Blue Skies

Blue skies match the blue tails of fired up reds!

By Jay Potter

I snaked down the narrow road toward what Google Maps told me was a small kayak launch, brush clawing and scraping the side of my vehicle.

The road and the launch were remote and kind of unsettling at first light, but the mosquitoes and horseflies told me I was probably in the right place.

I dragged my kayak over the mud and shells and made the drop down from the bank to the water without getting wet. I paddled around for a couple hours blind casting and fishing a popping cork, waiting for the sun to illuminate the pleasant brown water and hopefully the predators below it.

For us at KC Kayaks, fishing the marsh is mostly about sight fishing. With high water and a not so slight northwest wind, I had my work cut out for me. Once I was enveloped by blue skies, I was in the office.

Right about 9:30, I pulled out of a shallow bay, and drifted up onto a small pool off the edge of the main channel.

There they were, two big ole reds, one behind the other. Facing away from me, they headed further into the pool.

With my baitcaster, I quickly flipped an LSU Gulp! shrimp in front of them, assuming I would let them keep swimming and trick one with a quick twitch. I never got the chance as the front fish, a 7-8 pound red, quickly covered the 6 feet to my bait and walloped it.

Few things feel as good as setting the hook on a fish that’ll pull back just as hard. After a 5 minute Cajun sleigh ride, I boated that awesome kayak fish and my day had changed dramatically.

For the next few hours (I had to get home for the LSU game) I saw fat orange footballs all over the small area I worked. Plastics along any bank or off of any point or inlet were just what the doctor ordered.

Tournament fish were cruising around Dularge in numbers.

All day I was literally less than 10 minutes from my launch and managed to sight fish a few nice reds before the game. I caught fish on LSU Gulp! and H&H LSU Cocahoes.

I ended that day far earlier than I’d have preferred, but I was happy and I knew I had a new spot.

Of course the next weekend I trekked back down LA Hwy 315, also known as Bayou Dularge Road.

I waited a little later this time and brought a buddy. Upon arrival the sun was up and ready for us, the water was lower and muddier and the wind was doable. I paddled straight to a spot I had seen fish the last weekend. and stuck one immediately, about 5 minutes off the boat launch.

Rowdy Reds in protected cuts. This guy had tons of fight but nowhere to go.

Going through a cut into one of these back pools, while standing, I saw a fin under the water and saw it sink quickly. I held my paddle and dropped an LSU Gulp! in front of where the fish appeared to be heading. Sure enough, there he was. I never would’ve seen that fish had I not been standing. Victory for the K12!

I iced down that good eating-sized fish (the K12 has room for a full-sized ice chest in the back and a smaller one in the front for drinks) and headed further down the main channel. When I pulled up to a deep spot where it opened to a bay and looked across, I saw three big reds cruising the far bank. I put a nice cast just in front of the leader, but his left flanker out swam him and assaulted my plastic. You can really feel the violence and power of this predator fish with a strike on a taut line.  He put up a great fight.

El Perro Grande! Le Grand Chien! This fella gave the K12 a pull and me a workout, but he sure makes for a nice hoist pic.

Here is the video of my first two catches. On the second fish you can see the all the commotion, that group was good sized. KC Kayak Sight Fishing

This day we worked a much larger area and found  some awesome cuts and ponds about 1-3 feet deep, several holding a fish.

The area was protected so I stood to paddle most of the time. Like I said earlier, a K12 puts you in a great position to sight fish. You can ease into a standing or seated position because you’ll have your balance. When entering a new fishy area I always stand up and at least have my rod in one hand, sometimes the paddle in the other if I need it.

This method allows me to be as prepared as possible for the moment I actually see the fish. Because of this, we picked up a couple more nice reds on Gulp! Nuclear Chicken  jerk shad before starting the paddle back, ending a pretty great day on the water.

I thought there had been fish everywhere that day. Until the next trip…

Stray the Course.

Gar!... Gar? Well from a distance I couldn't tell he wasn't a red. Next thing I know I'm dealing with a dinosaur.

 

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Hurricane Fish

The public boat launch at Port Fourchon took a beating.

