps in Louisiana are already in the 70’s. Azaleas and Japanese magnolia are in full bloom – a good sign that the bluegill are active.
Pond action is just getting ripe!
Went to the LKFC meeting at Pack & Paddle last night with my buddy Brendan. Enjoyed meeting/catching up with some of the Lafayette guys and John from P&P. I don’t make it out to their events as much as I want to, but hope to make more of an effort to this year. They are a great group with some outstanding, knowledgeable fishermen. They have some great events planned for this year, one that really caught my eye was the catch and release tournament they run. Some phenomenal fish have been caught and although this tournament ends soon, another one should be starting up right behind it. Check out the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club for more information – http://lafayettekayakfishing.com/
Drew Gregory was a guest speaker at their meeting. Drew is a teammate of mine on the Jackson Kayak fishing team, and a wonderful ambassador to the sport. He beams with passion and optimism for kayak fishing. He gave a good talk about stand up kayak fishing. Anyone who watches any of the videos I post here know that I stand the majority of the time I go kayak fishing for redfish. I like to sight fish and it allows me a better opportunity to see the fish I wish to catch. Conditions don’t always permit sight fishing, but a lot of times I am too stubborn to give up on it. The Jackson Kayaks that Drew has had a hand in designing are essential to my success at stand up sight fishing. They are stable platforms that allow me to stand up, locate, cast to, hook, and land fish from, and do it all comfortably at that.
Drew also went into a bit about boat design, which was pretty interesting to hear about the process from start to finish. I’ve been to the JK factory in Sparta, TN before, that is where I first learned about the making of a kayak. It never ceases to amaze me though that the finished product actually starts from little pellets of plastic that basically get baked in an oven.
He finished the seminar talking about the Big Tuna. With every new picture I see on this boat I get more amped up that the production models will be here soon. I’ve seen the prototypes, in fact one will be at Lake Martin on Sunday for Pack & Paddle’s demo day. I want to get some seat time in the finalized production run though. It has some sick features not found in other kayaks.