Kayak Fishing – Offshore Trip Gone Wrong

Kayak Fishing – Offshore Trip Gone Wrong

Kayak Fishing – Offshore Trip Gone Wrong

by February 28, 2014

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I went on a four day kayak fishing and camping trip for Independence Day 2013. In Part 1, come along for the ride as I paddle out over three miles offshore to the oil rigs in front of Corpus Christi, Texas. On the first day we fished for red snapper and trolled for some bigger game. That night I enjoyed red snapper tacos on the beach at my campsite – can’t beat that!KayakFishing - OffshoreTripGoneWrong-header

 

Be sure to see all 3 Parts. In Part 2 we head back out to the Mayan Princess oil rigs off Corpus Christi, Texas. The target: torpedoes with razor sharp teeth called king mackerel, or kingfish. I would go on to land seven of them my first time targeting them. It was  a blast getting towed around in the kayak by these fish.

 

I traveled from Corpus Christi up to Galveston, Texas, in search of my next target: landing a big shark from the kayak. Well, before long I had my first run and I could tell this was the kind of fish I was looking for. I landed my first shark, a nice 6-ft blacktip; but I would soon learn that if you lose your focus for just one second, the ocean will take advantage. My whole world got turned upside down in a heartbeat…literally.

For those of you commenting on me leaving the hook in the shark, I know. I am aware. This was my first shark from the kayak, and after spending 5 minutes trying to remove it with pliers and being unable to get it out, I cut the line so that I didn’t keep the fish out of the water. Luckily they were NOT stainless steel hooks and it has certainly rusted out by now. Since this trip, I now pinch down the barbs on my hooks and have removed the hook from about 6 sharks since this trip.

It is all a learning experience and I learned a lot from this trip.

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