Hello, everyone! Fall in Texas is my favorite time to fish because of the weather, which is around the mid 70's today. In Christmas Bay, the wind is pushing and the tide is outgoing, so this corner I'm currently in is the perfect ambush spot. As I'm casting in this area, my first fish to appear is a flounder but he doesn't know that he's hooked. When I reeled him in I wanted to make sure that he passed the new law requiring him to be at least 15 inches, but of course, he came in just short at 14 and three-quarter inches. After I found a floating poppy cork, I realized that it was mine all along and had fallen off of my kayak earlier.
Next, I found a speckler! He was maybe 10 inches tops, so not worth my while. I'm getting lots of fish on today, and the next one is a trout, which is exactly what I'm looking for today. This nice catch is quite feisty, and I'm pretty sure he's going to be a keeper. He ended up being 17 inches on the dot, and I don't normally keep fish but I haven't kept any all summer. I also don't keep speckled trout above 20 inches or females, but this one checks all the boxes and is good to go for now.
I later found another trout that appeared to be smaller than the previous one, but he jumped out rather quickly. Additionally, we have a redfish, and with that, I shall call my collection for the day a mini slam!
Today we had about two and a half hours at Christmas Bay before the tide turned, but after that my fishing was done by that point. I had a great day fishing, and the wind was blowing out of the west. After I launched my kayak I drifted through the bay to a grassy area where I caught my first fish, then made it over to a cove where I snagged the small speckler. The water and wind both pushed me in the same direction, and two channels I found myself near had by far the most activity overall.
Hey there everyone, and welcome back to the shop! After nearly 6 months of work on my house, we are now back in business to start up with more product reviews. Today we are going to be looking at storage solutions for kayaks, specifically Hobie Outbacks. Previously I had created a setup with 4 X 4's, 2 X 4's, some galvanized pipe, and some PBC pipe. It worked, but I definitely want to conserve some space in my garage. Let's see what we're working with!
I found this Rad Sportz Rack on Amazon that came with labeled instructions that took me about 45 minutes to build. With only a few mistakes, it was still pretty straightforward and ultimately came out much easier than I expected it to be. One issue however was a piece of tube steel that ended up bent in the shipping process, but I hammered it back into place without much trouble.
There was also a problem with the support bar being bent, but again nothing a little handiwork can't fix! I tried to put my son's kayak on the bottom since he doesn't fish as often as me, though I had a bit of a struggle trying to fit it in place. It was a pretty spacious kayak, but checking out some pictures online helped me get it from a different angle.
Now that the entire rack is somewhat stable with the first one already in place, it was even more difficult to fit my second kayak on top. After lots of moving it around to try and make sure that it was completely locked in, it has finally found its place for 3-4 days now with no fear of it falling off. For the future, I will definitely have the top of the kayak facing the back of the rack because it was pretty difficult to lift the Outback on my own.
The bottom line, this rack is made well with solid, tubular steel. The major knock would be the difficulty with loading, but structurally it's definitely a good product. I even switched out my own hooks to make it fit better, and this might be best for smaller kayaks than what I'm working with (no Pro Anglers).
Hello, everyone! Today we're going to be talking about my top 5 favorite lures to use for saltwater fishing! I currently mostly use lures as opposed to live bait, though I did throw bait earlier while I was growing up. It absolutely 100% works if that's your go-to for wade fishing or kayaking, but it definitely gets expensive if you keep going that route.
I have a few criteria for this top 5 list, starting off with how easy it is to use. Nothing special like a unique rod or a difficult-to-use retrieve; only lures that work very simply. Number two, they have to catch fish obviously. The first up is Gulp! This stuff is pretty much pure bait but it works in almost every situation. You can absolutely use a swim mullet with Gulp, like if I'm going after trout and redfish, as well as a few others like hardheads. You can couple this with a jighead, but it's not necessary.
Number two is Gold Spoon, which has probably the simplest process. Throw it out there, then reel it in! You can change the speeds or jerk on it if you think it might help, but simply reeling it in does the trick most of the time.
Third up is Soft Plastic Paddle Tail. This is my number one producer day after day, which you can use with a jighead or rig it weedless with a twist lock hook. The slower you reel, the deeper it will go as well. There is a wide variety of these products that I will be giving away, so stay tuned!
Next up is artificial shrimp, which definitely catch as much as the other successful lures in saltwater. These easy shrimp slay because you can truly take the live shrimp off and use a popping cork for comparable results.
Wake Bait is the final lure I'm reviewing, and it is one of my favorites along with being very simple. This is top of the line for replacing top waters and crankbaits, which are also easy to use, but shallow marshes under 3 feet might get stuck where this will not. If you comment on this video you might get selected for my giveaway, so go ahead and subscribe to the channel!
Hello, everyone! Today we are going to learn how to use my favorite fishing loop knot, best known as the canoe man loop knot. I use this knot for corky's, jerk baits, or anything for when you want extra action on the water. This knot is fairly strong and best for live bait, but best of all it is super easy to tie. If you don't know how to tie a strong knot, whether you're on the water, in strong headwinds, or belly deep wade fishing, you need the practice to get it down.
For this simple loop knot, get your cord on the table and make a stretched out straight line. Take the tag end on the left and the mainline on the right, then take your left hand and make a small loop around. Pinch that loop and start to make a second loop towards the left side, which should look like this.
From there, pull the mainline end to make it smaller and make the tag end larger, then run that smaller end (right) through the larger loop. Once you have made it through the loop, pull on the dangling tag end which should subsequently tighten the loop and make it smaller. The front loop should know be lassoing the mainline end, which leads you to put a makeshift “lure” onto the tag end hanging on the line. Pull the tag end through the larger loop, leaving you with this situation.
From there, I push my pinky through the loop nearest the “lure” to keep it from getting too tightened when you continue to pull the tag end. You can let go of your grip on the loop with your right hand, but tighten the mainline more with that hand as much as possible. You can tighten the tag end until it resembled more of a knot, but be sure to keep the tension on the mainline. With this remaining knot, your lure should have more than enough room to float around and if you'd like you can snip off the remaining tag end. Otherwise, you're finished!