Kayak Fishing Report: February 2014

benton parrott
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he cold temperatures are still around but hopefully that will be improving soon! Finding fish are a little harder with these conditions but they are still out there if you know where to look. I have been going deep to find the trout. My best fish are coming from deep dead end canals that have little to no water movement. Soft plastics like the saltwater assassin sea shad and MirrOlure softdines have been the money baits. I fish the sea shads on a 1/8oz. pro-elite jig head and let them fall slowly to the bottom. A slow retrieve with small twitches should get a bite. Same things when fishing softdines or fatboys the key is to keep tension so you can feel a strike but maintain a slow steady pace.

As always when we get a few sunny days in a row don’t pass up shallow flats near deep water that
the fish will come to feed. The shallow water of the flats will heat up first and get the fish that little extra boost to eat. Soft plastics flutter bounced, top waters, and twitch baits all produce reds and trout on these sunny days.

What’s going on in February? The MBKFA will be at the Mobile Boat Show Feb.7th through 9th. There will be a demo kayak pool out front with members there Friday through Sunday to answer questions. Saturday there will be 3 separate seminars at the boat show ranging from kayak rigging to fishing. As always we have a running tab on what’s going on in the kayak community at our facebook page Kayak Fishing U.

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 always easily seen. Keep a 360 degree light on at dark and low light conditions, wear a PFD, keep hydrated, and let someone know your float plan.

Benton Parrott