A Little Like Mike

Written By Friends of Mike Byrne Just like that – called to heaven was one of the most beloved members of the Carolinas and Virginia kayak fishing community. He was considered a friend, mentor, and even a father or grandfather figure. We knew him as “Catawba Mike”. Mike Byrne could be described as looking like “Santa Claus on vacation”. He Continue Reading

Day Dreaming

“Hey Sergeant Bekolay, I need those progress checks done by Tuesday!” Ahh, you gotta love the daily grind; alarm clocks, paperwork, emails, deadlines, meetings, blah blah blah! I’m sure almost everybody can relate to the numbing effect of the monotonous routine. Not that long ago, I was having “one of those days” that just seemed like it would never end. I Continue Reading

Rainy Day Redfish

Monday, the dreaded start of the tiresome work week. The normally beautiful day that serves as a reminder of the crappy weather that ruined your previous weekend. If you’re like me and decide to take off work to fish on Monday, the crappy weather will normally follow suit. I got an early start with plans to stay out all day. Continue Reading

Sight Casting Redfish

Weather Forecast: Temperature: High 80s’/Low 90’s Wind: W/NW at 0-5mph Sky: Mostly Sunny Precipitation: 10% Tide: Low around 8:20am Mark this down on the calendar because this was one of the nicest days of the summer to date! The Chesapeake Bay anglers have been waiting very patiently for days like this. It didn’t take long to figure out the plan…Sight Continue Reading

Tardy to the Drum Party

I was actually caught off guard.  After finding the right time to ask theboss lady if I could go for big reds this weekend, she looked at me with a sharp glare… “It’s not that I don’t want you to go.  I’m just so tired of you coming home and whining like a baby about getting skunked again and again.”  Cringing from the salt that Continue Reading

Shutter Happy

  That fickle temptress, Lady Luck refused to play any role in the last several attempts to achieve my recent objective.  Big red drum have been caught by several kayakers this spring, making my failed endeavors that much more exasperating. However, some of those unsuccessful fishing days did turn out to be great “nature days”.  Putting my angling frustrations aside, Continue Reading

Eastern Shore Rookie Reds…

50″ Red Drum – Photo Courtesy of Kayak Kevin First off, let me start by saying that I am a rookie when it comes to Red Drum fishing.  A little research is the first thing anyone who knows absolutely nothing about reds would do! Where to start? First, check out websites from guys like, Kayak Kevin, Rob Choi, Jay Brooks and Lee Williams. Also, spend Continue Reading

It Was Time to Chase the Big Girls!

The longer I’m off the water the grumpier I get.  This spring I’ve not been able to spend a lot of time chasing spawning largemouth bass due to work and other obligations. So I finally decided it was time to take a day off work and chase the big girls. They were calling for 15 mph-20 mph winds so I Continue Reading

Taggin' Trophy Trout

With the recent Kayak Bass Fishing tournaments now a figment of my imagination, it was once again time to play around with the toothy critters of the salt. Since we don’t have many options in the lower end of the Chesapeake Bay this time of year, I decided to give the speckled trout of the Elizabeth River the good ole’ college try before the cold Continue Reading

Chesapeake Bay Trophy Stripers

All the recent hoopla in the Chesapeake Bay region of big cow stripers has had me chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Our last trip out to Plantation Light yielded miles and miles of paddling but resulted in zero fish. Needless to say, I was bound and determined to nail one of those big ole’ cows out my Continue Reading

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