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Scupper 06-30-2008 07:18 PM

Birthday Yak Trip
Dad put together a little mini tourney this weekend to celebrate my birthday. Kayaks or Canoes only, most overall inches of legal trout and/or red wins the day. We had 6 participants, all had a different strategy in mind....."Shotgun" start at 0700 and we were off!

We all found our hunting grounds and started casting, I was first on the board with a 20.5" red on the Exude.

The Old Man was banking on a couple legal trout to fill out his scorecard, but only the youngins were eating. He did manage to bury a treble into his thumb while unhooking an unruly teenage trout, and after some expert surgery by our Master Electrician (piloting the Heritage Redfish), Dad was back to casting!

The engineer was busy poling his W.S. Tarpon 130 and dragging cut bait...but to no avail.

The Canoers were having some sucess chasing a decent school of slot sized reds, and scored an 18.5"er on an Exude. They would have probably won the day if Kirk had his hearing aid turned up enough to hear the reds! The horn sounded at 1030 and we sea weary vagabonds returned to the parking lot to swap stories, determine the winner and feast on brats, chips, and refreshments. The fish must have been leery from all the weekend traffic because I took the prize with my single 20.5" fish, Tim took second with his 18.5" red (destined for a good blackening). A great time was had by all, and thank you for making this birthday a memorable one!

TroutTouter 07-01-2008 01:51 AM

Looks like a lot of fun. Great way to spend a birthday.

BoldWater 07-01-2008 02:55 AM

a great way to celebrate a birthday.

on the water with family and friends...not sure it gets better then that.

i hope to do the same this weekend.

CKramer 07-01-2008 04:07 AM

shotgun start, classic

IRLyRiser 07-01-2008 09:04 AM

Nice pics.

Jacknasty 07-01-2008 09:25 AM

cool idea and it looked like a lot of fun

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