Fall is finally here. The trout are on the move back into the marsh, and that’s great news for kayakers. The shorter days are coupled with shorter paddles, there’ no need for live bait and great catches of speckled trout await. Oh, and did I mention the pleasant weather?
Started a few years ago, Operation Paddle Smart is a goal of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to educate paddle-sport enthusiasts on how to stay safe, be responsible boaters and help emergency responders in search and rescue (SAR) situations. They provide Paddle Smart weatherproof stickers that can easily be placed on paddlecraft to help identify and contact the owner or other designated contact.
Kayak anglers are always looking to catch big fish out of their tiny boats. In coastal Louisiana, bull redfish easily fill the bill. They are hard fighters and regularly weigh up to 40 pounds. Plus, bulls are easy to catch in the right locations — and there’s no better time than the present.
If you were anywhere near Grand Isle this weekend, you probably couldn’t help but notice kayaks everywhere you looked. More precisely, 628 kayak anglers were spread across the island before gathering at Bridge Side Marina Saturday morning for Ride the Bull 9, the world’s largest kayak fishing tournament.
Many kayak anglers dream of catching giant fish from their small plastic boats. However, going in the completely opposite direction can be even more fun. Imagine catching scores of tiny, delicious fish — using nothing more than worms and a cane pole, or lightweight spinning gear. And kayaks are a great platform for pursuing these colorful, hard-fighting fish that can be found in all but the extreme coastal areas of the state.
Rio Grande cichlids are an invasive species that has spread throughout the metropolitan New Orleans area. Found in fresh and brackish areas, they are becoming a more common catch by anglers fishing for bream and sunfish. Rios are more aggressive at defending their territory, and the concern is they could possibly totally displace native bream.