By Jay Potter

By September 2nd, four days after the storm, electrical workers had righted the poles holding those crucial power lines, but their crews and trucks flooded the dead end of old LA Highway 1 on Port Fourchon.

LaPlace, Louisiana and other communities remained completely dark and flooded and numerous interstate exits and other byways were under water.

Though still on September 19th, parts of sides the road from New Orleans to Venice, La. were piled 10 feet high with marsh grass, mud and other junk. On the east side of the Mississippi River, south of Braithwaite, nearly every home that sat across the road from the levee, was picked up by rushing water and deposited on the levee or in the road.

Hurricane Isaac rolled through the South Louisiana marsh on August 29th, in some areas producing an 11-foot storm surge and gusting winds up to 85 miles per hour. Roofs were ripped. Siding and gutters torn asunder. Even a part of historic LA Highway 1 from Port Fourchon to Grand Isle was washed away.

Fort Jackson, near Triumph, LA. Flooded all over, lots and lots of water standing there more than two weeks after the storm.

The winds weren’t nearly as bad as those in Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita or Gustav, but the coast got whacked, and the areas down the river that maintained during Katrina took it right on the chin this time.

Since the water receded from many areas in South Louisiana (aside from large portions of Plaquemines Parish, where thousands of cattle perished, houses were gutted and floodwater still stands) many areas have been just grinding along, fixing what broke and moving on to the next issue.

Hurricane fish. Check out the blue on the end of his tail. Lit up!

Right after the storm, on Labor Day, September 2nd, I think the fish felt the same way. They weren’t exuberant or full of hubris as we like to say, but they soldiered on through the gumbo roux that was the South Louisiana inshore waters. Like the island’s residents, most had returned to their usual spots, and a few were doing their best to go about their business, which for redfish is eating.

At least I found something that looked normal.

 

While not shocking, it was easily the muddiest water I’ve ever seen, a nice “cafe au lait” color. I wanted to get a look at some of Isaac’s impact and test out the fishing, and since it was a holiday, it was a no brainer.

In a few hours on the water, I had a few tails bitten off, so fish were active. And for the first time in a while at our Fourchon spot.

I also had some bites from small trout, so it was really good to see them moving back inshore. In ended up catching the fish on a Gulp! new penny flatsworm.

It was an odd trip though, there were utility workers everywhere, I’ve never seen that many trucks in and out all day. Predictably, there was no one else fishing that day, and I saw some sights on the way home.

Geared up but not weighed down. You can see the catamaran that allows us to stand and sight fish.

Airline Highway and other roads were still closed, covered with water. The Blind River boat launch and St. James boat club in Gramercy were swamped. There was a large shrimp boat tied up in the canal that had previously been a ditch. Various stenches of death and decay crept into my nostrils as I drove with the windows down. I even saw some of the  de-oxygenated “black water” that has been responsible for the inevitable hurricane-following fish kills to which Louisiana is accustomed.

On the 18th, I made a trip down the road from New Orleans. This was where I witnessed the worst of the damage. There were cattlefields turned brown by standing water and eerily devoid of cattle. In Ironton, a 134-year-old church had its insides gutted by water. In Port Sulphur there was a large FEMA set-up outside the Registrar of Voters Office. In Boothville, trailers were upside down. In Venice, utility trucks and cranes filled the road to Venice Marina. There was brown and mud and stink everywhere. It was like Hurricane Katrina Jr. for many areas.

One positive is that the Mississippi River was greenish and clear. This means the water is low and some salt water has started moving in. This trend will continue around the marsh, making for clearer water and more fish up in the marsh.

The mighty river doesn't look so brown and churned up. It looks downright inviting.

It may seem hasty to head down to fish that close on the heels of such a disaster. Seeing as how the Gulf Coast is so important to us, it was a rather easy decision though. I wanted to see what the storm had wrought at places I love. I wanted to check on some of the people we know along the way. And I felt I needed to check the fishing, if for no other reason than to reassure myself things will return to normal. Not one person I have asked minded seeing people come to fish as early as the weekend after the storm. They could all use the economic boost, but for many of them, our presence also signals a return to some sort of normalcy.

