First let me say thanks for the invitation to be an author on BFA! This is exciting for me because I enjoy teaching people to fish and enjoy the outdoors. I will do my best to provide a kayak fishing perspective on our sport and I am looking forward to adding to the content of the blog!
Well got out to the river at 6:30 and it was a beautiful morning. Not a breath of wind and no power boaters at all. I started at Ferson Creek because I never fished that area before and it looked good from Google maps being at the confluence of Ferson Creek and The Fox River. I did see one other person out there fishing and he did not have anything since he had just started.
I proceeded down the west shoreline and started with a black clacker buzzbait, black frog, and a clacking minnow in yellow perch. I got nothing on the buzzbait. As I made my way down the shoreline there was a beautiful lilly pad spread in front of me that was just begging for the top water frog. It was still very early in the day and I thought, "here comes some real interesting fishing." I tried the buzzbait first around the edges and through the lillies. Then I put the frog through its paces and to my surprise I did not even get a hit. The water was calm throughout the morning and as I continued, I found limited structure in the water but did find timber.Even though I threw everything I had at it, I got nothing. I would not be telling the truth if I said I was not slightly disappointed because I have seen how many guys have been doing in the recent past, with buzzbaits especially. I even had my version of the hornswoggle which was a white strike king bleeding spinner. I even reached down and got out the black chatterbait...still nothing. It was a great morning to be out but the skunk does not sit well with me.
I then made my way to the bridge at route 64 and put on some gulp and figured maybe a cat on the bottom and again nothing. I used a 3/8 boo yah boo jig with a black crayfish trailer and again nothing so I started to make my way back to base camp at Ferson Creek and hit some walls, docks, and boats hoping something would hit. I did manage to foul hook a large carp but he got off at the kayak. Nothing ever did hit and the day ended back were it started at the confluence of Ferson Creek and The Fox River. I did get some good footage of the Humminbird working in the field but even that wonderful piece of technology could not assist me in finding some fish. All in all a great day to be out! I just find myself wondering am I inept???? Sometimes fishing can be a humbling experience and the fish just seem to have a sense we are there! Here is the vid and it is nothing special because my camera is still in the shop and had to make it with my phone. I also recently purchased a specialized camera mount for the kayak, and once I do get my camera back, will be mounting that to get much better action shots which will give a more accurate picture of kayak fishing.