Kayak Report: July 2019

Benton Parrott

Fish Early and beat the heat! Slipping your kayak in before the Sun rises with anticipation while listening to bait getting crashed in the distance is hard to beat. Stealth is the key with kayak fishing so take your time and work the shallow flats for early feeding trout and reds. Rapala Shad rap shads and skitterwalks have been my go to baits lately. Slow retrieves have been what is gets the attention for me but change it up to see what is working best for you. Don’t be afraid to move around if you are not getting the results you want. Move to deeper drop offs during the heat of the day. Give your bait time to sink and reach that lower water column. I am fishing a 1/8 oz. pro elite jig head on a Bass Assassin die dapper or a mirrodine in the deeper holes. The weight of the baits helps it fall down in the strike zone. There has been plenty of action inshore to keep occupied. Reds and trout have been plentiful!

Not to miss in July the IFA kayak fishing tour will be in Houma, LA. On the 28th. This is a CPR (catch,photo, release) based on total length of a 2 fish aggregate consisting of a red fish and trout.Remember we keep a running tab on what’s happening in the kayak community on our Facebook page Kayak Fishing U.

With these longer days out in the sun take care of yourself. Wear protective clothing, stay hydrated, and sunscreen when out fishing.
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, and let someone know your float plan.

Benton Parrott
Hobie Regional Team / Pro Staff Fishing Guide