 

Even though we know that every summer and fall another hurricane is always looming in the Gulf.

Stray the course.

 

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Ride the Bull 3 and a Grand Isle Weekend

By Jay Potter

Rods bent and reels screamed as hundreds of kayakers hung tough in Caminada Pass while
a massive thunderhead approached.

At that point in the day most of the fish were big black drum, but the fight was too much fun to just leave them biting.

An airhorn sounded, signaling an early end to Ride the Bull 3, and as the rain started falling, everyone beat a hasty retreat towards the pavilion at Bridgeside Marina.

In the end, Mark Page’s 32.28-pounder was the bull that sealed the deal, even though it was one of the first fish landed. This year, registration ballooned to 261 entries, making it the largest catch and release kayak tournament in the country!

KC's own Daniel and Corey, kayak fishing on the open water.

Jared from KC (back) and KC friend Mark two-manned one of the K12s. Another friend Adam has a boat to himself.

Unfortunately none of the KC Kayaks crew made the leaderboard, but everyone had a great time thanks to the Backpacker and Capt. Danny Wray and Calmwater Charters, among others.

Bridgeside Marina was a great host and it seemed like they were able to accommodate everybody.  Capt. Danny was out running around the pass in his boat all day, hauling in fish to be weighed and revived.

As you can see, we were able to hit the beach for a few minutes and take a break from the water.

Once the sun came out, it was about as hot and steamy as it gets in South Louisiana, and the deep water was a good place to cool off.

We had eight K12s on the water Saturday, and there were plenty more to be seen floating around the pass.

Eight K12s on the water, look at those sweet setups!

KC Kayaks was lucky enough to be a major sponsor for this event, and as a result, we were able to include a specially-made, one-of-a-kind KC kayak as a raffle prize.

Here’s the special yellow K12, of which I’m told there will not be another.

Oh Baby, Look at the pretty yella kayak!

Recognize the guy in the orange shirt?

That’s one of the hosts of Paradise Louisiana, Gary Rispone, shooting the breeze with his favorite member of KC Kayaks, our own Andrew Chidlow.

What a great event!

Daniel was having himself a mighty fine time on the water.

The Weekend Part II

Look at this pretty box of dinner, this is was a perfect end to a great day on the water.

KC's Alex cruising the channel. Check out some of the nasty clouds in the background. They were never too far all morning, then finally engulfed the whole area in the afternoon.

We battled the weather all weekend, and it forced us off the water a few times, but luckily, we got down to Grand Isle in time to do a little fishing on Friday morning. With thunderstorms encircling us, it was very comfortable early, but then heated up.

We didn’t find many reds in the shallows, so spot fishing was tough. A few tails broke the surface here and there, but most of our strikes were just casting to fishy spots.

Using assorted soft plastics, we saturated the dirty water with casts, really working over good lookin’ spots. We all had several bites the resulted in a tail-less cocahoe or a plastic pulled halfway down its jighead. Most of our strikes just weren’t too violent.

Corey was doing some work on the fish all day. We found lots of small rat reds, but this was a great keeper.

Most of the fish came on the edge of the main channel of our area. The deeper water had a greener tint than the brown of the shallow ponds and pools we usually like to fish.

I managed a couple of reds myself. I found this guy in about 4-5 feet of water in a cut leading out from the channel to the bay.

When everybody was still fishing as a group, we hit a small school on the edge of a grass island in the bay, and that’s where the box started filling up.

The company President, Gaines aka The Big Dog, incidentally won the Big Dog of the Day award, hauling in a nice fat red. (Second from the right)

The morning's catch. How'd that one speck get in there?

After a couple hours, we had a great mixed box of fish. From one at 16″, up to the biggest at about 26″. We fed 12 guys redfish tacos for dinner Friday night and had stuffed flounder a couple days later in Baton Rouge.

