Location - North Carolina Coast
Rods/Reels - Shimano 6500 BaitRunner on 7' Ugly Stik Tiger Rod
Bait- Frozen Mullet
Rig - Carolina Rig , 2oz weight 8 inch leader 9/0 Circle Hook and 9/0 J hooks Both Gamakatsu's
I got word of a very Hot bite on Big Red Drum just off the beach. Since I had no yak I called one of my good yak friends Joey ( TurtleStew ) and told him if he supplied the yak I would drive or pay for gas and food. He jumped at the chance as both he and I have been trying to catch a Big Red for several years with no luck.
I met Joey at his house at 4 am and off to the beach we went. We arrived at out destination at aprox 7 am and got everything unloaded and ready to go. Several other yakers show up and we waited at the surf for the fog to lift. The fog lifted at aprox 8:30 and out beyond the breakers we went. Joey in a Hobie Pro Angler and me in his 12' Redfish.
If you look closely you can see a rainbow in the fog
The plan was to snag Menhaden with jerk rigs but no schools could be found. Luckily I had brought some frozen mullet. I put a piece on the hook and cast it out. Almost immediately I was hooked up! Then it came loose. I reeled in some slack line and there was little curl at the end of my line. I had tied a bad knot!!!
Back out and it didn't take long again. My first Big Red!!
Here are some more pictures...
I didn't have a rod holder on this yak so this is how I drifted down the beach, I had the Baitrunner on and when a fish hit I reeled and the spooled engaged and I was hooked up.
One Interesting thing on this trip is that reel is loaded with cheap line. I almost never buy cheap line but last fall at Jeanette's Pier I had my big Drum rod cast off the end of the pier and this outfit cast off the side. Either a big shark or a Big Ray hit and I was almost spooled until I broke it off. I had no extra line so I went to the Pier shop and the only line they sell is cheap 2.99 a spool Shur Strike line. This line did really well and the only break-off I had looked to be my fault.
A great day on the Big water with a Good friend and big fish. A big thanks to Joey for supplying the Yak.