Dick G Posted July 20, 2008 Report Share Posted July 20, 2008 Used my Tarpon sit on top kayak for the first 2 times on the main branch of the Dupage the past few weeks. The good: Floating down the Dupage with the sun out and the water (dare I say it) gin clear, you get a close up view of smallmouth bass waiting to pounce on anything that looks like food swept their way. Many of the fish you float by are in midstream, open, sun lit shallow water-but always relating to some kind of structure that is capable of deflecting current. A small patch of weeds, a slight dip in the river bed, or a rock shelf only a few inches high can hold nice fish. The big fish are often alone, and the little guys are grouped up. But sometimes when I hooked a large fish, other comparable fish would suddenly materialize out of nowhere and give chase right up to the kayak. So, I guess I've got to learn that those perfect, shaded eddies along the shoreline are not the only place I should be seeking out. The bad: Catching and landing a fiesty smallmouth from a moving kayak can be very challenging! A perfect cast (one of my few) by a laydown results in a 17" hookup. The fish takes off downstream and passes the kayak, pulling me into faster water. Then he darts into the weeds. All at the same time I'm trying to play the fish with one hand, steer the yak with the other hand on the paddle, decide if it is wise to drop the anchor, look back upstream to mentally mark the spot where I hooked the fish for future reference, and fumble for the new unfamiliar camera in its waterproof bag. By now I have floated 75 yards down stream, and I have yet to bring the fish to hand. By the time I unhook and release the beautiful fish, I have decided to forget the photo and have floated past some really sweet looking spots. I think about turning about and paddling back upstream to where I first made contact with the fish, but I decide it's easier to just continue with the flow. The ugly: Paddling back upstream to my takeout point in ninety degree heat, fighting both the current and the wind (which of course is now picking up dramatically) with two bad shoulders and an empty water bottle. All in all, good times. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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