Baked Flounder stuffed with onions, peppers, garlic and bits of tasso and andouille, topped with pan-fried shrimp. Served with mustard greens, a lemon and herb cous-cous and a mixed-greens salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Until next time,

Stray the Course…

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Casting to Cast Iron

By Jay Potter

We enjoy sharing our experiences catching fish in KC Kayaks, so we thought we’d also take y’all inside the KC kitchen and show you how we put those fish on the dinner table.

So here is the first installment of “Casting to Cast Iron.” Hope everyone enjoys, please share feedback on any attempts or variations on our recipe.

Here's the fish at all three stages of the process. Notice the slight brown on the outside of the cooked fish. You don't want much more color than that for this recipe, we're not blackening today!

The Menu:

Pan-fried Louisiana Redfish fillets under a white wine and cream sauce with Cajun sausage, sauteed peppers, onions, garlic and herbs. Served with a spring mix salad with home grown tomatoes, red onion and a light garlic balsamic vinaigrette dressing. And as you can see from the pictures, everyone need grab his or her beverage of choice. Thanks to Corey and Katherine for the chef’s work and the kitchen!

You will need…

Cast Iron is a staple in our kitchens.

Cookware:

  • Two good-sized burners
  • Two skillets. Preferably one cast iron for the fish, and one sauce pan for the sauce. But just go with whatever you’ve got, it’ll be delicious!

 

Look at those fresh, tasty Pointe A La Hache Reds.

Fish:

  • 2 x 20″ redfish fillets. Cut into small portions. (Don’t have redfish? Try black drum, any kind of trout, bass or any other white fish.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (We prefer Zatarin’s brand because it has less salt, but any kind will work.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of ground black pepper
  • Canola oil (Enough just to coat the pan and to add a little more if some cooks off)

 

Herbs add that unmistakable "fresh" taste to the dish.

Home grown peppers and tomatoes from Corey and Katherine's garden.

Sauce:

  • 1 whole link of Cajun sausage thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 bell peppers various colors chopped
  • 1 and 1/4 onion chopped
  • 3 and 1/2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • One pint heavy cream
  • One cup white wine
  • One 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • Basil, parsley and oregano chopped (as much or as little as you’d like)
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Chop them however much or however little you'd like. They'll cook down enough.

You’ll prepare the sauce first so the veggies have time to cook down and let some of the liquid cook off. Then prepare a nice big salad and set that aside. Once your sauce is ready, the fish only take a matter of minutes and it’s dinner time.

To get started:

  1. Brown sausage in butter.
  2. Stir in peppers first, then onions, then garlic.
  3. Cook on medium to medium high for 7-8 minutes, stirring fairly often.
  4. Add tomatoes and white wine.

    A nice deep red color from the sausage and the tomatoes.

  5. Cook on medium for 5 minutes.
  6. Add 1 pint heavy cream, reduce heat slightly and let it go for about 3 minutes.

    There's the color change.

  7. Add basil and oregano and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Stir it up and keep it on for about 4 minutes on just under medium.

    Now that we've got all our colors in there...

  8. Reduce to low and simmer 3 minutes.
  9. Cover and turn the burner as low as it will go.
  10. Let it cook down for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    The finished product.

  11. About this time, turn your cast iron on at low-medium low to preheat.
  12. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir and recover.

Redfish fillets with the Cajun seasoning and black pepper. Not too much oil in the pan.

And now for the fish. The biggest thing here is not to over cook. You can always try a test piece or two to make sure that you 1) have the cast iron at the right temperature, and 2) have the right amount of oil in the pan.

  1. Coat your cast iron lightly in canola oil. Set it to medium high.

    The red part of the fillet turn brown and the white gets a little color.

  2. One it has had time to heat. Drop in a tester piece of fish.
  3. Cook fish until slightly browned and just cooked through.
  4. Then go ahead with the rest of the fish, but DON’T OVERLOAD THE PAN.
  5. Turn up sauce to simmer nicely for serving.
  6. Serve Redfish fillets, top with sauce, garnish with a liberal about of parsley.
  7. Prepare a salad and set the table.

Good ruffage, some juicy home grown tomatoes with a nicely acidic homemade dressing to cut the richness of the cream sauce.

