Alabama Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Report: January 2014

As the weather and water gets colder look for deep holes that the fish will congregate in. Fish become lethargic as the water temperatures drop. I like to fish a Saltwater Assassin die dapper on a 1⁄4 oz. jig head, a mirrOlure soft dine, or a sinking corky. Fish slow and low bouncing your lure off the bottom. During these cold days also look for flats near drop offs that will heat up quicker during a sunny day. Fish these flats in the afternoon where fish will come to feed. I am catching a lot of reds cruising close to the bank looking to eat.

There isn’t anything going on as far as tournaments in January but start looking ahead to next year. Take the time to clean up and organize your gear and get ready for the Spring. Add that depth finder or anchor system you have been wanting. In the spring there will be the B.C.K.F.C Paddlepalooza11 in Golden Meadow, LA., G.C.K.F.A. Biggest Pair Tournament in Pensacola, Fl., and the M.B.K.F.A Bagwell tournament in Dauphin Island, Al. All are great tournaments where you can have a great time and meet new anglers. We always have a list of upcoming events on our Kayak Fishing U Facebook page.

Always dress for the water temperature and not the air. One wrong move could spell disaster if you aren’t prepared. Remember while fishing from a kayak to always think safety. We are low to the water and not alwayseasilyseen.Keepa360degreelight on at dark and low light conditions, wear a PFD, keep hydrated, and let someone know your float plan.

Benton Parrott

Benton Parrott

Originally from North Carolina, Benton’s childhood was spent fishing with his family up and down the Carolina coasts. A move to central Alabama in the early 80’s introduced him to fresh water fishing, where he frequented the Tallapoosa River and Lake Martin areas. In the mid – 90’s, Benton moved to the Mobile Bay, Al. area, where he has been since, fishing the lower delta, Mobile Bay, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Now, as a seasoned veteran Benton finds himself fishing every kayak fishing tournament imaginable from the west coast of Florida to the bayous of Louisiana.
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