Warm weather is here and the fish are a snappin’!

Tales from the Kayak Fisherwoman

The waters of Southwest Florida are a kayaker’s paradise especially this time of year. Whether you’re out there for the exercise or to wet a line, there’s nothing quite like the tranquility of being out there on the water motorless.

There’s much to be said about the ability to be in ‘stealth’ mode and sneak up on fish or venture to remote spots that are inaccessible to the average boater. The Winter months take me to the backwater rivers, creeks and estuaries of Pine Island Sound and the Ten Thousand Islands in search of snook, redfish, and trout.

Come late Spring, snook and tarpon move out of the warmer backcountry waters to the outside passes and on the beaches. You better believe I’m stalking them every step of the way on this gradual journey to cooler waters!

I wait all year for the opportunity to sight cast with fly or light tackle to all the snook cruising by along the beaches. To kick things up a notch, I’ll take my kayak out a ways in search of silver flashes. I’m talking about the mighty silver kings or tarpon as they’re more commonly referred to that can be seen rolling on the surface.

Getting towed around by one on a kayak is an incredible feeling. We kayakers call it going on a “Nantucket Sleighride” and I’ve only been on one a couple of times. I’m always amazed by their ‘dance’ they give you when you hook into one; watching their aerial acrobatics is the most exhilarating experience a kayaker could have.

If you’ve got patience, coordination and a sense of adventure then get out there and experience a sport that is rapidly gaining in popularity in Southwest Florida and across the country for that matter!

Tight lines and screaming reels everyone….Yakatulater!

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