One last word on the sauce. There are several options here. We merely doused our redfish in sauce and set to work. It is not the thickest sauce, so certainly add flour if you prefer a thicker sauce. Or go ahead and serve it over rice. Or (my personal favorite) butter up some fresh french bread and use that as a “pusher” to make sure you get every last little bit.

Here it is, "Coghlan's Redfish Sauce Monster!"

Bon Appetite,

KC Kayaks

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What A Week!

By Jay Potter

From last Friday through this this past Sunday, we had KC Kayaks in the water on five days in four different locations around the state. Each area provided different types of fishing and different results.

Last weekend was Port Fourchon. Midweek was my update from RTB3 media day in Grand Isle. Saturday afternoon I had to be New Orleans for a going away party, so I took off early and put in at Reggio. And Sunday was a short trip down the river from NOLA to Pointe A La Hache.

A nice eating-sized red. We found some of the prettiest pumpkin-golden reds this week.

Fourchon produced, just like it almost always does, but it wasn’t much of a production.

Fishing Friday and Saturday, Corey and I only managed a few fish. It was windy with rain and thunders moving around all over South LA, so it wasn’t much of a weekend for kayak fishing.

Nonetheless, Saturday proved why Louisiana is such an incredible fishery. Using KC’s Fourchon go-to, the purple/blue glitter-chartreuse tail H&H Cocahoe, I caught four fish, all keepers, but all small for their species.

The H&H Cocahoe Purple/Blue Glitter Yellow Tail. It catches 'em all in Fourchon.

 

 

 

But I said species… because it was one red, one speck, one black drum and one flounder. Our neighbors in other states along the Gulf Coast would have already called all of their fishing buddies to brag.

Wednesday’s non-action was already covered, and that’s a nice segue to Saturday.

I launched at Reggio Marina in Reggio, LA after making the drive from Baton Rouge. Michael, who runs the marina was nice enough to show me around the map and recommend some general areas. I had never fished Reggio, but I knew this was not the time of year to hope for a big haul, but I wanted to try somewhere new. I could tell Michael wasn’t overly optimistic.

The Canals of Reggio.

Long story short, I will be back in the fall, because that was the most intense seaweed I have ever battled, and no fish is worth braving a thunderstorm in a kayak. The water was so much fresher than my usual places in Fourchon, and it will surely hold tons of reds and bass when the weather cools. But aside from the sight of a couple black drum tails and backs in the thick weeds, I had no fish encounters.

Sunday was the day that made the week.

My friend Cody was equipped with a KC and headed from Baton Rouge to Pointe a la Hache for daybreak. As I was cruelly subjected to a late night in NOLA, Cody called me to say he was leaving as we were getting home. Needless to say I was a bit behind him, and I missed out.

He has been fishing reds for only a couple of months, so upon his arrival, his mind was instantly blown. Like Reggio, this spot was covered in seaweed/sea grass, but wasn’t quite as thick with some clear spots, and bait was everywhere. Cody used a gator’s homemade break in the reeds to launch his KC into a shallow grass-filled pond and paddled about 40 yards to the mouth of the pond.

The gator-slide put-in. It stunk to high heaven. Notice the grass in the water.

The gator-slide put-in. It stunk to high heaven. Notice the all grass in the water.

Then, fish exploded everywhere. Three tails here, four there; everywhere around him. All deep in the weeds, chowing down. Even though it was high tide, the grass was all the way up to the surface, so Cody had a hell of a time getting any clean presentations. Once he did manage some hookups, the big strong reds dove into the weeds. Grass stacked up on the line, weighing it down and giving enough slack for the red to free himself, and so it went until the bite cooled off.

I showed up later and spooked a big red in the grass minutes after launching. We paddled several canals and drifted the banks to no avail. In the middle of deep channel, a shrimp jumped into Cody’s boat and then went straight under a poppin’ cork rig. After the cork’s first pop, something big took the shrimp and broke him off.

Eventually we found a pond off of one canal that was very similar to the grass filled area near the launch, and we immediately noticed all the action. As we headed in, a couple reds blasted past us and escaped the hook. Several others were not so lucky however.

