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“Because that’s where the money is,” Slick Willie Sutton replied when asked why he robbed banks. Sutton, once one of America’s most notorious criminals, merely followed the logical pattern practiced by every predator since the beginning of time. To game fish searching for a tasty meal, shorelines become the treasury of our marine habitat.
One of the most effective baits of all is fresh dead or frozen bait presented properly at the correct depth. Fresh dead bait is really effective, however tens of thousands of tuna, dolphin, wahoo and kings have been caught on frozen minnows free lined out the back of the boat while bottom fishing.
The throaty sound of Captain Gary Taylors 31-foot Lafitte skiff roaring to life signals the start of our kayak fishing adventure. With six kayaks loaded on the roof of Gary’s boat, we ease out of the Rigolets near Slidell, Louisiana as the light is just beginning to crack the horizon out to the east. We are headed for a day of kayak fishing in the remote Louisiana Biloxi Marsh.
Where do you want to go fishing? When you think of the options, most folks think of a local stream or lake, but, get this: there is a world-class fly fishing destination just outside of Atlanta. It’s a day trip with trophy trout.
Now it’ summer and for the next month or so warming water temperatures will dictate changes in our fishing techniques. These changes will vary based upon our location relative to the Mason/Dixon line, but we will be making some tactical changes to accommodate the warmer water.
When sight casting to fish on the flats or in shallow water, a high-quality pair of polarized sunglasses can be the difference is seeing and catching fish.
There is no question that sunglasses and caps are "musts" for outdoor activities. They are often thought of for saltwater fishing when scouring flats for "ghosts"— bonefish or when offshore fishing for billfish. But they are equally important when bass-boating around for largemouth, wet-wading rivers for smallmouth or carefully tiptoeing through trout streams.
As kayak anglers, we are somewhat limited to the amount of water we can cover in a single trip. This in no way restricts the countless miles of waters teeming with fish that we have access to within an hour drive of our homes. No matter how great your home waters produce fish, you are cheating yourself of even greater fishing opportunities if you don’t venture out from your honey holes and take advantage of the almost endless other fisheries your area of the country has to offer.