The canal is in the background. You won't find trees like that too salty of water.

The canal is in the background. You won't find trees like that too salty of water.

I began working some of the clear spots in the grass I mentioned earlier, as well as just casting past some of the surface disturbances. Using a weedless gold spoon, I was able to scoot it over grass when necessary, and when I got it wobbling in some open water, some vicious strikes resulted.

Cody's Red

Cody workin' the grass pond.

 

 

I ended up with some pretty good eating-sized 20″ reds and one who went about 25″ or 26″ and was a little more fun.

The big dog of the batch. Too bad we saw his big brother and the jet ski-sized wake he made on his way out. Notice the clear spots in the weeds. It was at least six feet deep right here, a perfect redfish buffet.

Cody had some good hookups too, at one point he got to stare down into the water and watch the fish hit the spoon.

 

 

 

That capped it off for us, and after a couple more alligator sightings, we were on way home, ready to put some fish in the pan.

We may also do a little food blogging here soon and show everybody the kind of cuisine KC Kayaks help us put on our tables!

Until next time.

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Ride the Bull 3 Media Day

By Jay Potter

At 9:15 am, as we all paddled or pedaled our respective boats into Caminada Pass, everyone just knew that we were all seconds away from ripping into a mondo bull red.

Three or four hours later, we were all in the same boat though, as everyone made it back to the dock empty handed.

Oh everybody except of course for the professionals, two of the tournament’s organizers, Captain Danny Wray and veteran outdoors journalist Joe Macaluso. The duo managed to find a couple bull reds off the beach of Elmer’s island, and record video of the hookups. Though they did have a bay boat.

Unfortunately, the combination of a mediocre tide, dirty water and some wind and swells put everyone at a bit of a disadvantage. 

Big Water, Little Kayaks

This was a far cry from Ride the Bull 2 Media Day, when bull reds were crushing cut mullet and kayakers were pulling up monster fish. Unfortunately that action had turned off by tournament time in mid-September a couple of weeks later, and so the actual tournament day was much more comparable to today’s action.

But there is a remedy for this year’s tourney. The good folks at Bridgeside Marina along with Captain Danny and Joe-Mac pushed the tournament up into August. August 18th to be exact, the actual day of last year’s media day feeding frenzy.

We had a good turnout today, there were representatives from the Backpacker, Yakaholics, Team Hoby, and of course KC Kayaks.

The Setup (Front)

After I finished up not catching anything off by myself, I spent my day fishing with some great people, the daughter of Bridgeside Marina’s owner and her boyfriend and friend.

One of the ladies had a hookup that snapped us all to attention. The sudden screaming drag on a day with no bites drew a collective uproar, and the subsequent slack line produced uniform groans.

And the back

 

All in all, it was a day on the water fishing with some good people and no one at KC Kayaks would argue with that. I’m just going to assume that now I have a leg up on the competition August 18th when there’s more on the line.

 

Here’s some tournament info:

Registration and Info at www.calmwatercharters.net/ridethebull

The tournament fee is $50 and covers your dinner and wine at the CCA dinner and the Calmwater Film Festival Friday Aug. 17, a couple of goodies and lunch on Saturday.

Again we want to thank Captain Danny Wray and everyone at Calmwater Charters, Michael Matthews and the crew of the Backpacker, as usual CCA and of course everybody at Bridgeside Marina for helping make both this media day and the tournament itself possible.

See y’all in a couple weeks.

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Heads Up

Hey everbody, I just wanted to post a little introduction as I will be taking over the roll of blogger here at KC Kayaks.

I’m Jay Potter, you may have seen me in some of the photos on the blog here and there, but now I’m here to stay.

In the last year, I realized that fishing out of a kayak is pretty much my favorite thing to do. This is all thanks to these great guys here at KC Kayaks and their generosity in taking me fishing so much. And for me knowing where a kayak can be found when Corey goes out of town.

Because of that generosity, and because these are such good guys, I’ve helped out with small things and taken a few pictures for the company here and there. But ultimately we realized that with the amount of time I spend in a KC and my background, I needed to be doing more, and that maybe I could help show what KC Kayaks is really all about.

So why do I believe I am qualified to do so?

Well, from what LSU tells me, I am the proud owner of a much sought after print journalism degree, the kind for which people would literally pay thousands of dollars.

More than that though, I’ve worked in media since I got to college. Most recently, I’ve spent the last three years writing about and photographing LSU and high school football recruiting for Bayou Bengals Insider. That in itself is a great experience, but I love football, so that made it even better.

Well, I like fishing out of a KC Kayak even more than I like football. There I said it. Because of that, I am going to spend whatever free time I have doing so, and I am going to post it here.

I want this blog to be interactive, so I want to hear from y’all about where you’re fishing, what you’re catching, how Bill fell out of the boat and how you had the guts to fearlessly load up the kayak and book it when your mother-in-law came in town.

And always, if anyone wants to bring their KC and go catch some fish, just let me know and we’ll find the time.

Me

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Finger Lakes NY Heroes on the Water Chapter Event

By Kevin Webster

I was fortunate enough this weekend to take part in the first ever charity get together for the Finger Lakes NY Chapter of Heroes on the Water (http://heroesonthewater.org/home).  The kick off event featured a small 20 man biggest bass tournament sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology Anglers Club. (https://www.facebook.com/RitAnglers).

After 3 hours of fishing one of our favorite local lakes, I was able to come away with the biggest fish of the day, a 20.5 inch smallmouth bass which I battled on an ultralight with 4 pound test line. I was out in my sand K12, while a fellow angler from the RIT Team was in my Camo K12. He caught his first kayak fish in the form of a fiesty little largemouth bass.

A good time was had by all, and several hundred dollars were raised for the local HOTW Chapter.

Afterwards, we listened to a few vets (and active service members) talk about the organization and plans were made to further the local chapter in order to help more local servicemen and women recover from physical and mental injuries through kayak fishing.

I was proud to represent Kajun Custom at the event, and I will be doing more with this organization in the future.

Many thanks to all the sponsors who donated food and their time in order to make the event a success.

 

 

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Duck Hunting in a KC Kayak

At KC Kayaks we not only wanted to design a versatile fishing vessel, but also a tool you can add to your hunting arsenal as well. Mobility can be a critical asset when duck hunting, especially late in the season when hunting wary birds.  Many times you will notice these birds will tend to land in the middle of fields and often avoid stationary blinds.

To address this issue we like to utilize the K12 as a mobile layout duck blind.  When the seat is removed you can actually lay in the deck of the kayak.  With a little brushing up you can virtually disappear into your surroundings.

JD Babb of Bu-Yah! Retrievers


 

Add the K12 to your hunting arsenal and turn average hunts into hunts like these!

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Paddlepalooza 9

This past weekend the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club held the 9th annual Paddlepalooza kayak fishing tournament at Bobby Lynn’s Marina in Leeville, LA.  This year the tournament had it largest turnout to date with over 200 participants.

There were plenty of prizes up for grabs with great sponsors like The Backpacker and Yak-Gear.

We lucked out with some very pleasurable weather for the tournament, and some nice fish were boated in by the participants.

Here are the top 3 winners from the tourney:

Cajun Slam               Red                          Trout                          Flounder

1st 10lb 14oz              7lb 4oz                        5lb 14oz                       2lb 2oz

Ryan Doty                  Jeff Maher                 Johnny Bergorn         Steven Christmas

2nd 9lb 2oz                 7lb 4oz                        2lb 14oz                       1lb 14oz

Jared Leroy               Louie Blanchard        Chris Holmes             Sherman Walker

3rd 8lb 14oz               7lb                                2lb 12oz                      1lb 12oz

Perry Watts               Jim Shaut                   Ronald Durst             Lance Burgos

A big thanks to the BCKFC for putting together another great fishing tournament.

While kayaking is a passion for us at KC Kayaks.  We also had the opportunity to do a little blue water fishing over the weekend as well.  Here are a few pics from our offshore trip.

168lb yellowfin

We need to land one of these out of KC Kayak!

WAHOO

 

 

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